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daedelus on using modular synthesizers live – synthtopia

in this video, daedelus (alfred darlington) shares his thoughts on l...




u-he intros colour copy bucket brigade delay effect – synthtopia

u-he has released colour copy, a software implementation of the vintage bucket-brigade delay (bbd) effect.here’s what they have to say about it:“we called our new baby ‘colour copy’ because it can deliver the kind of colouration people still love in classic bbd units, but with a wider variety of colours.features:bbd-style analog delay, for the smoothest possible pitch effectsunique colour morphing, with saturation for non-linear effects such as distortion / resonance1ms to 1s or host-synched time base, scaled via rate control from 25% to 400%dynamic ducking via envelope follo...




corsynth intros 5u ota lowpass filter, updates lfo to offer extreme vc lfo action – synthtopia

5u & euro module maker corsynth let us know that they’ve released the c101b ota lowpass filter, a single-width version of their c101 mkii filter.both filters are based on cascade ota-stages, with 24db/octave and 6db/octave outputs. this kind of filter can be one found in classic synthesizers like roland jupiter 8 , roland system 100m, roland sh-1 and many more.as many 4-pole low pass filters the output volume drastically drops when the resonance is increased. the c101b includes an especially designed circuit to maintain a constant output level at any resonance value. this circuit can be activated or deactivated...




midiglue programmable midi/cv controller & effects unit – synthtopia

developer kai aoki let us know about midiglue, a new programmable midi controller & converter.you can use midiglue to control many synthesizers in real time, or it can be used as a midi effects unit, sequencer, and converter.midiglue supports conversion between usb midi, din midi, cv/gate/sync & footsw...




24-tone equal temperament (24-tet) with an ob-6 synthesizer – synthtopia

this video, via kris lennox, explores using a 24-tone equal-tempered scale on the dave smith instruments ob-6 synthesizer.“one of the greatest strengths of synthesis over acoustic is the ability to program alternate tuning systems,” notes lennox. “not all hardware synths can do this, though. it is the preserve of only a few – and one of the strengths of dsi instruments and the ob6 i.e. creating and installing your own tuning system on the synth.”the 24-tone equal tempered scale (aka quarter-tone or 24-tet scale) contains all the notes of the standard 12-note scale, but adds 12 more notes in between. the additional pitches open up a huge variety of new harmonic possibilities, allowing for both traditional harmonies and ‘alien’ o...




sinevibes intros luminance shimmer reverb effect for mac – synthtopia

sinevibes has introduced luminance – a mac audio unit plugin, designed for creating the ‘shimmer reverb’ effects featured in the music of brian eno & daniel lanois.shimmer reverb effects create an unreal acoustic space which gradually pitch-shifts the reverberation tail. sinevi...




ellitone multi-synth offers 7 different synthesis options – synthtopia

ellistronics has introduced the ellitone multi-synth, described as ‘a budget-friendly digital synthesizer that can produce a wide variety of sounds, thanks to its 7 selectable synthesis/operation modes.’each of these 7 synthesis/operation modes uses the instrument’s 4 knobs, 4 keys, and center patch bay in different ways.the 7 selectable synthesis/operation modes:wavetablespatternsfreqmod(fm-1)freqmod(fm-2)infinite bounce matter (bouncing ball style sequencer)chirpp (experimental cosine-grain type synthesis)pa...




how to use trig conditions with the elektron digitakt – synthtopia

in his latest video, enrique martinez takes a look at the trig page on the elektron digitakt. while the...




before ‘miami vice’, there was jan hammer’s 80’s-tacular ‘sequencer’ – synthtopia

before the music of synthesist jan hammer hit the mainstream with his soundtrack for the hit show miami vice, he was best known as a fusion jazz keyboardist.he collaborated with jazz guitarist al di meola on a series albums in the 80s, which offered a preview of hammer’s later mia...




dave smith instruments prophet-6 vs ob-6 head-to-head comparison – synthtopia

this video, by mr tuna music, is a head-to-head comparison of the dave smith instruments prophet-6 and the ob-6.on first glance, many see the similarities between th...




the strumpad is an open-source midi controller that lets you ‘strum’ your synthesizer like a guitar – synthtopia

this video, via miro2424, demonstrates the strumpad, a midi controller designed to let you ‘strum’ your synth like a guitar.the device is an open source diy project, based on the arduino atmega328. it receives midi in messages like note on and note off from a midi keyboard co...




knobcon 2018 banquet to feature ‘switched on’ pioneer gil trythall – synthtopia

gil trythallknobcon organizer suit & tie guy has announced the guest of honor for this year’s event, ‘switched on’ synth pioneer gil trythall.trythall will be featured at knobcon 2018, scheduled for sept 7-9 in the chicago area.trythall had a long career in the classical music world, working as a professor of music theory and composition and later as a dean of creative arts. his classical compositions range from works for traditional ensembles, like his symphony #1 from 1960 to electroacoustic compositions. and he is the author of a textbook on electronic music, principles and practice of electronic music.trythall also is a pioneer of synths in popular music, creating a series of albums, li...




analog wave morphing with modular synthesizers – synthtopia

the latest loopop video takes a look at creating wavetable-style morphing effects using modular synthesizers.video summary:the basic idea is quite simple. if you plug two analog waveforms into a mixer, you can morph between the two waveforms by applying different mix levels to each source. if your mixer has an inverter, you can also subtract one waveform from another.if you add a vca to the mix, you can modulate the different mix levels using an lfo or envelope, and have your sound evolve gradually.finally, if...




dave smith instruments sequential prophet x review – synthtopia

in his latest sonic state sonic lab review, host nick batt shares his take on the new dave smith instruments sequential prophet x.the sequential prophet x is a bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo (16-voice mono) synthesizer that combines samples and synthesis. at the heart of its sound is a newly developed engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48khz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters.“...




a buyer’s guide to 80’s drum machines – synthtopia

in this video, erik hawk takes a look at a variety of classic 80’s drum machines, and shares his thoughts on each of them. topics covered:00:07 – where my fascination with drum machines began.00:27 – overview of my vintage drum machine collection.00:47 – korg ddd-5 (1987, ebay.com price range $75 to $135)02:10 – roland tr-626 (1987, reverb.com price range $145 to $290)02:51 – yamaha rx-5 (1986, reverb.com price range $180 to $290)03:24 – sequential tom (1985, reverb.com price range $330 to $690)04:39 – oberheim dx (1982, reverb.com price range $640 to $960)06:01 – alesis hr-16 (1987 to 8...




how to take a eurorack module from an idea to a finished product – synthtopia

have you ever wondered how a eurorack module gets made?this episode of leo makes tells the story of taking a synth module from design idea to finished eurorack module.the di...




free daw, tracktion t7, for linux, mac & windows – synthtopia

tracktion software has released tracktion t7 as a free download:“this is no ‘lite’ version, we do not impose track limits, plugin limitations or other such constraints commonly found in other low cost offerings.why? – we think you will enjoy using the app so much, you will discover the value in invest...




salsa fugue for synth ensemble – synthtopia

synthesist alessandro albenga shared the music video for fuga alla salsa (salsa fugue).technical details:albenga arranged the composition for small synth ensemble (satb + percussion):korg ...




sylvain alias leo – cours – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: sylvain alias leo shared this live + sequenced performance of cours.cours is an origi...




korg minilogue space trip – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: reader alex gunia shared this live ‘musical space-trip’, which features sounds of the korg minilogue.here’s what gunia has to say about the technical details:recorded live at my atelier 720 here in köln a ...