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generative ambient music for modular synthesizer – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: this video, via comparative irrelevance, captures a generative ambient piece for modular synthesizer, pastime, described as ‘a patch for the patient.’here’s what they have to say about the technical details:a fairly simple self-playing setup using brain seed for sequencing, and rings/clouds for the sounds. the “strumming” motion is created with maths.i love how the tempo/density of notes is completely self-regulated, and creates variations that are only evident over a longer period of time. this is done by using a slow, random s&h from noise tools to regulate maths’ cycle rate and to occasionally let brain see...




buchla music easel looping performance – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: this video, via kristian westergaard, captures a looping performance for buchla music easel.by thoughtfully layering lines and careful use of effects, westergaard creat...




chris randall – exploration.04 – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: this video, via chris randall (audio damage), explores the possibilities of a minimal setup.technical details:here’s what randall has to say about the ...




doctor synth’s wide world of romplers – synthtopia

at knobcon 2017, jeff sepeta, aka doctor synth, brought his wide world of romplers – a huge collection that offers a history of the often-maligned rompler. sepeta wants people to reconsider romplers, because they can be powerful and they also tend to be relatively inexpensive, compared to many other types of synths. he makes his easier to use by setting all the romplers in a rack...




corsynth intros c101e ota lowpass filter for eurorack systems – synthtopia

corsynth has introduced the c101e ota lowpass filter, a euro filter based on four cascade ota-stages.it’s a euro version of their c101 5u filter.this ota filter design can be found in many classic synthesizers like roland jupiter 8, roland juno 60, roland system 100m, roland sh-1, sh-7, sh-101, roland system 700 and the jen sx1000.features:two filter outputs with 6db and 24db responsevoltage controlled resonancethree modulation inputs ( one with an inverter )two audio inputs with a built in mixergain compensation ci...




yamaha montage v1.6 brings sound, control & workflow features – synthtopia

at knobcon 2017, yamaha introduced montage os v1.6, the latest update to their flagship keyboard synthesizer.we talked with yamaha product specialist blake angelos, who gave us a quick overview and demo of the updates. montage os v1.6 features sound, control and workflow improvements and is available now. we’ve included yamaha’s official intro video below, which feature high-quality audio examples of the new features.audio demos:key features in montage os 1.6 include:spiralizer effect types: the new spiralizer effects added to os v1.6 are based on the “shepard tone” scale. named after cognitive scientist roger shepard, the shepard tone effect creates the auditory illusion of a tone that continually rises or falls in pitch but neve...




native instruments maschine mk3 vs ableton push 2 head-to-head comparison – synthtopia

in his latest video, loopop compares native instruments maschine mk3 to the ableton push 2.he notes:it’s been said you can’t compare the maschine mk3 to the ableton push 2, but i disagree. it’s true that in terms of software, ableton live is the more...




audiowerkstatt midi-clock-multiplier now available – synthtopia

olaf giesbrecht of audiowerkstatt let us know that the midi-clock-multiplier is now available.as you might expect, the midi-clock-multiplier is a clock-multiplier for the midi clock. it can be useful if you have a very slow song and want to add ...




dm48 chromatic midi harmonica – synthtopia

the lekholm instruments dm48 chromatic midi harmonica is a 12-hole, 48-note, digital chromatic harmonica, designed to give harmonica players midi control over electronic sounds.because it’s a midi controller, the dm48 opens the door to playing all types of sounds, using custom tunings, recording midi and more.the above video captures laurent maur playing billy strayhorn’s isfahan, using the d48 with samplemodeling’s trumpet 3 virtual instrument.features:12 precision pressure sensorsclass com...




audiothing intros wave box dynamic dual waveshaper effect – synthtopia

audiothing has introduced wave box, a dynamic dual waveshaper plugin (vst, au, aax) that can be used for both symmetrical and asymmetrical distortion.it features two separate waveshapers that can be mixed together, while being modulated by 2 lfos and 1 envelope follower. wave box effects can range from mild tube-flavoured overdrive to extreme dig...




how to program a roland tb-303 – synthtopia

david haberfeld – interactive composition lecturer at the melbourne conservatorium of music, delivers a little acid bass 101.in the video, haberfeld demonstrates how to program the roland tb-303 computer controlled bass line synt...




stylophone gen x-1 analog synthesizer now available – synthtopia

the stylophone gen x-1 – a souped-up version of the classic stylus keyboard instrument – is now available.the gen x-1 builds on the original, adding synthesis capabilities and a delay.here’s a demo of the stylophone gen x-1 from the 2017 namm show:audio demos:more audio demos, via midierror:features:stylus ke...




mystic circuits eurorack & 1u modules at knobcon – synthtopia

at knobcon 2017, we talked with eli pechman about his mystic circuits line of eurorack modules.he told us about his latest module...




rob papen explains subtractive synthesis on a 5u modular synthesizer – synthtopia

sound designer and synth designer rob papen shared this video, which features an introduction to subtractive synthesis, using a large-format modular synthesizer. papen gives a detailed walkthrough of making a typical subtractive synthesis patch.the video features a synthesizers.com portable-22 – an analog modu...




yamaha genos workstation (teaser) – synthtopia

yamaha has shared a teaser video for their new genos keyboard workstation.no details have been announced yet for the yamaha genos, other than it ...




noise engineering basilimus iteritas magnus 66% more awesome in 5u – synthtopia

noise engineering has announced that it is bringing some of its modules to the 5u format, starting with a large-format version of the basimilus iteritas alter.the basimilus iteritas magnus is a 5u version of ne’s analog-inspired parameterized digital pe...




audiothingies intros doubledrummer 12-voice drum synth – synthtopia

this slideshow requires javascript.audiothingies has introduced doubledrummer, a 12-voice drum synthesizer with sample playback capability.drum synthesisdoubledrummer has 6 channels of drum synthesis (kick, snare, toms, clap, cowbell and hihats). each of these 6 channels has been fine tuned to provide a wide range of sounds within a limited set of parameters per channel:bass drum: tune, attack, decay, pitch mod level, pitch mod decay timesnare: tune, tone decay, noise level, noise decay, color, emphasistom: pitch, low pitch, hi pitch, decay, pitch mod level, pan spreadclap: attack, decay, color, emphasiscowbell: tune, offset, decay, harmonics, emphasishats: closed decay, opened decay, color, emphasissample playbackdoubledrummer also has 6 ch...




stylophone gen x-1 analog synthesizer now available – synthtopia

the stylophone gen x-1 – a souped-up version of the classic stylus keyboard instrument – is now available.the gen x-1 builds on the original, adding synthesis capabilities and a delay.here’s a demo of the stylophone gen x-1 from the 2017 namm show:audio demos:more audio demos, via chris duckers [midierror]:features:s...




casiokids – bjelge (cover) – synthtopia

synthesist gard osen shared his music video for a cover of casiokidsbjelge, noting:“over 10 years ago a band called “casiokids” from my hometown made an album call...




propellerhead reason 10 promises more of everything – synthtopia

propellerhead today announced reason 10, a big update that adds 6 new instruments, 1 effect and over 3gb of samples and loops.reason 10 features two new synthesizers, three new live-sounding organic instrument devices, a acoustic piano, creative modulation device, and 3gb of cutting-edge drum loops and samples.“with reason 10, not only have we delivered some of the best-sounding instruments we’ve ever created, the result is the biggest upgrade we’ve ever done,” said mattias häggström gerdt, propellerhead product manager. “with the two new synths, a plethora of sampled instruments, drums, loops and much more — we can’t wait to hear what music makers are going to create with reason 10.”here’s the official propellerhead rea...