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physical modeling performance with modular synth & expressive e touché – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: this video, via gianni proietti (aka gattobus), captures a live performance of the wind forest, featuring physical modeling synthesis on a eurorack modular synth, controlled by a keyboard and an expressive e touché controller.the wind forest is from the soundtrack to my neighbor totoro, by composer joe hisaishi.here’s what gattobus has to say about the technical details:“i took advantage of the amazing features of expressive e touc...




lego robots get their jam on – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: giuseppe acito of the toa mata band let us know about his latest video, which features him and a collection of music robots, based on lego bionicle figures, getting their jam on.here’s what he has to say about the video, orkestrionicle:the orchestrions were mechanic musical instruments that were developed in germany in the early xix century that would automatically play music and were designed to sound like an orchestra.  these music machineries were made of a complex system of gears, pulley and levers which were operated by a large pinned cylinder or by a piano roll*. their sound was usually produced by pipes, percussion instruments, but many orchestrions contained a piano player as well.the 6th episode of toa mata ban...




ecosystem a modular environment for max for live – synthtopia

developer dillon bastan has introduced ecosystem, described as a ‘pseudo modular environment’ for max for live.ecosystem is both a max for live instrument and audio effect (2 devices).ecosystem provides you with 3 different types of modules:sound generator: a collection of basic waveform oscillators and a loopersine, tri, saw, rect, noise, b...




new poster shows the evolution of synthesizers – synthtopia

reader oli freke has created a new poster, featuring hundreds of illustrations, showing the evolution of synthesizers.“i’ve just completed work on a poster with every production synth released between the 1960’s and the 1990s,” explains freke. “that’s about 275 of them! all hand drawn and arranged in chronological orde...




faderfox pc12 midi controller hands-on demo – synthtopia

the latest loopop video takes a look at the faderfox pc12 midi controller, a knob-filled universal controller for midi hardware and software.features:universal controller for all kinds of midi controllable hard- and softwareusb interface with bus powering – class compliant / no driver necessary2 midi in and out ports with routing and merge functionalityextension port to connect a second new module device72 pots with rubber knobs and standard midi resolution of 7bit1 push encoders with detents (30 pulses) and 14 bit high resolution mode12 buttons with led for switchable parameters4-digit-display to show values and programming datadata feedback for all controls avoid value jumpsprogrammable value ranges with min/max valuesfast control assign...




electronic music pioneer delia derbyshire awarded posthumous phd – synthtopia

the guardian reports that british electronic music pioneer delia derbyshire (1937 – 2001), best known for realization of the iconic theme for dr. who, has posthumously been awarded an honorary phd by coventry university.the university is also launching a series of workshops in derbyshire’s name to try to inspire young people to pursue maths and music.derbyshire was born in coventry in 1937. after graduating from the university of cambridge, she soon found work at the bbc as a trainee studio manager. in 1962, she was assigned to the bbc radiophonic workshop, where she worked for more than a decade in the workshop’s golden age.in her time at the radiophonic workshop, she created music and...




how to build an arduino powered 8-stage step sequencer – synthtopia

the latest look mum no computer video takes a look at building an arduino-powered 8-stage step sequencer for analog synthesizers.host sam battle shows how he diy’d the step sequenc...




in the studio with chromeo – synthtopia

this video, via factmagazine, features a studio tour with electro funk duo chromeo (david macklovitch and patrick gemayel).macklovitch & gemayel give an overview of their burbank, ca studio, demon...




akai pro mpc 2.0 now available – synthtopia

akai professional has announced the official release of mpc 2.0, after an extensive beta testing period.mpc 2.0 features audio track recording, real-time time-stretch and pitch-shifting, ableton link support and more.mpc 2.0 is mac- and pc-compatible, works either standalone or integrates into your daw of choice as a vst, au, aax plug-in.in addition to its redesigned interface, mpc 2.0 has added an extensive set of new features including:audio track recordingreal-time time-stretching and pitch-shiftingaudio and midi drag-and-dropredesigned user interfaceableton link support64-bit audiobluetooth 4.0 midi supportadvanced signal routing capability – submixes fx returns, multi-output supportreimagined mixer layoutenhanced q-link controlmpc 2.0...




gibson ceases development of cakewalk products – synthtopia

gibson today announced that it has ceased development and production of cakewalk products.cakewalk’s line includes the daw sonar, rapture pro & z3ta+ 2 synthesizers, and the music creator line.here’s their official statement:gibson brands announced today that it is ceasing active development and production of cakewalk branded products. the decision was made to better align with the company’s acquisition strategy that is heavily focused on growth in the global consumer electronics audio business under the philips brand.cakewalk has been an industry leader in music software for over 25 years by fusing cutting-edge technology with creative approaches to tools that create, edit, mix, and publish music for professional and amateur musicians...




physical modeling performance with modular synth & expressive e touché – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: this video, via gianni proietti (aka gattobus), captures a live performance of the wind forest, featuring physical modeling synthesis on a eurorack modular synth, controlled by a keyboard and an expressive e touché controller.the wind forest is from the soundtrack to my neighbor totoro, by composer joe hisaishi.here’s what gattobus has to say about the technical details:“i took advantage of the amazing features of expressive e touc...




lego robots get their jam on – synthtopia

sunday synth jam: giuseppe acito of the toa mata band let us know about his latest video, which features him and a collection of music robots, based on lego bionicle figures, getting their jam on.here’s what he has to say about the video, orkestrionicle:the orchestrions were mechanic musical instruments that were developed in germany in the early xix century that would automatically play music and were designed to sound like an orchestra.  these music machineries were made of a complex system of gears, pulley and levers which were operated by a large pinned cylinder or by a piano roll*. their sound was usually produced by pipes, percussion instruments, but many orchestrions contained a piano player as well.the 6th episode of toa mata ban...




ecosystem a modular environment for max for live – synthtopia

developer dillon bastan has introduced ecosystem, described as a ‘pseudo modular environment’ for max for live.ecosystem is both a max for live instrument and audio effect (2 devices).ecosystem provides you with 3 different types of modules:sound generator: a collection of basic waveform oscillators and a loopersine, tri, saw, rect, noise, b...




new poster shows the evolution of synthesizers – synthtopia

reader oli freke has created a new poster, featuring hundreds of illustrations, showing the evolution of synthesizers.“i’ve just completed work on a poster with every production synth released between the 1960’s and the 1990s,” explains freke. “that’s about 275 of them! all hand drawn and arranged in chronological orde...




faderfox pc12 midi controller hands-on demo – synthtopia

the latest loopop video takes a look at the faderfox pc12 midi controller, a knob-filled universal controller for midi hardware and software.features:universal controller for all kinds of midi controllable hard- and softwareusb interface with bus powering – class compliant / no driver necessary2 midi in and out ports with routing and merge functionalityextension port to connect a second new module device72 pots with rubber knobs and standard midi resolution of 7bit1 push encoders with detents (30 pulses) and 14 bit high resolution mode12 buttons with led for switchable parameters4-digit-display to show values and programming datadata feedback for all controls avoid value jumpsprogrammable value ranges with min/max valuesfast control assign...




electronic music pioneer delia derbyshire awarded posthumous phd – synthtopia

the guardian reports that british electronic music pioneer delia derbyshire (1937 – 2001), best known for realization of the iconic theme for dr. who, has posthumously been awarded an honorary phd by coventry university.the university is also launching a series of workshops in derbyshire’s name to try to inspire young people to pursue maths and music.derbyshire was born in coventry in 1937. after graduating from the university of cambridge, she soon found work at the bbc as a trainee studio manager. in 1962, she was assigned to the bbc radiophonic workshop, where she worked for more than a decade in the workshop’s golden age.in her time at the radiophonic workshop, she created music and...




how to build an arduino powered 8-stage step sequencer – synthtopia

the latest look mum no computer video takes a look at building an arduino-powered 8-stage step sequencer for analog synthesizers.host sam battle shows how he diy’d the step sequenc...




in the studio with chromeo – synthtopia

this video, via factmagazine, features a studio tour with electro funk duo chromeo (david macklovitch and patrick gemayel).macklovitch & gemayel give an overview of their burbank, ca studio, demon...




akai pro mpc 2.0 now available – synthtopia

akai professional has announced the official release of mpc 2.0, after an extensive beta testing period.mpc 2.0 features audio track recording, real-time time-stretch and pitch-shifting, ableton link support and more.mpc 2.0 is mac- and pc-compatible, works either standalone or integrates into your daw of choice as a vst, au, aax plug-in.in addition to its redesigned interface, mpc 2.0 has added an extensive set of new features including:audio track recordingreal-time time-stretching and pitch-shiftingaudio and midi drag-and-dropredesigned user interfaceableton link support64-bit audiobluetooth 4.0 midi supportadvanced signal routing capability – submixes fx returns, multi-output supportreimagined mixer layoutenhanced q-link controlmpc 2.0...




gibson ceases development of cakewalk products – synthtopia

gibson today announced that it has ceased development and production of cakewalk products.cakewalk’s line includes the daw sonar, rapture pro & z3ta+ 2 synthesizers, and the music creator line.here’s their official statement:gibson brands announced today that it is ceasing active development and production of cakewalk branded products. the decision was made to better align with the company’s acquisition strategy that is heavily focused on growth in the global consumer electronics audio business under the philips brand.cakewalk has been an industry leader in music software for over 25 years by fusing cutting-edge technology with creative approaches to tools that create, edit, mix, and publish music for professional and amateur musicians...