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 outer space sounds mostro fm synth sneak preview – synthtopia
outer space sounds mostro fm synth (sneak preview) – synthtopia

Barcelona-based music producer Blanali Cruz shared a pair of videos that offer a sneak preview of the Outer Space Sounds MOSTRO FM synthesizer.The MOSTRO is a small FM synth, with 4-voice polyphony, LFO and sub-oscillator, delay and glide. Cruz notes that the synth offers potentiometer control, giving it the familiar feel of subtractive synth designs.Cruz also posted some first impressions (in Spanish) at Neonized.Pricing and AvailabilityThe videos feature a MOSTRO prototype, and the synth is still under development, so details on availability and pricing are to be announced.Share this:

new diy synth, deckard’s dream, inspired by yamaha cs-80 (sneak preview) – synth

This slideshow requires JavaScript.Roman Filippov (Sputnik Modular) shared this sneak preview of Deckard’s Dream a new 8-voice polyphonic DIY analog synth design. Details are to be announced, but with a name like Deckard’s Dream it appears that the DIY project is inspired by the classic Yamaha CS-80 and the sounds of Vangelis‘ score for Blade Runner.Check it out and let us know what you think!via sequencer.deShare this:

new diy synth, deckard’s dream, inspired by yamaha cs-80 (sneak preview)

Roman Filippov (Sputnik Modular) shared this sneak preview of Deckard’s Dream a new 8-voice polyphonic DIY analog synth design.  Details are to be announced, but with a name like Deckard’s Dream it appears that the DIY project is inspired by the classic Yamaha CS-80 and the sounds of Vangelis‘ score for Blade Runner. Check… Read More New DIY Synth, Deckard’s Dream, Inspired By Yamaha CS-80 (Sneak Preview)

microphonic soundbox (sneak preview) – synthtopia

LeafAudio shared this sneak preview of the Microphonic Soundbox a new DIY electroacoustic instrument.Here’s what creator Manuel Richter has to say about the Microphonic Soundbox:When I started experimental music back in the 90ties, I built myself an instrument which became the trademark sound of my project and sound design work. Now, we re-created this instrument as a DIY kit for our workshops.In the video clip you see the prototype and hear sounds based on this instrument.Pricing and AvailabiltyThe Microphonic Soundbox is expected to be available this summer, via Exploding Shed. Pricing is TBA.Share this:

acid modular synth jam session – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Transistor Sounds Labs, captures Nina Richards jamming with a Eurorack modular synth, controlled by a pair of Stepper Acid sequencers.Technical Details:Recorded live using two Stepper Acids, two x0x hearts, plus a kick/noise patch and a pad patch, all on the modular synth. Additional polyphonic soft synth pad and drum loops via Logic Pro X.Recorded last minute before needing to de-patch the synth!Share this:

hypersynth xenophone white edition (sneak preview) – synthtopia

Berlin reader Dr Walker shared some photos of the upcoming Hypersynth Xenophone White Edition.Walker says the new Xenophone as ‘fkkn überawesome’ and that the white version will be available soon, with a new OS and a free synth stand.The Hypersynth Xenophone is an advanced analog monosynth, with 100% analog signal path. It has three oscillators, two subs, four ring modulators, one multimode VCF and analog distortion, all based on discrete analog circuits. i It also offers built-in stereo digital delay and reverb.Hypersynth describes the Xenophone as the ‘best choice for creating deep basses, aggressive leads, transparent and crisp synth lines, acid sequences, complex arpeggios, punchy percussive sounds, extreme SFXs and more.’Details on pricing and availability for the new Xenophone are st

how to sample & how to make synth sounds on the elektron digitakt – synthtopia

This set of videos, via BoBeats, takes a look at how to sample with the new Elektron Digitakt, above, and how to create synth sounds, below. Pricing & AvailabilityThe Digitakt is available now for €769/$679.Share this:

80’s soundtrack style hardware synth jam – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Jonathan Bruno, captures an 80’s soundtrack style hardware synth jam, featuring the analog sounds of the Roland Jupiter 4.Bruno calls the Jupiter 4 synth “One of the greatest analog polysynths ever built.”Share this:

xils-lab polym a virtual moog polymoog (sneak preview) – synthtopia

Xils-Lab today shared a sneak preview of the PolyM, a new virtual instrument inspired by the Moog Polymoog:Details on pricing and availability for PolyM are to be announced.Share this:

audiowerkstatt mini-midi-drum-seq drum machine (sneak preview) – synthtopia

Audiowerkstatt shared this sneak preview of their upcoming mini-midi-drum-seq, a barebones drum machine.They note that “It’s still a prototype so details can change.”Information on pricing and availability is still to be announced.Share this:

novation circuit update 1.5 – synthtopia

Novation today released v1.5 of the Circuit firmware.The update adds fractional gate lengths, synth patch preview and more. Here’s what’s new:New features:Note lengths for synth tracks are now recorded more precisely. Six (6) gradations of fractional gate length are available. Can also be input manually via repeated presses of a length pad in a synth Gate View. Please note sessions saved by the 1.5 firmware cannot be loaded by previous firmware releases.Preview patches from the synth patch view (with variable or fixed velocity). Hold SHIFT to suppress preview. Monophonic patches play one note, polyphonic patches play a chord. Preview is suppressed while recording.Added settings (orange pads) to toggle CC RX (left pad) and CC TX (right pad) separately to other MIDI messages.Fixes:Tweaked vo

audiothing intros outer space, a virtual roland space echo – synthtopia

AudioThing has introduced Outer Space  a software version of the classic 70’s Roland Space Echo tape echo effect.Outer Space features an echo section, with three playback heads, and a spring reverb tank.Specifications:Vintage Tape Echo3 Tape modes: Original, Modern, OldSpring Reverb (with short/long Decay)Background Noise with EnvelopeOversample up to 16xPreset system with randomizerFormats: VST, AU, and AAX (32/64bit)Platforms: OSX, WindowsAudio Demos:Pricing and AvailabilityOuter Space is available now, priced at US $39 (normally $49).Share this:

winter modular eloquencer controlled chance sequencer (sneak preview) – synthtop

Pau Cabruja shared this sneak preview of the Winter Modular Eloquencer, an 8-track ‘Controlled Chance’ step sequencer for Eurorack modular synthesizers.The Eloquencer will be making its debut at Superbooth 17, being held April 20-22, 2017 in Berlin.Details on specifications, pricing and availability are to be announced.Share this:

patch base for ipad updated with vintage roland synth action – synthtopia

Coffeeshopped developer Chadwick Wood has updated his iPad patch editor, Patch Base, adding support for 4 vintage Roland synths: the JV-2080, JV-1080, XP-80 and XP-60.The synths were big in the 90’s and, according to Legowelt, “If you program the JV-2080, you can get some really freaky sounds out of it.”Patch Base can make it a lot easier to get some really freaky sounds, because it provides visual access to each synth parameter.Support for each synth is divided into two editors. The “Patch” editor is the standard synth voice editor, giving access to all voice parameters as well as copy/paste for envelopes and “Tones” (more on this below). The “Rhythm” editor is the drum kit editor, where you can create a kit with 64 different sounds in it, and shape each sound with pitch, filter, and amp

teenage engineering op-z sneak preview – synthtopia

In this video, Cuckoo takes a look at the upcoming Teenage Engineering OP-Z synthesizer.Cuckoo offers a quick overview of the OP-Z and then demonstrates sequencing and music making.Note that this is a preview using a prototype, so some features may change before this goes into production.Share this:

future retro transient eurorack drum module (sneak preview) – synthtopia

Future Retro has created a playlist of videos, offering a sneak preview of their new Transient drum module for Eurorack modular synthesizers.The Transient is designed to be a single voice drum module, but can be modulated to sound as though more complicated beats are being generated, by using external CV’s to control sample selection.Details on pricing and availability for the Future Retro Transient are to be announced.Share this:

synth jam with moog mother 32, dsi pro 2 & novation supernova ii – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Seen From Space, captures a relaxed synth jam, featuring the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2, Moog Mother 32 and Novation Supernova II.Technical Details:Mother 32 handling the bass, slow sequence from the Pro 2, pad from Supernova.Share this:

sequential circuits pro-one vs u-he repro-1 software synth compared – synthtopia

This video, via Starsky Carr, compares the sound of U-He Repro-1 to a vintage Sequential Circuits Pro-One.“The similarities are simply stunning,” notes Carr. “I take a look at the oscillators, followed by the filters then make a couple of useable sounds and add a sequence. Finally, I look at the more complex challenges for a soft synth FM with oscillator sync.”Topics Covered:Basic Oscillators 1:30Filters 10:30Some Sounds 15:30Sequencer 17:00Frequency Modulation 19:20Oscillator Sync 21:30Repro-1 extra features 25:30JAWS waveshaper 26:30Check it out and let us know what you think!Share this:

fsol digitana sx-1 synthi expander sneak preview – synthtopia

Digitana Electronics a company that specializes in custom interface modules for classic Electronic Music Studios (EMS) synthesizers, like the Synthi A, AKS and VCS3  shared this sneak preview of their new SX-1 synthesizer:The SX-1, above, is a ‘stand alone expander’, based around the Synthi AKS KS Expander. It is the result of ongoing collaborations between Digitana Electronics and The Future Sound of London.The SX-1 shares all the features of the Synthi AKS KS Expander, but requires no Synthi to use it and in addition offers a host of new features.The FSOL:DIGITANA SX-1will be on display at Superbooth 17, being held April 20-22, 2017, in Berlin.Details are available at the Digitana site.Share this:

the acoustic sounds of a vintage minimoog – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Berlin-based skinnerbox, explores the idea of making music with the acoustic sounds of a Minimoog synthesizer. Here’s what they told us about the video:“Hey, dear Synthopians, we did a short video, in which we use our good old minimoog as the only sound source, but rather differently. We used the sounds of the pots and the switches, etc. to compose a short rhythmic video.”Share this:

creative synthesis techniques, with david bessell – synthtopia

Synthesist David Bessell let us know about several new video tutorials that he has shared that explore creative synthesis techniques.Dr. Bessell is probably best known to readers for his role in the synth supergroup Node, but he also teaches and does research at Plymouth University in the UK.“These three are not aimed at specific sounds,” he notes about the videos, “but rather at creative ways of making your own sounds, how to make your sequences more interesting and how to control your analogue synth with a guitar for more expressive results.”“These latest tutorials are intended to be easy to follow or recreate on different synths,” adds Bessell, “but produce quite musically sophisticated results with minimum patching.”This video takes a look at a quick way of generating musical variation

live ambient synth jam – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live ambient music performance by synthesists Ralph Baumgartl & Bernd-Michael Land.Here’s what they have to say about the performance:“This is an excerpt from our Live Ambient Gig combining analog Synthesizers with acoustic percussion. We start off with some ocean sounds that were recorded around the island of Sicily and then let our Synths float on top of that. Please join us on our soundscape journey.”Technical Details:Bernd-Michael Land Synth Rig: Minimoog, Haken Continuum, Roland SP-404 SX (for the ocean sounds), Strymon BigSky, Boss RE-201Ralph Baumgartl Synth Rig: ARP 2600, Roland Vocoder VP-330, Roland JX-3P, Arturia MicroBrute, Roland JD-Xi, Korg Volca Beats, Strymon BigSky, Strymon Timeline, Zoom MS-70CDR.Mixer: Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK,

synth score for “nova seed” gets album release – synthtopia

Lakeshore Records let us know that they’ve released the synth-heavy soundtrack to Nova Seed a 2D animated feature released through Gorgon Pictures and House of Cool (3/28), directed by Nick DiLiberto.Canadian Stephen Verrall composed and performed the synth/rock score to the sci-fi fantasy. The tracks on the Lakeshore Records release range from ambient to ominous to driving rock.Here’s a preview of ‘Call For Help’:Scene from Nova Seed:The soundtrack is available as a digital download via iTunes or via Spotify.Share this:

eurorack modular space music – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Nick Jackson, captures a quiet ambient space music performance, Solace, for Eurorack modular synthesizer.Here’s what Jackson has to say about the technical details:“All of the synth work is performed live as you see it (except what’s being done on my pedalboard off-camera, which is mostly everything lol), with no post processing.However, what is different about this performance is that I have overdubbed a little brass section, thus making this more of a ‘production’ than my other tracks here on YouTube. I really like the way it turned out.”Share this:

aphex twin’s patch editor uses artificial intelligence to ‘evolve’ synth patches

midimutant is an open-source synth patch editor, made by foam in collaboration with Aphex Twin, that’s designed to learn how to program your DX7 synth, ‘so you don’t have to’.Equipped only with a microphone input and midi output, the midimutant runs on a Raspberry Pi and uses artificial evolution to ‘grow’ new sounds on hardware synthesizers that mimic an example sound you provide.How midimutant WorksEvery sound in a population of initially random patches is sent and auditioned via sysex midi messages, sampled and checked for similarity using MFCC (Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients) analysis. The best patches are chosen to form the next generation using the sysex patch data as genetic material, converging (most of the time) on similar sounds.Unlike a neural network or machine learning al

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