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what do you want to know about the novation circuit? – synthtopia

What do you want to know about the Novation Circuit?At the 2017 NAMM Show, we had the opportunity to talk with our contacts at Novation, and they agreed to help answer Synthtopia reader questions about their Circuit groovebox and how it works. Is there a feature on the Circuit that has you stumped, or something that you can’t figure out how to do? Let us know, below, before the end of the day Friday, March 3, and we’ll work with Novation to answer as many questions as we can.SaveSaveShare this:

an interview with pergamoon (lászló kovács) from chip festival 2017 – synthtopia

Chip Festival 2017 – held Jan 28th-29th in Budapest, Hungary – was a tribute to Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese (June 6, 1944 – January 20, 2015).The festival featured the music of Tangerine Dream; Hungarian Berlin-school group Pergamoon; Ulrich Schnauss; progressive electronic group Tangram; and DJ/producer Simon Iddol. In this interview, one in a series following up on the festival, Debrecen-based composer László Kovács (Pergamoon) discusses his inspiration for getting into electronic music, performing classic Tangerine Dream tracks and more.Synthtopia: László, what can you tell us about your band and your music?László Kovács: Pergamoon is an electronic music group, founded some years ago. The members of the band are myself (band leader, synthesizers), Zsolt Vidovenyecz (synthesizer

inside u-he – synthtopia

This video, via Telekom Electronic Beats, takes a look inside Berlin-based audio software company U-He. U-He – maker of Zebra 2 and Diva software synths – was founded in 2001 by Urs Heckmann.Share this:

oberheim sem pro vs vintage sem – synthtopia

In this video, synthesist Eric Beam compares a modern Oberheim SEM Pro to a vintage (1978) Oberheim SEM.Beam notes, “I feel It’s safe to say, if it’s it an Oberheim SEM, it’s synth magic.”Share this:

venetian snares & daniel lanois – night – synthtopia

Daniel Lanois shared this video, capturing a session with Aaron Funk of Venetian Snares.The two have been working on a new album and preparing for live performances, starting with a May 31 performance in Toronto.Share this:

eurorack module manufacturers world map – synthtopia

Planning a road trip?Check out the Eurorack Module Manufacturers world map, embedded above. It plots various manufacturers on Google Maps, which also lets you select individual locations and view them.Compiled by circuitburst.via musicofsoundShare this:

planetarium theremin concert in 360° video – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Rupert Chappelle, captures a theremin performance by Amber Dunleavy at the Takoma Park Planetarium in Maryland.The video is immersive 360° – you can navigate left and right or up to see the visuals that were projected on the dome during the performance.Share this:

native instruments komplete tips & tricks – synthtopia

Native Instruments shared this collection of tips and tricks for working with the synths and effects of Komplete.Apps covered include Massive, FM8, Reaktor, Polyplex, Absynth 5 and more.Share this:

hypnotic multimedia jam session, with korg monotron, fieldscaper – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Igor Vasiliev, captures a hypnotic jam session, using Korg Monotron synthesizer with FieldScaper for iPad. Sound visualization is from Quantum VJ, a glitch-style 8-bit pendant and audio visualizer.Share this:

‘purple rain’ on roli seaboard rise – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, from the 2017 NAMM Show, captures Marco Parisi performing the Prince classic Purple Rain.Technical Details:Parisi’s performance features a Seaboard RISE, looped with a BOSS RC-505.Share this:

korg gadget release delayed – synthtopia

Korg has announced that Gadget for Mac is being delayed:Here’s the text of their announcement:In order to complete testing of “KORG Gadget for Mac / for iOS“ we must delay the release from Tuesday, February 28 to Late March 2017.We are sorry to disappoint everyone who has been eagerly waiting Gadget for Mac / for iOS and thank you for your patience.Share this:

tangerine dream – pergamon (cover) – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via graal7, captures a hardware synth jam, inspired by Tangerine Dream‘s Pergamon.Technical Details:Inspired by Pergamon album of TD; 1981, AKA Quichotte part 2.Gear used:Roland Juno 06Moog Sub 37Korg Minilogue and Electribe 2xs8Share this:

inside london modular – synthtopia

This video, via The Vinyl Factory, takes a look inside London Modular, the only dedicated modular synth showroom in London.London Modular has a reputation that extends way beyond its modest Hackney Wick space, supplying first-timers, collectors and professional musicians in equal measure.You can find out more information about London Modular at their site.Share this:

using an ipad pro to sequence your synth rig – synthtopia

In this video, synthesist Todd Smith gives an overview of his iPad Pro-based sequencing system.Smith’s set up is based on an Apple iPad Pro handling mixing and sequencing. Technical details below. iOS Apps Used:Mod StepAuriaSunrizeriGrandEcho PadAltiSpaceGear UsedAkai XR20Korg MicrokorgRoland Boutque JU-06Midi Solutions Quarda ThruM-Audio Code 49Focusrite Scarlett 18i8Share this:

analog craftsman acneuron 5u module – synthtopia

Analog Craftsman shared this video demo of their acNeuron 5U synth module.The acNeuron is a combination difference rectifier and neural computing circuit, designed by Nonlinear Circuits. The module is described as being great ‘for randomizing boring cv input signals’.Pricing and AvailabilityThe acNeuron is available for US $249 at the Analog Craftsmansite.Share this:

roland system-8 synthesizer hands-on demo – synthtopia

This series of videos, by keybpardist Mike Pensini, is his take on the Roland System-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer. In the videos, he demos some of the System-8’s default patches, explores the synth’s capabilities – including it’s ability to load different synth engines, like the Roland Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 – and shares his thoughts on it.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:

hardware synth jam with trautonium – synthtopia

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via LudoWic, captures a hardware synth jam, featuring the Trautonium.The Trautonium is a rare electronic instrument, invented in the 1920’s by Friedrich Trautwein.Technical Details:Roland MC202Roland SH101Jomox xBase 09TrautoniumFostex TaperecorderSpace Echo Roland RE150Akai MPC2000xlCopycat tapedelayGeneral Radio CO. (sound analyzer)Share this:

sequential music mate for the commodore 64 hands-on demo – synthtopia

The latest episode of 8-Bit Keys takes a look at the very rare Sequential Music Mate keyboard for the Commodore 64.Sequential Music Mate sold for US $99 and was billed as ‘a complete music software package, featuring 4-color graphics, recording and playback.’If you’ve used the Sequential Music Mate, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!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:

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:

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:

korg monotron cv/gate mod with sq-1 sequencer – synthtopia

This video, via Digital Convolution, demonstrates controlling a modified Korg Monotron with a Korg SQ-1 sequencer via CV/Gate.The Monotron has a CV/Gate mod. CV & Gate inputs are identified on the PCB, so these points are brought to the back of the case, as documented in this diagram (pdf).To connect the SQ-1 to the interface you need to use the “littleBits OUT” and select the option CV A Range to 5V and CV A Behavior to Chroma. The Monotron accepts a CV range approximately between 1.5 and 5 volts.Share this:

impc now available for android samsung galaxy – synthtopia

Retronyms today announced that iMPC is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store.iMPC was originally released for iOS in 2012. The port is a collaboration between Retronyms, Akai Professional and Samsung.The app offers more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences and a classic MPC workflow.If you’ve used iMPC for Samsung Galaxy, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!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:

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