Gibson has officially announced it is ceasing development of Cakewalk products.
This week: Analogue Solutions SynthBlocks, Cloud Terrarium, Akemie's Castle FM module, Ample 12-string guitar VI, and Eloquencer "controlled chance" sequencer.
Editor Stephen Fortner on why he still uses his 14-year-old Yamaha Motif ES7 workstation.
Korg adds two new soft synths, a loudness maximizer, and NKS support to the Gadget music production environment.
The answer has more to do with you than with the computer.
Native Instruments Reaktor 6 Player would be a surprisingly powerful virtual modular synth even if it wasn't free. But it is.
In this first installment of a multi-part series for MIDI beginners, we look at one of the most common confusions about MIDI -- and give a little history.
This week: Gig Performer 1.83, Spitfire Audio Orchestral Swarm, Eventide MangledVerb, Sampleism Retrowave, and Neyrinck BeatsBot.
The free plug-in for Friday, November 10 is a great plate reverb emulation from SoundToys. Hurry, because it's only free until November 22.
1010music Toolbox Eurorack sequencer, EHX Synth9 pedal, Sample Logic Expeditions library, DS Audio Thorn soft synth, editor for Roland SH-01A.
A look back at why the groundbreaking Yamaha DX7 was even better than we remember.
STG Soundlabs releases an EG with multiple envelope models, the ability to output two different shapes at once, and more.
This week's free plug-in is Tyrell N6, designed by the Amazona community and coded by Urs Heckmann of U-he fame.
Michael Woods has won the Novation UltraNova synthesizer in our November prize drawing!
Arturia is releasing two limited-edition MIDI controllers in a gorgeous black finish.
YouTube mad scientist "Look Mum No Computer" describes his home-build of a synth with 100 oscillators, then fires up the beast!
Recapping new and recent gear releases from October 2017.
The Korg PS-3300 was the ultimate synth in Korg's PS lineup, which began with the PS-3100 in the late 1970s. Even the 3100 was a monster by the standards of the era: It had 12 independent, robust (not paraphonic) voices of polyphony. Its semi-modular design meant that it could be patched, but you didn't need patch cables to get sound out of it.
The PS-3200 essentially was a 3100 times two, doubling polyphony to 24 voices. Then, the 3300 took it was over the top with 48 independent voices, amounting to three full PS-3100 units in one box with an integrated mixing section. Keep in mind this was before 1980, with the last year of the PS-3300's production being 1981, so for most musicians getting five notes at a time out of one's Prophet-5 was a big deal.
The PS-3300 came with a five-figure price tag to match its power, and recent auctions have seen perfectly working specimens approach $50,000. Now, however you can have the experience of crafting sounds on one of the most ambitious analog synthesizers ever made for the attractive price of free.
German developer Full Bucket Music has released a Mac AU and Windows VST soft synth emulation of the PS-3300 and it's yours for the asking. Features include:
- Close emulation of behavior and all controls of the original hardware.
- Three independent polyphonic synthesizer blocks.
- Band-limited oscillators, classic two-pole lowpass filters.
- Resonators section plus two Modulation Generators per bank.
- Additional Sample & Hold and paraphonic Envelope Generator.
- Micro-tuning option.
- Additional tweaks.
- MIDI Learn – all parameters can be controlled by MIDI CC.
- Plug-in supports Windows and macOS (32 bit and 64 bit).
Hit the product page for download information, audio examples, and user manuals.
Editor Stephen Fortner spills the beans about what happened to the highly anticipated Kurzweil VA-1 virtual analog synth -- for which he was writing the instruction manual when the project was shelved.
The latest news in product announcements and new synths from October week 3, 2017. Find of the week: Eventide's new Eurorack digital delay.