SE editor Stephen Fortner plays some factory patches on the Dave Smith Prophet REV2, and comes away quite impressed.
Dave Smith explains his latest (2017) synthesizer, the analog and up to 16-voice Prophet REV2.
The advent of synthesizers offered filmmakers exciting new options for music-to-picture. For one, the sound captured the zeitgeist of 1970s and '80 futurism. Another more practical reason is that hiring a synth-savvy composer was far less expensive than commissioning a John Williams-level orchestra, which has a lot to do with why Red Bull had materials with which to compile this list. It's not a great list
Hilarious '80s-style synth parody featured on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Novation is now shipping their $500 Circuit MonoStation, a monophonic or two-voice paraphonic real analog synth with integrated groove-base sequencer.
Legendary synth designer Tom Oberheim will speak and answer questions at KnobCon 2017, Sept 9 -10 in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.
Metagrid turns one or more iPads into a custom quick-command surface for your DAW of choice -- as well as other creative software on Mac or PC.
Novation Peak got editor Stephen Fortner closer to the iconic bass sound from Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" than any synth he's tried previously.
UA models the iconic Korg SDD-3000 rackmount digital delay, available exclusively on it's UAD Powered Plug-In platform.
Synthesis expert Jim Aikin uses a $25 rack extension to crossfade four instances of Dr Octo Rex in Reason. Reason only lets you crossfade two audio sources natively, so this is a great trick!
Electronic composer and music tech journalist Jim Aikin is an icon in the synth community. In this second of three installments on a multi-tiimbral modular synth patch, we take a closer look at some of the modules and signal paths involved.
Vi Labs exhaustive virtual instrument version of the hyper-boutique Ravenscroft 275 grand piano is $50 off until Sept 5, 2017.
The Bob Moog Foundation is raffling a Vintage Memorymoog in their 2017 Summer Raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Foundation’s educational and historic preservation initiatives.
Our friends at e-instruments, creators of some of the best Kontakt instruments around, have set us a challenge. One of their artists Jonah Smith has recorded both his vintage Rhodes Suitcase electric piano and the Session Keys Electric S Suitcase VI for one reason, e-instruments want to see if we can spot which one is which.
After some sneaky pics doing the rounds and rumours abounding (which we feel sure Roland would have been happy about), Roland has unveiled their new TR-08 and SH-01 redux of the classic Roland SH101 synth and TR808 Rhythm Composer.
Both the TR-08 and SH-01A are digital takes of the originals; this is not to say they are bad, simply different. Roland is taking advantage of the things that digital offers such as lower power consumption.
Other than that significant architectural difference, they are as near as dammit button for button and knob for knob the same.
Synthesis expert Jim Aikin details a four-part patch on his Eurorack modular system.
Waves, makers of plug-ins DSP hardware and interfaces, has announced Clavinet, the latest in their vintage keyboard plug-in range.
Described by Waves as "Accurately sampled from one of the funkiest keyboards ever created: the iconic D6 model Clavinet famous for its percussive playability and gritty sound.
The original Clav has always held a special appeal in funk, fusion, rock and soul music for its unique melodic twang and sonic versatility, from brilliant, vibrant, nitty and gritty to soft, rich, mellow tones."
Plonk is a new Physical Modeling module from Intellijel, AAS, and Richard Devine.
Percussa's new crowdfunded Eurorack wavetable synth module looks amazing ...
Every Friday on Synth Expert we are going to feature a free plug-in, there's plenty of good ones around so you may not have come across some of them.
This week it's Native Instruments MIKRO PRISM.
Built around Reaktor MIKRO PRISM is a free instrument. Using the same sound engine as its bigger brother and REAKTOR 5.5’s new dynamic 'Modal Bank' technology, this fully-playable instrument shines with a stunning range of brilliant sounds.