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Moogfest 2019: A New Moog vocoder synth is on the horizon

Moogfest 2019: A New Moog Vocoder Synth is on the Horizon

Moogfest 2019 is almost upon us and in what has become somewhat of the norm for Moog in the past, they have announced that there will be a new product that will be the subject of the Engineer Workshop at this year’s event. In the

Arturia Have Made Pigments Available Under a Rent-to-Own Scheme

Saving for gear and software sucks, nobody likes the waiting game. So it’s very welcome news that Arturia’s latest software synthesiser Pigments, is now available to purchase via Splice‘s rent-to-own payment plan. We’ve seen a number of manufacturers dipping their toes in this service, Pigments

Doepfer Release Five New Polyphonic Eurorack Synth Modules

Since the launch of their A100 modular synth in the mid-’90s, Doepfer has been quietly adding modules to the system; some fairly simple, others wonderfully obscure, and now they have just globally announced the availability of: A-111-4 Quad VCO A-105-4 Quad Poly SSI VCF A-132-8

Wireless MIDI Control with Apple Watch MIDIWrist is a Reality

Wireless MIDI Control with Apple Watch MIDIWRIST app is a Reality

It’s taken three years in the making, and finally, Apple’s recent Watch models allow you to control MIDI gear by remotely playing, stop recording, and rewinding your DAW from your watch. The app MidiWrist will allow you to wirelessly control synthesisers and other MIDI-controllable sound

Foolong Around with Dorian Concept

Fooling Around with Dorian Concept

Dorian Concept (born Oliver Thomas Johnson) is a self-taught Austrian multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and keyboard artist, whose work draws on an eclectic variety of sources including modal and free jazz, funk, hip-hop, and electronic, ambient, and soundscape music. Johnson adopted his stage name as a

Modal Synthesisers are Coming to Australia

Modal Synthesisers are Coming to Australia

MODAL Electronics has just announced the appointment of CMI Music & Audio as their Australian distributor. This is awesome news for those who’ve been following the progress of MODAL, and we’re super excited to get our hands on MODAL’s innovative SKULPT and the new CRAFT Synth

Review: Arturia Synclavier V 2 Software Synthesiser

The Synclavier, produced by New England Digital in various incarnations from the ’70s through to the early ’90s, was a synthesiser with incredibly vast ambitions. Alongside the Aussie designed CMI Fairlight Sampler, it channeled developments in the earliest computers  into digital sound design. Initially starting

Sinevibes Release ‘Bent’ for Korg Prologue & Minilogue xd Digital Multi-Engine

Sinevibes have just released their second custom-developed digital synthesis engine designed to run on Korg’s Multi-Engine, featured in the Prologue and new Minilogue xd synths. Called Bent, Sinevibes say they’ve implemented  a novel synthesis method called ‘bent-wave frequency modulation’, developed by Sinevibes themselves. Bent combines a classic FM-style

The New Synths Controllers To make Music

The New Synths, Controllers and Gear to Make Music With in 2019

From Teenage Engineering, Korg, Arturia and Behringer showcasing a range of synthesisers and modular gear, to Akai’s FORCE being heralded as a replacement for the laptop and DAW – NAMM 2019 had it all. Here’s a choice collection of new synths, controllers and gear we expect

Berhinger MS-101 Synth Has Been Officially Released

Behringer MS-101 Synth Has Been Officially Released

Behringer’s depiction of the iconic Roland SH-101, the MS-101 is now officially part of their vastly expanding synthesiser product line. The MS-101 is a monophonic analogue synthesiser based upon the 3340 VCO with 4 simultaneous waveforms, VCF, ADSR envelope, 32 step sequencer, arpeggiator and a