I’m really into Eurorack drum modules at the moment so I was excited to discover the Elby Designs CGS747 Cynare Drum Synthesizer. I really like that is has a full EG, VCF and VCA built-in. I’ve been using my AS Telemark for some slowly filtering white noise bursts but the Cynare should be able to cover that and free the Telemark up again for more synth duties. $337 USD.
“The CGS747 is one of a family of 3 CGS drum simulators from Ken Stone. It generates a single drum sound that can be adjusted to sound like a cymbal, hi-hat, snare drum, electronic drum, or numerous other percussive sounds. It is a complete dedicated synthesizer in its own right, including six oscillators, a noise source, a mixer, an envelope generator, a VCF and a VCA.” – elby-designs.com
For more info: elby-designs.com/Cynare_Drum_Simulator
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Well if you have $10 and the urge to annoy people or know someone annoying who would like to be more annoying the ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron would be a good gift. How long before we see circuit bent Annoy-a-tron orchestras? Please no.
“The Original ThinkGeek Annoy-a-tron would be useless against an army of Snowbots, but it’s very effective at disturbing that guy in the sales department or your “friend” down the hall. With its thin design and embedded magnet for easy hiding, the Annoy-a-tron can be placed in a variety of locations. Select one of the three sound choices (2 kHz, 12 kHz, or alternating) and push the switch to the on position. Place it in a proper hiding spot and let the “fun” begin. The Annoy-a-tron generates a short (but very annoying, hence the name) beep every few minutes. Your unsuspecting target will have a hard time ‘timing’ the location of the sound because the beeps will vary in intervals ranging from 2 to 8 minutes. The 2kHz sound is generically annoying enough, but if you really really want to aggravate somebody, select the 12 kHz sound. Trust us. The higher frequency and slight ‘electronic noise’ built into that soundbyte will make a full-grown Admin wonder where his packets are.” – thinkgeek.com
For more info: thinkgeek.com/product/8c52/
Ray Kurzweil is in the news this week. I think he’s a pretty interesting person. He believes the singularity is coming. If we can survive that long I think it’s a sure bet too. He’s just been hired at Google which seems highly appropriate or frightening depending on how you look at it. On a side note (pun intended) my favorite sample makers UVI are teasing a virtual version based on the Kurzweil K250.
“The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of greater-than-human superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the occurrence of a technological singularity is seen as an intellectual event horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted. Proponents of the singularity typically state that an “intelligence explosion”, where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent’s cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.” – Wikipedia
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So you want a fully analog hardware synthesizer with a metal touch keyboard that costs a lot less than a Macbeth Nexus? Dubreq has created a new Stylophone call the S2. I have an original and they have been used by some big artists over the years. The new S2 has an 8 waveform LFO, 2 Sub Oscillators, Aux in and for me personally the most exciting addtion: CV in!
“The First British Made Stylophone For 30 Years: The New Dubreq Stylophone S2. Dubreq, the original creators of the Stylophone and Stylophone 350S, are proud to announce the new Stylophone S2. This fantastic new analogue synth, made in the UK, is now available worldwide!” – stylophone2.com
For more info: stylophone2.com
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Youtube if full of cats and synth demos. Raul Pena has a new Channel worth subscribing to called Modular Wild. In a short amount of time he’s posted 6 videos. He’s covering Eurorack synth modules.
“Video channel by Raul Pena about Eurorack Modular Synthesizers. Featuring demonstrations of individual modules, live patching demos,and overviews.” – modularwild
For more info: youtube.com/user/modularwild
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I think the Analogue Solutions Telemark is a really killer synth. It’s based off an Oberheim SEM them pumped up with some added features. It’s new and has MIDI yet has a vintage sound and has CV too. I own one and use it on most of my songs. There is now a V2.0 Telemark with a Ring Modulator and Sub Oscillator/Divider. Check out the video above to see the additions in action.
“Here’s a first look at the Analogue Solutions Telemark V2.0 synthesizer. The new release features the addition of a SUB OSC / DIVIDER as well as a RING MOD. The inclusion of these two sound sculpting elements have a vast and powerful effect on the overall sound of the TM.” – Rezfilter
For more info: analoguesolutions.org.uk
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Metrono.me has interviewed Anthony T. Rolando of Make Noise. Tony’s eurorack modules are considered to be some of if not the best and most interesting. There is some interesting stuff in the interview including news of a Make Noise Reverb module. Read the full interview here: metrono.me/makenoise.html
“The only thing I am seeking at the moment is a unique reverb algorithm to design a Make Noise reverberation module around. Tom Erbe and I are currently chatting about that one.” – Metrono.me
For more info: makenoisemusic.com
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Ken Macbeth makes a third iteration of his new synth this time with a touchplate. This one is called the Nexus 1. Purely sexy no!?!
“This is the first demo of the complimentary synth to the micromac series. 4 Oscillators, Dual State Variable Filter and 4 Envelope generators should get you started, The touch keyboard rounds it up! See you at NAMM ’13!” – Ken Macbeth
For more info: facebook.com/ken.macbeth
Korg has released iPolysix an iPad version of it’s classic Polysix synthesizer. Unlike the original there is a step sequencer, drum machine, chordal mode, Soundcloud sharing and Kaoss type effects pads. About $15 USD.
“iPolysix is an analog polyphonic synthesizer that’s been carefully designed to take full advantage of the 7.9-inch display of the new iPad mini as well as the iPad. Bringing together a sequencer, drum machine, and even a mixer, it transforms your iPad or iPad mini into the ultimate analog synth studio. Pack an amazing set of early-’80s analog equipment into your iPad, and time-travel back to the dawn of polyphonic synthesizers!” – Korg
For more info: korg.com/iPad_Apps
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Check out the above videos of the Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser. I’m not going to pretend that I understand how it works or even how to patch it. It sounds pretty sick though. $425 USD.
“Module A-101-3 is a 12 stage phase shifter with vactrols as phase shifting elements. Our design offers access to each of the 12 input and output stages leading to a lot of new filters that cannot be obtained in other ways. Especially the free patchable feedback loops.” – doepfer.de
For more info: doepfer.de/A1013
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