Vintage Legend – new soundset for the CS-80V synthesizer instrument by Arturia

August 26, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Vintage Synth Pads has launched Vintage Legend, a soundset for the CS-80V synthesizer instrument by Arturia.

The CS80 could do some things that even the most expensive modern Romplers still cant. It had an almost organic quality to it that seemed like it had a pulse. The way the modulation cycled and the filters emoted was very musical. Listen to the classic recordings of Vangelis or Brian Eno, both did some of their best work with it.

It was a synth with a soul, very warm and expressive in a way samples simply cannot come close to.

“Vintage Legend” for Arturia CS80 goes back to the heyday sounds of the CS80. Back to the sounds that were part of early Electronica and Ambient music.

This collection focuses on what the CS80 did best, Pads and Melodic synth presets. Also included are classic arps, brass, bass, keys and leads as only the CS80 could make.

The soundset costs $27.98 USD.

Background video description:

Classic Yamaha presets for the Arturia CS80.
These days we hear a lot about vintage synths but how many of those synthesizers truly stand the test of time?

For many professional musicians, the Yamaha CS80 was one of the unquestionable greats.
It was a vital part of the sound of Vangelis, Brian Eno, Michel Jarre, Yes, Genesis, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan,and David Bowie.

The CS80 could do some things that even the most expensive modern Romplers still cant.
It had an almost organic quality to it that seemed like it had a pulse.
The way the modulation cycled and the filters emoted was very musical.
Listen to the classic recordings of Vangelis or Brian Eno, both did some of their best work with it.

MS20 mini vs MS20: original how does it compare?

August 26, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Korg MS-20 is a classic analog synth with some fairly unique features that are not found on other synths. Taking a critical ear to the 2013 reissue of this synth, I compare several sounds between an original MS-20 and the new MS-20 mini.

Apple launches Logic Pro X 10.2 including Alchemy

August 26, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Logic Pro 10.2 gives you even more power to create electronic music with Alchemy, a next-generation synthesizer. Alchemy works hand in hand with all the beat-making and music-production features introduced in Logic Pro 10.1 to create all types of music, including EDM and Hip Hop.

Changes in Logic Pro 10.2

  • Introducing Alchemy – the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer
    • Next generation synthesizer plug-in with multiple sound generators including; additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog.
    • Over 3,000 presets for all types of electronic music including electronic dance, hip hop, rock, and sound for picture.
    • Integrated keyword preset browser for finding the right sounds quickly.
    • Performance controls like the Transform Pad make it easy to explore and reshape sounds.
    • Combine up to four synth modules to create complex multi-layered sounds.
    • Virtual analog oscillators produce authentic recreations of iconic synth sounds.
    • Wide selection of modeled analog and special effect filters for producing sounds with vintage character and tonal complexity.
    • Create animated, dynamic instruments using over 100 modulation sources that include flexible LFOs, AHDSR and MSEG envelopes, and step sequencers.
    • Manipulate and combine samples in new ways using a collection of morphing and resynthesis tools.
    • Import EXS24 instruments or create your own using a robust set of sampler features.
    • Apply independent arpeggiators to each of the 4 sound sources to transform simple chords into elaborate performances.
    • Integrated effects rack with reverb, modulation, delay, compression, and a range of distortion effects.
  • New tabbed Transform Pad and X/Y Pad Smart Controls for Alchemy instruments.
  • Share directly to Apple Music Connect (Requires Apple Music Connect account).
  • Adds support for Force Touch trackpad.
  • Create custom track icons with your own image files.
  • 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular instruments and genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Disco, Funk, and Blues.
  • Expanded MIDI clock options improve sync compatibility with external MIDI devices.
  • Multiple additional enhancement and stability improvements.

Logic Pro X is available for purchase for $199.99 USD.

We’re excited to announce that Gobbler is now integrated in Logic Pro X – you can sync, version, and share your projects with Gobbler, all without leaving Logic!

Get started with Gobbler and Logic Pro X at

Berlin School Synthesis: Piano Pattern, Sequencer Lines, String Pads and Lead Synthesizer Melodies

August 25, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Ralph Baumgartl ist talking to the band “Thau” (Bernd-Miachel Land and Frank Tischer) about their unique interpretation of the “Berlin School” music genre. They explain the typical musical features of “Berlin School” and why they use intruments like the Minimoog Voyager, String Ensemble Keyboards, Analogue Sequencers together with EMS Synthesizers and Pianos.

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KAWAI K1 (K1m/K1r) – 64 SynthCorner Presets

August 25, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The K1 is one of Kawai’s most economic digital synthesizers in the K-series. The K1 has 256 digital samples of waveforms, 50 of which are from acoustic instruments. You combine up to four wave shapes to create very new and unique sounds. The K1 is capable of very good acoustic recreation, excellent unique synth sounds or at times, completely noisy walls of complex sound.


The K1 comes in many options: the K1m module/desktop version and the rackmount K1r (pictured above). It makes a great entry-level or back-up synth. Budget digital D-50-like synthesis doesn’t get much better than this!

This is presentation of 64 custom designed SynthCorner presets for Kawai K1 synthesizer (also for K1m and K1r). There are many electronic sounds grouped as: pads, synth, bass, synth guitar, seq. Recorded directly form K1’s stereo outs and with additional reverb FX.

You can buy this 64 Single Presets in SysEx/MidiFile format for only 6 Euros (via PayPal). Just email me at

Kawai K1 specification:
– 16 note polyphonic
– 8 part multitimbral
– 64 single presets
– 32 multi presets
– 256 waveforms
– 4 waves as one Single preset
– DC-8 card (RAM and ROM)
– 2 audio outs


Review of the first 3D printed Violin – 3Dvarius

August 25, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Laurent Bernadac presents his review of the first fully playable electric violin created by the 3D printing technology !
Hope you’ll enjoy !…

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Welcome to the « 3Dvarius » website, the first fully playable electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a real Stradivarius violin. Printed as a single piece, it departs from traditional musical instrument production technology.
Combining the precision and power of 3D-printing with ancient violin-making skills, its innovative design, in the service of violinist, marks a further step towards the perfect symbiosis between musician and instrument.

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One track per synth – Akademic’s new album on Bandcamp

August 25, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Each track contains only the cited sound source with occasional added studio effects primarily from Universal Audio, Soundtoys, Valhalla DSP, and a TC Electronics Alter Ego delay pedal.

Mixed through a Great River EQ-2NV equalizer and an API 2500 bus compressor.


released 24 August 2015

Sean Drinkwater, Noah Drake, Grant Putnam

New video on the LinnStrument – Introduction

August 24, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A brief introduction to LinnStrument, including a variety of sounds and features

Limited edition – Mute Synth II Orange

August 24, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Mute has announced the Mute Synth II Orange – a limited edition of its hand-held synth and sequencer.

Both the previously announced black and white Mute Synth II’s have sold out.


  • Designer circuit board
  • Noise generator
  • Feedback
  • Oscillator
  • Wave-shaping
  • Buffered output
  • Sequencer
  • Touch and pot control
  • Mini patchbay
  • Headphone/line output
  • Battery powered (9v battery not included)

The Mute Synth II comes boxed with an album of works using the synth, by artists associated with Dirty Electronics and Mute. The CD features Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle / Carter Tutti Void), Simon Fisher Turner, Dominic Butler (Bronze Teeth / Factory Floor), Kidanevil, Dirty Electronics and others.

MSII is designed in collaboration with the designer and writer, Adrian Shaughnessy.

Mute Synth II is born out of Dirty Electronics’ ongoing commitment to DIY approaches and noise aesthetics, and is designed to serve as a catalyst for experimenting with electronic sound.

The Mute Synth II is available for preorder for £89.99, with an expected release date of September 7, 2015.

Pat Metheny – The Synclavier 1986

August 24, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Pat Metheny, in 1986, explaining the Synclavier digital synthesizer. 

Along the way, Metheny demonstrates how he uses the Synclavier, composing with it and his thoughts on using a computer for music.

The Synclavier System was an early digital synthesizer, polyphonic digital sampling system, and music workstation manufactured by New England Digital Corporation of Norwich, Vermont, USA.

The original design and development of the Synclavier prototype occurred at Dartmouth College with the collaboration of Professor Jon Appleton, Professor of Digital Electronics, Sydney A. Alonso, and Cameron Jones, a software programmer and student at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.

The first version appeared in 1977/78 but was soon replaced by the Synclavier II in 1980 with a new “partial timbre” sound editing feature (it tweaks the harmonics), built-in FM and additive synthesis, sampling, 64 voice polyphony, 32MB of waveform RAM (expandable to 768), 32 outputs, music-notation printing, multitrack sequencing, and digital hard-disk recording. In 1984 a third model was introduced and became the most infamous version of the line-up. The new features included a full sized and weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch which replaced the previous model’s plastic keyboard, and 128 voices polyphony. An optional DSP effects package including time compression/expansion was available for the Synclav as well. There was also a standard onboard arpeggiator and a robust sequencer with up to 200 tracks and its sampler had the ability to record and output at up to 100 khz!

The typical Synclavier system consists of a durable 76-note keyboard peppered with 132 illuminated buttons and a single control knob, connected to a rack-mounted CPU running NED’s own 16-bit ABLE operating system plus the nostalgic mid-eighties looking mono-chromatic computer monitor/keyboard. Patches, sound files, sequences and samples are stored to 5.25″ diskette, hard disk or in some models, magneto-optical drives.

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