Sebastiaan Vandevoorde aka Moonlight Matters explains why he loves his classic analogue synth, the Alesis Andromeda.
Producer: Chris Barker
Videographer: Will Seelig
Video Editor: Will Seelig
The Andromeda A6 is a true analog synthesizer using two analog oscillators per voice, sub-oscillators, hard and soft sync and more! It features 16-voice polyphony. With the Andromeda, you’ll find a huge range of tonal possibilities: searing leads, warm pads, fat bass lines, extreme sound effects and more. And of course there are plenty of knobs (72) and buttons (144), even an assignable ribbon controller for addictive hands-on real-time control! The large high-resolution LCD display is excellent and shows you actual rather than relative values of parameters. Andromeda will integrate seamlessly into any studio with its total MIDI control and sync, individual voice outputs, stereo outputs and several audio inputs.
Andromeda is completely analog – no emulation! It features two analog filters per voice that sound great! They are a multimode 2-pole and a 4-pole lowpass. External audio can be routed through these filters too (three 1/4″ jacks)! As for modulation, Andromeda has three LFOs, each with six waveforms and they can be synced to MIDI clock. And there are three 7-stage envelopes with very creative and flexible functions. Also onboard is an extensive mod matrix for enormous freedom in configuring Andromeda’s sounds!
No analog synth would be complete without a set of classic effects and features. Andromeda also offers Portamento with nine slopes and legato functions. A built-in arpeggiator and analog-style sequencer are available, with MIDI sync! There are also some high quality digital effects such as reverbs, chorus, echo, distortion and more! Andromeda comes with 256 breathtaking preset patches plus 128 user. A PCMCIA-format memory card slot allows for additional programs and mixes. Andromeda is pure analog bliss, with all the features, stability and widgets of modern digital synths.
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This is a quick demo of the Endeavor, Illumiringer, and APC2600 (with a little reverb sometimes). Enjoy!
Dr Blankenstein’s “Endeavour Space Line Generator” Analog Synth / Sequencer w/ Theremin Controls
Back from a long video uploading break with a new prototype demo… and many more to follow. What we have here is a 10 step analog sequencer, running a square wave oscillator. Each step of the bass line can be tuned via the 10 main sequence knobs. This unit is intended as a stand alone sound creation device, at has NO sync out or in… hence why it should be considered a “space line generator” Oh, and for added fun.. there is an ILLUMIRINGER put on the end of the signal chain for epic tweaking!
All of this is controlled via the 3 sections at the top of the unit… each section has the option to be either controlled via a knob, light sensor or pair of touch points (at the bottom of the unit.) First, we have the “SPEED” which will control the tempo of the sequence. Next, there is the “PITCH” controls.. and finally the “FILTER” which is tied into the effects section. The filter fx can be turned on and off via the switch to the left of the Knob / Sensor control switch on the right most control section.
The touch points are set up in pairs… from left to right… 1st Speed, 2nd Pitch, 3rd Voltage Drain, 4th Effect. They can be used in pairs OR in different configuration to get some really exciting expression out of the piece.
The light sensors on this thing are SICK! Massive range… super sensitive! So many way to jam on them… I couldn’t include all of them in the video there were SO MANY… so use your imagination.
Unit can be turned on via a mission impossible style key start… or big red momentary button. 9v Power adapter power for maximum juice’ness (this thing is a bit of a beast). This is a solid PCB design, not perf board etc… so I would expect to see a few of these popping up on the website / eBay in coming days.
Roland has officially announced its new series of AIRA products:
- The AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer – a $499 drum machine;
- The AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline – a $299 bassline synth;
- The AIRA VT-3 Voice Transformer – a $199 vocal effects processor and vocoder; and
- The AIRA System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer – a $599 virtual analog synthesizer that can transform into a variety of classic synth, and act as a hardware controller for a new line of software synthesizers.
The AIRA series is based on Roland’s newly-developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) which the company says faithfully captures the sound of some of Roland’s most revered classics. In developing the AIRA line, Roland modeled classic circuits, using original design specs, consultation with original product engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit, using pristinely-archived Roland drum machines and synthesizers.
The TR-8 Rhythm Performer is a ‘performance rhythm machine’. It offers the sounds of Roland’s classic TR-808 and TR-909, 4 audio outputs and greater tweakability than the originals.
The TB-3 Touch Bassline is based on the classic Roland TB-303.
The new TB-3 Touch Bassline uses Roland’s ACB modeling to recreate the classic bassline sound and offers controls that will be familiar to users of the original. But the TB-3 also offers a large touch control surface that streamlines sequence programming and introduces new performance options.
The VT-3 Voice Transformer is designed for creating heavily processed vocal sounds, with pitch and formant shifting, vocoder effects and more
The System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer is a new keyboard that can transform into a variety of types of synths.
It’s very hands-on and knobby, but the key feature is the synth’s Plug-Out technology, which lets the System-1 control – and even host – software recreations of classic Roland synths, with no computer connected.
Pricing and Availability:
- The TR-8 Rhythm Transformer will retail for a street price of $499;
- the TB-3 Touch Bassline has a street price of $299;
- the VT-3 street price will be $199; and
- he System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer will retail for $599.
Roland AIRA products will be shipping by the end of second quarter 2014
Gino Robair, tech editor, checks out the all-discrete analog BoomStar boxes from boutique analog synth maker Studio Electronics.
Time for a new vintage machine demo, additional details below:
You can buy these patches – read the description for further details.
Synthesizer demo of the analog synthesizer Roland JX-3P from 1983.
In this movie I play some of my own sounds – on some sounds I used a small amount of digital delay from a Roland DEP-5 (my favourite unit for delays). In the intro I used the sequencer of the JX-3P.
The JX-3P has a flexible sound architecture with 2 DCOs, oscillator synch, ring modulation and more LFO waveforms. Just one ADSR, like the Juno series. It also has chorus (just one setting).The JX-3P has not many sliders and knobs… you get them if you buy the programmer PG-200 from Roland.
THE SOUND PROGRAMS IN THIS MOVIE:
Do you own a Roland JX-3P or a MKS-30 and want to get these fantastic sounds for your synth?
The brandnew “ANALOGAUDIO1 JX-3P PATCH BANK” costs 12,99 Euros and includes 64 great patches (two banks with 32 patches) fat analog pads, great retro sounds, fantastic basses, sequencer sounds and funky leads (in one word: all you hear in the video and some more).
As an experienced synth player and composer I created these patches for professional use. This patchbank gets the most out of your Roland JX-3P. Also included is a patch list (PDF), to find the right sounds quickly. The sounds are not available anywhere else.
The patchbank will only work with the JX-3P and with the MKS-30 Planet S (which is the rack format of the JX-3P).
After payment through PayPal you will get the patchbank as a sound file (wav) for the built in tape interface of your JX-3P and a patchlist (list with names of the patches) via email.
If you want to buy the “ANALOGAUDIO1 JX-3P PATCHBANK”, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org (and check your spam folder, I answer quickly).
I also offer ANALOGAUDIO1 patchbanks for the following synths:
KORG POLY-800 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6bG8P…
KORG POLY-800 II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPrp8a…
KORG POLY-61 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R0bva…
KORG DW-6000 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOoF7T…
KORG DW-8000 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bh_xr…
KORG POLYSIX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc0uMD…
ROLAND JUNO-60 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaTLk6…
ROLAND JUNO-106 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdsuc…
Honestly not sure if this is something we’ll ever ‘stock’ or be able to sell you, but it was too cool not to post! The second part of this video features direct stereo sound in from the 8 Voice.
The Elektron Keys builds on the already superb Elektron Analog Four and gives it 61 keys making an already amazing classic a solid performance tool.
Playing around with the new Moog Sub37 Analog Synth at NAMM 2014!
Here’s a presentation of the new Moog Sub 37 at the NAMM Show 2014.
Intellijel has introduced the Atlantis - a fully patchable dual oscillator analog subtractive synth voice in Eurorack format.
The Atlantis is heavily inspired by the architecture and sound of the classic Roland SH-101. However, the Atlantis uses triangle core VCOs (based on the Dixie core) instead of Saw core, which respond much more musically to FM. The modulation oscillator can be used as an LFO or VCO (audio rate) and both track very precisely over 8 or more octaves.
The Intellijel Atlantis
In the mixer section you can adjust the balance of the primary oscillators waveforms including a sinewave which is normalled to the EXT IN jack. You could also patch in one of the modulation oscillators waveforms into this channel and be able to operate the Atlantis as a proper two oscillator synth. There is a switch labelled ?LINK? which enables the modulation vco pitch to be based as an offset of the primary VCO. This is useful when using it as a stacked dual vco or when you have the mod VCO acting as the linear FM source for the primary vco and wish to maintain the ratio.
The filter section is a Roland style cascaded 4 pole multimode filter with LP, BP and HP modes. The LP Boost switch engages a special mode useful for the LP that produces a much fatter and prominent sound that is not drowned out by resonance (unlike the original SH-101). The filter self-oscillates to produce a very clean sine wave which also tracks 1V/Oct. Between the Mod VCO, Primary VCO, Sub Oscillator and resonating filter it is possible to layer up to four different pitches at one time.
The envelope section is an ADSR with a dual range switch. It also can be set to a looping mode which can be gated on/off externally.
The output VCA feeds into a two level output clipping circuit that you can use to get a much ballsier/dirtier sound.
- Modulation VCO: triangle core with Hard Sync and Link switch to connect pitch to primary
- Primary VCO: triangle core with Hard Sync, Octave switches, Linear/Exp FM and PWM
- Global modulation bus with four VCO waveforms, noise and S&H options
- Cascaded 4-Pole multimode filter
- Looping ADSR with range switch, manual gate, and external level (velocity) control.
- Three position output clipping circuit
- 27 jacks for creative and complex patching options
- Header on back of pcb that allows it to be linked (normalled) to the Intellijel Metropolis sequencer
- Skiff Friendly
Summary of enhancements/differences over the SH-101 core:
- Discrete triangle core vcos (with far better tracking and Hard sync) instead of CEM based IC.
- Primary vco has linear FM (not just exp)
- MOD VCO can be linked to the primary VCO pitch CV.
- Modulation oscillator switchable from LFO to VCO
- Filter is multimode, 2/4pole switchable and has a special LP boost mode
- Filter allows for selection of inverted ADSR mod source
- Mixer section includes and external source which is normalled to a sinewave
- Filter has built in soft clipping
- Envelope has looping option, re-trigger and selectable time range
- Output VCA has two stage clipping circuit
- Patch points for every synthesis section
The Intellijel Atlantis is priced at $699 and is available now.
Moog Music shared this teaser image of what looks like it could be the new Moog Sub 37 Paraphonic Analog Synthesizer.
More details will be provided as soon as we get them