Testing sounds (stock and non stock), modulations, filters and general ooomphh on Korg’s virtual analog synthesizer.
Recorded in 24bit/48Khz uncompressed wave – enjoy!
Details about the Korg R3:
Occupying the middle ground in Korg’s MMT lineup between the flagship Radias and the ultra-portable microKorg XL, the R3 delivers sophisticated virtual analog power in a compact yet sturdy package. Its 37 full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys and four assignable knobs make it a lightweight yet flexible performance instrument for shaping classic modeled sounds with a synthesis engine in the spirit of the MS2000.
The R3 is marketed as a “Synthesizer/Vocoder”, and the included gooseneck mic lets you take full advantage of its 16-band vocoding capabilities right out of the box. Simply enter Vocoder mode for access to all of the vocoder’s variables that work with an internal or external carrier signal. It also lets you record up to sixteen 7.5-second Formant Motion sequences, allowing you to play saved phrases—albeit at a fixed tempo—through the vocoder without external input. Whether you’re looking to channel the spirits of sci-fi robots, make a guitar do backing vocals or are in need of some unconventional choral accompaniment, the R3′s pro-grade vocoder earns its place in both the mix and the title.
Each of the 128 editable patches can contain up to two timbres, sharing the somewhat meager polyphony between them. These can be layered or divided across the keyboard and can be assigned to individual MIDI channels. Each of these two timbres contain all the capabilities listed, so despite being well suited for mono and lead styles it’s possible to get surprisingly complex, evolving pads which belie its 8-note polyphony. This is best displayed when using each timbre’s modulation sequence, which lets you record a variable’s knob changes and can yield complex changes in a single key press. There’s also a 6-mode arpeggiator with a toggle button and latch control to further animate the sound.
Every timbre consists of two LFOs, two oscillators, a wave-shaper with sub-oscillator options, two insert effects, and three envelope generators for filter, amp, and one for assignment using the Virtual Patch system. This feature lets you define up to six additional routings, giving the unit a fitting touch of modular dynamics which can add subtle dynamics or make sounds spiral off into mayhem. Unfortunately the routings are limited, but most of the logical sources and destinations are included. The two oscillators cover a wide range of traditional analog waveforms with some useful extras (osc1 includes 64 DWGS preset waveforms and the vowel-like Formant wave) and allow a number of interactions between them: ring mod, VPM and unison, among others. External signals can also be processed through the filters, gates and effects. All of this is wrapped up with one master effect and a variable 2-band EQ with some other fine-tuning mods to polish the finished sound.
All of this programming demands an intuitive interface, and although it involves some menu-diving, this is handled by selecting the category with a rotary encoder and then editing individual variables with the 4 main pots. Though it isn’t “per-knob” editing, each pot is encircled by a slick-looking LED halo which shows the value regardless of the knob’s current position. Each knob also has its own small LCD screen which can show the variable or its value by hitting the shift key. This combination along with the Original Value light takes much of the drudgery and guesswork out of building your own patches, but it’s recommended to load up the included software editor since some sub-variable and effects tweaks can seem cryptic at first.
Overall, the R3 is a fun, good quality, affordable synth for anyone who enjoys sculpting sounds using traditional subtractive synthesis, and offers enough complex features and character to earn its place in the mix. Great to program and built with portability in mind, the R3 has what it takes to rock the stage!
Introduction to AS-16 Analog Sequencer for Reason
- 16 CV channels with separate CV outputs
- Skip, Jump and Pad features for each channel
- Unipolar, Bipolar and Note output modes
- Common musical scales, with selectable root note via UI or MIDI
- Octave and range controls when in Note mode
- Normal, One Shot and Random modes
- Selectable slide
- Pattern reverse and bounce modes
- Synchronise with sequencer, external clock or free run
- Swing control
- Audio envelope and chopping facility
- CV add and multiply
- Chaining of devices for unlimited channels
Pricing and Availability:
Available in the Propellerhead shop.
The Therevox ET-4.1 is an analog continuous pitch instrument inspired by the interface of the rare Ondes Martenot.
Each oscillator has six different waveforms, including the classic sine wave of the Electro-Theremin and the Ondes Martenot’s unique octiviant and white noise settings. Each oscillator can be tuned separately, or synched to create intervals or interesting harmonics. Oscillator 2 can also be set to a consistent note or used as an LFO to modulate the filter. The internal low-pass filter with variable cutoff frequency is used to shape the sound and this can also be controlled with an external expression pedal or CV source.
Details and Specifications
- Two independent temperature compensated analog oscillators with sync function
- Six octave positions for each oscillator covering C0 to C8
- Six waveforms (sine, triangle, rectified sine/octiviant, 50% pulse, 30% pulse, 10% pulse (white noise on Osc 2)
- Adjustable ring with metal reinforced wire
- Replaceable reference keyboard with alternatives available (ex: lapsteel, specific scales, microtonal)
- Dual wooden pressure-sensitive intensity keys with approx. 3/4″ travel
- Low-pass filter with adjustable cutoff frequency (can be controlled by expression pedal or external CV)
- Internal spring reverb with dry+wet mix control
- “Silent” tuner output, switchable between oscillators
- Line-level (+3db) output with volume control
- Control Voltage (CV) outputs for ring position (1V/octave) and both intensity keys (0 – 10V)
- 16VAC power input
- Dimensions: 30 x 11 x 4″
- Includes: Printed manual, power supply (110-120V and 220-240V Available) and extension cable.
- Made in Canada
The Therevox ET-4.1 is priced at US $1475.
ProAudio creates a short track while exploring the features of the new Novation Bass Station II. Check out this video demonstrating the flexibility and mobility of this affordable digitally controlled analog monophonic synthesizer.
From Novations Website:
“Bass Station II is an analogue mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station but re-worked for the 21st century. It has two filters, two oscillators plus a third sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully analogue effects section. Add a step sequencer, arpeggiator, full sized keys and a powerful modulation section and you have the makings of a synth that is built for bass, but capable of so much more.”
Joseph Colmenero shows you a fast and easy way to create your own custom drum sounds using the Novation Bass Station II analog synthesizer.
Making the wobble bass sound effect is as easy as 1-2-3. This is an unnecessarily long video tutorial showing how its done.
Short demonstration of the Jomox Xbase 999 analog drum synthesizer. All sounds are generated by the Xbase 999. Kickdrum, Snaredrum, Low Tom, and High Tom are true analog. Hi Hats, Clap, Rim Shot, Crash, and Ride are digital and can have different 8 bit samples assigned to them.
MFB’s Tanzbär drum-computer offers fourteen analogue percussion instruments as well as a synthesizer for bass- and melodic voices.
Its integrated step-sequencer allows flashlight-programming and storage of up to 144 patterns. All parameters can be recorded per step! Because of its ability to control and call up all functions on the fly, while the unit is running, Tanzbär is ideally suited for live performances.
- Analogue drum-computer with tight step-sequencer and 16 instruments.
- Immediate control, integration of MIDI and CV/Gate.
- Different step-lengths per instrument.
- Programmable accent- and pitch-bend-functions.
- 144 patterns with A/B-variations, fill-function to chain various patterns.
- 3 CV- and 2 Gate channels.
- Roll- and flam-recording.
- Individual and global swing-quantization.
- Recording of control-value per step.
- 12 individual outputs, stereo output.
- MIDI- and clock-sync, MIDI-dump.
- Microshift-function via MIDI (future update).
- Metal chassis with wood side panels.
Tanzbär is available to purchase for MSRP 840 EUR.
New TBS-X16 analog sequencer prototype
16 step analog C.V.sequencer
Splits into 2 fully independent 8 step C.V. sequencers.
Also a 16 step gate squencer with 16 individual gates and a 16 step bus.
The KOMA BD101 is a complex (short) Analog Delay & Amplitude Modulation unit that can be used for filtering and treating audio signals; the very short delay time closes every “standard” application, but opens a whole landscape of sonic crushing and underclocking distortion. Pretty Wild. The IR sensor is very sensible to strong lights for shooting; so, on this video, its sensibility is not so strong than in the real life.
KOMA BD101 amplitude modulating Doepfer Dark Energy; Dark Time retriggers synth eg and BD101 is AMing signal for a rhythmic interaction; short delay and underclocking of BBD as usual.
The short BBD into BD101 is modulated with LFO triangle/square wave out from Doepfer Dark Energy. A lot of harmonics and – when underclocking takes act – a lot of severe audio changes. Not a standard delay, but a complex sound sculpting machine.
Silent Way Voice Controller, part of the Silent Way plug-in suite, will soon be available as a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason. Silent Way offers deep control over analog synthesizers direct from your DAW.
For more information on Silent Way, see
Silent Way is a suite of plug-ins designed for use with analogue synthesisers, and especially as part of a modular analogue synthesiser system. The plug-ins produce no sound themselves, nor do they process sound – rather, they generate signals to be used as control voltages (CVs), which can be patched into the control inputs of oscillators, filters, VCAs etc. of an analogue system. Also, with the addition of the CV Input plug-in, it is possible to bring CVs from the synth into the computer, for recording or processing.
There are currently eighteen plug-ins in the Silent Way suite – Silent Way AC Encoder, Silent Way CV Input, Silent Way CV To MIDI, Silent Way CV To OSC , Silent Way DC, Silent Way ES-4 Controller, Silent Way ES-5 Controller, Silent Way ESX-4CV Combiner, Silent Way Follower, Silent Way Learner, Silent Way LFO, Silent Way Quantizer, Silent Way SMUX, Silent Way Soundplane, Silent Way Step LFO, Silent Way Sync , Silent Way Trigger and Silent Way Voice Controller. These are described in more detail below. It is anticipated that more plug-ins will be added to the suite in the future – watch the website for product announcements.
Patch details below:
snazzy fx ardcore running dual lfo sketch
triggers the two MFB seq 02 sequencers
both are running in AB mode 32 steps each
MFB OSC-02 Triple VCO is sequenced and modulated by
MFB seq 02 and Maths
MFB OSC-02 Triple VCO ing mod out is sent to the filter of monotron e
with black front panel white knobs
is patched into function
with black front panel and monotribe knobs
function is being fed by the monotron e LFO
EOC is sent to the filter cv of monotron-e
all audio outputs are mixed with MFB drum 99 mixer
this is sent to the alesis io dock input
a little KORG iELECTRIBE is added
this is all on channel 1
Ableton live 8 win7 64bit with hp Compaq L2105tm touchscreen
midi input from korg ms20 legacy and DOEPFER A192 CVM 16
Max for Live
sonic charge microtonic
audio damage big sequence