Here’s Tom, one half of Sound of Science (soundofscience.org) unpacking some of the tools of the trade — all of which made their transatlantic journey without incident!
Synths for Studio A!
Gotta watch those peanuts…
Studio Electronics MidiMii
Studio Electronics has released these photos of the first production Boomstar synthesizer – a Boomstar 4075. Earlier this year, Studio Electronics announced a new line of four Boomstar synthesizers, each with a different style of filter:
- 4075-classic Arp 2600
- 5089-classic Moog 24db ladder
- SEM-classic Oberheim 12db
- 303-classic Roland TB.
The Boomstar synths are priced at $799.
Back to the raw power and purity of non-programmable* discrete analog––where STUDIO ELECTRONICS started in 1985. The snap and punch of hardware envelopes drive the BOOMSTAR’s brilliant voltage controlled circuits with unparalleled sonic integrity and versatility. BOOMSTAR is the ultimate desktop analog synthesizer for those who remember and desire still, the electronic Analog sound that changed the world and for seekers who have yet to discover that magic and delight… in their time.
This new blazing brainchild of STUDIO ELECTRONICS represents the design collective ethos of circuit and software “Saseong” Tim Caswell, tactile layout and lead feature specialist Greg St. Regis, graphic and sound consultant Marc St. Regis, art design wizard of vector truth, John Greczula, cool-headed concept leader Geoff Farr and our relentless and wise feature and functionality consultant, Drew Neumann.
Four Models/Filter types: 4075-classic Arp 2600, 5089-classic Moog 24db ladder, SEM-classic Oberheim 12db, 303-classic Roland TB.
This All-American-Made music machine’s discrete voltage controlled analogoscillators, hand matched transistors in its filters and amplifiers and STUDIO ELECTRONICS’ typically expressive programming feature realizes its name: Earth Grounding Subs to Deep Field Shimmers… BOOMSTAR!
DM ARP 2600 Drums is a free Live Pack consisting of 8 Ableton Drum Racks and 150 original analog percussion sounds sampled from Daniel Miller’s own ARP 2600 modular synthesizer. Extensive controls for real-time sound tweaking and bonus sequence clips are included.
Beginning with his now-classic “Warm Leatherette/T.V.O.D.” single (as The Normal), Daniel Miller and the Mute label have been at the cutting-edge of electronic music for almost 35 years. Singular artists such as DAF, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, and Erasure began their careers at Mute and pioneers such as Can and Cabaret Voltaire enjoy their canonical status in no small part thanks to Daniel Miller’s expert curatorship of their archives.
Ever the inquisitive experimentalist, Daniel Miller continues to produce with a finely honed ear, merging the best of analog synthesis with new music technology that provides the creative immediacy he demands. Made in collaboration with the Flatpack sound design team, DM ARP 2600 Drums delivers a large selection of drum and percussion patches created with Daniel Miller’s own ARP 2600 modular analog synthesizer. Carefully sampled and programmed, this free Live Pack delivers Drum Rack Instruments with Daniel Miller’s characteristic touch.
DM ARP 2600 Drums includes Macro controls to quickly and intuitively alter the overall sound of each kit as well as individual characteristics of the kick and snare sounds. Further customization of individual sounds as well as of effects and presets can be accessed via the Drum Rack’s Chain and Device buttons. A detailed walk-through of all the customization options can be accessed via Help View in Live’s main menu.
Hooked up my mono synths with my Encore Expressionist and recorded a little video to show of the sound. I had the Acidlab Miami triggering the ARP Sequencer which was sequencing the filter cutoff (making that rhythmic sound in the background). The glidey/squelchy bass is the minimoog model D and the 4 voice poly is made up of the 2 ARP 2600′s and 2 voices from the Macbeth M5 – osc 1 and 3 through filter 1 and oscillator 2 through filter 2. It makes for a rather unsurprisingly fat sound and the expressionist makes it really easy to set everything up (I just need some more long 1/4 cables)! The Acidlab Miami was the drum accompaniment. Anyways, hopefully I can record more soon.
Alright, got a quick demo of the Minimogue free vst synth, one of the best as far as emulating the original Moog synthesizer.
“Let me know if you have any questions or would like to see more demos, thanks and enjoy!!”
Based on the most popular analog monosynth of all time! This amazing softsynth sounds very close to the original Minimoog, yet has tons of additional features not present on the original Mini (as well as the Minimoog Voyager!), including 5-note polyphony, an Arpeggiator and 16-note Step Sequencer, dedicated Release knobs for the two Contour Generators (envelopes), Tuning of Osc 1, Fine Tuning sliders for Osc2 and Osc3, Aftertouch control, adjustable filter Velocity curve, 3 independent Overdrive sliders (one per oscillator), Global Overdrive with hi and lowpass cutoff, Oscillator Sync, Chorus, an independent LFO that includes oscillator drift and stereo panning, and a fully programmable Digital Delay! Like the original Mini, you can turn Osc3 into an LFO with dedicated modulation for the Osc Pitch and the Filter. There is no dedicated Noise Generator as on the original Mini, but pink and white noise are selectable on Osc 3. All controls are mapped to MIDI CC#’s, and you can override the default settings by using the MIDI Learn feature. Use as a simple stand-alone synth (.exe file included), or copy the DLL into your favorite DAW or sequencer’s plugin folder.
By the way you can also find an emulation of the ARP 2600 on the same page:
Based on ARP’s legendary semi-modular analog monosynth! This amazing softsynth sounds very close to the original ARP 2600. Like the original, it’s a monosynth (no polyphony). But, also like the original, it has a multitude of Frequency Modulation options which enable it to create some truly awesome sound effects. PWM, Sample & Hold, virtual Spring Reverb, Ring Modulation, and a dedicated Noise Generator are all there! Also, there are some things even the original Arp 2600 didn’t have, like Oscillator Sync and Filter Color (to adjust between LowPass and HiPass filter types). Most important of all, beginning with version 2.0 the Arppe2600va is now completely patchable via a cleverly designed Mod Matrix! You can have up to 12 patch routings with a very user-friendly (and visible!) drop-down menu interface, instead of messy virtual patch cables cluttering up the screen. All controls are mapped to MIDI CC#’s, and you can override the default settings by using the MIDI Learn feature. Use as a simple stand-alone synth (.exe file included), or copy the DLL into your favorite DAW or sequencer’s plugin folder.
Here’s some background information:
When I touch the big knob under the screen I’m changing the filter type or tweaking filter parameters for the CS80 filter. I picked up a fully loaded 4 month old Code 8 this week, with 8 Arp 2600 and 8 CS80 filters! I was up late last night playing it for hours….Sounds a bit like an Oberheim OBX. When you turn on all the waveforms it will saturate a bit, so it’s not super clean like everyone says.
Filter demo here
And CS80 filter demo
Arp2600 filter demo
Lots of goodies in this one…you know what I mean when you watch it
Filmed and Directed by Amy Hobby.
Edited by Tony Zajkowski.
Over 20 different NYC female keyboardists playing vintage keyboards at Joe McGinty’s Carousel Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Available on iTunes!
Kaia Wong (Mixel Pixel)
Kelly Rae Kerwin (Private Income)
Joanna Choy (Spray Paint Star)
Amy Merril (Mia Riddle)
Greta Gertler (The Universal Thump)
Anna Copa Cabanna
Rolyn Hu (True Primes)
Sondra Sun-Odeon (Silver Summit)
Michi Turner (Crash Diet Crew)
Katia Floreska (The Tall Pines)
Natalie Weiss (Unicornicopia, Camp Wanatachi)
Kelly Vaughn-Kauffman (Winstron Troy)
Yvette Perez (H*E*R)
Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa-Anne
Alix Brown (Golden Triangle)
Leah Cary (Girl Crisis)
Caitlin Jemison (Queen Of Sibyls)
Hammond M3 Organ
Dave Smith Instruments Poly Evolver Keyboard
Steinway Upright Grand Piano
RMI Keyboard Computer
Baldwin Electric Harpsichord
Magical Musical Thing
Hohner Clavinet D6
Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Conn Electric Band
Farfisa Combo Compact
360 Systems Digital Keyboard
Moog Little Phatty
Featuring the ARP2600
The Analogue Monologues is a new series of mini video documentaries. In each webisode Vince talks about one his analogue synths and explains where the on/off switch is. This series proves, once and for all, that he really doesn’t know much about anything (a must see!).
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Vince Clarke has uploaded a new episode of his “Analogue Monologues” series of mini-docs featuring some of his favorite gear. This one takes a look at the mighty Arp 2600.