Testing the Vemona Mono Lancet Analogue Monosynth

July 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information:

Here is an in-depth look at one of my new favourite synthesizers.
I look at the oscillators, filter and LFO then play with the sounds.
Its a dual oscillator real analogue monosynth and its very fat when it wants to be.
Don’t expect any musical masterpiece in this video. I am simply demonstrating the sound and feel of it
No talking and no guides. You can see whats going on clearly.
Recorded in high quality but please excuse the harmonics when the resonance goes too high.Its very powerful on this synth and the sound card didnt like it.
If you like this kind of thing look at my other videos.
Hope this helps
Rob
Check out my opinions on this and other synths here:
http://www.robssynths.co.uk/

OTO Biscuit DER OTO Monosynth 8 Step Sequence Vacoloco Competition

July 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/sed8gsOD08s

Allen Weldon gives us a nice run down with the OTO, check it out

“Here is an 8 step sequence using the monosynth from the OTO Biscuit, dubbed DER OTO. I’ve been wanting to release a video demonstrating the madness that this machine has to offer.The sequencer has adjustable steps from 1-16, I just used 8 for the competition. This is a video submission for the Vacoloco Gorf 8 Step Sequence Challenge.”

And this treat:

http://youtu.be/0IiAhrun1Iw

This video was made for the VacoLoco Gorf 8 Step Sequencer Competition, and to show off the awesome Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S. !!! Voltage Controlled !!!

Sneak preview of the new Sugar Bytes CYCLOP synth

June 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Cyclop is the new bass synthesizer from Sugar Bytes.
Check it out!

It’s a monophonic monster, armed to the teeth with jaw dropping effects and wobblier than a jelly on a space hopper. CYCLOP is the scratch-looping, sample-mashing, sub-generating, harmonic-splicing mothership of the twisted bass alliance and it’s landing on your desktop soon. With masses of new sounds for you audio-junkies, from screaming analog syncs through brutal FM sounds to scintillating spectral shimmers. The integrated sampler also works as wavetable synth and pitch transformer for creating unbelievable and disturbing monster voices. CYCLOP is more than massively loaded with features: 10 incredible filters, unique wobble generator, feedback processor, 3 overdrives and an effects sequencer. CYCLOP is expected to be released in spring 2012.

More info here >>

Pulsar – new dual LFO and mono synth for Reason 6.5

May 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Propellerhead today announced Pulsar LGM-1, the second “Rack Extension” instrument, to be available with the launch of Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials 1.5 in Q2 2012. Pulsar is a dual LFO (low frequency oscillator) and mono synth with cross-modulation, lag, shuffle and a flexible envelope, and is said to offer “a fresh take on modulation — from rigid and predictable to groovy and evolving.”

Pulsar integrates perfectly with all Reason devices, opening up new possibilities for creative modulation within the program — i.e. with Pulsar it’s reportedly easy to create a shuffled tremolo that changes speed as different notes are triggered, or come up with ever-changing wobbles that respond to playing. Using its audio outputs, Pulsar transforms from a low frequency oscillator to a synth. The waveforms designed for modulation, combined with the unique lag and shuffle controls, reportedly result in tons of unique synth tones. For users that are not versed with the modular aspects of Reason, Pulsar also comes with a set of pre-made patches, containing everything from lush evolving pads to gritty bass.

To celebrate the release of the Rack Extension platform, Pulsar will be gifted to everyone who is using Rack Extension compatible versions of Reason and Reason Essentials for the first three months after release — a $49 value. Click for more information about Rack Extensions and Pulsar LGM-1.

Cyclop plug-in “wobble” synth

February 20, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Acclaimed plug-in developer Sugar Bytes has revealed details of its latest project, a monophonic synth known as Cyclop.

Said to be “wobblier than a jelly on a space hopper”, this sports an integrated sampler that also works as a wavetable synth and pitch transformer.

Other features include 10 filters, a wobble generator, a feedback processor, three overdrive units and an effects sequencer.

In terms of sounds, we’re promised everything “from screaming analog syncs through brutal FM sounds to scintillating spectral shimmers”.

It’s a monophonic monster, armed to the teeth with jaw dropping effects and wobblier than a jelly on a space hopper. CYCLOP is the scratch-looping, sample-mashing, sub-generating, harmonic-splicing mothership of the twisted bass alliance and it’s landing on your desktop soon. With masses of new sounds for you audio-junkies, from screaming analog syncs through brutal FM sounds to scintillating spectral shimmers. The integrated sampler also works as wavetable synth and pitch transformer for creating unbelievable and disturbing monster voices. CYCLOP is more than massively loaded with features: 10 incredible filters, unique wobble generator, feedback processor, 3 overdrives and an effects sequencer. CYCLOP is expected to be released in spring 2012.

The Mini Moog Synthesizer with Herb Deutsch

February 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Herb Deutsch, the co-inventor of the first Moog synthesizer discusses the history and functions of the Mini Moog as well as its impact on the music of the time. Deutsch also plays one of his original jazz fusion pieces.

Though its design impacted the industry in a way that set the stage for all the synthesizers that came after it, the Minimoog is probably most famous for its excellent analog sound and arguably the best filters in a portable synth. It featured three oscillators (one of which can be used as an LFO) that could be individually tuned and offered multiple waveforms. The Minimoog is monophonic (only one note can be played at a time) so the three oscillators allow for an incredibly rich sound – three de-tuned oscillators each playing a different waveform can create some pretty thick analog sounds! There are also some very cool modulation possibilities when using one of the oscillators as an LFO.

But you can’t talk about the Minimoog without mentioning its filters. The Minimoog uses a 4-pole (24 dB/oct) low-pass filter with cutoff, resonance, ADS envelope, and keyboard tracking controls. Amazingly, Dr. Moog’s filter design has yet to be surpassed by a better sounding filter. It’s a filter that sounds so warm and smooth that Moog’s rival, ARP, tried to copy it for their 2600 and Odyssey synths.

The Minimoog’s internal wiring configuration and front panel layout has defined the general synthesizer configuration for decades. Every adjustable parameter is so clearly laid out on the front panel that the Minimoog makes a great teaching tool for anyone interested in classic subtractive synthesis. It even has a built-in A-440 tone generator so you can manually tune the oscillators-which is nice since (like mosts analog synths that heat up) the tuning of even this machine can be a little bit unstable. Though input jacks allow you to run your own external audio through the Minimoog’s filters, modulation and amplifier circuits too!

Directed by Michael Sterling

Nice new free mono soft synth for your iPad

November 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“SSSSYNTH is Monophonic Virtual Analog Synthesizer. Since the basic analog synthesizer’s parameters are implemented, this app is perfectly suitable for beginners! You can easily create impressive phrases from 35 types of keyboard even if you cannot play the piano.

[Specifications]
- OSC x 2
- MODURATION
RING MODURATION
OSC SYNC
- GLIDE
- FILTER x 1
- EG x 2(AMP,FILTER)
- LFO x 2
- FX
DELAY
OVER DRIVE
- KEYBOARD(SCALE) x 35″

Get it here >>

New virtual A 303 Clone for Ableton

November 10, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

analogfactory says that ‘Black, fast and toxic’ is the best description for the rackmounted monophonic true analog MAM MB33 synthesizer which was released in the 1990′s. Black Mamba is a replica of this little synth combined with the powerful Instrument Racks of Ableton Live.

Originally released as a TB303 clone by German company MAM (Music and More), the MB33 had a true analogue single VCO with two basic waveforms – square and saw. analogfactory say that, as the MB33 had the possibility of morphing those waveforms, it was able to create more tones than the TB303.

Black Mamba has been chromatically sampled in 24bit/96khz with high-end Apogee A/D converters and, besides the two basic waveforms, analogfactory has sampled 9 further waveforms using the morph possibilities of the VCO.

Pricing and Availability:
$21.99

More information:

New Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer – Domino

November 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DOMINO is a discrete analogue synthesizer with a VCO in the tradition of MS20 and TB303. They say that the VCO, filter & VCA are transistor made and that this transistor architecture gives DOMINO a unique raw sound – rich and raw at the same time with no need of external effects to give life to the sound.

The VCO offers a mix between sawtooth and square. Pulsewidth can be modulated by the LFO. The filter is a 24dB resonant filter. The analogue envelope range is from 1ms to 10s with attack, decay, sustain/release.The LFO has 8 different waveforms. On waveform 8, the modulation wheel can replace the LFO. MIDI CC 8 to 16 can transform the LFO in a sequencer to modulate pitch, pulsewidth, filter cutoff. The VCA can be modulated by a gate or by an envelope. In the legato mode, playing notes will generate glide between two notes. The glide time can be edited via MIDI CC.

Eowave have added a few more features like an arpeggiator and an accent recognition capability: all velocity values above 100 are recognized as an accent.!

Technical specifications

  • 1 analogue oscillator from saw to square with tune and mix
  • LFO modulation
  • Pulsewidth modulation
  • 24dB resonant filter
  • Envelope modulation and LFO modulation of the filter
  • LFO with Speed and Type parameters
  • LFO syncable to MIDI clock
  • Envelope with Attack, Decay, Sustain
  • Analogue VCA
  • Env/gate switch
  • Arpeggiator
  • Easy to use
  • Direct access to all parameters
  • Connections: MIDI in, Audio out, Ext power supply, Audio in
  • Size : 18,5 x 12 x 5,5 cm

Pricing and Availability:
Price: 250 € excl. VAT

More information:

Free Monosynth from UGO for Windows user

August 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Ugo Audio has released Rez 3, ‘a mean little monosynth’ for Windows.

Here’s what they have to say about Rez 3:

Rez is a seemingly basic synth, but it’s capable of a very wide range of sounds. While Rez has a bunch of cool features, the beating heart of Rez is its filter. It’s made from multiple chained filters acting as a single powerful filter and it’s highly resonant, providing Rez with its distinctive character. Top that off with distortion, a phaser, various oscillator modulations, delay, and a killer programmable arp and step sequencer, and you’ve got a powerhouse of a synth in a very small package.

From funky squishes, beastly basses, and screaming leads, to tight arpeggiations, swirling rhythms, atmospheres, bells, and interesting effects, you’ll find it all here. Additionally, it comes with two skins – Yellow & Black, or Black & Yellow.

Features:

  • Virtual analog oscillators
  • Sub-oscillator
  • Detune (modulatable via aftertouch)
  • Programmable phrase arpeggiator
  • Step sequencer (arp driven) with four mod destinations
  • Highly resonant low pass filter with velocity, LFO, and envelope modulation

While Rez is free, three commercial banks are available for it – each with 128 presets.

Audio demos & the download are available at the Ugo site.

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