On top of my wish list for new gear
Review made by Sonic Lab:
Currently rare as Dodo eggs, the Minibrute is Arturia’s first forray into analog synths proper – we test and enjoy
Two Great Sounds in One Rack at Last! KORG’s Legendary Polysix is recreated in software as a “Rack Extension” available for Reason 6.5
A review of UVI’s Darklight IIx library, compatible with their UVI Workstation application (VST/AU/RTAS/MAS) and available from www.uvi.net for $199.
Check out the full written review, along with audio demos at http://www.failedmuso.com/blog/?p=2864
Purchase the library at http://www.uvisoundsource.com/all-products/darklight-iix/product_info.php/cPa…
Here’s the pitch:
Costing upwards of $100.000, the dream machine of the 80′s was unattainable by most. Used by countless prominent artists including: Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Herbie Hancock, Jean Michel Jarre, Thomas Dolby and many more, it remains a highly regarded and sought after instrument.
We took our obsession to the next level, creating a complete set of instruments, sounds and sonic tools deeply inspired by the original digital monster. A unique, hybrid process of exhaustive multi-sampling, analysis, and advanced audio processing allowed us to not only capture the original character of this machine but to enhance its ability with a host of today’s most powerful analog modeled filters, LFOs, envelopes and effects–packaged beautifully in an old-school interface.
Rob Papen’s additive synthesizer with unique XY pad and endless modulation possibilities.
http://soundsandgear.com/soundiron-tuned-artillery-review checking out a tuned percussion library from Soundiron called Tuned Artillery for Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 5. Helmets, grenades, and artillery shells all turned into musical instruments.
Here’s a video that takes a closer look at the compact console from Yamaha with built in 16 channel USB audio interface, 40 mix channels and new mic preamps.
The Yamaha 01V96i updates their iconic digital recording console with 16 channels of bi-directional USB audio streaming at an impressive 96kHz. With multi-track recording now de rigueur during live shows, Yamaha once again ups the ante by making recording and playback faster and easier, while supplying full integration with major ASIO and Core Audio DAWs – with just a single connection. Onboard, you get Yamaha’s lauded Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology, giving you warm “analog” effects that are modelled on the actual circuitry of the original units. Bundled with Steinberg’s Cubase AI, Yamaha’s 01V96i is all you need.
Ronnie Rekkerd review of the Applied Acoustics Systems’ Chromaphone physical modeling synthesizer:
“With its physical modeling, Chromaphone produces wonderfully dynamic, expressive sounds. Experimenting pays off, as just the turn of a knob or two can yield completely different, unique sounds.
Needless to say, Chromaphone is a fantastic synthesizer for cinematic, soundtrack type works. It will likely suit many electronic music producers as well, especially in the area of ambient, minimal, and idm genres.”
Russ takes a look at the Wave Alchemy Pro II synth.
Inject your mix with a comprehensive collection of fully editable and beautiful sounding analogue synth sounds…
Driven by a custom scripted Kontakt 4 engine, intuitive graphical interface and over 6500 carefully recorded samples, Pro II is a limitless source of screaming bass lines, lush synth tones and powerful sequences.
Inspired by one of the most popular synths of its time, Pro II combines classic sounds with modern sound shaping tools to achieve a versatile and fully programmable hybrid synthesizer!
Pro II ships with a 3.9GB core sound library and includes 195 expertly programmed presets, all of which are editable via our extensively scripted instrument panel and stunning GUI controls.
“Russ takes a look at UVI String Machines with a full show and tell and gives his opinion on it. Don’t forget to check out all our news at http://www.pro-tools-expert.com”
String Machines, a new UVI product that brings back vintage analog string synthesizers. String Machines is a digital hybrid instrument, forged with the analog imprint of the 11 most musical string synths ever built.
• Instant access to tons of presets and preset layers; find sounds you love and get inspired quickly!
• Authentic sound and character reproduces the analog grunge and warmth of yesteryear
• No loading time when switching machines and sounds.
• Dual layers. Select the machine and the associated sounds.
• Experiment with the step modulator and take your sound out of this world!
• Shape your sounds using authentic analog-modeled filters, envelopes, and LFOs
Here are the background details:
“I bought iYM2151, the FM synth for iPad. this is my first music with iYM2151, sequencing w/o reading manual, w/ only preset sounds. Its SEQ is very easy for KORG M01 users.
The world’s first FM synthesis music workstation app,iYM2151.
80′s game and computer sound is back!
YM2151, aka OPM is a single-chip FM synthesis implementation, an eight-channel four-operator sound chip. it was used in many 80′s arcade games and home computers.iYM2151 is the The world’s first FM synthesis music workstation app using YM2151 simulator engine for iApp.
[iYM2151 for iPad]
-uses YM2151 simulator engine for iApp
-4 operators per 8 Algorithms
-3 software LFOs
-max 99scenes (1scene with 64 steps)
-easy FM edit mode
-MML mode : programable huge FM parameters in every steps
-DUMP mode : realtime all FM operator parameters viewer
-song data file sharing and mail attachment
-good old days 80′s design user interface