This week Sonic State takes a look at the new update to Animoog and hooking up class compliant devices for MIDI and audio connectivity. Then they check out two new synth releases
Yonac – Magellan and Icegear’s Cassini
Animoog – innovative Moog synth at a price $29.99/ £20.99
Magellan- complex analog modelled synth $4.99 / £2.99
Cassini – clean, tabbed synth $4.99 /£2.99
Gaz Williams – Songsurgeon.co.uk
Nick Batt – editor sonicstate.com
Tachyon – Simple morphing instrument $1.99 / £1.49
SpaceWiz – hypnotic generative music $9.99 /£6.99
Auria – multitrack DAW $49.99 / £34.99
Here’s a new episode from sonic TOUCH – the show dedicated to music creation on touchscreen devices.
This week we take a look at two more instruments from Jordan Rudess’s Wizdom Music – Tachyon and SpaceWiz. Then we take a look at the big new release from Wave Machine Labs – Auria. Is it the future of the DAW?
Yonac have unleashed an astonishingly powerful synth, with features that will be welcomed by both new and experienced users.
Magellan comes with two independent synth engines that can run simultaneously. Use one synth for bass or FX, the other for lead or pads. Or couple the synths together to get the full growl of 6 oscillators, 4 filters and 4 LFOs running at the same time! Absolutely NO samples used: only actual, realtime audio synthesis. Each Magellan synth engine has 3 virtual analog oscillators, with oscs 1 & 2 capable of true PWM wave generation. With the dedicated osc unison module, you can approach “super-wave” territory with ease. In addition, Magellan’s FM module is an extra sound generator in itself so that no frequency goes uncharted!
Each Magellan synth has two dedicated filter slots able to receive any of the 11 unique filter types. You can run the filters in series, or in parallel and blend them to taste. Each slot has its own ADSR envelope, cutoff, resonance/Q and contour settings, as well as tracking and envelope curve selection. Magellan has a built-in polyphonic step sequencer influenced by revered analog boxes. With upto 8 note polyphony, 16 or 32 step programming, pattern bank, settable end step, step skip, note velocity and gate, as well as a performance friendly timelock feature, it is a comprehensive live performance tool. In addition, it has a programmable timeline for composing songs out of sequenced patterns, and a file import/export feature.
Russ gets his hands on the Arturia analogue synth and takes it for a spin.
See and hear what he thinks of this little baby.
http://soundsandgear.com/arturia-analog-laboratory-synth-workstation-review checking out the newly updated 64 bit and lower priced Analog Laboratory synth workstation plugin from Arturia. It features sounds from their Mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, Jupiter-8V, Wurlitzer V and Oberheim SEM V
Following yesterday’s post on the release of the 48-track DAW for iPad
“Russ takes a look at the new Auria iPad DAW from Wavemachine Labs.
He does a show and tell of the highlights and gives his opinion.”
The first VST loading application in iPad.
It is a first impression of Auria which is full-scale DAW.
As individual comment, improvement is still required.
However, this is a future big possibility.
Grammy award winning producer David Kahne discusses Auria, the 48-track digital audio recording system for iPad.
Filmed and edited by Nocturnal Media
The handsome big brother of the EIE – this adds 96kHz 24-bit audio to the USB audio interface. It also has a built in USB hub and MIDI too
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.