SynthDrum Pad – a free pad-controlled drum synthesizer for the iPad

June 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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DesignByPaul has released SynthDrum Pad – a free pad-controlled drum synthesizer for the iPad.

Features:

  • Virtual Analog Drum Synthesizer
  • 4 Pads
  • 4 Voices
  • 3 Signal generators per voice; Noise, Click and Tone
  • Modify pads 3 & 4 with Frequency Modulation
  • 4 Save/Load slots
  • Delay unit (with infinite looping capabilities)

Here’s an audio demo:

Capable of creating vintage drum sounds such as the 808 to contemporary percussion for modern electronic dance music. SynthDrum Pads can also make melodic tones for warm bass and interesting tones.

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Experimental: SOLAR SYNTH – demo

June 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s the SOLAR SYNTH in full sunlight, the shade & indoors. It’s the mini synth for all seasons and never needs batteries or external power! Get yours only @ chamberofsounds.com

Marcomm pitch type description below:

Since the beginning of time, mankind has been trying to harness the sun’s energy, and process it into something exponentially larger. Centuries later, in the year 2013, COS brings you, synthesis created entirely by the sun, handheld synthesis, that will never require a battery or external power of any kind, a sound device that will carry you through anywhere, even when the grid goes down, and the zombie apocalypse begins. Introducing the SOLAR SYNTH!

Harness the power of the sun and surroundings to generate ambient drones and cosmic waves. Tune the three oscillators at just the right frequency, and interact with nature. Flip on the photocell, and use light to filter the pulsating waves of sound. Communicate with animals and aliens alike, outdoors or indoors.

SOLAR SYNTH works with any incoming light, even surprisingly low levels, which makes for some tasty, power-starved sounds. The LED displays how much power your light source is generating.

Go green with the revolutionary SOLAR SYNTH, make batteries a thing of the past and experience the freedom of handheld synthesis. There’ll only be a limited number of these beasts, so don’t miss out.

Features:
• oscillators: 3
• power: 9V solar panel
• trigger: momentary-latching
• range: many, many octaves
• output: 1/4″
• function: to take your sound anywhere & interact with nature

Price: $225

Teenage Engineering OP-1 – OS Update

May 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The extremely popular OP-1 gets a well deserved OS update, details below:

(Introductory NOTE: This is a longer original introduction to the new OS that I put together. It has outdated graphics that have since been polished. This is one example of what takes place during beta testing. All sound features are unchanged. There is a much more in depth level of explanation of operation of the new OS here and it would be a shame to have this sit on a shelf… so here you go.)

This video is an introduction and demo of the May 2013 OS update to the amazing Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer music machine. In this update two astounding new features are added in the form of the “DNA” synthesizer engine and the “CWO” Frequency Shifting Delay. The DNA engine is a noise engine capable of complete aggression and fax machine battle while at the same time possessing the ability for harmonic tonal leads and chords. The CWO FX is a Frequency Shifter with a wide range that make it possible to do phasing, flanging, chorus, tremelo, ring mod and comb filter types of sounds. You have to hear it to believe it. CWO also represents the first partnership by Teenage Engineering with an outside developer to co-op code to add to the OP-1′s already heavy arsenal of sound capability. This developer is the one and only sonic master mind Magnus Lidström of Sonic Charge. I hope you enjoy the video and the demo. Most of your questions will be answered in the video and I try to do my best balancing act between info and sound. Soon you will be able to upload this OS yourself and I look forward to hearing (and seeing) what you can create with this as well as part of the OP community.

Note: This is a pre-release build and final features may vary slightly from those shown in these clips. All music is original and no creative rights have been infringed upon in the making of this video

Apps: Impaktor iPad demonstration

May 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Impaktor is a drum synthesizer with a vast sonic palette, that turns any surface into a playable percussion instrument.

You just slap your desk like you would a real drum. The real acoustical impulses from the built-in microphone are used as an excitation source for advanced sound modules that simulates behavior of membranes, cymbals, metallophones or strings. This makes Impaktor a highly responsive and expressive instrument.

With semi-modular architecture and several types of synthesis, Impaktor can produce a wide range of tones, from acoustic, like Tabla, Djembe, Marimba, Cymbals, Metal bars to electronic or industrial sounds.

- Synthesis: physical modeling, frequency modulation, noise shaping
- Semi-modular architecture; 2 modules with configurable routing
- 2 modulation sources: velocity and lfo-envelope. Almost every parameter can be modulated
- Multimode filter, harmonic exciter and several types of amplifiers
- Over 90 presets available, more coming soon
- No samples used
- Ultra low latency

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Epic Synth Multitrack Recording With Loopy via Audiobus

May 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“A look at his great retro synth being used with Audiobus”

Bebot – Robot Synth

April 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Bebot is a feature packed polyphonic synthesiser that was the very first music app to fully utilise the full touch screen to control the sound. It has a single oscillator with 4 waveform choices and a sub oscillator with another 4 waveform options, including both one and two octave options below the main oscillator. It also offers distortion, chorus and echo effects, as well as y axis expression within the settable timbre/resonant range, and great sounding filters. There are 25 presets to get started with, but you can also save your own creations. It comes with scale presets and the option to create your own custom scales so you can simply slide your finger across the screen without playing the wrong notes. Another great feature is the ability to Autotune each note to varying degrees or choose not to use Autotune to get that great fretless sound. Bebot also is AudioBus compatible for use in the input slot, so you can directly record your performances into other compatible apps. The video below runs through most of the preset sounds and then continues on to explore all of the other options available, and the audio track shows a few examples of the expressiveness of the app using a few preset sounds. Bebot is a very impressive synth with great expressive control, and with AudioBus compatibility it is definitely a must-have synth, which makes it … A Killer App!Review by Nick Trass

Video: SBC takes a close look at the new groove boxes from KORG – Volca boxes

April 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The three new groove boxes from KORG – the Volca boxes -  featured at MusikMesse
Run through of the capabilities and features

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Korg Volca official details

Volca Keys

Analogue Loop Synth

The ideal introductory synthesizer, with a simple – yet powerful – polyphonic analog sound engine and loop sequencer

The polyphonic synthesizer you’ve been waiting for

  • Three note true analogue synthesis
  • Voicing function lets anyone create sounds easily
  • Delay effect for even more sonic possibilities

Simple loop sequencer

  • Loop sequencer lets you record phases just as you play them
  • Motion Sequencer records knob edits in real time
  • Active Step function and Flux function to add dynamic change to your sequences

Convenient functions for tremendous ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere

Volca Keys is a long-awaited synthesizer that adds a new chapter to the long and storied history of Korg’s analog synthesizers. This 27-key analog lead synth delivers unbelievably powerful sound in a compact body. Starting with a filter section that uses the circuitry of the legendary miniKORG700S (1974), it delivers astonishing sound that takes full advantage of Korg’s half-century of know-how in circuit design.

With a simple structure that includes delay effect and a sequencer, it’s also an ideal choice for a first analog synth. It offers the richly expressive sounds that are distinctive of analog, providing the enjoyment of simple yet deep sound-creation. The possibilities are endless; you can use the three oscillators to play chords, use them in unison with detune to produce solid lead lines, or apply ring modulation to create far-out metallic sounds.

Volca Bass

Analogue Bass Machine

Powerful analog bass sound creation and an Electribe-inspired sequencer for the ultimate bass lines

Powerful analog bass sound

  • Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
  • Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
  • Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Slide function that’s indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps

Convenient functions for ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

Aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums; fat sounds that support the rhythm; funky sounds that generate a groove – the volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines.

Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation; it’s a great choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive; it’s also a powerful way to generate “free form” bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration.

Volca Beats

Analogue Rhythm Machine

Peerless beats generated by solid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style sequencer

Powerful analog drum sounds

  • Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines
  • Six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing
  • Maximum effect from minimal parameters – a unique advantage of analog
  • PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps.
  • Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you’re pressing

Convenient functions for incredible ease of use

  • MIDI In for note entry, plus external sync and control from your DAW
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

Even today, more than thirty years after the age dominated by analog synthesizers, we just can’t let go of the sound of analog rhythm machines. Those thick sounds have the power to stand up to guitar and acoustic drums, and are still indispensable for track-making or live performance. The volca Beats gives you those analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe; it lets you turn your inspiration into reality and generate beats with the best high quality sounds.

Little Rhythm Synth

March 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This little rhythm synth is a 4 step sequencer and NAND synth. Switches allow the user to turn steps on and off, in order to create simple rhythms. The knobs from left to right are: volume, tempo, pitch, and filter.

Experimental inferno from MacBeth featuring a new flagship synth

March 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s an experiment with a new flagship product prototype!………..inferno? 6 oscillators, interchangable filters, interchangable touch keyboard with real keys, 2 ring modulators, dual tape delay simulators and more! As said- it’s a prototype- but fun to start with- a true stereo synthesizer!

Hack My Bits Up – Commodore and Atari – Kompositkrut

February 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Atari 520 ST 512kb RAM running the tracker Maxymiser. The Atari is hooked up to a composite to vga scaler and then to a LCD monitor.

The Commodore 64c is running MSSIAH and the monosynth program. and is not hooked up to any monitor during the movie. since the screen is black during “play-mode” it’s not necessary to have it hooked up ^^

The audio is connected to my Proton Stereo 520 amplifier, therefore the quite hard paining on the computers :)

I have composed the song myself and play a little extra bass on the c64.

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