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

April 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Video: SBC takes a close look at the new groove boxes from KORG – Volca boxes 

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

Steelberry Clones at MusikMesse
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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 · Comments Off on Little Rhythm Synth 

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 · Comments Off on Experimental inferno from MacBeth featuring a new flagship synth 

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 · Comments Off on Hack My Bits Up – Commodore and Atari – Kompositkrut 

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.

SUPERNOVA II Synth Demo – Experimental noise and chip tunes

February 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on SUPERNOVA II Synth Demo – Experimental noise and chip tunes 

Experimental noise / ambient drone soundscape played live on Novation Supernova 2 keyboard synthesizer. Utilizing comb filter, reverb, Q Norm, resonance, LFO and filter adjustments.

Performed live, no external processing. Excerpt from a longer session.

Computer / chiptunes-style ambient drone soundscape music played live on Novation Supernova 2 keyboard synthesizer.

Utilizing LFO (sample & hold), reverb, resonance, and filter adjustments.

Performed live, no external processing. Excerpt from a longer session.

Jomox Akasha synth prototype at NAMM

February 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Jomox Akasha synth prototype at NAMM 

Juergen of Jomox demonstrates the Jomox Akasha at the Big City Music booth at NAMM 2013.

More coverage at http://www.catsynth.com

Mode Machines SID Synthesizer

February 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Mode Machines SID Synthesizer 

While perusing the vast NAMM convention this year I bumped into the Mode Machines booth which is offering a lot of cool designs. I briefly plugged in and sampled some of the new SID synthesizer, which utilizes the classic Atari Commodore 64 SID chip as it’s sound source.

More info here >>

Here Comes The Schmidt Polysynth

January 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Here Comes The Schmidt Polysynth 

Here Comes The Schmidt Polysynth – Video Just because..

Mr Schmidt has made this synth to be  a Super Synth – and indeed it appears to be just that. This is definitely a case of, if you have to ask how much this is, then you cant afford it. It has presets, it has 7 filters (3 ladder type, 4 state variable 12 dB set up as 2 ‘dual filters’) and 4 Oscs – each osc is a bit different. Something like 107 knobs on the thing!

The Yamaha CS-50 Part 2 – The Filter

January 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on The Yamaha CS-50 Part 2 – The Filter 

Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the Yamaha CS-50’s filter section.

Synth X Guitar Demo

January 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Synth X Guitar Demo 

Synth X by Way Out Ware, programmed by Jim Heintz
Demo by Mackenzie Starr

Jim Heintz, showing his SynthX 2 being used with the Ion AllStar Guitar MIDI controller. With SynthX being used in this mode, you can change tunings and string assignment to increase its flexibility. SynthX is compatible with the iPad 1, but working with the Ion controller requires iPad 2 or better.

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