JD-XA Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer – Roland’s new advanced keyboard

April 16, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Roland has announced the JD-XA Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, an advanced new keyboard that offers a unique and powerful approach to synthesis.

Equipped with fully featured analog and digital sound engines that can be used independently or interactively, the JD-XA brings together analog warmth and digital versatility in one super-creative, no-compromise instrument.

With its distinctive crossover design, the JD-XA is truly two synths in one, providing keyboardists and sound designers an incredibly flexible platform for creating any sound they can imagine. The analog and digital engines can be used side by side, or layered together for monstrous hybrid sounds. Additionally, the two engines are able to interact in many creative ways, such as routing digital sounds through the analog filters or using them as modulation sources for the Cross Mod and Ring Mod functions in the analog section.

The JD-XA’s analog side features a discrete, four-part engine with true analog filters and a direct dry output. Each part has two oscillators, along with filter and amp sections and four envelopes with incredibly fast attack and response times. There are also two LFOs with super-smooth coverage from ultra-slow to ultra-fast. After building an analog sound, users can route it directly to the dry output, or send it to the onboard digital effects to shape the sound further.

On the digital side, the JD-XA is equipped with a four-part, 64-voice sound engine powered by Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology, providing some of the most expressive and natural sounds available anywhere. The engine is compatible with the synth engine from the INTEGRA-7 sound module, a favorite of top producers, composers, and sound designers. This allows users to take advantage of the large library of custom INTEGRA-7 sounds available for free at Roland’s Axial website.

The JD-XA offers an enormous amount of effects horsepower for shaping sounds. Each analog and digital part is equipped with an MFX processor that offers 67 different effect types, including high-impact processing options like Bit Crusher. The essentials are also covered via the five system effects processors, which provide reverb, delay, and master EQ plus two TFX processors with 29 effect types each.

With its comprehensive 16-track pattern sequencer, users can build songs and beats directly inside the JD-XA. There are 8 tracks for internal parts and 8 tracks for external sources, plus real-time and step recording modes for capturing parts in the method that best suits the user’s style and music.

Friendly and intuitive, the JD-XA’s interface is built around harnessing the potential of its remarkable sound engines. The velocity-sensitive keyboard supports aftertouch, and there are plenty of backlit sliders, knobs, and wheel controllers for direct hands-on control while creating and performing.

JD-XA owners can add an extra dimension to their sound via the synth’s built-in mic input. A voice can be used as an additional modulation source, controlling filter cutoff, Cross Mod, or other parameters for unique effects. With the Vocoder, users are able to sing into the mic and control the tone and pitch via sounds played on the keyboard. The mic input can be used for normal singing as well, with a high-quality reverb available as a dedicated vocal effect.

Along with standard MIDI I/O, the JD-XA features a USB audio/MIDI interface for working seamlessly with computer music software. It’s also equipped with two CV/GATE outputs, making it easy to interface with popular CV/GATE instruments.

The JD-XA will be available in Summer 2015, with an expected price of 2,099 EUR.

Roland JD-XI Crossover Synth – Review

March 31, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new product category for Roland, with 128 note SuperNATURAL synth engine, plus 1 Osc analog (filter) synth voice, vocoder and 4 track sequencer – is it a bundle of fun?

The Roland JD-Xi synthesizer is a new mini-synth that offers an analog monosynth, dual digital synths, 808-style drum sequencing and a digital effects section.

According to the company, the JD-Xi gives musicians the best of both worlds: the warm, smooth response of classic analog, and the clarity and versatility of modern digital.

Time machine: YAMAHA DX7 II FM Synthesizer with Grey Matter E!

March 13, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage synthesizer demo featuring the Yamaha DX7II FD
supported by UVI: http://bit.ly/retrosound-uvi

YAMAHA DX7II FD FM Synthesizer with GREY MATTER E! expansion (1987)

E! spec:
Octal Mode (8 different patches can be played in one Performance), voice stacking, random detune, patch mapping, velocity processing, micro-tuning, pattern sequencer, arpeggiator, 4 memory banks and a lot more
more info: http://www.retrosound.de/The_DX7.htm

About the Yamaha model:

The DX7, a classic FM synth, gets a make-over with three significant updates. The updated models feature a more sturdy chassis with actual push-buttons replacing the cheaper and less reliable membrane buttons of the original DX7. The two real time sliders (that allow for control of user-programmable parameters in real time) are larger than before. Internally, the biggest improvement is the updated 16-bit digital circuitry for cleaner and much less noisy sound quality. Patch memory has also been doubled from 32 to 64 voices. Additional general improvements include enhanced MIDI support, micro-tuning capabilities, aftertouch controlled pitch bending, and multiple LFOs.

COMPLETE REPLICA OF THE RARE PROMARS SYNTHESIZE

March 12, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The PROMARS PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a complete reproduction of the rare and powerful PROMARS synthesizer first released in 1979. With two detunable VCOs and two sub-oscillators per voice, the PROMARS is easily one of the most deep and rich sounding monosynths ever created. Designed for SYSTEM-1 as well as Mac and PC hosts, the new PROMARS uses Analog Circuit Behavior to faithfully recreate every detail of the incredibly warm, dense sound of the original, with a level of authenticity that can only come from Roland.

Perfect replica of rare PROMARS COMPUPHONIC synthesizer
ACB provides the rich, warm vintage tone of the original
Two VCOs plus two sub-oscillators per voice
Fast envelopes and filters with classic Roland character
VST, AU and PLUG-OUT compatible

The original PROMARS was a sibling of the legendary JUPITER-4, and is often thought of as simply a monophonic version. But the PROMARS was more than that. While the JUPITER-4 had one VCO and one sub-OSC per voice, the PROMARS had two of each. The pitch of the two VCOs could be slightly detuned to produce a unison chorus effect, and a sub-OSC was provided on each VCO. Able to produce sounds similar to a four-VCO synthesizer, the PROMARS sounded positively huge , and is practically the definition of big, fat synth tone. While not as well known as the JUPITER-4, the thick sound and “compu-memory” function that allowed sounds to be stored and recalled made it a highly regarded instrument with a unique place among the classic Roland monosynths.

With the new PROMARS PLUG-OUT Synthesizer, the sound of this rare, vintage instrument is perfectly reproduced with Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology. ACB faithfully captures the sound and feel of our most revered classics, using original design specs, and a detailed, part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit. While the sound and behavior is reproduced with total accuracy, we couldn’t help but improve a few things in this new version. The VCOs have increased range settings, the LFO has a “Random” waveform setting, and the Noise and and Pulse Width sections have full range control of those parameters. And like our other PLUG-OUT synths, the PROMARS has great-sounding effects and an advanced arpeggiator section.

While multiple instances of the PROMARS plug-in can be used in any VST or AU compatible DAW, the PROMARS PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer offers seamless integration and unique capabilities for SYSTEM-1 owners. Connect a SYSTEM-1 and it becomes a dedicated controller, only lighting the appropriate knobs and sliders pertinent to the PROMARS. Transfer sounds back and forth between the PROMARS and SYSTEM-1 and even use the SYSTEM-1 as a high-quality audio and MIDI interface. Or break free entirely and PLUG-OUT directly to the SYSTEM-1, creating a stand-alone, hardware PROMARS synthesizer with real physical controls that can go anywhere and doesn’t require a computer

Confidential Midas / Behringer Synthesizer Leak

March 1, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

It looks like a teaser video – but so far we’ve seen nothing official from Behringer on it

Synthino XM Newest Polyphonic MIDI Synthesizer LFO Filter Groovebox Arpeggiator Drum Samples

February 23, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Synthino XM is completely new polyphonic synthesizer with unique features running on a powerful hardware platform. It is compact, well-constructed, open source, and absolutely beautiful. Most importantly, it is really fun to play whether you are a musician or you just want to make some noise.

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Synthino XM is a polyphonic, multitimbral synthesizer with many features:

  • 5-note polyphony for superb playability
  • 12 waveforms, 4 drum samples
  • 12-bit audio at 25KHz output rate
  • 4 MIDI channels, each with separate waveform and ADSR envelope
  • low pass filter with cutoff frequency and resonance controls
  • 2 independent low frequency oscillators (LFOs): pitch and filter
  • selectable waveform for LFOs
  • 1V p-p audio output voltage with enough current to drive headphones
  • arpeggiator mode, up to 16 notes
  • 4 arpeggiator patterns: up, down, up-down, random
  • 4 built-in arpeggiator chords or use MIDI to specify up to 16 notes
  • arpeggiator pitch transposition control
  • tempo control with MIDI clock input
  • 16-step live performance “groovebox” sequencer
  • pitch fine-tuning adjustment
  • programmable/upgradable over USB

New Modor NF-1 Hardware Synth in the Works

February 7, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Modor NF-1 synth is a digital DSP synth very comparable to the classic Virtual Analog synths, but Modor is moving further on from this point. We use the classic structure of VA-synths, with oscillators, filters and effects, with parameters that can be modulated using LFO’s and envelopes. But every element has been retought and reinvented. In a digital way. The NF-1 has a classic 12dB/oct resonant filter, but we are also giving it a versatile formant filter, never seen in hardware before! It does make classic sawtooth waves, but we’re also including a lot of other brand new modulatable noisy waveforms! It has a classic delay effect, but we make every parameter editable to give way to special unexpected effect types! And so on …

Yes, it’s digital and we’re proud of it! We are making a very hands-on, laborious new synth having plenty of knobs and switches right on top of it to shape any sound parameter thats in it. Nothing to look up in menus!”

Demos at Modor Music

Specs for the archives:

“Polyphony
8 voices

Memory
256 patches, all factory presets overwritable

Connections
9V, 600mA adapter connection, positive voltage on center pin
MIDI IN/THRU/OUT connections, 3x 5-pin DIN connection
Audio Left and Right outputs, 6.35mm mono jack
Sustain switch, 6.35mm mono jack
Volume/modulation pedal, 6.35mm stereo jack

Front panel controls
42 rotary knobs
20 switches
1 rotary encoder control
1 Power switch/volume knob

Display
16×2 green backlit LCD display

Osc section
3 identical fully independant oscillators
10 waveforms:
SAW: pulse width modulation sawtooth wave
SQU: pulse width modulation square/pulse wave
TRI: pulse width modulation triangle wave
SYNC: sounding like a oscillator-synced wave
ADD: additive harmonics
SONAR: resonant bandpass filtered noise
WIND: wind instrument noise
ARC: arcade game style noise
FM: sinus FM pair
FBFM: feedback sinus FM pair

Filter section
12dB/oct resonant filter switchable as lowpass, hipass, bandpass or bandstop (notch)
Formant filter with 3 morphing vowels, 10 vowel presets and user controllable formant frequencies

Effects section
“Comb filter” effect section to create chorus, flanger, … effects
Delay effect section to create echo effects

Modulation section
4 3-stage envelopes, 3 level settings and 4 time settings
2 switchable LFO’s with TRI/SAW/SQU/SIN waveforms, 1 TRI-LFO connected to modwheel, 1 random S&H with lowpass option
7 user-defineable modulation lines, 16 source signals, 59 destination parameters

MIDI
Full realtime MIDI control of all sound parameters
Pitch Bend, Modwheel (CTRL#1), Expression pedal (CTRL#7), Velocity and Aftertouch can be used as modulation sources

Measurements
Width: 440mm without rack ears, 480mm with rack ears (19″)
Height: 267mm (10.5″/ 6U)
Depth: 40mm (front) – 80mm (back)
Rackmountable
Height: 6 rackunits
Rack mounting ears included
Recessed backside connections to ease rack mounting (no lost rackspace above)

Accesoires
Manual
230V AC power adapter
Wooden side panels
Rack mounting ears

SUPER-7 : New free supersaw synthesizer plug-in for Windows

February 6, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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CFA-Sound is celebrating its 7th anniversary with the release of SUPER-7, a free supersaw synthesizer plug-in for Windows.

Everyone who produces electronic music knows the infamous Supersaw of the Roland JP8000/8080, and even it`s a relatively old synthesizer this specific waveform or better sayed oscillator mode is still heavy in use and wanted. Also for myself, but more in terms of discovering how it works and how to emulate it.

During the last year, i worked on a small emulation of it as little side project for fun & learning primary, and well here it is, the final result. Surely in some specific areas not 100% like original but very close based on the comparision to the real one and the specs. All packed into a slim synthesizer shell with an easy-to-use interface, decent on CPU usage and most of all – it`s for free.

SUPER-7 features

  • Polyphonic virtual-analog modelled synthesizer.
  • 32 voices polyphony.
  • One emulated supersaw oscillator.
  • 4-pole lowpass filter.
  • Shape-able envelopes.
  • 20 presets included.

The plug-in is available to download for Windows (VST).

Get it here >>

New free iOS app from Yamaha – Yamaha Synth Book

January 27, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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This app features a complete history of Yamaha Synthesizers, an integrated virtual analog soft synth, and serves as a portal to Yamaha’s online synth communities.

The app is being released as part of Yamaha’s celebration of its 40 year history of makin

The history features detailed, “behind the scenes” information about the 40-year design and development history of Yamaha synthesizers. It covers the technological breakthroughs behind key Yamaha synthesizers, from teh CS-80 to the DX-7, and some fantastic vintage synth rarities, too.

The app also includes a software synthesizer. .

AN2015 features virtual analog modeling like the AN1x. It also features a drum part that you can use for backing.

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Yamaha highlights two ways to use the synth:

  • As standalone iOS app – There are 2 modes available, SYNTH mode and Drum mode that work at the same time, e.g. when drum phrase is playing, Analog sound can be selectable and playable with the drum phrase, and vice versa without stopping ongoing music
  • Use it with a MOXF as an external tone generator – When connected to the Yamaha MOXF Music Production Synthesizer (OS version 1.10) using the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter by Apple, the MOXF becomes the MIDI/Audio interface for the iOS app creating a very powerful music production system.

Specifications

  • ‘Analogue’ Synth
    • Tone Generator: Virtual Analogue Modelling
    • Polyphony: 8
    • Preset voice: 64
    • Arpeggiator: 1-Scale: 1
    • Polyphonic Pad
  • Drum Part
    • Tone Generator: Audio (Drum loop and time stretch function included)
    • Part: 1
    • Polyphony: 1
    • Drum Pad: 16
    • Drum Pad Set: 5

Other features include a portal to Yamaha’s social media forums and a catalog of the company’s current synth lineup.

Yamaha Synth Book is a free download from the App Store.

[NAMM] Tom Oberheim Two Voice Pro

January 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a presentation of Tom Oberheim’s Two Voice Pro synthesizer at the NAMM Show 2015

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