Roland has introduced its latest performance-oriented keyboard, the V-Combo VR-09. Touted as an ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players, it offers fast access to the sounds most frequently used by musicians. This means dedicated piano, organ and synth sound engines, quickly selectable and editable from the large LCD screen. […]

Roland V-Combo VR-09 Live Performance Keyboard [NAMM13]

Overview One of the very first synths created, in the late 1960s, by England-based Electronic Music Studios. The highly portable modular synth featured a three octave keyboard, monophonic sound, noise generator, two input amps, one ring mod, one voltage controlled low-pass filter and spring reverb unit, one trapezoid envelope generator, […]

EMS VCS3 [Vintage]

The Las Vegas Review Journal has published a really interesting interview with Nick Rhodes, the keyboard/synth player in Duran Duran. Not only do we get a glimpse of some of his influences — including Kraftwerk, Wendy Carlos, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Bjork and Portishead — but an interesting look at […]

Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran synth man, talks analog and digital

roland jupiter-80
Synth history meets synth future as Roland unveils its showcase Jupiter-80. It features proven hardware and a massive sound and integrates the Roland’s latest SuperNATURAL audio processing technology. Main Features Powerful integrated SuperNATURAL synthesis engines designed for legendary vintage synth sounds to realistic organic acoustic sounds and more Single Tone […]

Roland shows off Jupiter-80 synth

korg monotribe
Korg has introduced the monotribe Analog Ribbon Station, “bringing responsive realtime control to analog groove-making.” Highlights include: The powerful sound of true analog synthesis 3-part analog drums, using discrete analog circuitry Popular Electribe-style sequencing. Active Step and Flux features for realtime dynamic loop manipulation Advanced multi-function ribbon keyboard; Chromatic, Continuous, […]

Korg intros monotribe Analog Ribbon Station

Circuit bending. It sounds really cool and just a tiny bit dangerous. It will certainly void your warranty, but that’s OK because it’s often done on old electronics equipment that would otherwise probably end up on the scrap heap. That’s what I assumed about circuit bending. I realised that I […]

Circuit Bending: A Basic Guide and Resource List

korg wavedrum oriental percussion synth 1
Korg has announced its limited edition Wavedrum Oriental, a percussion synthesiser featuring a wide range of Arabic percussion sounds. Exotic sounds to Western ears, Arabic percussion is indispensable to belly dancing, world music and other popular genres. Many acoustic percussion instruments can produce a whole range of sounds simply by […]

Korg Wavedrum Oriental dynamic percussion synthesiser revealed [NAMM11]

Club, Techno, Trance, Electro, Rock, Reggae and Reggaeton In celebration of GrooveMaker for the iPhone app one-year anniversary, IK Multimedia is proud to release seven more new GrooveMaker packs for the iPad. Debuted in April 2010, GrooveMaker for the iPad now comprises a total of 12 style–based versions including Free, […]

7 New GrooveMaker Packs for the iPad Now Available

Propellerhead Software (probably best known for Reason) has announced the availability of a three-in-one synth emulator for Apple’s portable devices. ReBirth faithfully recreates the TB-303, TR-808 and TR-909 units on screen, offering all the functionality you’d expect from the real things but at a fraction of the cost, and completely […]

ReBirth Roland emulator for iPhone/iPad: TB-303, TR-808, TR-909 in your ...

Create Digital Music posted this great video and explanation of Station, a huge MIDI controller board built by Ander. It’s a heady mix of coloured LEDs, control knobs and touch pads, and most importantly for our increasingly touchscreen generation, it provides touchy-feely feedback whenever you press something. That might not […]

When touch and tactility matter: “Station” DIY MIDI controller surface ...

I’ve just found this cool tool (via Synthtopia) that builds random, computer-generated drum and rhythm patterns for the µTonic VST/AU plugin. Patternarium builds new patterns by mixing together two previous ones, creating a subsequent ‘generation’. Visitors to the site can vote each pattern up or down. Patterns with more positive […]

Patternarium: vote on computer-generated drum patterns for µTonic