Synthesizers

Novation Circuit Mono Station review: A fun analog synth and brain for your gear

<i>Following the success of Novation’s Circuit groovebox, the UK company is back with Circuit Mono Station, a simple two-oscillator synth with built-in</i> …

Dreadbox’s Medusa synth is Eurorack-friendly and comes with its own sequencer

<b>Given that it’s called Medusa, you might be wary of looking at Dreadbox’s new monophonic analogue synth too closely, but it certainly looks like it</b> …

7 of the best new free VST/AU plugin synths to download in 2017

Free and easy<p><b>Freeware instruments have never been particularly thin on the ground, and we’ve already</b> <b>briefed you on some of the best ones that you can</b> …

Nightlife

Convert Wikipedia articles into blissful melodies with microscale, a generative online synthesiser

Belarusian composer Ales Tsurkoa has gone and done something pretty cool. microscale is the name of his new project, a generative program that turns …

Music (Australia)

Anthony Linell - Consolidate

Dungeon synth is a subgenre of black metal that emerged in the early '90s, but it didn't have a name until recently. Its most famous practitioner is …

Music

One-a-kind EMS Synthi KB1 vintage synthesiser unearthed

<i>RBMA</i>'s Mike Rubin examines Gerald Donald and James Stinson's most revered project.<p>The Hyperdub and Warp artist speaks to <i>Native Instruments</i>.<p>90 minutes …

Music

Eos 2 – Amazing AU-compatible reverb from Audio Damage

A long-time studio standard, now finally available for iOS! This is a direct 1:1 port of Audio Damage's Eos 2 desktop plug-in, identical in every way …

Guitar

Ripplemaker launched as West Coast-inspired synth for iOS

The mobile production revolution continues …<p>Ripplemaker has been developed by Bram Bos as a West Coast-flavoured synth for the iOS platform.<p>The synth …

DJs

9 cutting-edge synth tricks to try

<b>While the latest virtual instruments will always push the envelope in terms of new architectures and onboard tools, the general principles of</b> …

Sound Design

Hyperion Synthesizer For iOS

Developer <b>Aleksandar Mlazev</b> has introduced <b>Hyperion</b>, a new software synth for iOS<p><b>Features:</b><p>Morph speed control<br>• Morph depth control<br>• phase shift …

iOS

Novation Peak Synthesizer Hands-On Demo

<b>Novation</b> shared this series of videos, embedded as a playlist above, that demonstrates their new <b>Peak</b> synthesizer.<p>The second playlist, above, explores …

Roland’s vintage D-50 synth now available via software subscription

<b>An ‘80s classic is reborn.</b>Roland has added a software version of the vintage D-50 synth to its digital subscription service, Roland Cloud.Released in …

Music

How to program a dreamy ’80s-style polysynth

<b>The 1980s was an important time for synth music. Analogue polysynths had dropped in price, making them more accessible to all. Digital instruments</b> …

Tutorials

Roland adds D-50 synth to digital subscription service

The vintage synth is reborn on the RolandCloud…<p>Roland has added its iconic 1980’s synth, the D-50, to its digital subscription service. Access to the …

DJs

Roland celebrates 30 years of the D-50 synth with a plugin version in the Cloud

<b>Roland’s Cloud platform, which enables you to download a growing range of instrument plugins for a monthly subscription fee, has been expanded once</b> …

Synth hack gives exercise bike its own beat

Last year, sonic wizard Sam Battle transformed an old kids bike into a rolling synthesizer. The faster the Synth Bike 2.0 was pedaled, the quicker …

Indoor Cycling

How to create evolving ambient pads with oscillator stacking

<b>The key to working real size, density and motion into any synthesised pad sound lies in oscillator layering and modulation.</b><p>By stacking multiple …

Tutorials

Novation - Circuit v1.5

Originally released in 2015, the Novation Circuit was a simple, 16-step groovebox that was well made and easy to use. It wasn't exact..

Guitar

Roland and Studio Electronics announce the SE-02 analog synthesizer

<b>An unexpected collaboration sets “The Future Defined” Roland event alight with what looks like an awesome analogue synthesizer. Roland and Studio</b> …

Roland and Studio Electronics team up on SE-02 analog Boutique synth

<b>An all-new analog synth from Roland.</b>Roland has unveiled the latest in its line of Boutique synths, an instrument designed in collaboration with US …

Music

Back in the analogue game: Get your eyes and ears around the juicy new Roland SE-02 analogue synth

Longstanding lords of the synthesiser <b>Roland</b> have been killing it lately with their Boutique Series, a line of fun-sized synths, vocoders and drum …

Music (Australia)

The SE-02 could be the analogue Roland Boutique synth that you’ve been waiting for

<b>One of the criticisms that’s been levelled at Roland’s Boutique series has been that the modules contained within it are digital rather than</b> …

Music

How to create a dissonant FM drone with NI Form’s vocal resynthesis

<b>Without doubt one of Native Instruments' finest synths yet,</b> <b>Form</b> <b>is a Reaktor and Reaktor Player instrument that uses a region within an imported</b> …

Guitar

Ripplemaker brings modular synths to all skill levels with an iOS app

There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a synthesizer, but they tend to fall into two camps: they're either affordable and simple or pricey and robust. While that's sometimes due to the nature of the instruments they're replicating, it can frustrating if you want an app …

Apps

Label Love #76: Oráculo

Oráculo fly the flag for the new wave of cold wave, bringing synth pop into the 21st Century

Vinyl Records

8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We’re kicking off the new week with a bang. Today’s post covering paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free features eight different options for you …

Apps

Laplace update – resonator synth from developer iceGear follows Redshrike

There are, of course, no shortages of iOS music apps that offer virtual synthesis and we are blessed with some fabulous synth apps that run on the …

iOS

How to program a classic cinematic synth lead sound

<b>Nowadays, electronic instrumentation is everywhere in cinematic sound design, but 40-50 years ago, the analogue synth was a gamechanger for film</b> …

Sound Design

NI adds five new synth modules to Reaktor Blocks

<b>Two sequencers, a filter and more.</b>Native Instruments has expanded its Reaktor Blocks system with five new synth modules.Released in 2015, Blocks is …

Music

As musicians rediscover synthesizers, this 16-year-old makes her own

Mack Bartsch builds a “drummer from another mother” synthesizer as part of an engineering class at Moogfest, a technology and music festival in …

Music