SynthFest France Coming Sunday, June 6, 2021 As A Free Online Event

Organizers of SynthFest France let us know that this year’s event will be held as a free online event on Sunday June 6, 2021.

The festival will be available to all from the SynthFest France Youtube channel. You’ll be able to watch the entire event live, or to play sessions on demand.

SynthFest France will feature some of the latest synth gear, including the new Korg 2600M, mini 700s, Modwave and Nautilus products, the AlphaRack controllers, the new Modor, SynthR, Baloran, Arturia, Modal, Elektron, NR-Synth, TouellSkouarn, Harpe Laser and more.

The event will also feature synth performances by Saw, Olivier Delevingne, Panic Girl, Eliane Blaise, Caminauta, Marc Chouarain & Animeited, .LiMA, Odalie, Kosima, AstroVoyager, Alexis Faucomprez, Boodaman, Sacha Kitterlin and others.

SynthFest will also feature a virtual tour of France’s synth and electronic music stores and a tombola (raffle) for a KORG 800DV.

SynthFest France is realized in partnership with Keyboards Recording, La Boite Noire du Musicien, UNAC and SACEM. See the event site for details.

SonicProjects Stringer Virtual String Machine

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SonicProjects has introduced Stringer 3.0, an update to their virtual string machine for Mac & Windows.

Stringer is based on samples from classic strings synths, including the Logan String Melody II, ARP Omni 2 & Welson Symphony. A new “pure” mode in version 3.0, combined with the ensemble and modulation effects, lets you design new string ensemble sounds from scratch.

In the demo video, embedded above, all sounds come directly from the stereo output of Stringer, with no external effects involved.

Here’s what’s new in version 3.0:

  • 64bit and Mac compatibility (Mac: AU only)
  • Built-in patch browser with proprietary patch-format
  • Larger interface (about 40% larger)
  • Built-in effects unit (Modulation and Reverb)
  • A separate switchable ensemble effect (pre-effect)
  • A new „pure” mode (generated saw) in all-buttons-off state
  • 54 new presets (total 98) using the new features

Pricing and Availability

Stringer is available now with intro pricing of $55 (normally $65) USD.

New Power System, ReVolt, Adds USB Power To Battery-Powered Music Gear

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Irish power solutions manufacturer myVolts has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of ReVolt, an alternative to using expensive batteries to power your portable synths, effects pedals and other music gadgets.

In a nutshell, the ReVolt Bridge is an adapter that lets you add USB power to any of your portable battery-powered devices.

One end is battery-shaped and goes into the battery compartment of the device you want to power. The other end has a power connector. The two are connected by a thin ribbon cable that’s flat enough to allow you to close the door on your device’s battery compartment.

To use it, you just take out your device’s batteries (AAA, AA, C or D), insert the ReVolt bridge cable and then connect a USB power cable. The USB cable can be plugged into a wall plug, a USB port on your laptop, a USB powerbank or a USB solar cell.


  • Use with AAA, AA, C or D battery-powered devices.
  • Use with any USB port or USB power bank.
  • ReVolt can be safely used anywhere in the world.
  • Economical – eliminates the need to purchase batteries, and you can reuse it with multiple devices.
  • Remove it at any time to use your device with standard batteries.
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Modular system let you power multiple devices from a single USB connection
  • No worry of running out of batteries.
  • Eliminates the possibility of battery leaks in your devices.

Pricing and Availability

Production of ReVolts is being funded via a Kickstarter and it is available to project backers starting at about $36.

Note: Crowdfunded projects can involve risk, so see details at the project site.