The Complete Guide To The Korg Opsix FM Synthesizer

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The latest video from XNB could not be more perfectly timed, offering a complete guide Korg Opsix FM synthesizer, which Korg USA earlier this week put on sale for the blow-out price of $329 USD, 69% off the original list price.

The video is not intended to be a review, but a complete, in-depth guide to the Korg Opsix.

Here’s what XNB has to say about the video:

“I tried to cover almost everything about the synth on one single video, so i don’t block your learning by releasing part in different days. That’s why is a bit long, but everything was recorded in sections, so you can watch it as a course. You can navigate the timeline or click the chapters to see what you want.

On this one we will go from what is an operator, carrier and modulator to controls the whole synth and getting to know all the modes ( FM, Ring mod, Filter, Filter FM, Waveshaper and Effect).”

Topics covered:

0:00 – Intro
0:40 – Operator
05:05 – OP Mode
07:58 – OP Pitch
20:43 – OP Level/EG
30:27 – Filter
37:56 – Home
42:02 – Voices
49:27 – LFO
01:04:43 – V.Patch
01:14:21 – Algo 32
01:17:29 – FX
01:19:09 – Carriers/Modulator
01:27:16 – FM mode
01:38:55 – MOD Envelopes
01:43:36 – Ring-mod mode
01:54:03 – Filter mode
02:03:01 – Filter FM mode
02:07:46 – WaveFolder mode
02:14:12 – Effect mode
02:20:42 – Shortcuts
02:23:40 – Randomize
02:26:53 – Favorites
02:29:05 – Saving
02:30:55 – Buy me a coffee

Check out the Complete Guide to the Korg Opsix FM Synthesizer, and share your thoughts on it in the comments!

Chilled Dawless Synth Jam With Elektron Digitakt, Waldorf Blofeld, Dreadbox Typhon & Novation Circuit Tracks

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Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via French synthesist and producer Guillaume Blanjean (Atlas Castle), captures a live, chilled dawless synth jam, featuring Elektron Digitakt, Waldorf Blofeld, Dreadbox Typhon & Novation Circuit Tracks.

Blanjean uses the Digitakt as the ‘brain’ of his system, which looks like it’s about to be overgrown the greenery that masks his system’s cabling. His system is pretty compact, but makes effective use of some affordable, but powerful, gear.

Blanjean created this performance as part of a hardware_jams challenge, which was to create a jam involving repeating elements, inspired by this quote from Rudolf Steiner, “One can ascend to a higher development, only by bringing rhythm and repetition into one’s life.”

Access Virus TI Classic Synth Review – ‘One Of The Greatest Synths Of All Time’

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In this video, synthesist and producer Joey Blush, aka Blush Response, takes a look at the classic Access Virus TI.

The Access Virus TI is a DSP-based virtual analog synthesizer, with three oscillators per voice, dual multi-mode filters, expansive modulation options and a deep effects section. But the TI also goes beyond virtual analog, with supersaw, wavetable, granular & formant oscillators.

The Virus TI has been described as “the pinnacle of DSP-based digital synthesis” for its day. If its synthesis capabilities aren’t enough to impress you, the 80-voice polyphony and 16-part multi-timbral operation might do it.

Blush argues that the Access Virus TI, even close to two decades later, is “one of the greatest synths of all time”. How many synths today offer great build quality, 80-voice polyphony, deep synthesis capabilities and 16-part multi-timbrality?

Does the Access Virus TI make most of today’s DSP-based synth look wimpy? Check out the video, and then share your thoughts on the Access Virus TI in the comments!

How To Build A ‘Synth Wall’ Using Slatwall

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The latest Tefty & Meems video takes a look at building a ‘synth wall’ to store your synths vertically.

The video takes a look at using Slatwall to mount your keyboards to the wall, documenting the experience, pros and cons, and overall thoughts of using Slatwall vs a keyboard stand.

Topics covered:

00:00 Intro and the keyboard stand options
02:39 The Crownwall Slatwall setup & installation
05:54 Keyboard Slatwall Arms Options
09:50 Some price comparisons
11:00 Power for the gear
11:40 USB Hub for midi (and audio)
12:41 Quick note on the Mackie Onyx24 mixer
13:21 Lighting
14:10 Final thoughts

Check it out and share your thoughts on this approach in the comments!

Pigtronix Intros Gloamer Analog Polyphonic Amplitude Synthesizer

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Pigtronix has introduced Gloamer, a new analog, polyphonic amplitude synthesizer that alters the attack and decay time of any sound source, without sacrificing the fidelity of the original tone.

Its attack function provides a pick-triggered volume swell: a cinematic “slow gear” effect that is smooth and controllable with variable timing from extremely fast to very slow. The volume swell cycle can be reset at any moment by muting, allowing players to craft bowed string-like lines and chords with ease.

Gloamer also features a powerful optical compressor that can add subtle punch or extreme sustain, helping to maintain a smooth volume swell effect even with very long attack times. A Volume knob controls loudness at the peak of the attack cycle, while a master Blend control allows players to layer an uncompressed clean sound in with the volume swell effect.

Additionally, when activated, the Decay function causes notes to fade out once the attack cycle is complete. When the decay cycle is completed, an auto-reset function causes the attack to begin again immediately, as long as there is audio input. This allows you to create a wide range of undulating, asymmetrical tremolos at slower settings as well as pulsating stutter effects when using faster attack and decay times.

Pricing and Availability

Gloamer is available now for $279 USD.