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.

UDO Super 6 Updated With MPE Support, Binaural PWM & More

UDO has released a new firmware for the Super 6 that adds MPE support, Binaural PWM and more.

Here’s what’s new in UDO Super 6 Firmware v0.52:

  • MPE Implementation – Implementation tested for ROLI and LinnStrument.
  • Delay Freeze – Pressing the foot switch holds the delay, new notes won’t be added
    to the delay loop, and the current contents will loop indefinitely. Works best with long delays and moderate levels of delay feedback.
  • Polyphonic LFO2 – 2 individual LFO modules that can be polyphonically modulated to have different frequencies for each of the 12 notes.
  • Binaural PWM
  • Plus “a wealth of additional features and improvements”.

Here’s an overview of the new features:

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Here’s a performance by Hazel Mills that uses the new features:

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Here are demos of using the Super 6 with ROLI and LinnStrument controllers:

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UDO Super 6 Firmware v0.52 is available now as a free download.

Here’s A Vintage Look At Kraftwerk, ‘The Future Of Music’, From 1975

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The BBC shared this vintage look at Kraftwerk from 1975, when they were the future of music.

The short video profiles Kraftwerk, and captures them doing a live performance of Autobahn. Watch closely and you’ll see them using some classic synths, like the Moog Minimoog and ARP Odyssey. But you’ll also see their custom drum controllers in action.

Video Summary:

Derek Cooper reports on Kraftwerk, a German pop group who are pioneers of a new kind of electronic music. Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Wolfgang Flür and Klaus Röder create and programme sounds at their Dusseldorf laboratory and recreate them on stage using a variety of synthesisers and bespoke electronic instruments.

Here, they perform an excerpt from their most popular track to date, “Autobahn”.

Originally broadcast 25 September, 1975.

How To Get Started With Eurorack Modular Synthesizers

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In this video, via Thomann Synthesizers, German synthesist Martha Bahr (aka Panic Girl) offers an introduction to how to get started with Eurorack modular synthesizers.

Bahr discusses selecting a case, building a collection of Eurorack modules, controlling your modular with a keyboard or sequencer, and performing with a modular system.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro & Overview
1:26 Case
2:52 Sound Sources (VCO)
5:39 Mixer modules
7:26 Audio Interface module
7:58 Filter (VCF)
11:11 Sequencer
13:10 Modulation (LFO)
13:40 VCA
14:39 Envelope
15:34 Interface modules
16:28 External Keyboard and Sequencer
16:57 Mult Module
17:20 Performance

Check out the video out and share your thoughts on getting started with Eurorack modular synths in the comments!

Eventide Misha Eurorack Module Now Available

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Eventide has announced that the Misha – a 28hp Eurorack instrument/sequencer that uses a unique, interval-based approach to playing and creating melodies – is now available.

The Misha can control and sequence other modules via MIDI or via 3 CV/Gate pairs.

Features:

  • Make sound three ways via MIDI, control voltage (with three independent gate/cv pairs) or outputting waveforms via the audio jack
  • External control templates for MIDI and QWERTY keyboards
  • 100 factory scales and additional slots for up to 100 user/custom scales (Scala support)
  • Tone row based sequencer inspired by the classic compositional technique used in serial music
  • Comprehensive control of sequence playback to easily manipulate and expand upon your musical ideas
  • Create rhythmic variations using clock division
  • Four user-assignable buttons
  • 18 user presets
  • CV inputs for external trigger/control sources
  • Clock input for syncing to external sources. User configurable PPQ settings
  • Audio output for internal oscillator
  • Polyphony via 3 CV outputs or MIDI
  • Micro-USB for easy firmware updates using Eventide Device Manager
  • Micro-SD card for saving/loading scales and settings

Here’s an in-depth demo from loopop’s Ziv Eliraz:

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Pricing and Availability

The Eventide Misha will be available now for $599 USD.

Cherry Audio Miniverse Modules Make The Moog Minimoog Modular For $39

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Cherry Audio and MRB have introduced the Miniverse Module Collection, an expansion of the Miniverse virtual instrument into 14 flexible modules for use with the Voltage Modular platform.

In a nutshell, the Miniverse Modules make the Moog Minimoog modular as a collection of modules for the Voltage Modular virtual synth platform. And it’s polyphonic!

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“It retains all the classic tone and mojo that made the original Mini great while freeing users of the fixed ‘hard-wired’ limitations of the original. Poly module versions are also included for up to 16-note polyphony, giving users the ability to design the ultimate Mini of their dreams.

The Miniverse Module Collection components have been expertly adapted to the modular workflow. Award-winning synth designer Mark Barton’s (MRB) proprietary DSP coding reproduces every sonic nuance, every curve, and every response of the audio based on the original hardware. In addition, polyphonic module versions of the oscillator, mixer, filter, glide, contour, and VCA sections are included for up to 16-voice polyphony via poly jacks.”

The 14 module Miniverse Module Collection includes:

  • Miniverse Oscillator and Poly Miniverse Oscillator modules super accurately replicate the famously brawny sounds of the original Mini.
  • Miniverse Filter and Poly Miniverse Filter are 24dB/oct, lowpass filters based on the famous transistor ladder filter.
  • Miniverse Glide and Poly Miniverse Glide modules allows notes to slide smoothly from one pitch to the next and Mini’s unique glide unique asymmetrical glide characteristics are accurately emulated.
  • Miniverse Mixer and Poly Miniverse Mixer are four-channel mixers, usable with audio or CV signals.
  • Miniverse Contour and Poly Miniverse Contour are ADS envelope generators used to dynamically shape note volume, filter cutoff, or any other voltage-controlled mod destination.
  • Miniverse Noise faithfully replicates the Mini’s noise section. It’s not apparent from the front panel, but the original instrument actually contains white, pink, and red noise generators.
  • Miniverse VCA and Poly Miniverse VCA replicate the unique mojo of the original Mini circuit. They are usable with audio or CV signals.
  • Miniverse A-440 module replicates the Mini’s unique tuning reference oscillator circuit.

Pricing and Availability

The Miniverse Module Collection is available now, with an introductory price of $39 (list $59). A 50% discount from the $39 price is available for customers who previously purchased the Miniverse instrument. For those new to the Voltage Modular platform, it’s fully compatible with our FREE Voltage Modular Nucleus Edition, with no operational limitations. A free seven-day demo of Miniverse Module Collection is also available. T