Shut Up & Play: The Rare ArmonConcert Synthesizer

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Synthesist Alberto Napolioni shared this 100% blah-blah-blah free demo of the rare Armonconcert, a vintage Italian paraphonic synthesizer from 1974.

It’s not just a great demo of the possibilities of the Armonconcert, but also a great demo of the performance possibilities of paraphonic synths of the ’70s.

Timings:

0:00 Ice Waterfall
0:09 Creamy
0:17 Funky Clav
0:28 Rubber Piano
0:41 Chamber Strings
1:27 Stranger Feet
1:34 The Escape
2:06 Funky Brass
2:15 Purple Sunset
2:35 Jazzy Snippets
2:47 Ennio’s Pad
3:10 Plucked Beauty
3:37 Filter
3:49 Dance of Mosquito
4:38 Ascension
4:58 God is in da house
5:14 Say Goodbye
5:51 Brass Tinto
5:59 Permutations
6:04 Harpsichord Stairways

Technical details:

Some patches are dry and other with FX used on it:

OTO Bim delay
OTO Bam reverb

Black Corporation Intros XERXES MK2 8-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Black Corporation has opened pre-orders for a new version of their XERXES 8-voice analog synthesizer.

“We are starting the preorder for our second run of XERXES, which will also be getting the MK2 treatment,” notes Black Corporation’s Roman Filippov. “Because of the semiconductor shortage and their increased prices, this run will be limited to 100 black edition units and we are required to raise the market price of the synth. To make up for the price increase, the new and improved XERXES will have a completely updated VCA section, balanced outputs, and audio over USB, in addition to several improvements under the hood.”

The XERXES features digitally controlled analog oscillators per voice, a multimode analog filter, white and pink noise generator, 2 ADSR envelopes, 2 sync-able LFOs, unique analog BBD chorus with 3 modes, full MPE-based polyphonic aftertouch, and complete MIDI control, including polyphonic aftertouch and MPE.

Pricing and Availability

The XERXES mk2 is available to pre-order, with a total price of $4499, including worldwide shipping.

Donner Intros B1 Analog Bass Synthesizer & Sequencer

Donner has introduced the B1 Analog Bass Synthesizer & Sequencer , a budget-friendly analog synth with VCF, saturation and delay effects.

Features:

  • 128 sequence presets covering a range of musical styles
  • 128 user programmable presets.
  • Silicone Tactile Keyboard with Backlight
  • “Classic Deep Bass Tone”, with saturation & delay effects
  • The B1 controller connects to your DAW via USB-MIDI for use as a MIDI keyboard, and the MIDI IN/OUT interface connects the B1 to your external MIDI devices for sequencing or as a MIDI controller.
  • Connect external sound sources using the 1/8” audio input.
  • The 1/4″ TS mono Main Out carries the main output signal.
  • The 1/8″ headphone jack is perfect for monitoring your sound.

Unfortunately, they have not shared any audio or video demos at this time.

Pricing and Availability

The B1 Analog Bass Synthesizer is available now for $168.99

Crumar Orchestrator / Multiman-S Vintage Synth Review

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This vintage synth review, via synth4ever, takes a look at the Crumar Multiman-S, aka the Crumar Orchestrator, a vintage synth from 1977.

The Orchestrator/Multiman-S is one of the more sophisticated string synths of the 70s, offering classic string synth sound, but also letting you create a wide range of sounds, with the immediacy of front panel switches and sliders. Using these controls, you can play and mix bass, brass, piano, clavichord, cello and violin. Additional functions, like the filter, can also be controlled via custom foot pedals.

Topics covered:

00:00 – Intro
01:01 – Overview
02:56 – Left-hand instruments – Bass, Brass, Piano, Clavichord, Cello, Violin
06:17 – Right-hand instruments – Brass, Piano, Clavichord, Cello, Violin
07:51 – Vibrato
08:37 – Sustain
09:00 – All instruments together
09:54 – String timbre (bright to dark)
11:05 – All instruments together again
12:03 – Pitch control
12:48 – Final thoughts / conclusion

Check out the video and share your thoughts on the Orchestrator / Multiman-S in the comments!

Dreadbox Typhon Updated With Audio Over USB & More

Dreadbox has introduced a firmware update for the Typhon that adds audio over USB and more.

Here’s what’s new in Dreadbox Typhon v4, which is now available as a beta release:

1.Bug fixes
– A loud noise on unit startup could occur under certain circumstances.
This bug was caused by a firmware fault and now got fixed.

2. MIDI over USB
– Typhon gets recognised as a MIDI/USB device and can now send and receive MIDI messages from a Computer. This feature can work in parallel to the DIN5 MIDI and the user can select the port configurations from the global settings.

3. Audio over USB
-Typhon gets recognised as Audio/USB device. This feature enables Typhon to act as an audio input and be recorded from a computer directly without the use of a sound card. This feature got implemented to support the previous described feature so as the user doesn’t have to connect the physical audio out to his sound card, and so on create a ground loop, which cause a constant buzzing at Typhon’s audio.

Black Corporation Intros Jupiter-8 Inspired ISE-NIN Synthesizer

Boutique synth maker Black Corporation has announced a new analog synthesizer, inspired by the classic Roland Jupiter-8, the ISE-NIN.

The company has previous released three well-respected analog synth modules, Deckard’s Dream, Kijimi, & Xerxes. Each is an original design that takes inspiration from a classic analog synthesizer.

Designer Roman Filippov shared the news via social media:

“It’s been a while since the last BC poly synth release. Please meet ISE-NIN.

Coming later this year, with a full MPE support and micro tuning by ODDSound MTS-ESP!

Preorders will start next week on our website.”

The name, ISE-NIN, is not a shout out to Nine Inch Nails, but to Russian poet Sergei Yesenin.

Details are to come at the Black Corporation site.

Microtonal Tuning On Vintage Analog Synthesizers

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The latest Musician Paradise video takes a look at playing microtonal music using a vintage analog synthesizer.

This approach should work with any vintage analog synth that offers a self-resonating filter with filter tracking. It requires learning new keyboard fingering, though, and is limited to equal temperaments.

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

IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro In-Depth Review

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In the latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth at IK Multimedia’s new UNO Synth Pro.

The UNO Synth Pro features three wave-morphing oscillators, dual filters with 24 modes, deep modulation options, 3 effects slots with 12 effects, a sequencer with automation of 80+ parameters and MIDI/CV/Gate connectivity.

It’s available in two models, a full-size keyboard model and a compact model with a capacitive touch keyboard.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
1:20 Overview
3:30 Workflow
5:20 Synth guts
6:40 Connectivity
7:50 Oscillators
8:40 Mixer
9:50 Osc x mods
11:40 Paraphonic
14:05 Filter
17:00 Series/Parallel
19:15 Effects
22:20 Mod matrix
27:45 Arpeggiator
29:20 Sequencer
32:40 Song mode
34:45 Scales
36:00 Pros & cons
41:05 128 Presets
1:02:50 Outro

Pricing and Availability

The UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop are available to pre-order now, priced at 649.99 USD/EUR and 399.99 USD/EUR.

Analogue Solutions Intros Leipzig v3 Advanced Analog Synthesizer

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British boutique synth maker Analogue Solutions let us know that the Leipzig v3, a new desktop analog synth that updates its discontinued rack-mountable Leipzig-S analog synth/sequencer, is now available.

Leipzig v3 is inspired by classic 70’s synth designs, and offers extensive routing possibilities, a Moog-style filter, two VCOs (Voltage-Controlled Oscillators) and an analog step sequencer.

Features:

  • Analog voice and modulation circuitry.
  • Moog style transistor ladder filter – 24db/Octave 4 pole.
  • Two analog VCOs with individual Glide (portamento).
  • Sub-VCO for extra depth and power.
  • Osc Sync & Cross-Mod.
  • Option to overdrive the mixer and filter.
  • Extensive modulation routing possibilities.
  • Versatile analog CV step sequencer – with a variety of clocking options.
  • 16-step sequencer, with transpose feature.
  • The sequencer can be used as a modulation source.
  • Versatile CV patch bay.
  • Rugged steel/aluminum construction.
  • MIDI In for DAW/software sequencing.
  • Headphone output.

Pricing and Availability

Leipzig v3 is available now for £849.00, excluding Tax/VAT.

Making Music With The Moog Subharmonicon

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In his video, Jeremy Blake (Red Means Recording) shares his thoughts on making music with the Moog Subharmonicon.

Video Summary:

“Music is rhythm, pitch, pitch relationships, and timbre. The Moog Harmonicon is a great example of how these all come together in one of the most interesting performance synthesizers I’ve touched.”

Here’s a follow up video, which captures an extended synth jam, featuring the Subharmonicon:

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Here’s what they have to say about the technical details:

“Improv on the Moog Subharmonicon and Elektron Digitakt at 120 BPM. Poly Digit provides reverb and delay.”