IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro (Sneak Preview)

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IK Multimedia shared this sneak preview of their upcoming UNO Synth Pro, a new synth that 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 will be available in two formats – as a keyboard with aftertouch and as a desktop synth module, with capacitive touch keys.

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.

Modal Electronics Intros Skulpt SE Portable Synthesizer

Modal Electronics today introduced SKULPTsynth SE, an updated version of its SKULPT synth that they improves on the original with improved readability and build quality.

Like the original SKULPT, the SE has a powerful synth engine for a mobile device, with four-voice polyphony, up to 8 oscillators per voice, MPE support and more.

Features:

  • Play and record rich classic and modern synthesiser sounds with the flexible 4-voice synth architecture, expandable to 16 voices via polychain
  • Create and save impressive sound textures with up to 8 oscillators per voice, morphable waveforms, analogue-style morphable filter and flexible effects
  • Master your performances with MPE support and the integrated real-time sequencer with up to 4 Animation lanes
  • Integrate SKULPTsynth SE into your production and live performance setup thanks to its full-size MIDI connections and 3.5 mm Sync in and outs
  • Access all synthesiser functions and update SKULPTsynth SE via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3
  • Use it anywhere with its portable and lightweight, yet durable desktop design with real-time controls and 16 touch keys, powered by 6 AA batteries or USB power

SKULPTsynth SE will be available by mid May 2021, priced at £169.99 (UK, incl. VAT), 199.99 € (incl. 20% VAT) and $199.99 (US excl. VAT).

64 Custom Patches For The UDO Super 6 Synthesizer

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Synth4ever has introduced Supersonic, a collection of custom sounds for the UDO Super 6 synthesizer, covering pads, leads, strings, sequences, arps, keys, textures, bass and FX.

Here’s what they have to say about the sound library:

“The Super 6 is a beautiful sounding, versatile and powerful digital/analog hybrid synth, and I tried to push it in new directions when creating many of these patches using firmware v0.26. In addition to traditional “bread and butter” sounds, this UDO Super 6 soundset also includes some experimental motion loops, generative soundscapes and texture-based approaches to sound design.

These 64 custom patches will install to user banks A-H on your UDO SUPER 6, and nearly all contain tasteful aftertouch and pitch bend (positive and negative) modulation assignments. This gives you additional expression and timbre possibilities within the patch itself – so be sure to experiment with these controllers!

Overall, I’m proud of the SUPERSONIC soundset and believe it covers a lot of interesting sonic territory for musicians and listeners alike. Thanks for your interest in and support of my work; I hope you enjoy exploring and performing with these patches on your UDO Super 6 as much as I do on mine, should you wish to acquire them.”

All sounds in this video are from UDO Super 6 w/ no external effects, compression or mastering.

Sound timecodes:

00:00? – Majestic Brass
00:42? – Clocktower
01:31? – Harmonious
02:15? – Tek Bass
02:54? – Dissipate
03:43? – The Past
04:42? – Gamelan
05:35? – Strings
06:36? – Distant Memories
07:13? – Abstraction
08:08? – Revolutions
09:09? – Atmospheres
10:10? – Fragments
11:15? – Epsilon
12:10? – Sync It Up
12:49? – Square Lead
13:33? – Vapor Trails
14:29? – Prisms
15:25? – On The Run
16:16? – Centrifuge
17:06? – Electric Bass
17:38? – Cosmos
18:34? – Enigmatic Keys
19:14? – Eastern Travels
19:40? – Eastern Temple
20:20? – Vistas
21:14? – Liquid Dreams
22:14? – Spinners
22:56? – Whistler
23:55? – The Light
24:42? – Alien Jungle
25:29? – Riffer
26:21? – Mystic Organ
27:14? – Belmont’s Quest
28:19? – Dread
29:17? – Wavescaper
29:40? – Gossip
30:13? – Mech
31:00? – Sunrise Pad
31:49? – Timeless
32:41? – Circles
33:47? – Cinematic
34:43? – Brooding
35:29? – Autechrish
36:20? – Fuzzy Plucks
36:50? – Voxbox
37:29? – Firebirds
38:16? – Days Gone By
39:15? – Perpendicular
39:47? – Bass Grinder
40:22? – Choir Pad
41:03? – Geodes
41:54? – Steel Pluck
42:40? – Tundra
43:26? – Voices
43:53? – Cold Space
44:29? – Elastic
45:32? – Vocaloid
45:55? – Floating Pad
46:56? – Daydreams
47:48? – Airborne
48:46? – Metalworks
49:36? – The Expanse
50:34? – Zenith

Pricing and Availability

Supersonic is available now for $17.99 USD.

Improvisation On The Moog One Synthesizer

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Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live improvisation on the Moog One synthesizer by synthesist Lisa Bella Donna.

The performance highlights the Moog One’s three-part architecture, combining step sequences, pads and leads.

Technical details: Live improvisation with the Moog One Synthesizer System. Recorded live to 2-track digital.
Universal Audio Effects devices were implemented in the stereo FX loop.

Bass Station II Synth Battle

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The latest Novation live stream featured a head-to-head synth battle between synth gurus Ehsan Gelsi and Chris Calcutt, aka -CALC-.

The two battle it out, with a pair of live performance centered on the Bass Station II analog monosynth. In addition to the performances, both run through the techniques used, including their takes on the new AFX mode.

Note: The live stream starts at about 3:30 into the video, and the performances start about 18:00 in.=

Secrets Of The Yamaha CS-80 Synthesizer

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In this video, Bell Tone Synth Works founder Alison Stout takes an in-depth look at the technology behind the preset, memory, and panel sound selection works in legendary Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer.

Bell Tone Synth Works (BTSW) is n electronic musical instrument repair workshop in Philadelphia, PA, specializing in restoration and repair of vintage synthesizers and organs.

You can find the diagrams and schematics discussed in the video at the BTSW site.

Live Ambient Performance With Oberheim, Moog & ARP Synths

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Sunday Synth Jam: This live performance, by Dutch synthesist Martin Peters, makes masterful use of analog synths like the Oberheim OB-Mx, Polymoog & Korg ARP Odyssey to create a modern take on classic synth music.

Here’s what Peters shared about the technical details of his performance:

“A couple of weeks ago I got my Oberheim OB-Mx back from repairs after it has been in repair for a year. There are 3 voicecards inside, each containing 2 voices, so it has 6 voices in total. But 1 of these voicecards could not be tuned anymore. The repair-shop could not find the problem so I still have 1 voicecard I cannot use.

Anyways, this video starts with the Oberheim OB-Mx having the VCA’s opened playing a G minor chord. The Minimoog solo comes in and there is a sort of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ deja-vu. The Polymoog with the Behringer VP1 Phaser accompanies the Minimoog. After that some tones are added from the Synthesizers.com Modular, Oberheim SEM and Korg ARP Odyssey with the VCA’s opened. Then the sequences start, adding the Joranalogue Generate 3 and Mutable Instruments Plaits. It all builds up to a climax where the Odyssey plays some notes. And after that it all fades out to nothing.

The track was recorded live to multi-track on the Behringer X32 Compact and mixed in Studio One afterwards. The mix only involves some gain staging, EQ and compression. No track edits where performed and no automation was used.”

Casio Introduces New Casiotone Portable Keyboards

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Casio today introduced three new Casiotone models – the CT-S1, CT-S400 and LK-S450.

  • The CT-S1 features 61 full-size keys with touch response, and is available in black, white or red. It features a stereo grand piano plus 60 other AiX-powered Tones.
  • The CT-S400 features 61 full-size keys with touch response and pitch bend wheel, with 600 AiX-powered Tones and 200 full accompaniment Rhythms.
  • The LK-S450 features 61 full-size keys with touch response and Key Lighting System, with 600 AiX-powered Tones and 200 full accompaniment Rhythms.

All three new Casiotone models have a range of connectivity options, including a class-compliant micro USB MIDI port. A USB host port is available for the separately sold Bluetooth adapter (WU-BT10) that provides wireless MIDI communication and can transform the keyboard into a wireless speaker.

Wired or wirelessly, users can link the keyboards to Casio’s dedicated Chordana Play, which will enable them to change the tempo or key of songs being played, in addition to displaying music scores and piano roll.

The new Casiotone models each have 61 keys, built-in speakers, multi-functional buttons and weigh only 9 lbs. The keyboards also have built-in strap locks to equip a guitar strap and convert the keyboard to a keytar.

Here is an intro to the CT-S1 from Casio’s Rich Formidoni:

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CT-S1 Features:

  • 61 full-size keys with touch response
  • Available in black, white or red
  • Stereo grand piano plus 60 other AiX-powered Tones
  • Powerful bass-reflex stereo speaker system with surround effect
  • Easy one-button recorder
  • Strap pins for playing anywhere
  • Class-compliant USB-MIDI connects to free Chordana Play app
  • Optional WU-BT01 Bluetooth MIDI/Audio adapter
  • Optional 6xAA battery power (AC adapter and music rest included)

CT-S400 Features:

  • 61 full-size keys with touch response, pitch bend wheel and easy-to-use controls
  • 600 AiX-powered Tones and 200 full accompaniment Rhythms
  • Powerful bass-reflex stereo speaker system with surround effect
  • 5-track song recorder
  • Strap pins for playing anywhere
  • Class-compliant USB-MIDI connects to free Chordana Play app
  • Optional WU-BT01 Bluetooth MIDI/Audio adapter
  • Optional 6xAA battery power (AC adapter and music rest included)

LK-S450 Features:

  • 61 full-size keys with touch response and Key Lighting System
  • 600 AiX-powered Tones and 200 full accompaniment Rhythms
  • Powerful bass-reflex stereo speaker system with surround effect
  • 5-track song recorder
  • Strap pins for playing anywhere
  • Class-compliant USB-MIDI connects to free Chordana Play app
  • Optional WU-BT01 Bluetooth MIDI/Audio adapter
  • Optional 6xAA battery power (AC adapter and music rest included)

Pricing and Availability

The Casiotone CT-S1 will be available for pre-order on April 14, for $299 US (MSRP) / $199 US MAP. The keyboard is expected to ship / be available in stores in late May 2021. The CT-S400 (MSRP: $349.99) and LK-S450 (MSRP: $399.99) will be available for pre order April 14, 2021. For more information visit the Casio website.

Korg MS-20 FS Now Available In Four Colors

Korg today announced that its MS-20 FS (full-size) Monophonic Synthesizer is now available, pre-assembled, in four colors.

The MS-20 is a 37-key classic analog monosynth, with patch bay and external signal processor, originally released in 1978. The MS-20 FS reissues the original with some new features, including MIDI IN and USB.

The MS-20 FS was previously available in 2014 in small numbers as a kit. This full-size reissue consists of limited numbers of the four different powder-coated color variations (green, white, blue, black).

Korg describes the reissue as a “genuine MS-20 made by KORG, faithful to the original in every way.”

Features:

  • Full-sized 37-note (3-octave) MS-20 keyboard made by KORG
  • Four different color variations in a powder-coated finish (green, white, blue, black)
  • Provides two types of MS-20 filter: early model and late model
  • Faithfully reproduces the analog circuitry of the original
  • 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure
  • External Signal Processor (ESP) to process an external signal
  • Patching system provides an extremely high degree of sound creation
  • MIDI IN connector and USB port for keyboard and DAW MIDI connectivity
  • AC adaptor
  • The original is reproduced in every detail, including the package finish, owner’s manual and settings chart

Pricing and Availability

All four KORG MS-20 FS models are now available with U.S. MAP pricing of $1399.99.