Erica Synths SYNTRX Analog Matrix Synthesizer Now Available

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Erica Synths has announced that its SYNTRX analog synthesizer is now available worldwide.

The SYNTRX is a matrix synthesizer, created in collaboration with engineers from Riga Technical University, that takes inspiration from the classic Synthi AKS,  but is an original design that offers capabilities that go far beyond the synth that inspired it.

Features:

  • 3 VCOs that track over 8 octaves
  • Octave switch for the VCO1
  • Sync option for the VCO2
  • Noise generator with “color” filter
  • Resonant VCF
  • Ring modulator
  • Spring reverb
  • ASR/AD looping envelope generator
  • Joystick controller
  • Input amplifier with adjustable gain
  • 3 VCAs
  • Sample & Hold circuit with an individual clock
  • Output signal filter
  • Mechanical CV/audio signal level indicator
  • MIDI In and MIDI Thru
  • Built in speakers

Pricing and Availability

The SYNTRX is available now for € 2500.00.

Analogue Solutions Colossus Official Demo Videos

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Analogue Solutions shared this series of demo videos for their Colossus modular synthesizer.

The Colossus is a £25K super-synth, inspired by the classic EMS Synthi 100.

Analogue Solutions describes the Colossus as ‘a big, no-compromise synth design,’ adding “It’s not entirely practical, but…impressive physically and in sound.”

Novation + Aphex Twin Synthesizer Teaser

Novation shared this teaser video of a new collaboration with Aphex Twin (Richard D. James).

Details are still to be announced, but the video suggests that they’ve collaborated on a keyboard synth that offers microtuning and the AFX mode of the Bass Station II.

Think you know what they’ve got coming? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Exploring The Hohner Electronium, A 50’s Vacuum-Tube Accordion Synthesizer

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In his latest video, synthesist Hainbach shares his experience exploring the Hohner Electronium, a German 1950’s vacuum tube synthesizer in accordion form.

The Electronium ‘came to me at the end of 2019 and worked for all of one day. It took me some to time to find a reliable tech that could fix it and also mod it,” he notes. “Now it boasts a send/return, so we can hear the direct sound of this gorgeous 1950s synth and add FX. And add FX I did.”

Check it out and share your thoughts on this rare electronic instrument in the comments!

Superbooth 2021 Scheduled For May 5-8 With Pandemic Precautions

Superbooth organizers have announced plans to hold an in-person event from May 5th to 8th, 2021 at the FEZ Berlin.

They also are announcing a new guitar-focused event, SOOPERgrail, to be held April 30th to May 2nd, 2021.

Several changes are being made in response to the ongoing pandemic – including restricting the number of daily attendees,  extending the event from three days to four and moving many activities outside.

Here’s what they say about their pandemic precautions:

“Exhibitor and visitor numbers for the two events are strictly limited due to the changed circumstances. The well-known high quality of the discussions, meetings, concerts, demonstrations and workshops can only benefit from this. The calmer environment should also improve the situation when testing and exploring the exhibited products. For absent manufacturers, special concepts for digital and interactive integration into the event are in the makings.

Up to 150 exhibitors at SUPERBOOTH21 and 90 at SOOPERgrail meet a maximum of 500 visitors simultaneously in the building. Through a smart swap system, this number is doubled daily, allowing a total number of visitors of 4000 for SUPERBOOTH21 and 1000 for SOOPERgrail.

The hygiene concept for both events is already in the approval process. There are additional event areas in the green, further buildings around the FEZ Berlin and a space concept with tours and one-way routes through the exhibitions located in the buildings. This will ensure the most generous distribution of visitors on the exhibition grounds.

An additional exhibition day reserved only for the professional visitors of SUPERBOOTH21, as well as the Labour Day as conference afternoon, exclusively for exhibitors and invited guests of SOOPERgrail, support thereby the special character as a unique meeting and experience space for all participants.”

In this video, Superbooth creator Andreas Schneider discusses the plans for 2021:

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Elta Music Solar 50 Hands-On Demo

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In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the new Solar 50 from Elta Music.

The SOLAR 50 is a 50-oscillator/10 voice synthesizer that they say is tailored to making atmospheric sounds, background music, microtonal music, ‘super polyphonic electro symphonies’ and more.

“It’s quite a different experience!” notes Eliraz.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
0:40 Overview
5:00 Connectivity
5:30 Stereo/mono
6:45 Noise/bleed
8:05 Oscillators
9:35 Osc cross mod
11:15 ASR VCA env
11:45 Pitch mods
12:35 Light sensor
13:25 Env patches
14:25 LFOs
15:00 Contact mic
15:25 Filter
16:20 Effects
22:10 PATCH IDEAS
22:15 Velocity mod
23:10 Stackcables
23:40 Cascading vox
24:15 Sequencing
24:35 FM radio noise
25:00 Trig seq
26:00 Motion rec
27:00 vs Lyra 8
27:55 Pros & cons
31:25 Outro

Pricing and Availability

The pre-order price is 1000 Euros. See the ELTA Music site about pre-orders.

Orbital Live Rig Tour

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In this DJ Mag video, brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll of Orbital give a tour of their live performance rig.

The video was shot at the Inner City Electronic Festival in March, just prior to the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown.

Majella Audio IMPLEXUS Now Available To Pre-Order

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Majella Audio has launched a Kickstarter to fund production of the Implexus, a new synthesizer that they say combines so-called ‘West Coast’ and ‘East Coast’ synthesis approaches in a single device.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The philosophy behind the unique analog signal path of the Implexus is to create sound by adding harmonics instead of subtracting them. The unique sound comes from West-coast style synthesis techniques including:

    •  Waveshaping: Voltage controlled waveform shaping by adding even/odd Harmonics
    •  Wavefolding: Voltage controlled folding of the tops of a waveform
    •  Bias: Voltage controlled asymmetrical analog clipping
    •  Audiorate (cross) modulations: VCO FM, VCA AM, VCF FM, BIAS, FOLD and SHAPE

With the Implexus there comes a point that after hours of tweaking, you will be surprised to find out you haven’t even touched the VCF yet.. But it is there in the more EAST-coast style techniques the Implexus offers, including:

    •  Filter: Voltage controlled Lowpass / Hi-pass filter
    •  Basic VCO: Saw/Sine/Square voltage controlled oscillator
    •  Sub-Oscillator: Thick Square wave oscillator -1 octave
    •  ADSR Envelopes: Looping ADSR envelopes with velocity amount controls
    •  LFO’s: Clock synced / tap tempo LFO’s with multiple selectable waveforms

The Implexus also includes a tape-emulating style delay that can be clock synced and offers Tap Tempo!”

Feature Overview:

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Pricing and Availability

Production of the Implexus is being funded via Kickstarter project, and the synth is available to project backers for €1,299. Because it is crowdfunded, there is risk involved to backers. See the project site to understand the details.

ElectroTechnique TSynth An $99 Open Hardware Synthesizer

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ElectroTechnique shared this intro video for the TSynth, a low-cost DIY desktop synthesizer, based on the PJRC Teensy 4.1 micro-controller board.

The virtual analog synth is 12-voice polyphonic, with two oscillators per voice.

The pcb and front panel are available from Tindie.com with SMD 4067 multiplexers, 6N138 opto-isolator, capacitors and resistors fitted. ElectroTechnique says that the entire cost of parts to build TSynth will be around $99, if you buy components from the cheaper suppliers, and the build time should take about two hours.

Plans for a 3D printed/laser cut enclosure are also available.

Features:

Oscillators

  • 12 voice polyphony (last note priority), two oscillators per voice, velocity sensitive, detunable with +/- 2 octaves range, Sine/Sample & Hold (like tuned noise)/Square/Sawtooth/Ramp/PWM/Var Triangle/User waveforms and level. Square, Sawtooth and Pulse waves are band-limited.
  • Pulse Width/Var Triangle can be set for each oscillator with PWM by dedicated LFO or from the filter envelope
  • Pink or white noise level
  • Dedicated LFO for pitch mod (can be retriggered by note on), Sine/Triangle/Sawtooth/Ramp/Square/S&H waveforms
  • Pitch can be modulated by filter envelope (+/-)
  • Oscillator FX – XOR creates lots of harmonics with certain waveforms and X Mod ‘Cross Modulation’ bell-like sounds.
  • Dynamic Unison with all 24 oscillators detunable from each other – one, two, three or four notes can be played with oscillators distributed among them
  • Chord Unison with all oscillators playing a chord selected from detune control – major, minor, diminshed…
  • Polyphonic Glide with variable time

Filter

  • State variable 12dB filter (SVF) with continuous mix between LP and HP (provides notch filter) and BP
  • Cutoff freq and resonance
  • Cutoff can be modulated by dedicated ADSR envelope (+/-), dedicated LFO
  • LFO has same waveforms as pitch LFO (can be retriggered by note on) and rate can be set to match MIDI clock (tempo) with variable time division (1,3/4,1/2,1/4,1/8…)

Amplifier

  • Dedicated ADSR envelope
  • Volume
  • Effect amount and mix – currently for stereo ensemble chorus rate and mix but could be set up to allow choices in Settings menu

Patch & Program Buttons

  • Encoder with button for data entry, Back button for menu navigation
  • Save and Delete buttons for storing patches
  • Holding Settings initialises the current patch to match the panel controls. Holding the Save button takes you into a patch deletion page.
  • Settings Menu – Velocity curve, Pitch Bend and Mod Wheel range, VU Meter, Oscilloscope display, Bass enhance, MIDI In and Out channel.

MIDI

  • USB HOST MIDI Class Compliant (direct connection to MIDI controller, no PC needed)
  • USB Client MIDI In from PC
  • MIDI In 5 pin DIN
  • MIDI Thru 5 pin DIN

Audio

  • SGTL5000 Audio Shield 16 bit, 44.1 kHz Stereo out
  • USB Audio in/out—appears as 16 bit, 44.1 kHz audio interface on PC

See the ElectroTechnique site for details.

Three New Effects For Korg Multi-Engine Synthesizers

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Sinevibes has announced three new effects for Korg Multi-Engine synths, including the Prologue, Minilogue XD and the NTS-1.

Blend is a multi-voice chorus. It’s comprised of three fully independent chorus layers, each modulated by its own parabolically-shaped oscillator. Due to relative modulation phase offsets between the three oscillators, this algorithm can create lush unison and ensemble effects. It’s also capable of producing highly dissonant sounds.

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Dispersion is a ‘bouncing ball’ delay. It runs up to 10 delay taps sequentially, with their times spread according to a non-linear formula. This produces a series of sound repetitions much like bounces of a ball that has been dropped onto a surface.

Each round of bounces is calculated to fit within a particular tempo fraction, making this a rhythmically precise and musically rich effect. The algorithm comes in two versions: with natural time spread (+), as well as inverted spread (-).

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Finally, Finite is a granular pitch shifter. It uses real-time buffer recording and dual variable playback heads to speed the incoming audio up or slow it down, changing its pitch.

The algorithm features high-quality spline interpolation for smooth pitch adjustment within the range of two octaves. Its built-in feedback line also applies the pitch shift recursively – letting you create ethereal, spacey sounds.

Pricing and Availability

The effects are available now for $19 each from the Sinevibes site.