Posts Tagged ‘synth’

With an iconic (and slightly weird!) design, the Expressiv MIDI guitar joins a long list of controllers that promise to revolutionize the way musicians use synths. We’re not sure what’s going on at 1.22, however this is an impressive piece of technology that will win over progressive guitarists.

Student showcase!!

Posted: February 11, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Synth Design
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The start of a new feature here on the blog! It’s always nice to know that ex-students are keeping up with their music! This week’s tune comes courtesy of geckojsc (getting a Royksopp vibe off this one!)

Text to singing synth fans rejoice: Plogue have released a new plugin that enables you to create vocalised parts from within your DAW. The first sound bank titled ‘Daisy’ is free, and features a range of different voice sounds. Now you too can create Hatsune Miku like vocal phrases to use in your pieces!

Arturia Maxibrute!

Posted: January 25, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Synth Design
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The big brother of our little analogue beast has arrived. Showcased at NAMM 2016, this monster polyphonic synth features oscillators and filters galore, along with a potentially game-changing 16×16 modulation matrix/step sequencer. No cost as yet (£££), but it will be fascinating to see whether this synth can break into the market so heavily dominated by Korg and Moog.

**UPDATE** It’s going to cost £1539!

Lazerhawk – Redline

Posted: November 30, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Songs
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Do you like your synth-pop/dreamwave 80s flavoured? If so, give this album by Lazerhawk a listen, and if you like it, be sure to buy the full uncompressed album from his Bandcamp page. Lots of glittering 80s synths, driving rhythms and arpeggiators!


Web Based Synths – Viktor NV-1

Posted: November 11, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in studio, Synth Design
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The future is here, in the form of web browser based synths! Imagine being able to load up any famous synthesiser brand in your browser and then output audio to your DAW of choice. This may not be many years away, and it offers attractive possibilities to consumers and publishers alike. (Subscription based synths, anyone?) Other creative industries have already moved in this direction (see Adobe Creative Cloud) and this type of service can also prevent software piracy, making it an attractive option for the big brands. There are a few big obstacles to overcome, such as latency, processing load and stability, but it might not be too long until the dream of a web based DAW and synths becomes a reality.


Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator

Posted: June 10, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Synth Design
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Expect to see one or more of these in Mr Dunne’s possession very soon. Pocket sized, portable retro synths with a 3.5mm output for £49. What more could you ask for?

Arturia Minibrute Demo

Posted: November 5, 2013 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Synth Design
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You will never be as cool as Jacobo Abreo. But you can try! Excellent use of the Minibrute to inspire you!

Moog Sub Phatty

Posted: July 10, 2013 by TGASMrDunne in Synth Design
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Review of the latest Moog hardware synth to be released, a monophonic performance synth similar to our Minibrute, allthough with a few more parameters to play with!

Summer tunes….

Posted: June 26, 2013 by TGASMrDunne in Songs
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A tripped out ambient dubsteppy 12/8 masterpiece. Great sounds, killer hook, what more could you ask for?