Synthesizers

by Robert Rives ·Posted
Arturia just unveiled its newest flagship synthesizer, the PolyBrute 12, a 12-voice analog synth featuring a Full Touch MPE keyboard and powerful sound-morphing capabilities. This feature-rich synth builds on what made the original PolyBrute great, giving music-makers more features, functionality, and expressivity options than ever before.
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The Arturia AstroLab gives you access to a collection of 7,000 sounds and presets in an easy-to-transport package. Unleash your creativity in the studio, on the road, or on stage with Arturia’s latest keyboard. 00:00 - Introduction 00.53 - Opening Jam 02:49 - Overview 04:08 - Keyboard and Interface 05:38 - Rotary Screen Encoder 06:14 - Preset Browsing 08:31 - Analog Lab Integration 09:10 - Multi-Part Presets 10:22
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There are hundreds of synths to choose from, so which do you buy? Gabe Richards discusses three synths from Novation: the Bass Station II, Circuit Tracks, and
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Korg just released 30 new products, but which ones are worth your while? Gabe Richards has got you covered. He's at Korg's NAMM 2024 booth to introduce the new MicroKORG 2, KingKORG NEO, and the Nu:Tekt NTS-1. 0:00 - Introduction 0:31 - microKORG 2 1:57 - NTS-1 MKII 3:09 - KingKORG NEO Will you be adding any of Korg’s new products to your setup? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
It’s the end of January, which can only mean one thing: It’s the 2024 NAMM show, where our favorite synthesizer manufacturers display their latest offerings. Highlights from this year include several releases from Korg, as well as a new stage piano from Nord, a MIDI controller from Intuitive Instruments, and the MegaCase from Erica Synths. Korg opsix, wavestate, and modwave Korg hit the ground running with the release of the highly anticipated
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
We’re heading into the final stretch of 2023 and synth manufacturers have been busy with new and updated models that offer sonic inspiration. With so many choices, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this buying guide, we’ll demystify some of the latest synthesizer technology and find that perfect instrument for you or a loved one that fits any budget. Synthesizers have been around for more than 60 years and, as much as technology progresses, we still find the same basic analog subtractive synthesis principles used for most synthesizer designs.
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
Modular synthesizer enthusiasts are over the moon with the news that B&H is now carrying Erica Synths’s line of electronic instruments. Based in Latvia, Erica Synths has slowly been carving out its place among high-end synthesizer manufacturers. The brand offers a remarkable range of modular and desktop synthesizers and drum machines. For anyone interested in modular synthesis, Erica Synths offers a wide range of products for any budget and skill level. Each of the complete systems comprises modules that are available individually, so you
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
B&H welcomes UDO Audio’s magnificent musical instruments to the fold. UDO (Unidentified Dancing Objects) is a UK-based company that creates electronic musical instruments that foster a strong and inspiring connection with the player. By using cutting-edge technology balanced with an intuitive, user-centric design, UDO Audio creates products that are powerful and unapologetically enjoyable. If you did an Internet search for Roland Jupiter 8 alternatives, the
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Which one of these synthesizers is right for you? Gabriel Richards discusses their specs and demonstrates Arturia’s MiniFreak 6-Voice Spontaneous Algorithmic Synthesizer and Arturia’s Pigments 4 Polychrome Software Synthesizer. 0:00 - Introduction 1:07 - Minifuse 4 and Minilab 3 1:28 - MiniFreak Demo 3:27 - MiniFreak Key Specs 4:28 - Synth Engines 7:43 - Modulation Matrix 9:14 - Analog Filter and Envelope Generators 10:48 - Custom LFO Shapes 11:17 - Digital Effects
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In this B&H video, Gabriel Richards tests the MELBOURNE INSTRUMENTS NINA, a 12-Voice Analog Polyphonic Multitimbral Synthesizer with Motorized Controls. Join Richards as he demonstrates this synthesizer and discusses its features. 0:00 - Key Specs 2:23 - Physical Specs 6:17 - Signal Path & Synth Engine 10:01 - Filter 12:20 - Modulation 16:06 - Stacking 19:28 - Final Thought Are you interested in trying the MELBOURNE INSTRUMENTS NINA for yourself? Post questions or repartee in the Comments
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Gabriel Richards tests the ExpressiveE Osmose Synthesizer and MPE Controller, a 24-voice polyphonic synthesizer with an innovative way to control sound using gestures. This unit blends tradition and innovation, allowing you to unleash your creativity. Does this technology interest you? 0:00 - Main Specs 0:43 - In Use 3:03 - Physical Specs 5:18 - Interface (Menus and Presets) 13:49 - MPE Controller 15:44 - Is This for You
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Gabriel Richards demos the re-released, retro, and legendary Moog synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D! This updated version maintains the exact sound engine as the original but with some additions, including analog LFO and Filter Contour as modulation sources, a Fatar TP-9 keybed with velocity and aftertouch, CV outputs for Pitch, Aftertouch, Velocity, and Gate, an external Modulation CV input, MIDI In, Out, and Thru, and improved circuit-board connectors for touring reliability. 0:00 - Introductory jam 1:
by Trevor Collins ·Posted
Expressive E, in collaboration with Haken Audio, announced the release of a new standalone polyphonic synthesizer, the Osmose. Designed to set a new standard for musical expressivity, the Osmose features a deep, modular digital sound engine; hundreds of high-quality, ready-to-use presets; and new MPE gesture technology that allows you to not only play with ease but unlock new ways to control sound, such as pressing,
by Robert Rives ·Posted
Synthesizer designs in the 21st century have returned to hands-on control knobs for immediate, tactile sound sculpting, but when you switch between stored patches, the knobs don't accurately reflect the settings. This mismatch can lead to sudden, abrupt changes in the sound—like that time your dramatic live filter sweep accidentally began with the frequency knob maxed out. Well, all that is set to change with the introduction of the
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
I’ve been a fan of Novation since the early 2000s when the company released the virtual analog Nova series. To this day, I still own and love my Nova desktop synth. When I was asked if I was interested in writing a hands-on review of the Novation Peak, I couldn’t say no. The Peak is a hybrid 8-voice analog/digital synthesizer. There are pros and cons to both analog and digital technologies,