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    Korg NTS-2 DIY kit and book bundle

    Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-2 kit

    Build your own oscilloscope

    The Nu:Tekt NTS-2 is the latest DIY kit from Korg, bundled with a new Patch & Tweak with Korg book from Bjooks.

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    Ableton Learning Synths update

    Ableton update Learning Synths

    Free interactive synthesis learning tool

    Update allows users to export work from their browser straight to Ableton Live software.

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    Why I Love... Gates

    Ashley Pomeroy

    SOS reader Ashley Pomeroy celebrates the creative power of gates.

    People Dec 2021
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    David Bessell Electronic Musician

    The Art Of Physical Modelling - David Bessell | Podcast

    Working With Modular Synths And Software

    David Bessell talks to Rob Puricelli about how he was inspired by Physical Modelling and sought to explore it further using modular synths and software. 

    People Sep 2021
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    Generations | Part2: Surgeon

    Key Figures From Electronic Music

    DJ, producer and remixer Dave Clarke meets a producer who’s been at the cutting edge of UK techno for more than 25 years.

    People Jul 2021
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    Generations | Part1: John Foxx

    Key Figures From Electronic Music

    In a new three‑part series, DJ, producer and remixer Dave Clarke meets key figures from half a century of electronic music.

    People Jun 2021
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    Patrick Gleeson

    Synth Pioneer

    Alongside the people who make them, Patrick Gleeson has probably done more than anyone else to introduce synthesizers to popular music.

    People Apr 2021
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    Perfect Pads

    Programming Pad Sounds

    Pads are the glue that holds entire genres of music together. We look at how you can improve yours.

    Techniques Apr 2021
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    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

    Producing Ambient Music

    We talk to prolific producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith about her ambient compositions and love of Buchla synths.

    People Sep 2020
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    Modular Interfacing

    CV & The Audio Interface

    Everything you need to know to get your DAW talking to your modular system via your audio interface.

    Techniques Sep 2020
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    Synthesis Techniques For Emulating Vintage Sounds

    Sound Design Workshop

    Any synth can be coaxed into producing vintage-sounding patches...

    Techniques Aug 2020
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    Suzanne Ciani on Skype

    Suzanne Ciani | Podcast

    Synthesizer Pioneer, Sound Designer & Electronic Music Legend

    Join composer and electronic musician Caro C in conversation with Suzanne Ciani, a synthesizer and electronic music legend who has pushed the envelope since the 1960s.

    People Jun 2020
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    Dave Smith at Synthplex.

    Dave Smith of Sequential

    Sequential founding father and synth designer Dave Smith made time at Synthplex 2019 to discuss the current state of play of the wonderful world of synthesis.

    People May 2019
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    Tatsuya Takahashi: Synth Designer

    Making Synthesis Engaging, Immediate And Affordable

    Former Chief Engineer at Korg, Tatsuya Takahashi is the man who brought analogue synthesis back into the mainstream.

    People Feb 2019
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    Sound Design For Ambient Music

    Creative Pitch

    You don’t have to play synths or ‘real’ instruments to make music: embrace the experimental, and you could use almost anything...

    Techniques Nov 2018
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    Modular Profile: Dieter Doepfer

    The Father Of Eurorack

    Dieter Doepfer is known as the founding father of Eurorack, the modular format that now dominates all others — but how did it all come about?

    People Apr 2017
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    Scoring Stranger Things

    Michael Stein & Kyle Dixon

    Cult TV series Stranger Things has become essential viewing — and essential listening. We talk to the previously unknown composers behind its hit soundtrack.

    Techniques Mar 2017
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    Jean-Michel Jarre

    Producing Electronica

    New album Electronica sees Jean–Michel Jarre making connections with a galaxy of other legendary figures from the world of electronic music.

    People Nov 2015
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    Kent Spong: vintage instrument restorer.

    Restoring Analogue Synthesizers

    Kent Spong

    Vintage synths are objects of fascination to musicians and collectors alike. But keeping them alive takes a special kind of expertise...

    Techniques Jun 2013
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    Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds

    Synthesis Workshop

    Ah, the 80s... Fluorescent socks, marble-wash jeans, and naff-sounding synth pads! You might not want to resurrect the first two, but subtle use of pads can improve even the most contemporary-sounding mix.

    Techniques May 2010
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    Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds | Audio

    Audio Examples From Pad Sounds May 2010

    These files accompany the Cubase Technique Filter Sweeps workshop for SOS May 2010 (/...

    Techniques May 2010

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