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    Bram Bos Troublemaker

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    With Apple’s AU plug-in format for iOS finally beginning to gain some traction, we check out Bram Bos's 

    latest ‘this is not a 303’ offering...

    Reviews Apr 2017
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    Dave Smith Instruments DSM03

    Eurorack Module

    This third modular outing, DSM03, introduces tuned feedback — an important component in DSI synths ranging from the little desktop Evolver of 2003 up to the recent Pro 2.

    Reviews Apr 2017
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    Rossum Electro-Music Control Forge

    Eurorack Module

    Described as a Programmable Universal CV Generator, the Control Forge can serve as a multi-stage envelope, a complex LFO or a sequencer...

    Reviews Apr 2017
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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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    Yamaha Montage 7

    Synthesizer

    As its name implies, the Montage combines multiple technologies within a single, powerful instrument. But does it have what it takes to be the market leader Yamaha want it to be?

    Reviews Apr 2017
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    Waldorf NW1 Wavetable Module

    Eurorack Module

    I can’t deny being a long-time fan of the Waldorf sound and of wavetable synthesis in general, so I was pretty keen to try out the NW1...

    Reviews Mar 2017
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    Neutron Sound Orgone Accumulator module.

    Neutron Sound Orgone Accumulator

    Eurorack Module

    Until fairly recently the Orgone Accumulator was only available as a kit — but now even those of us with laughable soldering skills can enjoy one.

    Reviews Mar 2017
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    Qu-Bit Electronix Chord

    Eurorack Module

    The Qu-Bit Chord promises what can sometimes be tedious to set up within a modular: easy polyphony...

    Reviews Feb 2017
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    VirSyn Addictive Pro

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    Addictive Pro adds more complex oscillator configurations, a better effects implementation and a hot-rodded arpeggiator, but has surprisingly dropped the very useful four-track looper of the original Addictive Synth.

    Reviews Jan 2017
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    Arturia MatrixBrute

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Arturia’s MatrixBrute combines everything the company know about synthesis into one hugely ambitious machine.

    Reviews Jan 2017
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    AudioRealism Bassline 3

    Software Synthesizer

    The humble TB303 has proved notoriously difficult to recreate in software, but ABL3 comes far closer than most.

    Reviews Jan 2017
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    Korg Monologue

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The Monologue may be a cut-down version of the Minilogue, but it offers a few features its polyphonic big brother can’t match.

    Reviews Jan 2017
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    Behringer DeepMind 12

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Behringer’s first foray into the world of synthesis always promised to be interesting, and the results do not disappoint...

    Reviews Dec 2016
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    AJH Synth Sonic XV & Ring SM

    Eurorack Filter & Ring Modulator

    There are two AJH modules on review: the Sonic XV, based around an early 24dB diode filter from the Musonics Sonic V; secondly, the discrete transistor-based Ring SM, which can double as a five-input mixer and incorporates a pair of sub oscillator generators.

    Reviews Dec 2016
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    ALM/Busy Circuits Akemie’s Taiko

    Eurorack FM Percussion Module

    Akemie’s Taiko is an FM-based Eurorack module covering CV-tweakable percussion and synth roles...

    Reviews Dec 2016
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    ADDAC Marble Physics

    Eurorack CV Control Module

    It’s always fun to discover modules with a different slant on things. The ADDAC503, or Marble Physics, is a CV source that models the behaviour of a marble on a square tray...

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    Qu-Bit Wave

    Eurorack Sample Player Module

    Qu-Bit’s Wave is presumably named after the Wave (wav) format samples it plays — up to four of them at once. A 4GB MicroSD card is included, ready-populated with drum hits, vocals, synths and sound effects, easily enough to get you going...

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    UVI PX Apollo

    Software Synthesizer

    UVI are offering a very reasonably priced emulation of a classic Moog — but which classic Moog is it?

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    Apesoft iVCS3

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    The EMS VCS3 (or ‘Putney’) is relic of a bygone age. Along with its suitcase sibling the Synthi, the VCS3...

    Reviews Oct 2016
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    Korg MicroKorg S

    Synthesizer

    How do you follow the best-selling synthesizer of all time?

    Reviews Oct 2016
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    Make Noise 0-Coast

    Semi-modular Synthesizer

    Make Noise blur the boundaries between the East and West Coast schools of synthesis with this unique semi-modular.

    Reviews Oct 2016

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