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    S-CAT Bass‑Synth

    Analogue Synthesizer

    S‑CAT’s bespoke Bass‑Synth does exactly what it says on the tin...

    Reviews Mar 2023
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    GForce Minimonsta2

    GForce introduce Minimonsta2

    Modelled Minimoog with added sonic potential

    The newly released Minimonsta2 retains the fundamental architecture of its predecessor but builds on it in many ways.

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    Tone2 Electra3 VST Plug-in GUI

    Tone2 update Electra3 synthesizer

    Powerful multi-layer synth receives major update

    This powerful multi-layer virtual instrument boasts options for 15 different methods of synthesis.

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    Korg ARP Odyssey FS Kit Header

    Korg launch ARP Odyssey FS Kit

    Build your own ARP Odyssey synthesizer

    Featuring the same analogue circuitry as the original, Korg say this DIY kit can be assembled without any soldering or technical knowledge.

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    Roland SH-4d desktop synthesizer SH-101 Juno-106 vintage-inspired sounds

    Roland announce SH-4d

    Latest desktop synthesizer revealed

    Roland's new desktop module is packed with oscillator models that promise to deliver everything from classic SH-101 and Juno-106 tones to more modern digital sounds.

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    Martin Russ, long-time contributor and friend of Sound On Sound magazine.

    Martin Russ Obituary

    Farewell Mr MIDI

    We are sad to announce the passing today of Martin Russ, long time friend and contributor to the magazine.

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    GForce update Oberheim OB-E and SEM

    GForce update Oberheim OB-E & SEM soft synths

    Free update features new Preset Browser

    Oberheim OB-E v2.5 and Oberheim SEM v1.5 mark the first anniversary of GForce's collaboration with Oberheim.

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    Steinberg HALion 7 software sampling synthesis platform FM wavetable sampler softsynth

    Steinberg unveil HALion 7

    New FM & spectral processing features

    The latest version of Steinberg's powerful sampling and synthesis software platform introduces FM synthesis capabilities plus a range of modulation and effects improvements.

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    Clavia Nord Stage 4 piano synth organ keyboard

    Clavia unleash Nord Stage 4

    Flagship instrument series upgraded

    The latest version of Clavia’s flagship instrument boasts a new panel design, a premium triple sensor keybed, a powerful new effects section, and a new Preset Library loaded with piano, synth, and organ sounds.

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    Bastl Instruments Aikido quad VCA attenuverter envelope follower Eurorack mixer modulation routing side-chain compression expansion

    Bastl Instruments reveal Aikido

    Eurorack quad VCA mixer module

    Aikido houses four VCAs with attenuverters on each input, providing flexible sub-mix and modulation routing along with instant side-chain compression and expansion capabilities. 

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    Arturia PolyBrute Noir limited edition six-voice bi-timbral analogue polysynth

    Arturia unveil Polybrute Noir

    Limited edition version of flagship polysynth

    This latest version of the Polybrute houses the instrument in a stylish enclosure with a new, darker colour scheme. 

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    Nonlinear Labs upgrade C15 firmware

    Routing, modulation, and GUI improvements

    The latest firmware update for the Nonlinear Labs C15 greatly expands the instrument’s sound design capabilities and updates the GUI.

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    Modular Profile: Jan Willem Hagenbeek

    Ginkosynthese

    Based in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan Willem Hagenbeek is best known in the modular world as Ginkosynthese...

    People Feb 2023
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    Don Lewis

    Don Lewis - Programming The DX7 | Podcast

    Creating The DX7 Factory Presets

    Back in November 2020 Don Lewis discussed his time programming the Yamaha DX7’s factory sounds. In the wake of Don’s passing, we decided to publish this excerpt and put on record his important contribution to this iconic synth.

    People Feb 2023
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    Mike Lindup - Level 42

    Mike Lindup - Level 42 And Beyond

    Talks about his new solo album: Changes 2

    Best known as the keyboardist and co-vocalist for Brit-Funk legends, Level 42, we caught up with Mike Lindup ahead of his new solo release, Changes 2.

    People Feb 2023
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    Bastl Softpop SP2

    Semi-modular Synthesizer

    Bastl’s Softpop SP2 reins in the chaos but is still a far from conventional synth.

    Reviews Feb 2023
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    Cherry Audio Elka-X

    Software Synthesizer

    Cherry Audio recreate that rarest of beasts, the Elka Synthex.

    Reviews Feb 2023
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    Erica Synths-Sonic Potions LXR-2

    Drum Machine Eurorack Module

    The LXR‑2 is a six-voice, 28HP module with the same sound engine as the LXR‑02...

    Reviews Feb 2023
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    Future Sound Systems FIL4 Timbral Sculptor

    Eurorack Module

    Comprised of an 18dB/octave three‑pole multi‑mode filter, a VCA, two different West Coast‑style wavefolders and a rectifier, at its mildest end the FIL4 very much does what it says on the tin: it sculpts timbre.

    Reviews Feb 2023
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    1010music Fireball, Lemondrop & Razzmatazz

    Desktop Synths & Sampler

    1010music’s diminutive Nanobox range has got it where it counts.

    Reviews Feb 2023
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    U&I Software MetaSynth & Xx CTX

    Software Synthesizer & Sequencer

    Now in its third decade, MetaSynth is still a synthesizer like no other, and its companion sequencer Xx follows the same path...

    Reviews Feb 2023

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