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    Amazing Noises' Grainscanner for Ableton Live and Max for Live.

    Amazing Noises offer affordable granular & resynthesis tech

    10-voice granular synth and resynthesizer for Ableton Live out now

    Super-affordable 10-voice resynthesizer and polyphonic granular synth for Ableton Live 10.1 now available!

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    Behringer: the power of 3(03)

    Super-affordable TB-303 clone costs less now than the 1981 original!

    Behringer’s all‑analogue, ultra‑affordable TB‑303 clone costs way less in sheer numerical terms in 2019 than the original did in 1981!

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    Synth Heaven

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    Having just returned home from SynthFest UK 2019 held at Sheffield's Octagon, I thought it might be appropriate to focus...

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    Modor NF1 loses its keys in firmware tweak

    Upgrade adds microtonal options and many other improvements

    Development goes on for the unconventional Modor NF1 and its affordable sibling the NF1m, with this new free firmware upgrade.

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    Expressive E's Osmose.

    Osmose — keyboard technology takes a giant leap forward

    Expressive E's new controller & synth offers unprecedented levels of control and expression

    Could this be the most expressive keyboard since the invention of the pianoforte?

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    Roland Fantom - in-depth SOS review

    Read our full in-depth test report

    With little advance warning, Roland have unleashed a new flagship workstation-cum-synthesizer which builds on the Fantom's legacy with a brand-new design developed from the ground up for modern music production. It comes in three models: Fantom 6 (61 keys), Fantom 7 (76 keys) and the 88-key Fantom 8.  Read the Sound On Sound full in-depth review here.

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    SynthFest UK — Roland JU-06A

    Roland's Boutique analogue modelling JU-06 module has had an upgrade and redesign

    The JU-06, which modelled the classic Juno 6/60/106 synths, has been upgraded to the JU-06A. Roland UK's Andy Pimblott explains what's new.

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    SynthFest UK — UDO Super 6

    We see how the Super 6 is sounding as it nears completion

    SOS gets a demo of UDO Audio's Super 6 polysynth, which is now in its final design phase.

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    SynthFest UK — Roland MC707 and MC101

    Roland UK introduce the new MC-series Grooveboxes at Sheffield synth show

    Roland demo their latest MC-series Grooveboxes for SOS at SynthFest UK 2019.

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    SynthFest UK — Dubreq Stylophone Gen R-8

    New Stylophone finds favour with the modular crowd in Sheffield

    Dubreq continue the expansion of the reborn Stylophone range with their latest electronic performance instrument, the Gen R-8, shipping shortly.

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    SynthFest UK — Roland Jupiter Xm

    The Jupiter Xm makes a splash in Sheffield

    Andy Pimblott of Roland UK introduced us to the portable Roland Jupiter Xm synth at the Sheffield SynthFest UK show.

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    SynthFest UK — Transistor Sound Labs

    Stoke-based Eurorack manufacturers demo existing bass sequencer and preview drum sequencer

    Hear the Stepper Acid bass sequencer and the forthcoming Stepper Drum rhythm sequencer in action at SynthFest UK 2019!

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    SynthFest UK — new Roland Fantom workstations

    See the Fantom 6 in action in our show video!

    We get a demo of the new Roland Fantom 6 workstation synth at SynthFest UK in Sheffield.

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    SynthFest UK — Teenage Engineering OP-Z Rumble Pack

    New haptic subwoofer explained

    Want to really feel the low end in your tracks? If you already own Teenage Engineering's OP-Z, they have just what you're looking for...

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    SynthFest UK — Graham Massey from 808 State

    Electronic pioneer talks SynthFest, gear, creativity and forthcoming album and tour

    SOS News Editor Matt Bell catches up with 808 State founder Graham Massey at SynthFest UK 2019 in Sheffield.

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    SynthFest UK — Expert Sleepers ES-9

    DC-coupled audio interface allows for perfect DAW/modular integration

    The new ES-9 DC-coupled audio interface has everything you need to drive your DAW and plug-ins from your CV modular, and vice versa!

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    SynthFest UK — DPW Designs

    Dan Wahlbeck promises to muck up your audio with Mög

    SOS News Editor Matt Bell chats to DPW's Dan Wahlbeck at SynthFest UK in Sheffield about his latest unconventional Eurorack processing modules.

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    Synth Fest UK — Nathan Ramsden's DIY modular synth

    DIY modular synth designer shows the fruits of his labours at SynthFest UK 2019

    DIY synth builder Nathan Ramsden explains his plans for his dual-cabinet, hand-built modular synth to SOS Features Editor Sam Inglis.

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    SynthFest UK — Fonik stands go modular!

    Bradford-based studio furniture builders introduce modular studio desk

    Mark Smith, of custom studio stand manufacturers Fonik, explains their new modular desk and some of its options.

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    The larger of PreSonus's new upgraded Eris nearfield monitors, the ErisE8XT.

    SynthFest UK — PreSonus Eris XT monitors

    Upgrade to the popular and affordable Eris range of nearfield monitors now shipping

    PreSonus recently announced an upgrade to their Eris nearfield monitors. Lee Boylan showed Paul White the larger of the two new models.

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    Lee Boylan from PreSonus showed SOS's Paul White how PreSonus interfaces can form the crucial bridge between a CV-based modular synth system and a computer-based DAW.

    SynthFest UK — PreSonus demonstrate DC-coupled interfaces

    Control your modular rig from your DAW!

    Recent PreSonus interfaces can interface between a CV-based modular system and a DAW. Lee from PreSonus shows SOS's Paul White how.

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