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    Superbooth 2023: UDO Super Gemini

    Video Report

    UDO release their new Super Gemini hybrid synthesizer, featuring up to 20-voice polyphony.

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    Arturia MicroFreak Firmware V5 miniature synthesizer sample engine playback four-voice granular

    Arturia to update MicroFreak firmware

    Introduces sample playback & three granular engines

    Arturia have announced an upcoming firmware update for their MicroFreak synthesizer which will introduce a new Sample Engine, three granular synthesis engines and a new collection of factory presets.

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    Oberheim OB-X8 Desktop analogue synthesizer module vintage OB-X OB-Xa OB-8

    Oberheim to launch OB-X8 Desktop

    Identical sound engine to keyboard version

    Oberheim have announced the upcoming launch of a desktop module version of their acclaimed OB-X8 eight-voice synthesizer.

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    UDO Super Gemini hybrid analogue digital polysynth polyphonic synthesizer true stereo aftertouch

    UDO unveil Super Gemini polysynth

    Hybrid synthesizer boasts 20-voice polyphony

    UDO have announced the release of the Super Gemini, a bi-timbral hybrid synthesizer that features up to 20-voice polyphony and boasts a 61-note semi-weighted keybed with polyphonic aftertouch.

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    Korg microKORG Crystal special limited edition miniature synthesizer vocoder

    Korg announce microKORG Crystal & ARP 2600 FS return

    Special edition synth & limited ARP 2600 FS run revealed

    Korg have announced a special edition instrument that celebrates the 20th anniverary of their popular microKORG, as well as a limited run of the ARP 2600 FS.

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    Softube Model 80 Five Voice Synthesizer Sequential Prophet-5 emulation recreation virtual software instrument softsynthplug-in

    Softube introduce Model 80 soft synth

    Emulates and expands upon iconic synthesizer

    Softube's latest virtual instrument faithfully recreates the Sequential Prophet-5, adding some optional new features and also making five of its sections available for their Modular plug-in.

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    FabFilter Twin 3

    Software Synthesizer

    FabFilter go back to their roots with a brand‑new version of their Twin soft synth.

    Reviews May 2023
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    How I Got That Sound: Samuel Dixon

    Meg Washington ‘Switches’

    Grammy-winning Samuel Dixon picks his favourite sound from the records he’s made, focusing on Australian singer‑songwriter Meg Washington’s track ‘Switches’.

    Techniques May 2023
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    MiMU The Jellyfish

    Granular Software Instrument

    There’s a lot to like about MiMU’s unusually gelatinous take on granular synthesis.

    Reviews May 2023
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    This Is Not Rocket Science Wobbler2

    Eurorack Module

    Wobbler2 adds a drum synthesizer to the Wobbler LFO module that was released in 2018.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Modular: Going Audio-rate

    Synthesis Technique

    We tend instinctively to think of audio‑rate oscillators as sound‑generating circuits and low‑frequency oscillators (...

    Techniques May 2023
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    Anti-Kulture Precision Disrupter

    Eurorack Module

    Disrupter is an experimental, performance‑driven, 303‑style sequencer with innovative randomisation features that you can still control when needed.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Roland SH-4d

    Synthesizer & Sequencer

    Roland’s SH‑4d is an ambitious amalgam of synth and sequencer in a battery‑powered box.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Lonelady (Julie Campbell)

    LoneLady Soundworlds | Podcast

    Punch-and-crunch electro

    Created on sequencers, synths and drum machines in a basement bunker beneath Somerset House, London, LoneLady talks to Caro C about the making of her third studio album Former Things.

    People May 2023
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    NAMM 2023: Casio CT-S1000V

    Video Report

    We visited the Casio booth at NAMM 2023 to hear a demonstration and learn more about the new CT-S1000V keyboard and its vocal synthesis features.

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    NAMM 2023: Sound Particles SkyDust 3D

    Video Report

    Sound Particles launch their SkyDust 3D synth compatible with all kinds of surround and immersive sound technologies.

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    Erica Synths EDU DIY Compressor Stereo Eurorack modular synthesizer module

    EDU DIY & Stereo Compressors from Erica Synths

    New DIY and ready-built modules incoming

    Two new Eurorack compressors are joining the Erica Synths line-up: a mono DIY variant, and a stereo module optimised for drum and percussion sounds. 

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    Sequential Take 5

    Sequential Take 5 v2.0 software update

    New features, effects & doubled preset count

    The latest software for the Take 5 introduces some new sound design-focused features and doubles the amount of Factory and User memory locations.

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    ALM / Busy Circuits pop-up shop Eurorack modular synthesizer demo buy Kings Cross London

    ALM / Busy Circuits pop-up shop

    Open between 24 and 30 April 2023

    ALM / Busy Circuits have announced that they will be opening their first ever pop-up shop at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London.

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    Modular Profile: Lisa Bella Donna

    Electronic Sound Sorceress

    Musician, sound designer, educator and all‑round electronic sound sorceress, Lisa Bella Donna has built a reputation for herself as one of the most eminent synthesists anywhere.

    People Apr 2023
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    Richard Barbieri - Porcupine Tree

    Richard Barbieri - Porcupine Tree | Podcast

    Closure / Continuation

    As part of Japan, Richard Barbieri soon became the thinking person’s synthesist, famous for his rich and textural electronic backings that beautifully complemented the work of other band members to forge what is still a unique sound to this day.

    People Apr 2023

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