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Seeing representations of sound has fascinated music makers and listeners since forever. It's what makes oscilloscopes so seductively hypnotic. Now you can turn CV or audio into VGA visuals with this.
2016 saw a raft of Kontakt instruments that either advanced what we thought was possible, or consolidated Kontakt as the sample engine of choice. Here's some of our favorites from 2016.
It's always nice to get sample packs of rare and famous analog synthesizers. And in this case you can get a sample pack of one of the best sounding analog poly synths of all time. The Voyetra Eight.
Growing up with Daleks on TV was scary. But here's a way to put the fear in perspective. A Dalek (granted, it's a miniature one) as a synthesizer suddenly makes them a lot more friendly.
Before you continue, we want to make clear the PolyKB III from XILS Labs is an analog synthesizer emulation. Yes, it's a software plug-in synth which you might not be able to tell at first glance.
If you've been waiting for Behringer's DeepMind 12 analog polyphonic 12-voice synthesizer powerhouse to arrive, and are based in Europe, head over to your local store now before it's too late!
Nick from Flintpope contacted us to tell us about his new FREE Kontakt instrument, Manipulator. It's a soundscape design tool that does exactly what its name suggests.
The Korg ARP Odyssey FS (full size) synth we caught glimpses of a couple of months ago is real and will be available soon. However, it looks like you'll need to act fast. It's a limited edition.
2016 was the year that eurorack and modular synths finally broke into mainstream music producer consciousness. While that's not what every synth nerd wanted it's been positive for the makers.
With the DeepMind 12 analog synth practically out now Behringer are turning their attention to the analog drum machine. Looks like Roland, Korg, Elektron and Arturia just got major new competition.
It's almost been one year since the Arturia MatrixBrute analog synthesizer was announced. And from today the first units have begun shipping. Here's a video of a 2 MatrixBrute performance to celebrate
Audio interfaces are hub of most audio recording and production studios. Here's seven of our favorites for every budget released in 2016 which we reviewed or were mightily impressed by.
An audio interface at the bottom of the River Thames for two days will surely be ruined, right? It depends on the interface! We don't recommend you try this at home (or at work).
In a move that caught us off guard Waves Audio released a new plugin on Boxing Day 2016, Electric Grand 80 Piano. It's one of the most influential instruments found on 80s pop records.
Gecho. Imagine an open-source, battery operated music machine that converts environmental noise into musical loops and phrases. Better still you interact with the box and can program it in four ways.
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