Music Tech News Roundup: Elektron Analog Keys, Korg M01D, Little Bits, CVpal, Yocto Tr-808 Clone, MeeBlip anode +

In this week’s music tech news roundup: Elektron unveils the Analog Keys, Korg’s M1 synth comes to the Nintendo 3DS, Yocto offers TR-808 looks and sound for DIY users, MeeBlip introduces the anode bass synth, and more… 

Elektron Analog Keys

Renowned synth designers Elektron have recently unveiled a new flagship instrument, the Analog Keys.

“The Analog Keys is a four voice polyphonic analog synthesizer, capable of generating the finest basslines, chords, leads, and sounds imaginable. The Analog Keys is tailor-made for the stage. The 37 semi-weighted keys of the keyboard give instant fingertip control of the analog tones. The special performance mode offers direct access to user-defined parameters, and the joystick, capable of controlling up to fifteen parameters, allows for extreme morphing of sounds.  Compatibility with other instruments is well catered for. Simply press a button to transform the Analog Keys into a MIDI keyboard, ready to control external MIDI gear. Thanks to the dedicated CV sequencer and the CV/Gate and DIN sync outputs, analog instruments of both today and yesteryear can be played, sequenced, and controlled with precision. Use the multitude of control options to breathe new life in vintage and modern rigs alike.” Read more at Elektron and hear audio clips below..

Korg M01D – M1 Emulation on Nintendo 3DS

“While most of the mobile music-making community is currently focused on Apple’s iOS products, Detune has decided to do something different by releasing the Korg M01D, a recreation of the classic M1 workstation for Nintendo’s 3DS.” Read more at MusicRadar.

MeeBlip anode Bass Synth


“Canadian electronics company Blipsonic and Berlin-based website Create Digital Music have introduced their latest joint venture, the MeeBlip anode – a compact bass synth, complete with an analog filter. The anode is a hybrid analogue/digital instrument, featuring digital pulse oscillators with pulse width control – based on those found in the original MeeBlip – alongside a three-stage envelope, a LFO and an all-analogue filter with resonance control.” Read more at Synthtopia and hear clips below.

Little Bits Synth Kits

“Imagine if you could take apart your favorite recent KORG analog creations, chop it up into little blocks, and then snap them together with magnetic ease? In other words, imagine if you could put together a KORG synth as easily as you did LEGO? It’s every bit as much fun as you’d imagine. I’ve been testing the littleBits Synth Kit for a few days now. I’ve got some sounds for you here so you can hear some of what’s possible. (They’re Creative Commons-licensed, if anyone wants to try to sample them in a track; I know I’ll be working on that soon.)” – Peter Kirn

Read (and hear) more at Create Digital Music.

Yocto Tr-808 Clone

The Yocto isn’t the first hardware to attempt to clone the original 808. It just happens to do it in a way that is promising – in function, in price, and in claimed accuracy. Cost: 379€. Just be prepared for some DIY. Each of the eleven drum sounds from the original 808 are here copied component-by-component, say the makers, with only the BA662 VCA Clap replaced by a BA6110.” Read more at Create Digital Music

CVpal – USB to CV Interface

“We dreamt of a really simple DIY kit – so simple that it would allow beginners to enter the world of DIY with a big smile – and yet, interesting enough to be useful in any kind of Eurorack setup. That’s how the CVpal was born. The kit contains only 25 parts to solder; but is an incredibly useful tool, allowing you to connect your computer or iPad/iPhone (with camera connection kit) to your modular system or (neo-)vintage analog equipment. The CVpal features a large palette of control modes: monophonic with velocity and extra square oscillator, monophonic with clock outputs, duophonic, dual monophonic, or even quad trigger conversion! Its 12-bit DAC with an 8-point software calibration curve makes it more accurate than more expensive products.” Read more at Mutable Instruments.