Music Tech News Roundup: Dave Smith, Critter and Guitari, Sequential Circuits, Roland, Eventide +

2015 is turning out to be quite the year for synthesizers. In our third music tech news roundup of the month we find new synths from Critter & Guitari and Dave Smith, sound examples from Roland’s new Boutique series of synths, a new video from Arpeggio, and  a package of Sonic Faction instruments for Kontakt users.

Prophet-6 Desktop | 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

The Prophet-6 desktop module is every bit as powerful and easy to use as its counterpart, the Prophet-6 Keyboard. The module has all of the same controls as the keyboard version and provides the same immediacy and ease of use — with absolutely no menu diving. As with the Prophet-6 Keyboard, all parameters are at your fingertips, with full-sized knobs and switches and a comfortable, intuitive layout.

How does it sound? Awesome — just like the keyboard, because on the inside, it’s exactly the same. The same analog signal path with discrete VCOs and VCFs. The same high-quality digital effects. The same classic sound that has been earning raves from customers and reviewers alike. We’ve also added a poly chain feature so that any two Prophet-6s can be paired for twelve-voice polyphony!

Read more at Dave Smith Instruments website



Critter & Guitari Organelle | Open-Source Music Box

organelle2As you may know, Critter & Guitari are among our favorite musical instrument creators. So when we heard they are making an open source synthesizer that is based on a Linux system we got very excited. No release date as of yet but we’ve seen “late 2015″ mentioned on other sites.

Press releases: The Organelle makes it easy to explore new sounds and experiment with new ways of making music. It combines playful and intuitive controls with a powerful and flexible sound engine. The result is an instrument that is limitless in musical possibility and a joy to play.

At the heart of the Organelle’s sound engine is a robust computer that runs patches. A patch allows the instrument to take on different forms. Onboard hardware for sound input and output and mappable knobs, keys and buttons enable patches to synthesize, sample, effect, and anything in between!

The Organelle ships with a set of common default patches, and new patches may be loaded from a USB drive. Simply select patches from a continually-growing list, transfer them to a USB drive, reinsert it in the Organelle, and play!

Read more at Critter & Guitari


Roland Aira MX-1 Mix Performer | Ableton Integration


Roland’s latest update for the Aira MX-1 mixer includes deep integration with Ableton live and a dedicated “Ableton Live Mode.”

Details of “Live” Mode:

• Session View Clip and Scene Launching with Stop Clips
• Mixer Functions including Track volumes, Sends, Record Arm, Solo and Mute
• Arrangement View Record
• Hot swap between Ableton Live and Performance modes
• Tempo sync between Ableton Live and MX-1
• Flexible audio routing to integrate MX-1 FX sequencer and external devices with Ableton Live

Grab the update HERE.

Roland Boutique Audio Samples

Roland’s Boutique series of synths are compact sound modules that use Analog Circuit Behavior technology to recreate the classic JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, and JX-3P instruments. The devices have been an immediate hit and are selling out in many places. You can now hear examples of the JU-08, JP-06, and JX-03 on soundcloud.

Roland Boutique JX-03 Patch Demos

Roland Boutique JU-06 Patch Demos

Roland Boutique JP-08 Patch Demos


Eventide Anthology X | Effects Plug‑In Bundle


“Eventide’s effects over the past four decades have had an enormous reputation – the marketing folks aren’t exaggerating with words like “mainstays” and “classics.” Now, imagine getting basically everything – past, present, and some new stuff – in a bundle of 17 plug-ins for an intro price of US$699. (That price drops to as little as $399 or $199 if you own some Eventide software.)” – Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn

Read more at Create Digital Music


Sonic Faction Archetype | Kontakt Instrument Bundle

Sonic Faction’s popular Archetype collection has just been released for Kontakt users. Archetype is a collection of eight virtual instruments (Beatdown, Sickness, Evilfish, Hatchet, Clone, Pulsator, Whoosh Machine and Rogue-One) which are manipulated and controlled with Archetype’s controls and interfaces.

Dubspot contributor Josh Spoon reported on Sonic Faction’s Archetype collection that released earlier this year along with an interview with Sonic Faction co-founder, Taylor Martyr.

Read more about Archetype for Kontakt at Sonic Faction’s website


Arpeggio | New Demo Video

Arpeggio is a new device being funded by a Kickstarter project that works as a dedicated arpeggiator, sequencer & synth in one portable device. Arpeggio is being produced via a Kickstarter campaign and is available to backers for US $179.


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