In this week’s music tech news roundup: Arturia MicroBrute, Dave Smith Mopho, Strymon BigSky, Sonic Faction’s Mutant Synth Pack, Multitude Quad Delay, Ohm Studio, Keith McMillen QuNeo Rogue, and more..
Arturia has captured the attention of the synth-obsessed yet again with the MicroBrute – $349 micro-sized mono synth that sports one oscillator with saw, Triangle, and Square waveforms, a step sequencer, LFO, a modulation matrix, and MIDI, CV, and USB connections.
CDM’s Peter Kirn writes,”If there was any doubt left, the analog monosynth keyboard has gone mainstream now. Fusing 70s electronic instrument design ideas with nerdy lust for sound with modern ideas about connectivity, accessibility, and timbre, a generation of instruments has made it a wonderful time for synth lovers to be alive.”
Arturia’s MicroBrute becomes available on November 1, 2013 for $349.
Dave Smith Mopho SE
“Mopho SE is the newest addition to DSI’s revered line of analog subtractive synthesizers. Building upon the same award winning voice architecture of the Mopho and Mopho Keyboard, the Mopho SE is composed of two analog oscillators, two sub octave generators, selectable 2- or 4-pole famed Curtis low-pass filter, three 5-stage envelope generators, four LFOs, a re-latchable arpeggiator, and a 16 x 4 step sequencer. The SE’s full sized 44-note semi-weighted keyboard has aftertouch and velocity sensitivity. The sturdy full sized pitch and mod wheels are freely assignable and sport smooth reliable action.” - Dave Smith Instruments
Keith McMillen QuNeo Rogue
Keith McMillen gave the first beta of QuNeo Rogue to Electronic Musician and Dubspot Ableton Live Instructor, Thavius Beck. Check out his impressions of the wireless unit in the above video.
Multitude Quad Delay
“This is arguably the most sophisticated yet the most fun to use delay plugin the world has ever seen. Or heard.” - Sinevibes.
“The problem with most delays is that they’re a bit like dumping water on your whole project, rather than a precise shade of watercolor. They delay everything at once. So, then there are multi-tap delays, and more precise delays. And then there’s Multitude, a kind of delay studio that allows you to produce rhythmic delay effects with pinpoint accuracy, producing elaborate patterns via a gorgeous, clear interface. You can delay as little as a single note, routing through shifters and filters and LFOs. It’s the sort of plug-in you could use to build entire song,” says Peter Kirn at CDM. Read more at Create Digital Music.
Strymon, the boutique effects company that has been making a name with beautiful effects like the Blue Sky and Timeline, has announced a new flagship reverb that should appeal to gear addicts everywhere with the Strymon BigSky.
“We studied, reviewed and examined physical reverb units, algorithm architectures, academic papers and programming techniques from the past five decades. Within BigSky, we utilized traditional reverb elements such as feedback-delay networks, allpass-delay-filter loops, Schroeder reverb sections, multi-tapped delay-lines, as well as all-new reverb elements that we developed along the way. The goal was to find the best starting point for each reverb sound, and then elevate it into the 21st century.” - Strymon
Sonic Faction Mutant Synth Pack
“Introducing the Mutant Synth Pack, 3 classic synths Reactivated for Ableton Live. Mutant Synth Pack includes The Clone, Puls8or and Rouge-One which are modeled after legendary analog synths: SH-101, Pulse+ and Pro-One. Each synth has been meticulously sampled from the original instrument to attain fat, creamy analog tones and cleverly re-programmed and for the ultimate playability inside of Live. All sounds heard in this video are made with the Mutant Synth Pack, except the drums.” – Sonic Faction
Check out the Sonic Faction Mutant Synth Pack here.
“Ohm Studio is the first and only pro grade, cloud-based collaborative Digital Audio Workstation. Whether you’re a band who need to record a demo, a polished LP, a professional musician, teacher, student, a hobbyist – this changes everything. Time and space are so passé!” – Ohm Studio
TrueGrid – Web-Based Modular Synth
“ModularGrid – a site that lets you design modular synthesizers, based on existing modular modules – has introduced a new feature. TrueGrid is a web-based modular synthesizer which lets you create, listen and share modular synth patches. You can create your own patches by dragging cables from module outputs (green) to module inputs (blue) sockets. See the ModularGrid site to try it out.”
Morton Subotnick NPR Interview
Morton Subotnick on creating the first compact analog electronic synthesizer with Donald Buchla:
“What I loved about it was I could be in my studio and be the composer, the interpreter, the performer and the listener,” Subotnick says. “It would be like being a painter. I could make my music until I really loved it, just perfect — and then it would become a record and go into someone’s home. For me, it wasn’t recording something; it was creating something new for that medium.”
Read more at NPR.org.