Here’s how MeeBlip can get you started with hardware synths

We made MeeBlip because we love getting our hands on sound and playing with synth hardware. But for people not totally used to working with this kind of gear, there can be lots of questions. So, here’s a guide to adding MeeBlip triode to your setup. If you’re thinking of getting ‘out of the box’ […]

Roland’s D-50 is the latest 80s creation to get Boutique treatment

No one can fault the D-50 — erm, “D-05” — for authenticity. Roland’s latest Boutique Series basically is a shrunk-down version of the original.

What to know about NI’s new Maschine, Komplete Kontrol hardware

Native Instruments just revised their Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware. Here are some early impressions of what’s new, in advance of our review.

The big little MeeBlip triode synth now has a $119.95 everyday price

Sometimes big sounds come in small packages. And so to get MeeBlips to everyone, we have a new, everyday low price of US$119.95.

Why would you want this €129 kit covered in sixty knobs?

It’s an expansion kit for an obscure boutique drum machine – and maybe the most niche product from Bastl Instruments yet. But it could be more than that.

Gallery: Inside the gear-packed hall of Moscow’s Synthposium Expo

Gear Acquisition Syndrome has come full force to Russia. Both live stages and the gear Expo at Synthposium in Moscow last week made that clear.

New Russian music electronics you’ve never heard of, from Synthposium

Moscow’s Synthposium was more than a runaway, hyper-nerdy festival. It also brought together Russia’s fledgling boutique music gear maker scene.

Here’s how Elektron’s own Daniel Troberg plays live dance music

Call it acid Elektron. Elektron USA CEO Daniel Troberg is active as a live player much as he is in the tech business. He shares his most recent live set with us.

Here’s a closer look at Moog’s new Subsequent 37

The folks at Moog are nothing if not persistently obsessive. They’ve upgraded the original Sub 37 for improved sound and playability. Meet the Subsequent 37.

Granular lovers are about to get a Kickstarter-funded hardware synth

Bored with vintage-style synth hardware? How about an instrument that does the sort of audio mangling – as standalone hardware, not an iPad app?