An Arturia emulation of the classic Roland TB-303 was all but inevitable. But with plenty of bassline plug-ins out there, can this one bring something new to the table? Let’s get our hands on the new Arturia Acid V.
Here’s a music video treat: Canadian legend Joel Gibb aka The Hidden Cameras joins up with Berlin’s Local Suicide and music video dream team. It’s a murky trip into the queer party underworld with a lone dancer searching for the unanswerable. Plus we get a look inside the studio for some of the vintage synths producing those EBM sounds.
Roland’s epic V-Synth – one of the releases that defined 21st Century Roland – is now twenty years old. Paulee Alex Bow is here to take us on their Magical Synth Adventure in a gripping video. It might even win over V-Synth naysayers, and it’ll certainly please fans and bring the rest of us up to speed.
Intellijel has still more surprises for Eurorack users. This time, it’s all about effects. For guitar/bass pedal integration, there’s Stomp. And then Sealegs is a sprawling dubby stereo multi-effects that incorporates a bunch of vintage delay sounds in one fader-covered unit.
The 21st century has seen two big trends: the rise of the grid as performance and sequence interface, and a resurgent interest in trackers as hardware instruments beyond their original software interface. But why choose? Polyend’s latest video shows their two tools in combination.
Clubs are a new social space for communities to share and collaborate on music, with private and public areas. Clubs are the creation of multiplayer music creation app maker Endlesss, and integrate with those tools – but they’re also catering to users of other desktop tools, too. Here’s what we know from today’s announcement.
Donner’s $199 Essential B1 Bass Synth just got a serious new firmware update. This love child of a 303, a Casio, and a BeatStep now adds song mode and a performance-friendly feature called Live Random. Here’s a look.
Sequential’s monster Trigon-6 just got smaller and more accessible. You get all of the features of the keyboard Trigon-6, but BYO controller and this three-oscillator, analog beauty is more accessible. And more welcome news: both Trigons get global MIDI Polyphonic Expression support in an update. (There’s a reason you see the Trigon desktop posing with an Expressive E Osmose.)
You can’t stop Ukrainian music – or music tech. Straight out of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sitka Instruments is an upcoming Eurorack modular line from the artist of the same name. And the first module planned looks fantastic: a 6-channel clock and trigger source that makes loads of sense.
Patch sheets and synth overlays too often assume sighted users – so how do you make them accessible for people with low vision or blindness? Geert Bevin and Tim Burgess have tried 3D-printed patch sheets for the Moog DFAM and Mavis. They’re open source and could be a starting point for more; we’d love to hear from people with different levels of sight about whether this works for you.