Sequential finishes out 2022 with something new: a deep polysynth with an architecture that draws on the legacy of the Prophet-6 and OB-6, but stands next to them as a third classic electronic instrument.
Moog Minimoog Model D is back [Gallery]
The 1970 instrument is still the most iconic and influential keyboard synth of all time. And now it’s back in production for the first time this decade. But don’t worry – if you can’t afford a new synth right now, there’s also a discount on their excellent app and, uh, a very nice t-shirt.
Prequel Tapes works through trauma in meticulous sound and choreography [trigger warning]
The Golden Cage is a deeply intimate work by Berlin-based Prequel Tapes, who strings together electronic sounds and voice to grapple with his feelings about his father. That sense of physical-emotional effort also sees realization in movement with a video featuring dance and performance artist Hana Stojaković.
XODES are helping make 1U Eurorack a thing with tiny 808 modules – and more [hands-on]
Soundmit – XODES Kickstarter for 808-style 1U modules is live. These are fun, bite-sized modules and I can also say – they sound great. There’s more good 1U stuff in store, too.
Enter the through-zero flange: Sinevibes Dipole v2 for KORG
Strap in, because this is an announcement that’s very specific. Dipole v2 is a through-zero flanger that sounds… well kind of like a jet flying by. And it runs on KORG hardware. But what makes this cool? v2 has updated this particular sonic spice to some next-level processing abilities. And it’s in stereo.
Hey DJ, hey sampler – Circuit Rhythm 2.0 beat matches, samples in time, and more
Novation’s Circuit Rhythm is back, and it suddenly makes a lot more sense. The effects are editable, you can make scenes, you can sample in time (with fixed length recording), and in a first for samplers, there’s an explicit feature intended to let you beat match.
Eventide’s H90 Harmonizer is a massively powerful multi-effects in a pedal format
It’s more than a dual-algorithm successor to the H9. Think of the new H90 as a baby H9000 – all the latest Eventide digital processing powers in a compact size. At US$899 with this many tools inside, it even rivals plug-in suites for value.
Circuit bending progenitor Reed Ghazala has new ideas to share – with invisible rays
“Father of Circuit Bending” Reed Ghazala isn’t done transforming musical bending techniques. For starters, there’s this magnetic-patch, chip-talk, chance-based aleatron reincarnation of a Casio keyboard – now with plasma-based radiation. You know, like the energy weapons in sci-fi films. Oh, and a glass eyeball and underlighting.
Yeah, you should totally hold off updating to macOS 13 Ventura if you can, because plug-ins
It’s fall, the leaves are changing in the northern hemisphere, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and there’s a macOS update you should… probably not install yet.
Jitter 8.5 and GLCore join other major updates to Max in 2022, with advanced live visuals
’22 has been a banner year for Cycling ’74. In addition to the new ground-up creation of RNBO, Max and Jitter have seen some big updates. Jitter, the visual/matrix side of Max, got its turn with Jitter 8.5. Let’s catch up, if we can.