The pandemic apparently brought together modular house Make Noise, instrument maker Jeff Snyder, and soundhack creator Tom Erbe. Spectral analysis/resynthesis, once just an esoteric software process, is now in a beautiful module. Get your hands on some new sounds.
Reason Studios’ Objekt is a physical modeling synth with plenty of twists
It’s not every day we get a new, full-featured physical modeling synth. So welcome to Objekt, a new Reason Rack Extension – and possibly the most notable instrumental addition to Reason in years.
Teenage Engineering adds a recorder to their growing range of field gadgets
In case you didn’t guess this was coming when they unveiled a field mic, Teenage Engineering has now added a portable field recorder to their Field System. And it’s yours if you’ve got €1499 burning a hole in your pocket.
Elektron Analog Heat +FX: tweakable multi-effects, analog distortions, modulation
It’s finally a fully tweakable, Elektron-style effects box. The new Analog Heat +FX builds on the original – audio interface with multiple analog distortions – with new digital effects, rearrangeable routing, and expanded modulation.
Arturia MicroFreak V5 free update: custom user samples, sample and granular engines
New gear is great, but how about new life from your existing gear? Arturia’s pint-sized wundersynth just got a huge update: load your own custom user samples, and work with a sampling or one of three different granular engines and random per-key modulation. It’s really about the most fun little synth around.
Synthstrom Deluge synth-sampler-sequencer is now open source, GPLv3; details
Synthstrom’s Deluge, a do-everything sequencer-sampler-synth instrument beneath a lit-up grid, is going open source. We’ve got the details from Synthstrom about how that will work.
Befaco’s new analog multi-effect Fx Boy module uses Game Boy cartridges
Befaco’s new Fx Boy multi-effects module uses Game Boy cartridges as add-ons, and some of our favorite manufacturers are involved. Just remember, it’s a bad idea to blow on the carts.
Oberheim OB-X8 is now a desktop module, in new edition of one of the best synths today
The all-analog-signal path, classic OB-X8 is now a desktop module. It’s a perfect synth: OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 in one instrument, with all the Page 2 extras, and the sounds that made 1999 by Prince, among others.
Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro coming to the iPad, for a subscription fee; details on what’s included
Apple this month is releasing native iPadOS versions of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro, with touch (and Pencil) interfaces, but desktop-style functionality. They’re available via subscription fee for the first time.
Black Corporation’s Expander MK2: massively multi-effects hardware, one knob-per-function
Expander MK2, the second-generation effects box from Black Corporation, packs loads of analog and classic digital effects into a single epic processor, covered in controls and with a dedicated routing matrix. Here’s a first look.