Quick tips: changing oscillators while live jamming with Arturia MicroFreak

Arturia’s pint-sized weirdo is full of tricks. One of the best ways to get maximum freak-age is to make use of its multiple oscillator types, which is why this tip comes in especially handy.

NAP 0.5.0, free realtime visual tool, adds GPU computation, Web, RasPi support, new look

NAP, the free and open-source live visualization toolkit, has an all-new look, powerful GPU computation capabilities, a Web portal … and it even runs on a Raspberry Pi. Your next installation is calling. Let’s check it out.

Psychedelic Soldier: a burnt-out Russian tank headlight made into a synthesizer

Swords into plowshares … invading Russian tanks burnt up and made into synths. Sherman Drozd did just that, salvaging a destroyed part from near Kyiv. He shares the full story, and how the instrument was made. Well… Слава Україні! Музикантам слава!

Klaus Schulze, cosmic Berlin native synth explorer: collected remembrances

The towering synthesizer composer, musician, and adventurer in solo work and with Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, and the Cosmic Jokers, has died aged 74. It’s time to trance out with synths and collect remembrances and interviews to mark his passing. It’s been a rough couple of years for musical heroes here in Germany as […]

Sinevibes Corrosion v2 is like 10 distortion pedals inside your KORG synth – made in Ukraine

Of all the stuff made for KORG’s ‘logue platform, Corrosion is one of the most transformative, adding ten (!) distortion algorithms to your synth for just a few bucks. And you think your workday has some stress? Well, this epic new version was coded in Ukraine during Russia’s war on the country.

Roland releases JUNO-X polysynth, which can be a vintage JUNO, or a lot more

The days of Roland slapping a vintage name on something fairly unrelated are over. The JUNO-X will absolutely behave like a vintage JUNO. But the digital heart underneath also means it’ll be everything from a vocoder to a JD-800 – which means if you are in the market for a Roland keyboard, you’ve got some choices to make.

Ableton’s free Learning Synths site now exports, records, and adds more exploration

Learning Synths, Ableton’s free site intended to teach synthesis basics, has added some compelling new features. You can now save and share your work and explore sounds in new ways.

Teenage Engineering’s mixer – FX – audio interface – instrument is provocatively tiny

The next big idea from Teenage Engineering is a minuscule multifunction mixer-audio interface. It’s beautiful and – maybe unusably small. Those Teenagers never shy away from controversy.

Elektron’s Syntakt, broken down: a box of goodness with synthesis, effects, sequencing

Syntakt, launched today, promises to be something special – all the kinds of stuff you love about Elektron boxes, with new capabilities and a fresh approach.

420 Hz is ultra-chilled music generated from cannabis plants

You knew with all this talk of music generated by plants, someone would try this – electrical signals generated from cannabis plants transformed live into mellow ambient music.