Digital synthesis, reenvisioned: Madrona Labs’ Sumu hands-on

Sumu is a true virtual instrument from Madrona Labs, with some unique approaches to demystifying and visualizing additive resynthesis and FM. David Abravanel takes us on a tour.

1977’s Bell Labs Alles synth demo came pre-Crumar, features Laurie Spiegel cameo

In 1977, the marriage of motion pictures and telephones somehow birthed Hal Alles’ Bell Labs Digital Synthesizer – an experimental additive synth that imagined new directions for both music and vocal communication. This 1977 demo has the creator show off that vision, and Laurie Spiegel is on-hand to explore the device compositionally.

Peter Kirn - February 21, 2023

Arturia’s Pigments 3 synth plug-in just got packed with a ton of new features

Pigments, the monster synth plug-in, is still growing at full speed – now with a deep “harmonic” additive engine, more layers, and more tools in its palette. Meet Pigments 3.

Peter Kirn - April 20, 2021

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