Vermona DRM, the company’s DDR-era analog drum machine, as seen on Hainbach

In must-watch “TV” this week, it’s the 1987 Vermona DRM, a Roland-style East German analog drum machine. It’s from when DRM didn’t mean DRM.

Sample machines in Elektron Digitakt 1.50: Repitch, Werp, Slice, Oneshot

Elektron has a major update for Digitakt in 1.50 — now with Machines, as Octatrack, Model:Cycles, and Syntakt. Those bring sample warping, slicing, chopping, looping, repitching, and forward/reverse playback. Plus you get fixed-step recording and the ability to insert sample rate reduction pre- or post-filter.

Peter Kirn - March 1, 2023

Roland SH-4d polysynth: 11 models in one knob-y box with tons of extras, drums – and motion

Roland has built one packed instrument to celebrate 50 years of the company’s synths. The SH-4d sports eleven synth oscillator models in one box – from SH-101 and JUNO-106 to new cross FM and wavetable synths. But it’s still hands-on, battery-powered, and costs US$649. And there’s a twist, literally: D-MOTION motion control means you can pick up the synth and play it by moving it around.

Peter Kirn - February 23, 2023

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