Roland’s AIRA Compact: bite-sized versions of TR drum machine, JUNO-60 synth, vocal FX

They’re smaller and cheaper than the Boutique series and first-gen AIRA, they’re battery-powered, and they pack a surprising amount of functionality and hands-on control. Roland has a new compact platform for the AIRA, and they look cute and fun.

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.

Peter Kirn - April 21, 2022

Goldbaby’s Layered Drum Machine Claps are a machine-y sound design wonderland

What is the sound of one drum machine clapping? Well… that’ll be the bland sound you hear way too often. It’s time to layer up, get your claps out of isolation, and layered on thick. And Goldbaby’s latest might have you fall for the clap all over again.

Peter Kirn - April 5, 2022

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