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.

Legendary Syncussion SY-1 1970s 2-voice drum module is now a playable Mac plug-in

Once upon a time in 1979, Pearl – yeah, the drum maker Pearl – made its own drum module. And it’s been sought after ever since, as well as enjoying a nice renaissance thanks to hardware remakes. Now at last, you can get it in plug-in form, with that friendly, playable panel layout. Cost: just a few bucks.

Peter Kirn - February 11, 2022

Erica Synths LXR-02 drum machine playtest: brutal sounds, live jams, 1.2 firmware

I’ve been playing with the LXR-02, the new digital drum synth from Erica Synths and Sonic Potions. Verdict: it’s versatile, loud, and brutally violent when it wants to be. Here are some sounds, plus more tips for LXR-02 players, and the latest on the just-out 1.2 firmware update.

Peter Kirn - September 30, 2021

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