GForce Oberheim SEM, perfect £30 plug-in of a 1974 gem, made with Tom and Marcus

In 1974, lunar modules were landing in quick succession on the moon – and the Synthesizer Expander Module (SEM-1) landed here on Earth. Developer GForce turned to creator Tom Oberheim and 80s Oberheim veteran Marcus Ryle for input on this one – and it shows. This is a unique, very analog-y feeling software instrument. It’s simple, elegant – and at 30 quid, a no-brainer.

Polyend Play looks like beauty in simplicity – for utterly fast grid-based music making

A grid, sequencing, standalone operation – Polyend’s new Play, previewed at Superbooth, now looks like a familiar concept. But what makes Play look worth considering is right there in the name: fun and immediacy are the focus.

Peter Kirn - May 16, 2022

That new MPC 2.10 update proves to be a big hit with users, packed full of features

New plug-ins – and vocal tuning – and USB class compliant audio devices? MPC 2.10 is winning over users of the standalone MPC range.

Peter Kirn - July 26, 2021

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