Deep in Serum: six sound tricks to explore just by double-clicking, with maestro Francis Preve

For all the many soft synths out there, maturity and depth matter – and few tools offer those quite like the almighty Serum. Whether you’re just getting around to trying it – or you already think you know all there is to know – sound maven Francis Preve is the perfect guide.

There’s a spring reverb thwack “Easter egg” waiting inside the Oberheim OB-6

I’m not sure which is better, musically slapping your synth, or the comments as Sequential reveals this demo of … smacking the spring reverb tank. Watch:

Peter Kirn - November 25, 2020

Deep dive: Advanced Moog Matriarch, for love of voltage

We finish out our Deep Dive guide to the Moog Matriarch with some live jams and a round-up of tips – and an overview of why playing this instrument really is playing with voltage.

Peter Kirn - October 28, 2020

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