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Synth & FX

  • Arturia Synclavier V – Der große Name – was kann es?
  • Sugar Bytes Factory – Semimodular
  • 2nd Sense Audio – Wiggle – Mehr als FM?
  • Madrona Labs Virta – Vocoder “anders”
  • Kilohearts FX


  • Celemony Melodyne 4 – im Alltag
  • Akai MPD232 Controller & Sequencer in einem
  • C3S – Gema-Alternative

Live Gigs

  • Filmen mit Zoom QN8 oder Panasonic FZ200?
  • E-Tropolis – Konzerte
  • WGT Bericht

Maschinen gucken

  • Erica Synths – die Modularhersteller im Interview
  • Florian Kupfer
  • Roboterwerke/Wunderwerke – Das schräge Kollektiv
  • Modular Synthesizer Meeting “Happy Knobbing” 2016 – G33k5@Work


  • Buchtipp: Rob Papen

 SynMag 57 Das Synthesizer-Magazin

Erica Synths – 1 Voice Eurorack-Synth-Module

this one is one voice for eurorack from Erica. On the left: 2 of the very very small “Piko” series which is really really dense and there is no single module of that series that is wider than those! Erica got well designed modules, tubes and – seems they try to get into the well-tempered-rack scene – create your own mini suitcase with patchcords. the synth voices is basically made for DIY – but all modules can be ordered fully assembled as well..

features are:

  • wave morphing / digital OSC – 16 waveforms & transition between those waves
  • polivoks filter (BPF,LPF)
  • LFO, 9 waves – one shot mode (env-mode)
  • 90€ DIY, 280€ assembled
  • AR Envelope

Polyphonic Behringer Analog Synthesizer – Deepmind 12 – 5 videos

Ein wenig “roländisch” sieht Behringers Deepmind 12 aus, dachte man – aber am Ende ist er doch anders. Der neue polyphone analoge Behringer Synthesizer. Man sieht ein paar Szenemenschen, die ihn bestaunen durften. Er kommt: News zum Behringer Synthesizer 2016
Ein Detail fehlt noch – nämlich wie die Hüllkurven arbeiten, nur eine ist unwahrscheinlich – eher das 3 Taster die Funktion wählen, was aber dann immer ein “korrigierendes Schieben” bedeuten würde nach jedem Umschalten.

Update: Rendering by Blaise l Forum:

  • Deepmind has WIFI to be controlled by an iPad / Editor. 

    (5th update): 2 DCOs, 2 LFOs, Sync, 12 Voices: rendering added.

UPDATE 5: Name : Deepmind 12 – 4 FX Blocks (by Klark Teknik) freely assignable with “algorithms”.. I’d expect it to be called “Kraftgedanke” or “Urgedanke” or something. Not that iPad – maybe an editor or library-software?
it’s time for the price tag, now! and there should be buttons for the envelopes – not yet clear – so I assume there will be another “unveiling video”. did you see those 3 buttons below the envelope? I assume they set it to Amp, Filter and Pitch. But – makes settings harder since you need to re-arrange it any time switching over to the other env.


12 Voice Polyphonic !!

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User Blaise hat eine Phantomzeichnung angefertigt. Forum User Blaise did a nice rendering feat. most likely faders..
thanks, Blaise: Behringer Synthesizer 2016 render

behringer 4 behringer poly
4 voices.. (minimum)4 voice

watch video 3..
it’s polyphonic!

Vile Electrodes, Richard Divine and others show to us ..
the new Behringer – a bit hidden and Rolandish in layout. Well the name may not be Eurosynth EX8000 but listen, it sounds quite cool.

they said “around 500€” – so let’s check how much it actually is.

btw: so happy they asked Vile Electrodes, they are cute in everything they do.

Looks like the MIDAS-Team ist the only one envolved, since it is an all-UK group until now showing and wowing it.
I count 29 white keys –  it’s 4 octaves then. for a monophonic synth it might be a bit too much – so big hope for polyphony of up to 6 voices could be – but none of the demos are polyphonic.

the synth has: 2 DCOs, ADSR Envelope (it says “envelope” but could be more than one), Sync (do I hear it at the beginning) – yes- it’s 2 OSCs! – does it? well – maybe sync isn’t for OSC sync but for some LFO/Arp ext. Sync? We don’t know – so we are still in wait-mode. it’s 2 LFOs! (confirmed).
and PWM per OSC. Note that DCO means analog sound but controlled digitally! so it is analogue!

2nd video (don’t know the people in here, but..)

2 lfos

… but it is a real synth, less juni’ish but a bit like the looks of it or polysix or so, but it has all those features we expect it to have. and yes, they have the power – that’s the Midas team since they aquired them (and the X32) and all their analogue expertise.

we had so many guesses and stuff.


detail 4 detail 2 detail 3

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FM Synth App (Yamaha) – free 4 OP

Yamaha released a freeware for everyone – an easy to edit 4 OP FM Synth which is quite like theTX81z /DX11 – it offers 16 scenes that can be used as a sequencer of settings that can be morphed and the main use of this iPhone/iPad app is a great sounding 4OP FM synth with classic ADDSR envelopes and feedback for each OP! – I really enjoy the FX quality. what I don’t like – you can not save your patch unless you connect one of those keyboards of the MX series from Yamaha – they are not capable of FM but are meant to be used as “master keyboard” which looks a bit “strange” – why not in-app-buying the save functionality for 2 or 4€? .. would be ok.

  • Yamaha once in 2015 had this free available at the appstore  AN-Synth – which is still cool (called synth book).

Yamaha DX11 synthesizer
Yamaha bringt 4OP FM Synthesizer – ähnlich des DX11 mit scenes, überblendungen von 16 Einstellungen wie in einem Sequencer und einem vollständigen TX81Z/DX11-ähnlichen FM Synth mit Feedback pro OP, also sogar etwas erweitert und auch deren Hüllkurven..

-> etwas in der Art gab es bereits – ein kostenloser AN-Synth

Jomox Alpha Base – Drummachine (Xbase 888/09 Analog & Sampling)

Es ist Zeit, die nicht mehr erhältlichen Xbase Drums mit dem zu verbinden, was heute erwartet wird: Sampling. Dieses Bild sieht schwer danach aus, dass eine Art neue JoMoX XBase 888 Drummachine plus Sampling (wieXBase 09) kommen wird.

(-> Jomox Alpha Base – Analoge Xbase Drummachine für die Zukunft mit Sampling?)

jomox air base
Pic: by

Jomox seems to plan a sampling & analog revival of the Xbase Drum machine series – which looks much like something that might bother Elektron (Rytm!) – they “took over” the parameter locks per step from Jomox. the Xbases had an interesting way of chaining / appending nearby patterns – just set the length to more one pattern could normally hold – and the next one will be used – brilliant. Korg has introduced a quite similar but more “logic” chaining/appending system with OS 2.02..

TB MIDI Stuff – Edit Roland Boutique JP08 / JU06

Die Boutique Synthesizer von Roland senden SysEx-Daten, und diese kann man auch editieren und speichern – deshalb gibt es für TB MIDI Stuff, einer Oberfläche für das iPad 2 Anpassungen für die 2 der bekannten Roland Mini-Synthesizer.

Auch geeignet, um Sounds zu sichern. –>  Hier sind die Anpassungen: Roland Boutique Jupiter/JX/Juno-Nachfolger JX03, JP08, JU06..

With TB MIDI Stuff, an iOS app (iPad) helps to edit and save patches for JP06 and JP08 (so far). To date most of us did not even know that they send MIDI SysEx Data. they do!

tb midi stuff editor JP08


 1. Roland Boutique, JU06


Roland Boutique JU06 synthesizer1x Multi Timbral, 4 Voice, (2015)
Roland Boutique , JU06 Digital Synthesizer
+ step sequencer
1 OSC, 1 Sub, 2 Filter, 1 LFO, 1 EG
subtractive digital synthesis,
0 Keys, velocity usb MIDI Ctrl, Sequencer,~299€ (in 2015) continue / weiter..?
 2. Roland Boutique, JP08


Roland Boutique JP08 synthesizer1x Multi Timbral, 4 Voice, (2015)
Roland Boutique , JP08 Digital Synthesizer
+ step sequencer
2 OSC, 2 Filter, 1 LFO, 2 EG
subtractive digital synthesis,
0 Keys, velocity no CV/MIDI Ctrl, Sequencer,~399€ (in 2015) continue / weiter..?


Electribe 2.02 – blue & red – Update

Korg bringt die bisherigen Electribes in den beiden klassischen Farben der alten X-Serie und ein Update auf 2.02 für alle, auch die schwarzen/grauen Electribes. Die Petition zum Thema wurde inzwischen aktualisiert (Ian Bradshaw statt der Entwickler des Minilogue wird adressiert und die Liste wurde korrigiert). Die Liste ist lang und daher nicht “erfüllt”, aber einige wichtige Elemente wurden erledigt – sehr wichtige sogar. Wem das nicht reicht, kann hier wählen gehen.
Diskussionen zu den Electribes gibt es natürlich im Forum hier: Korg Electribe Sampler 2S …

Achtung: wer bei OS 1.15 ist muss erst OS 1.16 aufspielen und DANACH erst OS 2.02 sonst erscheint “invalid file”.
korg os 2.02

The Electribes got a blue/red colour scheme and a new OS 2.02.

the OS was highly appreciated but it may not be what the Petition wanted Korg to do. it has been updated as well. So it may not be obsolete – but very very important things have been done:

  • Chain function – plays multiple patterns in succession.
    Pattern parameters Global parameters
    CHAIN TO “Off” or Chain to “patternname”
    – means you can set any pattern to be played with a pattern – so you set another name/number of a pattern there – so this is a clever work around for appending patterns – so the limit of 4 is no longer a problem – it can be longer than the older electribes. The way it was implemented is perfect for programming long patterns but not made for performance – it can be switched off via a global switch and exactly that is a very very good solution to the “64 step problem”!

• Added an UNDO function.
for parameter edit, sequence recording, or Erase.
–> hold down the shift button and press the < button.
• Added an “Original Value” function that indicates the saved value of the parameters.

• Reduced load/save time samples.

so some parts of the petition are done.

  • Download V2.02 OS – Sampler – please note – if you are at 1.15 update to 1.16 first and then to 2.02 because you get “invalid” message and no update.
    NOTE: it’s 2 OS’es for Electribe and Electribe Sampler!
  • the Synth has it’s own OS. Can be found at as well.

electribe 2

Diego M did a nice helpful shortcut list
layout OS 2.02

Hilfreich / helpful (made for the older one) -> here: Sampler 2S (2015)

ah, Ableton brings 9.7 shortly.. which will bringt Slices to the Push 1 and other little updates.

No News News 3: Depeche Mode Gear, Pocket Calculator Synth Zont, Max-style FX, Modular Music Channel …

  1. Just picked up this image for Depeche Mode producing their new album (it says) in Santa Barbara Studios (USA) – we don’t know if it’s true or authentic – but seems so. Since it IS from them and it is said they already have recorded it. So expect the album to come.
    there is modular stuff: KOMA Komplex Sequencer, the one in the front seems Make Noise and many more – no non modulars für DM? Since Martin brought us “MG” as an album maybe it gets non-sampling like the last album of DM and Martin Gore.. right? – I enjoyed both …DM
  2. Modular Music – I think it deserves it’s own channel not just images…
    Modular-Musik braucht einen eigenen: Modularmusik-Kanal
  3. I mentioned this Pocket Calculator Synthesizer at the Forum: Taschenrechner Zont & Gearnews
    it reminds of the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators, but it’s ONE device for all tasks – and there are 4 cartridges (coloured) that add sounds and edits. Will be there in 2017 – not too much said about it on their site (so far) but looks cool.
  4. -> Moebius Lab is a Max/MSP App with 2×6 “slots” rangin including spectral FX for iOS.
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  5. (Frustrations about: Behringer Synthesizer 2016 and Google Requests to fusion your accounts for “being a better target” for ads: Google verbindet Konten..)
  6. Workshop: Platten auflegen und die Sounds nachbauen in Köln beim Sound Hackspace am 30.7. – jetzt anmelden. mit BobHumid und Moogulator
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  7. SynMag nicht vergessen.. ;)

    SynMag 57 - Das Synthesizer-Magazin kommt: 29.7.2016
    SynMag 57 – Das Synthesizer-Magazin kommt: 29.7.2016

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