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NAMM Show 2016 – 21-24.Jan

NAMM 2016 Overview – Synthesizer News

NAMM 2016 – Overview – Übersicht
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Musotalk Donnerstag NAMM 2016 Talk 1 von 2

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Dave Smith – it’s an Oberheim – the OB6 – the OberDave 6! Polysynth

es ist ein Oberheim OB6, den DSI vorstellt!
it’s an Oberheim by Dave. And there will be a Rack/Desktop-Version

Tom Oberheim & Dave Smith = OB6
Tom Oberheim & Dave Smith = OB6

Audio (src: Bonedo) OB_6_01.mp3

DSI baut tatsächlich den OB6 mit SEM Filter (inkl Morphing von LPF nach HPF) und BPF Modus, sonst ist er weitgehend so ausgestattet wie der Prophet 6, allerdings hat der die Modulations-Abteilung typisch wie bei Oberheims klassischen polyphonen Synths. Und er beherrscht Crossmodulation!

2999€ – ready in 1 month. (march/april)

it’s an Oberheim from Dave Smith!


for the real geeks here – how it looks like on the inside – the voice boards are much of the size like RAM for your computer – SMD!
back & front – gr
een: P6, blue: OB6:

Tony (Kara) tech of DSI says:

The core of the Oberheim VCO is not the same as the core of Prophet 6 VCO. While they are both saw integrators, the topology is quite different and the compensation is also quite different. I actually used tighter regulation on the P6 card, and loosened it up a bit on the OB card. You never know exactly what you’ll get until you actually build it and hear it, and we liked what we heard.

The OB VCO did come directly from the SEM, but of course in order to make it programmable, we had to add extra stuff. Also, the triangle never existed in the SEM, so that was a lift from the P6.

The filter is a direct lift from the SEM, as was the one in the Pro 2. Again, we added stuff to make it all programmable.

The digital control of this voice does not ‘lock down’ the frequency of any of the cards. We calibrate them, like any microprocessor-controlled analog voice, and the slop allows us to push the voice into more unstable territory.

We actually never knew another voice or instrument was coming to this platform when we worked on the architecture of the Prophet 6.

Dave Smith Instruments today announced the OB-6

  • new 6-voice synthesizer
  • with all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters d
  • developed in collaboration with Tom Oberheim.
  • sound engine inspired by Oberheim’s original SEM (core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers
    – flanger / phase shifter, ringmodulator – says dave in the video.

“Tom and I have been friends and friendly competitors since the late 1970’s. Back in the day, people were typically in either the Prophet or the Oberheim camp. Now, with the Prophet-6 out and doing so well, we thought it would be fun to combine our strengths and bring back Tom’s classic polyphonic sound, too — in a modern format.” Added Oberheim: “A lot of people, myself included, have always felt that the SEMs had a certain uniquely big, organic sound unlike anything else. Working with Dave to make that sound widely available again with some modern touches and full programmability has been real a pleasure.”

  • 2 discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice,
    – continuously variable waveshapes (sawtooth / variable-width pulse, triangle on oscillator 2.
  • SEM-inspired state-variable filter (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch)
  • analog VCAs
    . “The classic, bold SEM sound is all there,” said Oberheim.
  • X-Mod, -> filter envelope and oscillator 2 as modulation sources (with bi-polar control). Destinations include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, filter cutoff, and filter mode.
  • dual effects section : reverbs, delays / BBD, chorus, and faithful recreations of Tom Oberheim’s acclaimed phase shifter and ring modulator. 24-bit, 48 kHz
  • multimode arpeggiator
  • polyphonic step sequencer 64 steps (6 notes per step) plus rests. realtime input
  • full-size, four-octave, velocity & aftertouch sensitive.

1st quick audio demos

“As with the Prophet-6, we made size a primary concern on the OB-6. It’s the right mix of power and portability and it fits right in on-stage or in the studio.” Added Oberheim,  “And of course, it’s got that unmistakable SEM sound that’s going to turn a lot of heads. ”

dsi ob6

bisher / speculation before that was:

Wir haben ein erstes Bild –
DSI baut wohl einen neuen kleineren Synthesizer irgendwo zwischen Prophet 6 und Pro 2 – vermutlich vierstimmig? Das würde passen. Wir vermuten einfach mal – bessere Bedienung, wenig Doppelfunktionen, komplett analoge Signalkette (VCOs aus P6 und Filter aus P6) und mit Poly-Sequencer aus genau dem, und eben einfacher direkter Bedienung, denn er ist wirklich voll mit Knöpfen und schön klein. Der Mopho 4x wird wohl aus dem Sortiment fallen, er würde prima ins Set passen (ein paar weitere Gedanken dazu).
Vielleicht ist er ja mit 3 OSCs ausgestattet? Das Panel ist ja wirklich groß! Oder er ist gar nicht hier zu sehen und es wird ein Sequencer oder ein ganz anderes Gerät? Diskutieren: DSI Neuer Synth (@NAMM)

This is all we got – a video sequence – a new synth from Dave Smith. We can spot a compact Pro 2 – kind of synth with lots of knobs, so I assume it is some sort of 4 voice addition to let the Mopho 4x go and work fine in the Pro 2 and Prophet 6 line with direct access WYSIWYG-Panel, means – maybe just 2 LFOs and a poly sequencer like on the Prophet 6, but with that addition of another LFO since it is a bit missing – and it’s less complex than the Pro 2 and possible cheaper and fully analog signal path with the P6’s VCOs instead of the P2’s digital ones.
That posting is from a “3teeth” named guy, so it might be 3 OSCs which would be new to DSI Synths as well and – this panel looks crowded enough to be true.
btw – there are rumours, Tom Oberheim could be envoled in here – but it is no more than speculation by forum users atm. – so it’s all without confirmation.
well and still it is possible that the new DSI could be something else like a sequencer or something, since this image must not necessarly be the new product but a teaser – in that case just check back what’s  exactly written on that 3teeth page..

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Make Noise – Zero/No-Coast – Mini Desktop Synth

Ein winziger sehr flacher Tischsynthesizer Zero-Coast (oder No-coast) vom Modulhersteller MakeNoise für 500€. – nicht ganz billig,
– MIDI via Miniklinke
– Ungewöhnliches Konzept, daher “no coast” –
(weil weder “filter”/Moog noch Buchla-Stil.)
– Kommt in 3 Monaten.

has 2x envelope kind of time-domain controls:
how it presents to the player in sections

  • sustain-decay (envelope control)
  • rise & fall with log/exp knob
  • overtone section (sort of fm/shaper’ish stuff in here? or distortion or …)
  • saw / rect. OSC
  • multiplier
  • dynamics knob
  • love it!

image via R-divine / FB – much easier to read, now.zero coast0 Coast is complete different in structure…

Structure – re-something’ed:
OSC -> Overtone-Generator -> Multiplier -> Attenuverter -> Balance (xfade) sort of “filtering slightly” -> lpg (low pass gate)-kind of section without vactrol – simple envelope

it has no classic substractive structure. but isn’t totally different.

known for their modules – here’s a desktop synth called “no-coast”  (or zero coast, since it is not made or built upon classic tweakwerk™) with very flat design and almost unreadable letters (as always) so it’s quite hard to tell what’s in it – looks like one OSC ..

no coast synth

price: $500 (US). comes in 2-3 months.

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Marion System / Oberheim SEM plus + Mini Sequencer – Eurorack

Die Eurorack-Modul-Version des Tom Oberheim SEM unter dem Namen von Tom Oberheims früherem Firmennamen Marion Systems unter dem seinerzeit Nachfolger des Matrix 6 /1000 angeboten wurden (Prosynth und MSR2).

Die Taster sehen so aus, als könne man deren Status intern sichern. Allerdings fehlt dazu die Speicherstruktur. weiter..
ußerdem gibt es noch ein Modul, den Mini-Sequencer aus dem 4-Voice. Hast du den OB6 schon gesehen von Oberheim und Dave Smith?
marion SEM plus Oberheim

Eurorack version of the Oberheim SEM, Synthesizer Expander Module. the name Marion was an earlier brand of Tom Oberheim SEM, SynthesizerExpanderModule, the SemPro semi modular,analog selling post-Matrix 6/1000 analog rack synths.
these buttons and knobs also look like they could be able to be saved and memorized.
Additional to that – the Mini Sequencer (known from the Four Voice)

ps: did you see the OB6 from Tom & Dave?

Marion Mini sequencer
image via Geoff Farr

–> earlier info about that idea bringing it to the eurorack world seems true!
he was showing those under the Tom Oberheim brand – but different design on 2015 NAMM.


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Korg Controller Remote Bluetooth – NanoKey/Kontrol

Korg bringt Bluetooth Controller – sie sind etwas größer als die Nano-Serie – aber brauchen kein Kabel…
Die MicroKey Serie wurde bereits verBlauzahnt.
21-24.1.16 NAMM – Neuheiten/Gerüchtecheck

Korg has some Controller ready, like the Microkey Series – they are quite like a enhanced nano series but with bluetooth, so the mac and ipads are connected to it with no wires – magick.

korg controller controller

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E-Mu going Euro-Modular – Modules & Z-Plane Filter – Dave Rossum

• E-Mu kommen zurück – und zwar im Euro-Format.
Das Emu Modular war seinerzeit technisch weit entwickelt und Emu waren es auch, die lange andere Hersteller belieferten. Nach dem Kauf von Ensoniq wurde es aber eher still um die nun nicht mehr so Mac-freundliche Firma, die auch die Emulator 1/2, Emulator II Sampler Serie zu großem Erfolg verhalf. Sie sind zurück! Emu war nicht “tot” aber fast…
Es heißt aber Dave Rossum Electro Music – nicht mehr Emu.

Die Module sind sehr aufwendig, sogar der Function Generator aus dem Morpheus kommt zurück – 8stufen-Hülllkurven mit Kurven und mehr mit Satelliten, die dasselbe können, aber kleiner sind. Und natürlich das Z-Plane Filter.

New Modules – UPDATE:
Z-Plane like Emu Morpheus, CV Processing (2 Modules) and up to 6 poles filtering like Emulator IV series.
and it’s under Dave Rossums Name – electro music still contains E-Mu – these modules and the funkction generator is amazingly complex – the satellite is basically the same as it but can be programmed via the master module and needs a lot less space – hence the name.
the last one is a 6 pole filter that can switch between the slope from 2-6.

Es gab ein Interview, wo Dave das ankündigte bzw Diskussion:
E-MU Revival ? Interview mit Dave Rossum

dave rossum modulespic via R.Divine

• Dave Rossum of the former Emu told us some weeks ago, there would be E-Mu again, and what was the main thing E-Mu go famous for? Samplers and the Emu Modular.  in fact Emu wasn’t dead but sort of so far..

the modular one will be back soon in euro format. Dave posted this on his FB page.

dave rossum EMU

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NAMM 2016 – Yamaha Montage: 8OP FM + AWM / Roland System 8 Speculation

Yamaha (read on) – Roland (scroll down) or check this

Yamaha bringt einen Synthesizer der neu ist und irgendwie “Alientechnologie” lt R.Divine in sich tragen soll. ..
Noch ist nicht genau klar, ob mehr als Sampling und 8OP-FM enthalten sein wird. Aber ein Kronos-Angreifer ist er ganz offensichtlich. Aber immerhin ist das der Stand einer Art Super-SY99-FS1R-Kombination. Vermutlich auch eher so als tatsächlich gemischt FM/Sampling, wobei zu viele Sample-OPs ohnehin nicht all zu viel klanglich sinnvolles bieten können mit mehr als 2 Samples – Sinus OPs mit einem Sample hingegen schon. Wer das mal ausprobiert hat mit dem SY99 / TG 77 etc. weiss sicher bescheid.

Algorithms – here’s a shot which looks like it has fixed ones that can be accessed by pressing a number of carriers or modulators in a matrix – but it throws out the classic ones – since they may have their own feedback like Reface DX and have their “real” feedback for noise and variable waveforms the capabilities seem much like the Fs1R .. depends on some details like pitch envelopes etc. – note there is 8OP not unvoiced section – so it is an expanded DX7 with inspiration of the Fs1R and Reface – but it is none of these. but it will do anything a DX7 / DX7 II can do plus 2 OPs!it won’t do 3 user feedbacks but maybe create your own algorithm could be possible, still. Note, that there is a 3OP Feedback loop – which looks a lot like it is not set by users. it’s known from the Fs1R’s…

ok – here’s another one – the waveforms of FM-X are like the FS1R – and therefore do the job of Refaces DX FB – they got a “skirt” parameter for shaping so it’s not just one fixed shape. it may appear more tonal as on those – so the more noisy classic FM synths are a bit better for non-tonal stuff compared to all those newer approaches to my experience. may still be incorrect so far – so stay tuned for more on synthesis.

Synthese-Diskussion zu Montage ist hier Yamaha Montage – Der Neue Große / Synthese…
alg montage
S1R Algo Table

FS1R Algo FM Synthese http://www.sequencer.de/synthaudio/synthesizer_fm-synthese.html
FS1R Algorithms FM

Price: MONTAGE 6 – £2,169.00 (incl. VAT).
Neue Info – MONTAGE 7 £2,530.00 und der 8er £2,892.00

Der Supernippel™ morpht 32 Parameter. Für FM ist das nicht uninteressant.

best in depth info I could get as a video:

Here’s the latest quote from R-Divine (who took a lot of good images) about Montage:

The Yamaha Montage Synthesizer is finally out! I created over 120 patches, and the internal FM-X synthesis engine is amazingly deep, capable of making very interesting, sounds. One of the most intensive projects I have ever worked on!


Yamaha is rumored to release something “alien“. said Richard Divine – but we don’t if it this is is or was meant. But is will contain sampling and 8OP-FM (128 voices) for sure plus “X”.  Looks very much like Kronos. In the specs it is 127 note sampling as well and seems it is just that but could be more. It’s no more or less last generation FM with Samples. period.
the super knob morphs 32 parameters at the same time.

that FM engine may be something like the FS1R without formant sequencing. AWM is another word for sample playback – the concept seems more suited for those who want to turn one knob referring to the few demos around. no1 talks about editing – so one has to find out – as always this is the “workstation” folks.. so let’s wait for someone who is into sound to demo it.

and it has a sequencer part like the Korgs (motion sequence) for modulation – the number of 8 seems to be the size.
motion sequence

on GS someone posted a list of things, that do not look very “alien” but more flexible that is sort of an assembly of Yamaha classic synths like Korg Kronos Digital Synthesizer is for Korg..
(note that images is NOT reflecting Montage, it’s just an image and won’t show up as a real hardware!)

r.divine – image via fb / instagram.

• it has AWM (Sampling) with Halion-style “modularity”.
count in these:

•VL, AN, CS, YC, FM, SCM, AEM, VRM. <– some of these might not be familiar but it’s basically FM, VA, Phy.Modeling and some more, so it is sort of the EX5 Digital Synthesizer Series continued to the next level merged with sort-of Motif series II
some if these you already know as  Reface , DX Digital Synthesizer // Reface , CS Digital Synthesizer

•Sort of Variphrase/Granular Audio Engine

•Lots of Samples and stuff like big orchestra sample sets (well..)
•Drum stuff’s / touchscreen / lots of voices & FX
• integration of Steinberg stuff (imagine what that means!)

•audio interfacing

Diskussion dazu ->  Das Neue Große von Yamaha (Montage)

Yamaha Montage

src: http://www.musiker-board.de/attachments/yamaha-montage-png.464031
here’s the mag for browsing yourself – but they seemed to have removed that info


Roland system 8 (Acb, 8 voices , plug-out ,49 Keys) – should be done with 2x the power of the Boutique Synths // the System 1 which has 4 voices – so it should have dual FPGAs aboard and a number of 2 additional chips – could be a big burner if and when it’s done. or 4 for even more voices? Since Boutique has 1 FPGA and System has 2 of them for 4 voices let’s assume a plug-out-compatible System 8 needs 4 FPGAs to run. It’s not a hardware issue – since it’s not too expensive to produce, I’d guess it could be around 800€. Since I did not code that software it is almost just a guess about the amount of chips – but it is more than possible to just have 8 voices – if so I could be in ;) and add another LFO so the System 1 plugout could have 2 LFOs in audio speed in System 100 mode with 4 or 8 voices, then? since plug-outs are usually monophonic to date. so.. we don’t know but I’d go for it since it beats all those VAs in sonic quality. this is a new quality and will be a lot more competitive when there are 8 voices what most keyboarders want and synth-playes and sequencer-acts as well, right?

what do you guess and whish?
and there is still that Roland Sampler as well that might come..

we don’t think this will happen. no sampler, no system 8 …
but they have this little thing

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