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Arturia VOX Continental-V [Review]

Arturia are becoming a huge name in the software instrument world, releasing some incredible products over the years. Recently, they announced the availability of their new VOX Continental-V organ simulator, and today we have a review of the new software. The plugin emulates the VOX Continental 300. The first thing to notice when opening up the software is the user interface, which is really very ...[Read More]

Arturia announces availability of VOX Continental-V organ emulation

Today Arturia announced the availability of its new organ emulation, the VOX Continental-V organ. The emulation aims to bring the classic sound of the VOX Continental 300 organ, a classic organ used by a number of bands in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The emulation includes an emulation of the rare Jennings J70, as well as including a number of stompbox-type effects. It also models three microphones: the...[Read More]

XILS-lab XILS 4 synthesizer [Review]

XILS-lab has once again released another great version of the XILS synth, the XILS 4. The XILS 4 emulates the EMS VCS4, which was never released but quite sought after. Based on two integrated, interlinked and interacting VCS 3 cores, it could create a wide variety of new sounds. The ability to do this as well as have the freedom of the pin matrix for processing allows for unparalleled freedom in ...[Read More]

XILS-Lab announces availability of XILS 4

Today XILS-Lab released their long awaited XILS-4 synthesizer, the “ultimate analog matrix modular synthesizer”. XILS-4 is based on the same core modules found in XILS-3 (which we reviewed not too long ago), but instead of one VC3 Synthesizer, XILS-4 has two hard synced VC3 Synthesizer. Owners of XILS-3 can purchase an upgrade to XILS-4 for around $35 until June 10th, after which it wi...[Read More]

XILS-lab XILS 3 v2.0 [Review]

XILS 3 v2.0, by XILS-lab brings the EMS VCS3 look back to life in an extensive multi-platform virtual instrument, keeping some of its best features while creating a whole new synth that pleases the ear and will leave you with tons of creative options to manipulate your sound. Although quite different in sound from the VCS3, XILS 3 and VCS3 do have a lot of similarities on first sight – which...[Read More]

ROLI Seaboard Wins Product of The Year Award 2014

Each year, the Design Museum in London awards deserving companies the title of ‘Design of the Year’ in several different categories. This year, the award in the ‘Product’ category went to ROLI for it’s spectacular design of the Seaboard GRAND. Because of this, they now move on as a nominee for the Overall Design of the Year award. The Seaboard GRAND, announced and rel...[Read More]

Elektron Analog Keys unveiled with full specs

Elektron, a company based out of Sweden, has become pretty well known over the past few years for creating some real quality synthesizers. Today they launched the latest edition to their lineup – the Elektron Analog Keys. The Elektron Analog Keys promises to be a great instrument, with incredible playability. According to the Elektron website, it is “the instrument for the expressive m...[Read More]

Arturia MicroBrute

For the past few days, Arturia.com had a countdown on their website. A sure-fire marketing strategy that can only mean one thing. Something big is coming our way. Well, folks. Today the countdown is over, and we can all rest easy and geek out over the release of Arturia’s new MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer. Based on the technical design of it’s brother the MiniBrute, the Micro packs a potentiality ...[Read More]

M-Audio Axiom Air 61 – The New Keyboard in the Highly Successful Axiom Series

M-Audio has been leading the way in consumer level MIDI controllers for some time now, and with good reason. They offer something for everyone, ranging from the budget Oxygen line, to the not-so-budget Axiom Pro line. Now there’s a new series of controllers in the M-Audio lineup, and it’s called the Axiom Air line. The 61 key version of the Axiom Air features the use of eight rotary di...[Read More]

ROLI Seaboard

One Instrument that has caught my eye is the new ROLI Seaboard, a digital piano that promises to reinvent the way we play piano. While we can see that the ROLI Seaboard is clearly based around a keyboard layout, we can also see that it does not really look at all like a keyboard. So what makes the ROLI Seaboard so different? The ROLI Seaboard is made out of a layer of soft silicon, which is on top...[Read More]

Arturia iMini Minimoog iPad Emulation

Well, it’s been far too long since I’ve posted so I thought I’d get off my butt and do something about that. Just so you know my plan is still to try and post at least every 2 or 3 days…I did say try! I’m not normally one to be looking at software instruments, however this one caught my eye because of the post I did a couple posts back about audio and the iPad. Arturi...[Read More]

NAMM 2013: Moog Sub Phatty

The name Moog is legendary. The classic sound of an analog Moog synth is unparalleled. And they’re at it again! Moog’s latest release is the Moog Sub Phatty, which includes two variable waveshape oscillators, one square wave sub oscillator, and one noise generator. This synth has been dubbed the “grittiest Moog ever”, and after hearing a number of demos, I can say that I ag...[Read More]

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