Swedish company Nord has taken the wraps off of the Nord Stage 3, a new keyboard that serves as a follow up to the 2015 Nord Stage 2 EX.
Rob Papen released their SubBoomBass back in 2009, and it was their first non-generic synthesizer, that focused almost exclusively on being a great bass synthesizer. SubBoomBass is included in Rob Papen‘s Explorer-III bundle which was released earlier this year, so we took the time to have a look at the synth. User Interface The UI of SubBoomBass is very unique and distinctive. Love it or ha...[Read More]
A couple days ago, Dave Smith Instruments started teasing their next synthesizer. Well, that new synthesizer is here. Introducing the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2. The Pro 2 features four digital oscillators, innovated largely by Dave Smith himself, plus a sub-oscillator. It also features a new dual mode analog filter with both a ladder and a state variable. There are also a couple touch strips, l...[Read More]
Today Dave Smith teased a new synthesizer on his Facebook page, suggesting that the company will be releasing a new product soon! Two photos have been released, the first with a caption that reads “we’re putting the finishing touches on the new synth!”. This has already sparked speculation about what the upcoming instrument could be like. You can check out the second picture belo...[Read More]
Rob Papen has fast become a leader in virtual synthesizers, and one of their more recent synthesizers is the Blue II “cross-fusion” synthesizer, released earlier this year. The original Blue synthesizer was released in 2005 with much success, but will the second version live up to the firsts name? Once the plugin is installed and first opened, users will notice the modern looking user ...[Read More]
Moog has released a DIY analog synth kit called the Werkstatt-Ø1. Originally the kit was supposed to be a Moogfest 2014 exclusive, but Moog seems to have changed that and is now offering it to the public, in limited numbers. The kit is available in extremely limited numbers through a select number of U.S. dealers only. The kit was designed as an educational tool, is said to be extremely easy to bu...[Read More]
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]
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]