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The Korg SQ-1 is a Perfect MIDI Sync Traffic Cop

Korg released its SQ-1 sequencer originally as a pair with the re-imagined MS-20 synthesizer. Faced with two Volcas, a Monotribe, a Moog Sub 37, and a Teenage Electronics PO-12, I wondered if the device could essentially serve as a sync traffic cop; keeping all five instruments in rhythmic “harmony” suitable for some long-form Berlin School […]

Three NAMM 2016 Synths that won’t break the Bank

Each year, the NAMM show serves as a second Christmas for musicians both in attendance and watching from afar. This year’s edition didn’t disappoint, with a wide array of innovative products being introduced. The synthesizer world saw many new intriguing models, with the growing Eurorack scene well represented. Three NAMM 2016 synths piqued my interest, […]

The Teenage Engineering PO-12 puts the Beatbox in your Pocket

Teenage Engineering has earned accolades for their product line featuring great sound and innovative features. Their Pocket Operators, originally introduced last year, included three devices covering the Holy Trinity of Beatmaking — synth, bass, and drum machine — with each looking more like a handheld calculator than a musical instrument. The PO-12 drum machine’s LCD […]

VirSyn’s Cube Synth makes Additive Synthesis a Breeze

Over the last year or so, I’ve been focused on recording the new Church of Hed album, Electric Sepulcher, with hardware synths typically being my gear of choice compared to the venerable iPad 2. As such, I am about a year late with this profile of VirSyn’s excellent Cube Synth, which brings the esoteric world […]

The Waldorf Streichfett: the Modern String Synth of Creamy Dreams

Two-thirds of the way through recording my new Church of Hed album, I thought some tracks needed a bit of icing. I previously noted Waldorf’s new Streichfett string synthesizer; digested some online sound samples, and felt confident it would serve nicely in this role. After discovering its street price was under $400, I decided to […]

NAMM 2015 and the Analog Synthesizer Renaissance

Sorry for the relative lapse in new content here at TabMuse. I’ve been working hard on the new Church of Hed album, Electric Sepulcher, so my time for TabMuse is more fleeting. We’ll work on fixing that in the future. As usual, gear lust ruled the day at this year’s NAMM show in Los Angeles. […]

Minimalism on iOS with In C Performer for the iPad

Terry Riley’s “In C” is one of the musical hallmarks of the 20th Century, essentially ushering in — along with La Monte Young — the Minimalism movement; greatly influencing composers like Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, and others. Riley suggests using a group of around 35 musicians to adequately perform In C, but now […]

The Moog Minifooger MF Delay paired with a Sub 37

Within a day after working with the Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer in my studio I needed some delay. I had purchased an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy a few months ago to pair with the Sub 37, but it ended up being used in another part of the studio. I wanted a dedicated delay pedal […]