A Love Letter to the Alternate Mode trapKAT

Sometime in the early 90s, I tried out an electric drum kit at a Columbus music store. I forget what brand it was – probably an early Roland model. I was surprised at the feel. While not as sensitive or dynamic as a real kit – I owned a Pearl 5-piece at the time – […]

Antelope Audio adds to its FPGA Hardware Models — Synth News Digest 10

This edition of the Synth News Digest trains its eye on a few new software products worthy of interest on your own musical projects. Check it out! Four New Vintage Compressors boost Antelope Audio’s Plugin Library Antelope Audio understands that a robust collection of audio plugins helps draw customers to your line of audio interfaces. […]

Aftertouch adds 3D Touch Control to your iOS Synths – Synth News Digest 9

The capacitive touchscreen ushered in a new era of mobile device interfaces, as illustrated by the smartphone and tablet. Recently, Apple upped the game with 3D Touch, which enhances the touchscreen by adding support for velocity and pressure sensitivity. I’ve always felt that these were the two missing links in iOS becoming a truly professional […]

The Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer crushes all – Synth News Digest 8

When the German manufacturer, Schmidt, recently announced their Eightvoice analog polyphonic synthesizer, the hearts of many synthheads began to flutter. Arguably the most robust synth in the industry – short of a fully-appointed modular – the Eightvoice features an architectural design with nary a compromise. Custom built in production runs of 25 each, the Schmidt […]

Eventide UltraTap – a Versatile and Esoteric Delay Plugin

“Eventide Delay. Digital Delay.” – Jon Anderson, Olympia Yeah, I know I used that Jon Anderson quote the last time we reviewed an Eventide product. Jon – bless the wee elf – permanently connected those synapses in my brain years ago, so expect to see the same quote again in the future. UltraTap is a […]

Moog’s Subsequent 37 refines the Original Sub 37 Design – Synth News 7

Moog recently announced another upgrade to its already venerable Sub 37 synthesizer. We previously covered the Subsequent 37 CV, and now the Subsequent 37 (with no “CV”) has hit the market. I actually missed the CV tag the last time around. Sorry, it’s now fixed! By the way, I still think Sub 37 CV – […]

Goose EQ comes to iOS – Synth News Digest 6

After using both BeatMaker 3 and Modstep for building tracks to improvise or compose over, I’m really getting into AU plugins on iOS. Since most of my recording work is on the desktop, obviously I gravitate towards the relative ease of loading a plugin instead of passing audio and MIDI through a “third-wheel” iOS app. […]

PolyM offers a Great Polymoog Emulation

The Polymoog remains one of the most underrated Moog synthesizers. Gary Numan used it to great effect in the late 70s, but its complex design led to a poor reliability factor, with Dave Smith’s Prophet 5 ultimately winning the polyphonic analog race. XILS-Labs’ recently released emulation – the PolyM – brings the olde beast back […]

Roland reveals the TR-08 and a Boutique SH-101 – Synth News Digest 5

808 Day (August 8) brought an appropriate bit of synth news from Roland: the announcement of the TR-08, a Boutique version of their venerable TR-808 drum machine. The company also revealed a Boutique model version of the SH-101 synthesizer, known as the SH-01A. This new synth ups the ante compared to the original with 4-voice […]

Predator 2 continues the Rob Papen Synth Tradition

Rob Papen Predator has been a leading software synthesizer for years, known for its excellent virtual analog sound and an intuitive user interface. Needless to say, the recent release of its successor was highly anticipated throughout the synth plugin world. Predator 2 does not disappoint, with a host of new features to go along with […]