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Pittsburgh Modular started a Kickstarter campaign for their latest West Coast inspired synthesizer which was fully funded within hours. The Voltage Research Laboratory is designed with a experimental sound synthesis in mind, featuring a complex oscillator, wave folder, 2 function generators, 2 dynamic controllers, and an analog delay. With a classic Don Buchla inspired West Coast styled touch plate interface, the synth is sold as a complete system, or as a stand alone synth block to be integrated in to a separate eurorack system.

The voice block

Touch plate block

For further information or to pledge, check out Pittsburgh Modular’s Kickstarter page


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DJ’s, producers, and floor sitting musicians rejoice as Korg have released a Minilogue XD Module. The module allows for polychining of 2 minilogue xd for up to 8 voices polyphony. This module packs a lot of synthesis power into it’s 5.73 lb case.

For further details visit Korg’s website.

Look Ma, no keys!

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Novation have answered the prayers of gear head’s the world over by introducing this 16 voice 2 part multitimbral 16 key version of their fantastic hybrid wavetable synth, 2017’s Peak. Summit’s synth engine contains 2 Peaks in one 61 key synth.

Street price $1999

Specs from Novation’s site.

Synth Engine

  • 16 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)

  • 2-part-timbral

  • Layered, Split, Dual Bi-Timbral Modes

  • 5 Voice Modes - Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2

Per Voice

  • 3 oscillators

  • 1 noise generator with HP filter control

  • 1 ring modulator

  • 2 LFOs

  • 1 amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes (ADHSR + looping)

  • 1 filter

Waveforms Include

  • Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse, plus 43 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row

 

Filter

  • 1 state variable OTA filter per voice

  • 12/24dB slope

  • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass / dual filter (separation of each 12dB filters)

  • dual filter: LP > HP, LP > BP, HP > BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP

  • Pre-filter overdrive

  • Post-filter distortion

Modulation

  • 16 modulation slots per patch

  • 2 sources per destination per slot

Mod Sources

  • Direct (depth)

  • Modulation wheel

  • Aftertouch (polyphonic and channel AT)

  • Expression pedal 1

  • Expression pedal 2

  • Keyboard velocity

  • LFO1 positive

  • LFO1 bi-polar

  • LFO2 positive

  • LFO2 bi-polar

  • Amp envelope

  • Mod envelope 1

  • Mod envelope 2

  • Animate 1

  • Animate 2

  • CV mod input bi-polar

  • Bend Up

  • Bend Down

Mod Destinations

  • Oscillator 1-3 frequency, v-sync level, shape amount and level

  • Noise source level

  • Ring modulator output level

  • Overall synth output level

  • Filter drive, distortion, cut-off frequency and resonance

  • LFO 1 and 2 frequency

  • Amp env / mod env 1 / mod env 2 attack, decay and release

  • FM Osc 1 -> osc 2, osc 2 -> osc 3, osc 3 -> osc 1 and noise -> osc 1

  • Osc 3 -> filter cutoff frequency

Noise -> filter cutoff frequency

Effects

  • FX are per part

  • Analogue distortion

  • 3 chorus types

  • Delay with 16 types of delay sync, LP and HP damping, slew and stereo

FX Mod Matrix Source

  • Direct (depth)

  • Mod wheel

  • Aftertouch

  • Expression pedal 1

  • Expression/breath pedal 2

  • Velocity

  • Keyboard

  • LFO 1 +/-

  • LFO 2 +/-

  • LFO 3 +/-

  • LFO 4 +/-

  • Amp envelope

  • Mod envelope 1 & 2

  • Animate 1 & 2

  • CV +/-

  • Bendwheel +/-

  • Bend up

  • Bend down

FX Mod Matrix Destinations

  • Distortion level

  • Chorus level

  • Chorus rate

  • Chorus depth

  • Chorus feedback

  • Delay level

  • Delay time

  • Delay feedback

  • Reverb level

  • Reverb time

  • Reverb low pass

  • Reverb high pass

Misc.

  • FM controls on front panel

  • Global LFO 3 & 4

  • Arpeggiator with key latch – 33 patterns

  • Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)

  • All knobs (excl. volume), sliders and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI cc commands for external control and mapping

  • Microtuning with Scala table import and table tuning creation

  • Manual mode

  • Multi pot mode: Relative, Pot pick-up, Snap

Product Hardware Specifications

  • 50 control knobs

  • 8 45mm sliders

  • 1 volume knob

  • 1 data encoder knob

  • Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs

  • 55 function buttons

  • 2 Animate buttons plus hold button

  • OLED display

  • Kensington Lock

  • Power switch

  • IEC power supply connector

  • USB socket for system (MIDI comms only, no bus power)

  • MIDI In / Out / Thru

  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for continuous or switched pedals

  • 1 3.5mm jack socket for CV in

  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs

  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right auxiliary outputs

  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right inputs

  • 1/4" jack socket for headphone output

For further information visit Novation’s website

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Elektron have introduced a keyboard version of their Digitone FM synthesizer, with 8 voices, 37 keys, and polyphonic sequencing. This may be the most approachable FM hardware synthesizer ever.

Specs from the website:

Synth voice features

  • 8 voice polyphony (4-part multitimbral)

  • Multiple FM algorithms

  • Multiple operator harmonics

  • 1 × multimode filter per voice

  • 1 × base-width filter per voice

  • 1 × overdrive per voice

  • 2 × assignable LFO per voice

  • Unison

  • Portamento

  • 2048 patch storage capacity on the +Drive

Sequencer

  • 4 × synth tracks

  • 4 × MIDI tracks

  • Arpeggiator per synth track

  • Polyphonic sequencing

  • Individual track lengths

  • Parameter locks

  • Micro timing

  • Trig conditions

  • Sound per step change

  • 128 × projects on the +Drive

  • 8 × Banks 16 × patterns per project

Send & master effects

  • Panoramic Chorus send effect

  • Saturator Delay send effect

  • Supervoid Reverb send effect

  • Overdrive master effect

Hardware

  • 37-key semi-weighted, velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch

  • Assignable pitch and modulation wheels

  • 8 × user assignable rotary encoders

  • 2 × 1/4” impedance balanced main out jacks

  • 8 × 1/4” impedance balanced track out jacks

  • 1 × 1/4” stereo headphone jack

  • 2 × 1/4” audio in jacks

  • 2 × 1/4” CV/Expression/Sustain jacks

  • 128 × 64 pixel OLED screen

  • 48 kHz, 24-bit D/A and A/D converters

  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port

  • MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN Sync out

    For more information visit Elektron’s website

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I am selling off my eurorack modular synth. Everything’s going to go. The first round of modules are for sale at the Reverb link below. If you see something you want that is not on Reverb contact me directly and we can work something out. Buy the whole thing and I’ll throw in the case, power supplies, and patch cables for free.

https://reverb.com/shop/the-nonspecific-corporation

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Korg Have updated their successful Minilogue analog synth with the Minilogue XD, which introduces a digital multi engine and effects from the Prologue line. The Multi Engine adds a digital noise generator and a Variable Phase Modulation/ FM oscillator, as well as user generated waveforms. Digital effects have been added including modulation, reverb and delay. The 16 step sequencer features a motion sequencer allowing for the automation of modulation as well as pitch.

The Minilogue XD will run $619.99.

For further information visit Korg’s website. https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/minilogue_xd/

KORG minilogue xd: Analog Evolved - YouTube


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Korg have introduced the Volca Drum, a 6 part portable drum machine, with 16 kit patch memory. It features a physical modeling synth engine, with dual layer drum sounds. Sine, sawtooth, and noise waveforms are able to be manipulated by wave folder and bit reduction to create some metallic and nasty percussive sounds. It also features a waveguide resonator to add sympathetic resonances to your sounds. The Volca Drum has a 16 step sequencer that not only sequences drum patterns but can modulate different parameters as well.

The Volca is a unique unique drum machine for $149.

For more information visit Korg’s website https://www.korg.com/us/products/dj/volca_drum/

KORG volca drum - Features - YouTube
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New Korg Volca Modular is Korg’s take on “West Coast” style modular synthesis. The simi-modular synth has 8 separate modules. An audio source module, featuring a triangle oscillator and a wave folder, for creating more harmonically complex sound. A dual LPG, a cross between a low pass filter and a voltage control amplifier. There is a Woggle random source generator, Functions containing an Attack Decay and Hold EG as well as a Rise Fall (AD) EG, a mixer utility, sequencer and reverb round out the modules. Living up to it’s semi-modular nature, the Volca Modular contains 50 patch points, for almost limitless sonic variation and manipulation.

Korg packs a lot of sonic possibilities into this diminutive synth all for $199.

For more information check out Korg’s website https://www.korg.com/us/products/dj/volca_modular/

KORG volca modular: Modular, Meet volca - YouTube
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