Analogue Solutions releases Nyborg-12 synthesizer

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Analogue Solutions has released Nyborg-12, an Oberheim SEM-style monophonic synthesizer module with real analogue voice and modulation circuitry.

Analogue Solutions Nyborg-12

An analogue renaissance has ensured that the one-time state-of-the-art sounds of analogue synthesisers have long since become highly sought after again. Why? Well, many musicians realised that the convoluted menu-driven access systems deployed on many ‘modern-day’ digital synthesisers with weaker sounds bathed in built-in effects are no substitute for the hands-on immediacy of having access to a control per function at hand when it comes to speedy sculpting of ear-opening and often powerful electronic sounds suited to a variety of musical genres.

With more mainstream recording artists and producers than ever now relying on custom sounds as a result of this rising and renewed interest in analogue (subtractive) synthesis, is it any wonder, then, that yesteryear’s often wonderful-sounding (though not necessarily reliable) analogue classics are rapidly rising in value, pushing them out of reach of many musicians of more meagre means? Meeting this demand head on, more analogue synthesisers than ever before are available today from manufacturers both bigger and smaller.

Into this healthy and highly-competitive climate comes Analogue Solutions’ latest analogue offering, the Nyborg-12 SEM synthesiser — so-called on account of its 2-Pole 12dB/Octave MULTIMODE FILTER, the same flexible filter with LP (lowpass), BP (bandpass), HP (high pass), and NOTCH settings that is used on Analogue Solutions’ own Telemark SEM semi-modular synthesiser, similar (though not identical) to Tom Oberheim’s original 1974-vintage SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module®), much sought after itself.

Nyborg-12 features

  • Full rugged steel/aluminium case – no plastic mouldings.
  • Good quality smooth potentiometers, fully sealed against dust.
  • Good quality knobs with spun aluminium caps.
  • High grade double sided circuit board.
  • High Quality 16bit DAC for MIDI-CV conversion.
  • Very stable MIDI to CV.
  • Very stable analogue oscillators.
  • Hand built by humans.
  • True retro analogue voice and modulation circuits to give an authentic retro sound.

Nyborg-12 is available for purchase for £599 GBP. Optional rack ears are £19 GBP and wooden side panels are £39 GBP. Prices ex tax and delivery.

More information: Analogue Solutions / Nyborg-12

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Analogue Solutions announces Leipzig-S analogue monosynth/step sequencer

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Analogue Solutions has announced availability of Leipzig-S, the latest addition to its lengthening line of critically-acclaimed, quality-crafted ‘boutique’ designs from founder Tom Carpenter in the true spirit of vintage analogue synthesisers befitting the true analogue synth enthusiast.

Evolving from its namesake Leipzig (rack-mounting) andLeipzig-k (keyboard-endowed) analogue monosynth predecessors, the rack-mountable/tabletop Leipzig-S literally goes several steps further by incorporating an in-built eight-step analogue sequencer that can be used to produce simple melodic lines as well as acting as a modulation source to affect the filter cutoff (or to create additional effects, depending on other control settings).

Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S

VCO1, VCO2, and the VCF are all available as sequencer destinations; seemingly simple, yet favourably flexible, the step sequencer can be creatively controlled (clocked) by multiple sources — at audio frequencies (using VCO2 as a clock source), or using the output of the sequencer itself as an audio source to be ‘played’ via MIDI while the eight step controls then alter the ‘waveform’/tonal content, for example, such are the adventurous advantages of packaging an analogue step sequencer with a true analogue monosynth!

The entire design is traditional early-Eighties analogue (voice and modulation) circuitry, comprised entirely of discrete components and op-amps (bar, of course, the digital sequencer controller and MIDI-CV interfacing); since the Leipzig-S is a strictly no-memory affair, all controls are not quantised, resulting in an authentically vintage sound, replete with musically desirable quirks and subtle artifacts (much in the same way that, say, a valve amp or vinyl record adds sonic character) — unlike some other modern ‘analogue’ synths that arguably sound almost as perfect as DSP analogue modelling.

With electronic percussion having influenced the choice of routings, the Leipzig-S boasts a huge range of modulation possibilities to facilitate creating the widest possible range of sounds, including deep basses, sound effects, analogue loops, and (obviously) electronic drum sounds.

With this, his latest design, true analogue synth enthusiast Tom Carpenter is confident that he has achieved a modern analogue synth that truly does sound vintage!

Leipzig-S features

  • Pure analogue voice and modulation circuitry.
  • Fat Moog-style filter.
  • 2 VCOs (each with Glide and Sub-VCOs).
  • Osc Sync and Cross-Mod.
  • Flexible modulation routing.
  • Analogue step sequencer (with ‘creative’ clocking options).
  • Audio input (synth can be used as a sound processor).
  • MIDI In (for software sequencer control).
  • Rugged steel/aluminium construction.

Leipzig-S is available to order directly from Analogue Solutions for £649 GBP (excluding tax and delivery) — delivery is approximately four weeks from receipt of payment — or through one of their dealers.

More information: Analogue Solutions / Leipzig-S

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Hollow Sun releases Radiophonica, sample library by Ian Boddy

Hollow Sun Radiophonica

Hollow Sun has released a new version of Radiophonica, a sample library by Ian Boddy.

Radiophonica is the first title in Ian Boddy’s ‘Waveforms’ series of sample libraries. All the sounds were produced and recorded directly from analogue hardware synthesisers such as the venerable EMS VCS3 and MiniMoog and also the Roland 100M, Doepfer, Analogue Solutions and Analogue Systems modular synths.

The Hollow Sun Edition of ‘Radiophonica’ comes with a scripted panel that gives quick and easy control over these wonderfully atmospheric and evocative sounds.

Radiophonica Hollow Sun Edition features

  • Created by renowned UK synthesist, Ian Boddy.
  • 670MB of hand crafted samples at 44/24 taken from: Roland System 100-M modular, Analogue Systems modular, Doepfer A-100 modular, Analogue Solutions modular, EMS VCS3, Minimoog, Metasonix TM-2 tube BP filter.
  • Custom scripted panels with filters, ADSR and multi-FX.

Radiophonica Hollow Sun Edition for Kontakt is available to purchase for $40 USD.

More information: Hollow Sun / Radiophonica

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Ian Boddy releases Beatalogue

Ian Boddy Beatalogue

Ian Boddy has released Beatalogue, the 4th sample library in the waveforms series.

This follow up to ‘Drumalogue’ takes a selection of electronic drum patterns and loops which were then fed through Boddy´s massive modular synth system. These were then filtered, mangled and generally messed up using a huge number of modules all in the analogue domain.

All the loops have between 3 and 5 variations and sonically range from sweet filtering all the way through to completely crunched and twisted mayhem. The quality of the distortion and overdrive achieved using these techniques gives the loops a gorgeous organic feel which is further heightened by the sound of the modular itself with it´s fuzzy warmness and tripping envelopes.

The sounds are also provided in Rex2 and Apple Loops format enabling them to be used at various tempos and dissected by the end user for their own purposes.

Beatalogue features

  • 300 mono samples at 44.1Khz, 24 bit in WAV format.
  • All samples also provided in Rex2 & Apple Loops format.
  • Drum Loops filtered, mangled & messed up via the following analogue synthesisers:
    • Roland System 100-M
    • Analogue Systems
    • Doepfer A-100 modular system
    • Analogue Solutions
    • Livewire AFG, Vulcan & Dalek Modulators
    • Metasonix TM-2 Tube BP filter & R-53 Tube Waveshaper/Ring Mod
    • Flight of Harmony Plague Bearer
    • The Harvestman Malgorithm
    • WMD Geiger Counter
    • Make Noise QMMG
    • Minimoog
    • VCS3

Beatalogue is available to purchase as a digital download for £24.99 GBP / 29.99 EUR / $39.99 USD.

More information: Beatalogue

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Analogue Solutions releases Europa

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Analogue Solutions Europa

Analogue Solutions has released Europa, a hardware MIDI step sequencer and drum computer.

Europa was designed to be utilised with our SQ8 and Oberkorn analogue sequencers (and anything else with a compatible clock input).

Either use the main sync out or one of the seven trigger outputs to clock your analogue sequencers. Have them step whenever you like by programming triggers into the Europa sequencer. You can have 2 sequencers play alternately. You can mute the track so the Oberkorn/SQ8 sequencer stops! Use another trigger and you can activate the reset feature of the Oberkorn/SQ8!

Europa features

  • Intuitive and simple programming procedure.
  • No sub-menus or shift keys – one function per key.
  • Simple to use – TR808/606 style programming.
  • Analogue features – analogue tempo clock, 7 analogue trigger outs, analogue sync signals.
  • Live editing features.
  • Transpose, Octave shift, Mute.
  • Rugged steel construction.

Europa is available to purchase for £499 GBP (excl. tax and delivery).

More information: Analogue Solutions / Europa

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