Moog releases Werkstatt-Ø1 analog synth worldwide

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Moog has announced the official worldwide release of the Werkstatt-Ø1 analog synthesizer Moogfest 2014 Kit, a patchable, 100% analog synthesizer whose design is based on classic Moog circuits.

Moog Werkstatt-Ø1

This highly-portable instrument is secured in a solid-steel chassis and features a harmonically rich Moog VCO, classic 4-pole Moog Ladder filter, wide-range LFO with audio-rate modulation capabilities, ADS envelope generator, and an analog patchable header for expansive sonic experimentation, manipulation, and decimation. To demonstrate the range and flexibility of Werkstatt’s classic Moog sonics, Moog has released a video featuring Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel, keyboard player for Atlantic Records’ band Chromeo, building an improvisatory electro funk track using only the Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 and a simple drum pattern.

Today also marks the launch of WerkstattWorkshop.com (beta) – an interactive creative learning portal containing project ideas, mod tutorials, parts lists, educational lesson plans, 3D printer files, Arduino integration and control and many other dynamic resources for Werkstatt owners. This microsite also includes Moog’s new and on-going research surrounding the use of subtractive synthesizers in STEM and STEAM high-school classrooms. Lessons in these studies are focused on project based learning opportunities, and encouraging a creative deployment of practical skills in STEM fields. All lessons and associated materials are open source and available online free to educators across multiple disciplines.

The Werkstatt-Ø1 is available for purchase for $329 USD.

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Ivory Bunker releases free sample packs

Ivory Bunker has announced 4 new free sample packs.

I’ve opened up the Ivory Bunker Samplepacks page a couple of months ago with the idea of sharing some of the sounds I’ve recorded or created over the last couple of years. I may have used some of those already and/or might in the future, but a lot of them are probably doomed to gather binary dust.

Trusting that there are plenty creative people out there who can make good use of some sounds that go beyond the scope of most commercially (including the freebies coming with magazines) packs and libraries, I decided to start out with a focus on my collection of recordings of my DIY- and Circuit Bent Instruments and the like, as well as the occasional field recordings.

Ivory Bunker sample packs

New packs at Ivory Bunker

  • Samplepack 2: Waves Mallorca 24bit/44.100 (38MB) — rec wavs16 selections from field recordings of waves captured on Mallorca March 2013. Recorded with the built-in mics on a zoom h4n. Post processed for ideal results. 24/44.100.
  • Samplepack 3: Atari Punk Console 16bit/44.100 (24MB) — APCC142 (fortytwo) 16bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* all recorded from either my “Atari Punk Cassette Console” or an Atari Punk Console Circuit built with two 555 chips on a breadboard.
  • Samplepack 4 Kid’s Electronic Lab: 24bit/44.100 (38MB) — ElectronicLab 30inONE18 24bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* of recordings of circuits with the 30 in ONE Electronic Lab. All from Audio-related Experiments – simple oscillators, siren, etc on a Maxitronic 30 in ONE kit.
  • Samplepack 5 The Poor Man’s Synthesizer: 24bit/44.100 (54MB) — This sample pack contains 113 24bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* sorted into four categories – Bass n Synth, Drones n FX, Loops and Percussive. These have to be read with a grain of salt, as those are probably not your classical construction kit variety sounds. The Poor Man’s Synthesizer (or Chocolate Box Synth) based on a design by Andrew Bentley. You can find the schematics, BOM and layout at John Richard’s Dirty Electronics website, should you be interested in building one of those for yourselves.

The packs are free to download at Ivory Bunker.

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Korg announces Limited Edition MS-20 Kit

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Korg has announced the MS-20 Kit, a limited edition DIY monophonic analog synthesizer kit.

Korg MS-20 Kit
Build a real MS-20 with your own hands.

Creating an instrument your own hands is the part of the true enjoyment of an analog synthesizer. The MS-20 Kit lets you obtain a real, full-sized MS-20 by assembling it yourself. It goes without saying that, just like the MS-20 mini released in January 2013, the engineers who developed the original MS-20 have overseen this project – ensuring that its historic sound is reproduced with complete fidelity. In addition, the MS-20 Kit provides the filters from both the early and late versions of this classic instrument and it even allows you to switch between them.

Today, 36 years after this historic instrument was first unveiled in 1978, the MS-20 returns to its true origin.

MS-20 Kit features

  • A full-size MS-20 that you can assemble yourself.
  • Both the early and late versions of the filter are provided.
  • Overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20;.
  • a complete replication of the original analog circuitry:
    • 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure.
    • External signal processor (ESP).
    • Extremely flexible patching system.
  • MIDI IN and USB connector.
  • Powered by an AC adapter.
  • Replicates every detail of the original, down to the package binding and the included manual.

The Korg MS-20 Kit will be available in March 2014, priced at $1399.99 USD. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

More information: Korg / MS-20 Kit

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littleBits & Korg Synth Kit available to pre-order

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littleBits and Korg have launched a pre-order for the Synth Kit, a powerful, easy to use modular analog synthesizer.

littleBits / Korg Synth Kit

littleBits and Korg have demystified a traditional analog synthesizer, making it super easy for novices and experts alike to create music.

  • connects to speakers, computers and headphones
  • can be used to make your own instruments
  • fits into the littleBits modular system for infinite combos of audio, visual and sensory experiences

Synth Kit features

  • 12 Bits modules: 1 Power, 2 Oscillators, 1 Random, 1 Keyboard, 1 Micro Sequencer, 1 Envelope, 1 Filter, 1 Delay, 1 Mix, 1 Split, 1 Synth Speaker.
  • Includes a handy 35+ page booklet, with step-by-step instructions for 10 great projects like the Keytar and Synth Spin Table.
  • 9V battery and cable.

The Synth Kit is available to pre-order for $159 USD. The Kits ship December 6th, 2013. Limited quantities available.

More information: littleBits / Synth Kit

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de la Mancha sets free Dirty Harry lo-fi synth plugin

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de la Mancha has announced that its Dirty Harry lo-fi synthesizer plugin for Windows is now available as freeware.

de la Mancha Dirty Harry
dirty harry is an unashamedly DIY lofi synth based on the samples of my two homemade, lofi noisemakers, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM

dirty harry offers 20 unique waveforms in all their mono/monophonic glory. For extra grit the oscillators can be sync’d or ring modulated. Fidelity can be lowered further still with reduction in sample quality, distortion and a unique ‘bad contact’ emulation. 2 tempo sync LFOs allow modulation of filter, pitch and contact, with one LFO modulating the depth and frequency of the other.

There are envelopes for volume, pitch and filter, with different contours and pitch options. Throw in an arpeggiator, pitch drift and portamento and you can see that whilst it may be lofi in sound, it doesn’t lack for sound design features.

Dirty Harry is available to download as a VST plugin for Windows.

More information: de la Mancha / Dirty Harry

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