Arturia launches MicroBrute SE analog synth

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Arturia has announced the availability of its MicroBrute SE, a limited edition analog synthesizer instrument.

Arturia MicroBrute SE

MicroBrute SE synthesizer is a limited edition of a pure analog sonic powerhouse . Small in size but loaded with features.

Packed with mixable waveforms, a new sub oscillator design, the famous Steiner-Parker multimode filter, super fast envelope, syncable LFO and the new step sequencer, not to mention the patchable mod matrix the MicroBrute SE is a landmark new synth at an incredible price.

This special edition is produced in limited quantity, 1500 units for each color, so make sure you don’t miss out!!

MicroBrute SE features

  • Monophonic synthesizer.
  • 100% Analog Audio Signal Path.
  • Steiner-Parker 2 pole Multimode Filter (Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass).
  • Analog Voltage Controlled Oscillator.
  • Oscillator Mixer (Overtone, Sawtooth, Square, Triangle, audio in (on rear panel)).
  • ‘Overtone’ sub oscillator/5th generator.
  • Signal Enhancers: Pulse Width Modulation, Ultrasaw generating fat sawtooth waveforms, Metalizer bringing extreme harmonics.
  • Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics.
  • LFO with 3 waveforms (Sine, Sawtooth, Square).
  • LFO clock syncable to Arpeggiator (Arpeg, or free)..
  • ADSR Envelope Generator.
  • Keyboard Tracking on the VCF Cutoff.
  • 25 note minikey keyboard.
  • Mod Wheel (assignable to Cutoff, or LFO amount).
  • Pitch Wheel (with selectable bend range via software).
  • Octave selector from -2 to +2 octaves.
  • External Analog Audio Input.
  • CV In jacks: Pitch, Filter, sub-harmonics, pulse width, metalizer, saw animator.
  • CV Out jacks: pitch, envelope, LFO.
  • MIDI Inwith 5 pin DIN connector.
  • USB MIDI In/Out.
  • 1/4” Audio Output and 1/8” Headphone Output.
  • Full Function step sequencer: 8 memories, up to 64 steps per memory, tap tempo, rate control, step divisions (via software), trigger modes (via software).
  • MIDI Sync.
  • Steel bottom panel.
  • 12V DC 1A power supply.

The MicroBrute SE is available for purchase for 329 EUR / $329 USD.

More information: Arturia / MicroBrute SE

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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.

More information: Werkstatt-Ø1

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Hello Samples releases Sweet Chords Vol2 sample pack

Hello Samples has launched Sweet Chords Vol2, a collection of construction kits & chord kits.

Hello Samples Sweet Chords Vol2

The second volume in our series of our experimental electric piano themed sample packs is out! Sweet Chords is back, and here to stay!

Arecio & Hi.Moez have locked themselves up in the studio again to delight you with some fresh and inspiring sounds.

1754 sounds divided in 10 construction kits that contain Electric Pianos, Organs and Synthesizers. To put the icing on the cake we’ve further processed with ‘foogers some of these sounds, creating instruments and kits based around those specific chords for ease of use and instant fun-factor.

Sweet Chords Vol2 features

  • More than 1,700 painstakingly handcut samples.
  • All WAV files in 24 bits 44.100 (16 bits for MPC).
  • 141 ready to use Ableton Live Instruments
    • 10 construction kits (including 31 instruments with chords & riffs).
    • 63 E. Piano chords Instruments.
    • 12 Organ chords Instruments.
    • 35 Processed chords Instruments.
  • 10 Maschine construction kits (115 ready to use Groups)
    • 82 E.Piano Groups (including chords & riffs).
    • 15 Organ Groups.
    • 15 Clav & Synth Groups.
    • 3 Processed chords Groups.
  • 10 MPC construction Kits
    • 40 ready to use MPC kits (1000/2500).

The sample pack is available for purchase for 10 EUR.

More information: Hello Samples / Sweet Chords Vol2

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Roland intros SH-2 Plug-Out software synthesizer

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Roland has announced the SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer, the first complete reproduction of Roland’s classic SH-2 synthesizer from 1979.

Roland SH-2 Plug-Out

Renowned for its raw vintage tone, the SH-2’s dual VCO plus sub oscillator configuration delivers fat bass, edgy leads, and wild effects via software specifically designed for the SYSTEM-1 and Mac or PC hosts. The new SH-2 uses Analog Circuit Behavior technology like other products in the AIRA series to faithfully recreate the warm, rich sound of the original with a level of authenticity that can only come from Roland.

From the self-oscillation capable VCF to the attack and long decay characteristics of the steep envelope, the SH-2 has been reproduced exactly. The unique harmonic makeup and pitch wavering characteristics of the original SH-2 as well as the anomalies produced by the complex interactions of the original analog circuit design are all accounted for, down to analog circuitry behaviors like the subtle effect on tonality when parameters unrelated to the actual tone in use are tweaked. Building on the legacy, the new SH-2 now offers a VCO range that is expandable to 64′, two envelopes, reverb, delay and crusher effects, Autobend with support for reverse actions, and a tempo-syncable arpeggiator.

While multiple instances of the SH-2 plug-in can be used in any compatible DAW, the SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer offers seamless integration and unique capabilities for SYSTEM-1 owners. Connect a SYSTEM-1 and it becomes a dedicated controller, only lighting the appropriate knobs and sliders pertinent to the SH-2. Transfer sounds back and forth between the DAW and SYSTEM-1 and even use the SYSTEM-1 as a high-quality audio and MIDI interface. Or break free entirely and plug out directly to the SYSTEM-1, creating a stand-alone, hardware SH-2, with real physical controls that can go anywhere and doesn’t require a computer.

The SH-2 Plug-Out will be available September 25th, 2014. Price TBA.

More information: Roland / SH-2 PLUG-OUT

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Korg intros new electribe & electribe sampler, mini kaoss pad 2S, volca sample & more

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Korg has announced a number of new products for Autumn 2014.

electribe

Korg electribe

Flexibly shifting in style to match the trends of today, the electribe series continues to lead the world’s dance music scene.

Approximately ten years after the Electribe MX first went on sale in 2003, we now introduce a long-awaited new model that’s designed to be simple and easy for the beginner to understand, and even more enjoyable than ever for existing users. The electribe perfectly fulfills two tasks that both demand speed: live performance and music production.

electribe sampler

Korg electribe sampler

The electribe sampler has been reborn with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular KORG products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile.

The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns which are perfect for today’s dance music scene. There’s also support for the polyphonic playback that’s indispensable for styles that include complex chord progressions, such as House music.

mini kaoss pad 2S

Korg mini kaoss pad 2S

A powered-up mini kaoss pad 2, the mini kaoss pad 2S (“S” for sampler) is a powerful DJ effect unit that fits in the palm of your hand.

It includes the familiar KORG touchpad, which allows you to intuitively control 100 different effects, and a sampler function that makes it easy to load and trigger a variety of sounds. Whether you are playing or performing, you’ll have more fun than ever with the powerful mini kaoss pad 2S.

Slimpitch

Korg Slimpitch

Announcing a new compact tuner for the brass band and orchestral performer. The Slimpitch features a high-brightness, high-contrast color LCD for superb visibility. The body is more compact than ever, making the unit small enough to fit in your hand.

A dedicated contact mic is included, and a newly-developed magnet mechanism lets you attach the unit to your music stand without obstructing the sheet music. With enhanced visibility and improved ease-of-use, this tuner sets a new standard that is exemplary of KORG’s attention to detail.

Rimpitch-C

Korg Rimpitch-C

Rimpitch-C expands upon KORG’s innovative Rimpitch tuner by adding chromatic functionality. By attaching the tuner inside the sound hole of your acoustic guitar, you can casually observe the tuning meter at an incredibly convenient viewing angle.

With a broad detection range and a calibration function, this model allows accurate and discrete tuning in a wide variety of performance environments. The Rimpitch-C is the ideal choice for acoustic guitarists who require a more flexible tuning option.

MIKU STOMP

Korg MIKU STOMP

Sing with your guitar! A world-wide first! MIKU STOMP, the new Vocaloid effect unit.

volca sample

Korg volca sample

The volca sample is a sample sequencer that lets you edit and sequence up to 100 sample sounds in real time for powerful live performances.

It’s a powerful addition to any existing volca setup, or simply on its own. The new volca lets you recapture the excitement of the first generation of samplers, in which any sound — vocals, spoken words, ambient sound, or glitches — becomes material for your creations!

Pa3X Le

Korg Pa3X Le

The Pa3X Le has a huge collection of onboard sounds, and provides a generous 192MB of space for either your own samples, or widely available add-ons. With over 410 built-in Styles (and room for 1,200 in total), you can cover almost any musical style imaginable.

The Pa3X Le’s impressive feature set includes a TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer, a dual MP3 player & recorder, a powerful Dual Crossfade Sequencer, and much more. Use the video output to display lyrics or score on an external monitor, making it perfect for karaoke or band leading. On stage, the Pa3X Le provides a professional look with a sturdy black aluminium case with wooden side panels.

CLIPHIT

Korg CLIPHIT

The CLIPHIT is a new electric drum kit that’s ideal for drum practice at home or for casual playing. Attach the clips with their internal sensor to a magazine, desk, or almost any surface, transforming it into a snare, hi-hat, or cymbal.

You can also attach these clips to practice pads, using them to play drums or any of the programmed EFX sounds that include dog sounds, cat sounds, hand clapping. CLIPHIT will breathe new life into your drum practice, and is a great way to enhance your experience and creativity.

Pricing and availability of these products is to be announced.

More information: Korg

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