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Akai Pro intros Rhythm Wolf analog drum machine & bass synth

Akai Professional has announced Rhythm Wolf, an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer module with built-in sequencing.

Akai Rhythm Wolf

The Rhythm Wolf is an authentic analog instrument that combines the coveted sounds of early electronic and hip-hop music with genuine Akai Professional workflow. Inspired by the classic analog beat machines and synthesizers of the past, Rhythm Wolf enables today’s musicians to harness iconic analog sounds for music production and performance. The drum machine consists of five highly-tweakable drum sounds and includes a kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion. Onboard controls allow users to customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice separately for precise real-time adjustment. The bass synthesizer features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter design, a filter envelope with variable decay, and is capable of creating powerful bass sounds and squelchy leads.

Outfitted with six genuine MPC pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer, the Rhythm Wolf provides an ultra-responsive interface with a classic drum machine layout. Drum patterns can be fine-tuned using the Swing function, Pattern Select, and Tempo Control knob. A custom distortion signal path, activated by the “Howl” knob, adds grit and character for additional tone shaping. Rhythm Wolf features USB-MIDI, MIDI In/Out, a gate trigger, and integrates seamlessly with modern and vintage equipment. Two audio outputs enable producers and performers to mix percussion sounds and bass independently.

Rhythm Wolf features

  • 5-voice analog drum machine and synth—authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers.
  • Legendary analog drum sounds—kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion.
  • Synth-bass module—selectable square or sawtooth wave with classic filter design for warm, deep basses and squelchy leads..
  • Onboard 32-step sequencer—classic drum machine workflow for quickly laying down grooves and melodies.
  • Six genuine MPC pads—responsive controls for sequencing and finger drumming.
  • Howl knob—custom distortion circuit for additional sound design.
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out—flexible MIDI connectivity for easy integration into modern studios.
  • Gate Trigger—triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources.
  • Independent audio outputs—dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass module for precise mixing.

The Rhythm Wolf will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with a $199.99 USD street price.

Akai Professional will unveil the Rhythm Wolf at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: Akai Pro

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Waldorf intros Streichfett hardware string synthesizer

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Waldorf has introduced Streichfett, a hardware synthesizer unit that combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s.

Waldorf Streichfett

Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic solo section, which is essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago. The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser or Reverb. Alternatively, the Effect section can be used to animate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.

The Solo Section offset presets named Bass, E-Piano or Clavi, and just like in your typical string machine, the sound has little to do with that name. Instead, these are shimmering and slightly percussive sounds that blend well with the string section.

Streichfett features

  • Fully polyphonic Strings Section with Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ and Choir presets.
  • 2′nd Layer with Violin/Viola Voicing.
  • Ensemble Effect for String Section.
  • Typical String Envelope Generator with Crescendo and Release.
  • Monophonic Solo Section, offering Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth and Pluto sounds.
  • Dedicated Tremolo for Solo Section.
  • Switchable Envelope generator with variable Sustain setting and Attack/Decay (Release) function.
  • Effect Section with Animate, Phaser or Reverb.
  • Layer or Split for Solo Section.
  • Dedicated balance knob for quick adjustment of layered/split sounds.
  • Fully programmable with 3 x 4 memory locations.

Pricing and availability TBA.

More information: Waldorf / Streichfett

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apeSoft releases iVCS3 synth app for iPad

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apeSoft has announced the release of iVCS3, an official emulation of the EMS VCS3 modular synthesizer, now available for iPad.

apeSoft iVCS3
VCS3 portable semi-modular analog synthesizer now available for iPad.

The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers.

Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.

The iVCS3 is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.
To celebrate the launch of iVCS3, the iDensity, iPulsaret, and Stria apps are on sale for $4.99 USD for 2 weeks.

More information: apeSoft

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DLD Technology releases Snakebite synth for Reason

DLD Technology has launched Snakebite, a mono-synthesizer Rack Extension instrument for Propellerhead Reason.

DLD Snakebite

Snakebite is a hybrid digital analog synthesizer which is designed to make sounds that aren’t possible using traditional virtual analog (VA) synth design.

Snakebite features

  • Triple oscillator with variable shape and morph controls.
  • 18db highly resonant low pass filter.
  • Venom control for filter overdrive.
  • Pre-filter bitcrush for extra harmonics.
  • Bucket Brigade Device (BBD) delay.
  • Binaural sub audio bass (8-15Hz).
  • Flexible matrix LFO / CV routing.
  • Low DSP usage.
  • Glowing snake eyes(!)

Snakebite is available to purchase for 25 EUR.

More information: DLD Technology / Snakebite

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VirSyn releases microTERA synthesizer app for iPad

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VirSyn has announced microTERA for iPad, a virtual wave shaping synthesizer instrument.

VirSyn microTERA

Wave Shaping Synthesis is a type of distortion synthesis that can create dynamic spectra in a controlled way. In waveshaping it is possible to change the spectrum with the amplitude of the sound. A simple example of this method is the clipping caused by overdriving an audio amplifier.

The waveshaper is the core of microTERA’s synthesis engine. It works as a distortion unit that takes up to three sine waves as input and delivers an arbitrary spectrum as output.

microTERA gives you also a unique method of getting randomly generated sound patches in a way you never experienced before: roll the dice!

Every single try gives you a new unique sound patch, really every try, promised…

microTERA for iPad is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: VirSyn / microTERA for iPad

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ADSR Sounds releases BASSIC bass synth for Reaktor

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ADSR Sounds BASSIC

ADSR Sounds has released BASSIC, a bass synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Reaktor, made with the modern electronic producer in mind.

Stripped of all the things that can distract or confuse when designing killer bass music instruments, BASSIC has all the basic components needed to create professional sounds in just a matter of minutes!

No more spending countless hours dialling in settings across parameters that aren’t even necessary. No more complex routing decisions. And no more time spent on things that only seem to derail the creative process!

We created BASSIC with one thing in mind – Simplicity.

BASSIC features

  • Synth with 3 oscillators, including a sampler.
  • Oscillators have bandlimited hard sync.
  • Filter featuring zero delay feedback with saturation.
  • Modulate any knob or parameter on the synth.
  • Distortion, Formant, Bitcrusher, Vibrato, Flanger, Chorus and Doubler effects.
  • EQ section with Low Shelf, a Peak, and a High Shelf filter.
  • Includes presets by OhmLab and BHK Samples.
  • Bassic is open source.

BASSIC is available to purchase for $19 USD. Requires full version of Reaktor 5 (Reaktor Player not supported).

More information: ADSR Sounds / BASSIC

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Cakewalk releases Z3TA+ synth app for iOS

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Cakewalk has announced the release of Z3TA+ for iOS, bringing the waveshaping synthesizer to the iPad.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ for iOS

The legendary Z3TA+ synthesizer has been used on countless records, and it’s distinctive sound has been a staple of electronic artists the world over. Now Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+ on your iPad.

Packed with hundreds of presets, real-time oscillator modulation, dual mode filtering, and flexible effects. Z3TA+ iOS is the perfect creative toolkit for making music anywhere, anytime.

Z3TA+ for iOS features

  • Includes over 500 presets.
  • Inter-App Audio, Background Audio and AudioBus support.
  • Classic waveshaping Z3TA+ 2 synth engine with 6 Oscillators, 6 LFO’s and more.
  • Modulation Matrix including 16 Sources, Curves, Controls and Destinations.
  • Advanced modular effects including Distortion, Mod, Compression and more.
  • External MIDI control and user-friendly onboard Keyboard.
  • Performance section with Tap Tempo, assignable XY Pad, Mod Wheels, and User Controlled In-Key Pitch Bend.

The app is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ for iOS

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The Bob Moog Foundation announces significant archive additions

The Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) has announced significant additions to the Asheville, NC-based foundation’s archives.

Included in these new additions are several rare prototypes, including one of the few Moog Apollo Synthesizers in the world (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog), the Moog Liberation, Moog Drum Controller, Moog Sequencer, Moog Song Producer, Moog Feedback Suppressor; as well as production models of the Minutemoog, and a Moog Vocoder. Also added to the archives are more than 1,000 schematic drawings dating from 1965 through 1985.

New Bob Moog Foundation archive additions

“These instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that also includes Roger Powell’s custom keyboard controller, designed by Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage theremins,” remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation and daughter of the late inventor. “We’re thrilled with the ongoing interest our archives are generating from organizations and individuals.”

These latest additions to the Foundation’s collection of historic documents and musical instruments come on the heels of the permanent loan of vintage instruments by the Music Department of University of North Carolina at Greensboro in December 2013.

According to Moog-Koussa, over 400 of the more than 1,000 documents received in this latest contribution have already been inventoried and entered into a searchable database.

“But that’s just the beginning,” she continues. “We will soon begin the most detailed and formalized part of the archiving process – cataloging. It takes time to do it right, but these materials are too significant not to do it right.” She anticipates the process will take 12 to 18 months, after which the documents will be scanned and the most significant of them shared.

“Creating a wide-ranging collection that includes not only his work, but also the work of those he influenced is the goal of the Bob Moog Foundation,” she adds. “It is from this perspective that we can achieve the truest picture of his life’s work and ultimately appreciate his contributions to science and music.”

As Moog-Koussa observes, her father was generous with his talent and knowledge. “Inspiring others fueled his own creativity. We endeavor to carry on that tradition at BFM.”

Moog-Koussa points to the work of Dr. Bob’s Sound School (DBSS) as an example of BMF’s ongoing outreach and education, an important part of her father’s legacy. The 10-week curriculum teaches second grade students the physics of sound using acoustic and electronic musical instruments such as the theremin, as well as oscilloscopes. The information is supplemented by custom educational materials developed by the BMF educational team. “Bob was a life-long learner,” his daughter explains. “He never stopped asking ‘what if’ and wanted others to ask the same question. I can’t think of a better tribute to his life and work than encouraging a new generation to ask the same question.”

More information: Bob Moog Foundation

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