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Roland unveils AIRA product line: TR-8, TB-3, VT-1 & System-1

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Roland has unveiled its AIRA product line, comprising the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and System-1: Plug-Out Synthesizer.

Roland’s newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) faithfully captures the sound and feel of some of our most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products.

It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed, part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit in Roland’s own pristine units.

TR-8: Rhythm Performer

Roland TR-8
Authentic TR-808 & TR-909 experience in a modern, performance-ready instrument

The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age.

Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…evolved.

TB-3: Touch Bassline

Roland TB-3
The magic of the TB-303 with new sounds and modern, performance-ready features

Based on the wildly influential TB-303, the new TB-3 Touch Bassline is a performance-ready bass synthesizer with authentic sound and intuitive controls engineered to play.

The TB-3 contains the unmistakable character of its predecessor, wrapped in a modern package with a pressure-sensitive touch pad that makes both playing and programming a total joy.

VT-3: Voice Transformer

Roland VT-3
Easy voice transformation with vocoder, lo-fi effects, and synths you can sing

Aggressively processed vocals are common in electronic music today, but producing these effects easily and reproducing them live has been a challenge—until now.

With the VT-3 Voice Transformer, you can smoothly alter pitch and formant in real time to introduce heavily processed vocal sounds into your studio tracks and stage performances with zero hassle. On top of that, the VT-3 looks great and works seamlessly with other products in the AIRA series.

SYSTEM-1: PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

Roland System-1
Sounds with character and loads of controls in a Plug-Out capable synthesizer

Back in the 1970s, Roland launched the SYSTEM 100, SYSTEM 100M, and the now almost mythical SYSTEM 700. These modular and semi-modular synthesizers are heralded to this day for their flexibility and character of sound.

In the spirit of its predecessors, the SYSTEM-1 breaks new ground with remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades.

AIRA products will be available by the end of second quarter 2014.

More information: Roland / AIRA

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Musicrow Golden Ensembles 3 for Reaktor 50% off

Musicrow has launched a limited time sale on Golden Ensembles 3, offering the bundle of 45 instrument and effect ensembles for Native Instruments Reaktor at a 50% discount.

Musicrow Golden Ensembles 3

Synthesizers, effects, innovative and creative audio tools- Musicrow Reaktor Ensembles are packed, with hundreds of presets ready to be used!

Golden Ensembles 3 includes the two mega-synths Ebola and Cobra, Bass Lab, and many other impressive synthesizers and instruments. In addition, it contains classic processor emulations like Vintage Chorus and Crow Plate Reverb, and unique sound design tools such as Executer, White FX, Sound Pilot and other Reaktor ensembles.

Whether you are a music producer, a soundtrack composer, a mixer, or a sound designer- these reaktor ensembles will add new beautiful and unique colors to your sound palette!

The bundle is available to purchase for 85 EUR until February 28th, 2014 (regular 169 EUR).

More information: Musicrow / Golden Ensembles 3

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Dave Smith Instruments ships Prophet 12 Module

Dave Smith Instruments has announced that its twelve-voice hybrid digital/analog Prophet 12 Module is now shipping.

DSI Prophet 12 Module

“We have had many requests from professional musicians for a small, easily portable version of the Prophet 12 keyboard, with all the same features and incredible sound,” says Smith. “The new Prophet 12 module is just that: it has all the power of the Prophet 12 keyboard — in fact, it has the exact same voice board — and it fits into a backpack.”

All those powerful Prophet 12 module parameters are easily editable via a well-thought-through front panel perfectly fit for purpose. “People like small these days,” declares its astute architect. “Many musicians also have more than enough keyboards, or simply don’t use keyboards. The Prophet 12 module offers a sleek design that still gives you easy and incredibly fast and intuitive control over all parameters.”

The Prophet 12 module is avaialble to purchase for MAP $2,199.00 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Prophet 12 Module

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Moog intros Sub 37 Tribute analog synthesizer

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Moog has introduced its Sub 37 Tribute Edition analog synthesizer instrument.

The Sub 37 Tribute Edition is a limited edition (2-note) paraphonic analog synthesizer built on the award winning Sub Phatty sound engine.

Its panel features 40 knobs, 74 switches, and has a dedicated LCD display – placing each critical sound creation element and live performance tool quickly at your command.

Moog Sub 37 Tribute Edition

Sub 37 Tribute features

  • Perform in Monophonic or Duo-Paraphonic modes.
  • 37 note velocity sensitive keyboard w/ after touch.
  • 2 modulation busses w/ assignable source and destinations.
  • DAHDSR (Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release) looping envelopes with sync.
  • 256 Presets -16 banks of 16 patches.
  • Standalone and DAW Plugin editor included.
  • Syncable Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer.
  • Classic Moog Ladder Filter with resonance, MultiDrive, and selectable filter slopes.

The Sub 37 will be available to purchase for $1,579 USD.

More information: Moog Music / Sub 37

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Korg launches Gadget for iPad synthesizer studio

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Korg has announced Gadget for iPad, a mobile synthesizer collection for iPad.

Korg Gadget for iPad

Right from the beginning, KORG Gadget gives you 15 compact synthesizers and drum machines. Each Gadget possesses an irresistible presence and can function as the core of your electronic music productions.

The parameters are carefully constructed to take you right to the sound that you want, and they’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even if you don’t play a musical instrument, no worries! Each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function.

Just download KORG Gadget to your iPad, and start exploring 15 Gadgets. Which will be your favorite?

Gadget for iPad is available to purchase for the introductory price of $28.99 USD until February 23rd, 2014 (regular $38.99 USD).

More information: Korg / Gadget for iPad

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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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Cakewalk announces Z3TA+ iOS synthesizer for iPad

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Cakewalk has announced Z3TA+ iOS, a synthesizer app for iPad.

Available on the Apple App Store starting in February 2014, Z3TA+ iOS will be Cakewalk’s second iOS product following the successful launch of ScratchPad for iOS.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ iOS

Borrowing from the Mac/Win versions of Z3TA+ 2, Z3TA+ iOS brings an unmistakable signature sound—used globally in countless successful electronic, EDM and dance productions—to the iOS world. Redesigned to fit iOS screen-real estate optimally, Z3TA+ iOS maintains its legendary impeccable sound quality and sonic depth, while new touch control capabilities open up even more innovative waveshaping sound possibilities.

Z3ta+ iOS’s intuitive sound-shaping environment is segmented into pages. The Synth Page is the heart of the synth, where sound design takes life through oscillators, filters, envelope generators and LFO parameters. The Modulation Matrix/Arpeggiator Page provides exceptional sonic versatility and composition assistance, while the Effects Page offers world-class Distortion, Modulation, EQ, Compression, Triple Delay and Reverb—all with new routing capabilities to craft the perfect sound in the iOS environment.

For creating music on the go, Z3TA+ iOS’s onboard, customizable collapsible keyboard not only triggers notes, but allows shifting octaves, choosing root notes, “holding” notes, and more. Finally, a header strip completes Z3TA+ iOS’s design, by providing easy access to move among pages, search presets, control master volume, and choose additional options through the program menus.

Z3TA+ iOS features

  • Over 500 on-board, expertly crafted presets.
  • Support for Inter-App Audio, Background Audio, and AudioBus.
  • Classic waveshaping Z3TA+2 synth engine with 6 Oscillators, 6 LFOs, Filters, and more.
  • Modulation Matrix includes 16 Sources, Curves, Controls, and Destinations.
  • Advanced modular effects—Distortion, Modulation, Compression, Delay, Reverb and Limiter.
  • External MIDI control and user-friendly onboard Keyboard.
  • Performance section with Tap Tempo and assignable XY Pad, Mod Wheels, and User Controlled In-Key Pitch Bend.
  • Designed for iPad 2 or above, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.

Z3TA+ iOS will be available on Apple’s App Store in February 2014 for $19.99 USD.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ iOS

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