There's still a few days left on the Blipblox After Dark Synthesizer IndieGoGo campaign, but it has already soared past its funding goal thanks to more than 200 backers. For those not familiar with this device, it promises to be an electronic toy that's ready for the stage, studio or family room. According to Playtime Engineering, the Blipblox as designed to be safe and accessible for all ages yet engineered with the latest synth technology so any one can produce professional-level sounds and beats.
The cheaper cost is often a big motivation for musicians to pick software synthesizers over hardware, but space can also be a big motivation to do so. Few people would say no to an entire studio of hardware synthesizers, but not many have the money and space to make that a reality. However, with a decent computer, DAW and controller it is possible to have an entire studio's worth of synthesizers on your desk. Unfortunately, working with soft synths can be a pain if your computer is not up to the task.
Mobile virtual synthesizers and digital audio workstations have come a long way and these days it's not unusual to see people using them when out and about. However, if you are going to try your hands at being a mobile producer, then you are going to need a backpack friendly keyboard for the best results. Midi keyboard manufacturers appears to have realized that there is a growing market for gear that is sturdy, portable and packing a lot of features.
For many synth enthusiasts, it's not enough to own a large collection of hardware and software synthesizers. There is usually also a point where you begin dreaming of creating your own synthesizer. Unfortunately, not everyone with the technical know-how to design a synth are graphic designers too, which is where something like Synth Panels Designer can come in very handy.
Live conferences are one of the industries left scrambling to adapt due to COVID-19 and we've seen many of the larger events either canceling or postponing. However, Dancefair has gone virtual with what they promise to be a massive weekend of masterclasses, networking, demo drops, and a gear exhibition.
Behringer has caused quite a stir on their Facebook page earlier this week when they posted about a brand new "Analog Synth On-a-Chip." This chip, dubbed V3397, was developed by their sister company Coolaudio who specializes in designing highly sophisticated semiconductors. Behringer has been quite busy releasing clones of analog synthesizers lately and thanks to the V3397, which is a reproduction of the Curtis CEM3396 chips, this trend is likely to continue.
Endlesss, a music-making application, was released for iOS earlier this year and quickly became a hit with everyone who was stuck at home because of COVID-19. It allowed people to make beats, improvise music and jam live with other musicians, beat-makers, and DJs all over the world. The success of the app also prompted Endlesss Ltd to launch a Kickstarter campaign for a Mac & Windows standalone app as well as VST / AU plugin version of the software.