Synth Pioneer Wendy Carlos Slams New Biography

Wendy Carlos is without a doubt one of the pioneers when it comes to synthesizers, but is also very strict about her privacy. This has resulted in an aura of mystery around the artist, especially as she doesn't have any interest in public appearances or performances. Her "Switched-On Bach" album is credited with helping to establish synthesizers as credible musical instruments, but Carlos herself prefers to stay out of the limelight.

Kickstarter Roundup 2020 (Part Two)

In our previous article, we took a closer look at some of the synthesizer related Kickstarter projects that saw success during 2020. These included the LIVEN 8bit warps from SONICWARE, the Super Sixteen Eurorack Sequencer Module by Matthew Cieplak as well as the VS-1 Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer from Abstrakt Instruments. These were by no means the only synth related projects of the year, so check out the rest below.

Synth.BT (Modular Synthesizer Tools)


Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back) Releasing January 2021

The period between 1963 and 1995 saw the release of numerous synthesizers that changed the musical landscape. These synthesizers had a huge impact on music culture and many of them are still coveted by fans. Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back) is an upcoming book by Oli Freke that takes a closer look at synthesizers of this era.

Play a TR-808 and TB-303 Online Thanks To Roland

A while back the TR-808 celebrated its 40th anniversary and Roland marked the event with all kinds of treats, such as a conversation with Tadao Kikumoto, a 40-year playlist of hits made with the drum machine, and more. As part of the occasion fans could also try out the virtual instrument version of the TR-808 through Roland Cloud, but they have now gone a step further and launched a new online studio platform in collaboration with Yuri Suzuki.