The power and popularity of digital audio workstations have meant that hardware sequencers are no longer as coveted as they once were. However, this doesn't mean that hardware sequencers are obsolete or unnecessary. Many hardware synthesizers still include sequencers that can be used by musicians who enjoy not being bound to their computers while making music. Sequencers range from simple ones that can be used purely for making beats to complicated ones that can act as the heart of your entire setup.
Sound Semiconductor has recently unveiled the FatKeys™ SSI2130, which is their first new VCO IC in decades. According to them, it is worth the wait, though, as it delivers beautiful triangle, sawtooth, pulse, and square waveforms with unprecedented temperature stability. In addition, the SSI2130 adds an on-chip mixer, low distortion sine wave generator along with through-zero FM/PM capability, and more. Finally, the whole thing is wrapped up in an ultra-compact PCB footprint.
We doubt that 2020 is going to be a year that many people will look back at fondly, but the Bob Moog Foundation aims to change that for at least three people. They have recently announced a new raffle, but instead of doing things the customary way and giving away one vintage Moog synthesizer, the ante has been upped. Rather, three lucky winners will be walking away with one of three beautiful, vintage Moog synths.
Native Instruments has recently unveiled their standalone production and performance instrument, called MASCHINE+. According to them, it offers users the workflow and the sounds without any need for a computer. In essence, MASCHINE+ is a sampler, as well as a drum machine and a synth. It was designed to free users from the shackles of a laptop while being able to create beats and jam with your other gear.