August has seen some new updates on the software front, with Waveform Free DAW receiving a major update and Soundtoys receiving a public beta for macOS and Windows.
As 2022 is quickly drawing to a close, there are two upcoming events for synth fans to mark on their calendars. First up is the NorthEast Electro-Music Festival or NEEMFest, which is an international electronic music festival.
Modular synthesizer maker, Make Noise has released a free album called Strega Musica, featuring several well-known names. Strega is an instrument designed by Make Noise in collaboration with Alessandro Cortini and inspired by his music and sonic experimentations.
Noise Engineering has recently announced that they will be releasing two new modules for their Legio and Versio platforms. Legio is their stereo/effects platform, while Versio is their shapeshifting effects platform.
Sad news for fans of William Mathewson Devices, or WMD as they are more commonly known, as they have announced their plans to shut down at the end of 2022. WMD is a manufacturer of modular synthesizers and effects pedals that have been around for almost two decades.
The Bob Moog Foundation has recently announced that with the start of August, they are also kicking off their annual summer synth raffle. The prize for this year is a fully restored vintage Minimoog Model D signed by the legendary Billy Joel.
Oberheim has announced that shipping has begun for their eight-voice polyphonic analog synth, the OB-X8. Company founder Tom Oberheim stated that it is an exciting day for Oberheim and musicians who have been anxiously waiting for this synth since it was first announced.
The Bob Moog Foundation recently announced that pre-orders have opened for the upcoming biography by author Albert Glinsky. The book is titled Switched On - Bob Moog and The Synthesizer Revolution and will be the first complete biography of the electronic music pioneer.
ST Modular is known for performance-oriented Eurorack modules but recently revealed something slightly different. While staying true to his DIY roots, Stefan Tretau from ST Modular is releasing his first complete synthesizer, known as Euphoria.
Node Audio has released Entonal Studio, which allows users to transform their favorite synths into microtonal instruments. With its radial graph, Eternal Studio promises "infinite freedom" to create as users can quickly retune scale notes by color and angular position.
Anyone who doesn’t already own a copy of Allen Strange’s Electronic Music: System, Techniques, and Controls might be familiar with how hard it is to get a copy. It was originally published in 1972 and has been acknowledged by many as the definitive text on modular synthesis.
Shortly after the release of their TX-6 Field Mixer, Teenage Engineering released their first firmware update, and it comes with plenty of highlights.
According to AJH synth, the one thing that every modular system needs is modulation sources to add variety and interest to static sounds. To assist with this, they have released the brand new Tap Tempo VC-LFO, which they describe as a "modulation powerhouse."
Enjoy Electronics from Italy recently turned to crowdfund website Indiegogo for their multichannel audio processor, The GodFather.
Arturia has released FX Collection 3, which they describe as "audio effects you'll actually use." The collection includes 26 essential audio production plugins that combine unmatched vintage gear emulations with game-changing contemporary effects.