While most of the classic synthesizers from the eighties have received some form of emulation at this point, it is interesting to see some of the more obscure ones get another chance to shine too.
Just when you think you don't need another tape echo plug-in, Cherry Audio releases Stardust 201. This is not just any tape echo, though, as Cherry Audio describes it as a "hot-rodded" interpretation of the classic Roland "Space Echo" effects that were popular in the 70s and 80s.
After the release of Sampletron 2 for Windows and Mac earlier this year, IK Multimedia has now released the software for iPad as well. According to them, it allows users to take the magic of tape-based sampling anywhere.
Vangelis certainly doesn't need any introduction in synth circles as the Greek musician and composer have been featured on everything from Chariots of Fire to Blade Runner.
The German music-tech company, Instruments of Things, has launched a Kickstarter for wireless wearables called SOMI-1. According to them, this highly precise sensor technology is able to measure movement and then transform it into sound in real-time.
This Is Not Rocket Science (TiNRS) announced two new eurorack modules at Superbooth 21. Called Ardabil and Switch, these interesting utility modules were designed to enhance any system.
Rumors of Arturia working on an Ensoniq SQ-80 virtual instrument have been swirling around ever since some images were leaked early in September. Finally, these rumors turned out to be confirmed, with Arturia officially announcing the release of their SQ80 V synth plugin.
Wavetable synthesis has been making a bit of a comeback lately, so it is no surprise to see Waldorf announcing a return to their musical roots with the Microwave-inspired M hybrid synth.
Synthetic Sound Labs have recently teamed up with Division-6 to release an upgraded version of their popular 1650 Sequencer. Called the 1651 Mini Sequencer II, this Moog format sequencer offers quite a few improvements over its predecessor.
Reason Studios announced the release of Reason 12 back in May of 2021, and true to their words, it is now available for purchase.
Behringer recently shared a post on their Facebook page asking fans what they would think if the company made an MS-5 synth. The post was accompanied by photos of the MS-5, which appears to be a clone of the Roland SH-5.
The ARGON series, which Modal Electronics describes as a true sound designer’s playground, just got a little better with the recent release of a firmware update.
Danish electronic instrument manufacturer, Gotharman recently announced on Facebook that their Urano Modular Synthesizer is available for pre-ordering. However, due to the current global chip shortage, it is expected that the availability of this instrument might be limited.
If you live in the US and love synthesizers, there's no excuse to miss out on the epic giveaway by Novation and Sequential. These two powerhouses have teamed up to provide one lucky winner with a synth and controller bundle worth over $1,900 USD.
After his success with the LYRA-8 synthesizer, Vlad Kreimer went on to found SOMA Laboratory in 2016. Since then, the small boutique company has gone on to release a number of interesting instruments and projects.