It's hard to believe, but 2022 is already just around the corner, and The Bob Moog Foundation is ready to welcome the new year with a brand new calendar.
Roland recently announced two new additions to their lineup of Boutique synths in the form of the JX-08 and JD-08. These synths were inspired by some of their classic synths from the eighties and nineties, namely the JX-8P and JD-800.
Dreadbox, known for the DIY synth kits such as Hades, Erebus, and Antiphone, recently announced a new addition called Dysphonia. Like the rest of their DIY kits, it is a one-time project that will not be re-released after it is sold out.
Sonicware is bringing a new groovebox to life with their Liven Bass & Beats wavetable bass synthesizer and rhythm machine.
Sampler fans who still remember the SP-404 by Roland received some good news recently with the announcement of the SP-404 MKII. The SP-404 was originally released in 2005, and the SP-404 MKII promises to be faster and better than ever.
While there's nothing unusual about videogames featuring synthesizer music, a new title by Reckoner Industries takes things one step further. The game is called The Signal State, and it is set in a post-apocalyptic future.
Free soft synths are always welcome, especially if they offer the type of quality that can be found in FB-7999 by Full Bucket Music. FB-7999 was released recently for Windows as a VST and Apple macOS as VST/AU.
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.
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.