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E Touché – New Expression Controller

E Touché – New Expression Controller   The evolution of electronic instruments can prove to be slower than the growth of electronic music. A key difference between electronic and acoustic instruments is the lack of expression on the electronic side. We’ve seen recent products, like the the ROLI Seaboard, attempt, (and succeed, to a certain extent,) in minimizing that gap, but nothing like the Express E Touché has been seen before. A hyper sensitive macro control, built into a sleek wood casing, is designed to add expression to any electronic instrument. The idea behind the Touché is best explained by the founders themselves: Synthesizers allow for a vast variety of complex sounds. Nonetheless, knobs and faders are sometimes not suitable for expressive play. Touché’s wood surface has been designed to react to the smallest vibration, the slightest pressure of your hand, allowing synth players to shape sounds spontaneously, like an acoustic instrument. Its companion …

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Korg Minilogue – Powerful Analog Synth on a Budget

Korg Minilogue – Powerful Analog Synth on a Budget   Korg has been a front runner of the analog synthesizer world since the production of the Prototype No.1 in the 1970’s. Since then, they have continuously pioneered the scene by reinventing themselves, while sticking true to their roots. Korg may have just pushed the envelope again with the release of the Minilogue, a compact, powerful and affordable polyphonic synthesizer. The Minilogue provides you with a classic analog sound with a maximum of four voices. There are 200 programs, with 100 presets and 100 programmable slots. There is a 16 step polyphonic sequencer with a motion sequencer that can be assigned up to four different parameters. Korg provided you 41 control parameters which allows you to have immediate control over your sound. Some of the more noteworthy, the “standout,” features if we may, is the OLED oscilloscope and the voice mode option.     The oscilloscope …

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Metamorphosis – Free M4L Granular Looper

Metamorphosis – Free M4L Granular Looper   Dillon Bastan AKA Integrate Live is a musician/developer  from Los Angeles. He recently release a very cool and very free granular looper. Metamorphosis has a few options for playback mode: linear, sine wave, custom envelope (drawn with a multislider), and scan (which is a knob that can can through the samples). It has a built in filter and grain sequencer you can even record live input. Simply press “record” on the left. If the buffer is empty, make sure you resize it first to the desired length (in ms). Really great instrument that doesn’t require any MIDI notes to play because it’s based on playback mode and looping. You can come up with really interesting sounds in no time. And you can even drag & drop files!     Free from Maxforlive.com Check out his other music tools on his website and if you want …

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Sound Recipes #1: Layered Future Synths (Free Download)

Sound Recipes #1: Layered Future Synths (Free Download)   Bright super saw synths can be heard in some variation in almost all styles of music that involve electronic sounds. Many popular virtual synths are capable of making this type of sound, synths like Sylenth1, Massive, Spire, Serum, Dune etc.   If you don’t have any of these plugins, or simply want to explore the potential of Live’s built-in synths, we got a step-by-step guide to take you through building this very useful sound.   For this sound we will use 3 layers inside an Instrument Rack: Stereo Saws/Squares Heavy Detuned Super Saws Noise Layer Stereo Saw/Square with Analog For the first sound we’ll use Analog. Go to Analog’s Global Section by clicking next to the master volume in the grey area. Here we will change the Quick Routing to the first option. This will set up Analog to send each Oscillator to it’s …

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Polyphylla – Additive Max for Live Synth

Polyphylla – Additive Max for Live Synth   Ableton just released a new Max for Live plugin. Polyphylla is a new additive synthesizer which emphasizes its simple nature with its highly complex, “under the hood,” processes. Additive synths can be complicated and can scare some, who aren’t as familiar with synths, away from ever diving into them. Polyphylla is made to be accessible for novices while providing the necessary power and potential for experts.   Polyphylla can be used to make a full punchy bass, along with bright leads, but separates itself with its ability to make tripped out ambient noises and textured pad sounds. “At the heart of the synth is a flexible 120-partial additive oscillator coupled to an analogue-style noise generator, each with its own multimode filter. The oscillator offers three methods by which to generate and edit a base harmonic spectrum: simple analogue waveform emulation, knob-driven stochastic microtuning, and …

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UVI Falcon- Loaded Hybrid Instrument

UVI Falcon- Loaded Hybrid Instrument   Hybrid Synthesizers are some times referred to as the next generation synthesizer. The reason for this is because it combines your classic analog wave forms with a digital wave table. So the word Hybrid is completely appropriate because essentially you have the spawn of a an analog and digital synth. UVI, a Paris based company, which has a number of awards behind its name and has quite the trusted reputation, has just released the Falcon. A fully loaded hybrid synth software that can produce highly professional sound and can take your sound design to the next level. Through your own synthesized sounds to the number of high quality sounding presets, UVI hooks up any producer with an extremely powerful software.   (A look at on of the Falcon’s Reverb presets.) The Falcon has a capability of running as a standalone synth, or can function within …

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Viktor NV1- Free HTML5 Synthesizer

Viktor NV1- Free HTML5 Synthesizer   The Viktor NV-1 Synthesizer is a user friendly, online synthesizer. Whether you have a basic, or an in depth knowledge of how synthesizers work, the Viktor NV-1 is highly intuitive and simply laid out. You’re dealt a solid set of cards with 29 preset options ranging from the Accordion to an Underwater Water Bass Lead. The synth is set with the basics of three oscillators, a mixer, a polyphony component, a noise module, a primary and filter envelope, an LP filter and finally an LFO module. You can also tweak the compression, delay and reverb and master volume. (A number of presets.) The cool thing about these sort of free synths is that you can get a pretty unique sound with them. They’re clearly coming from a place of simplicity, though that simplicity is hard to replicate in some cases. Aside from that the sound quality is pretty …

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