April 1, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

Are you tired of cheap synthesizers that tend to fall apart at the slightest nudge? Or change their sound simply because you accidentally scratched it while changing out cords? The Dave Smith Prophet 12 is …

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We love the Korg Monotron!
April 19, 2014 – 7:11 pm | 5 Comments

If you’re a regular reader of SynthGear, you know that we love the Korg Monotron. Heck, we’re even giving them away for free!

Korg themselves have put together a bunch of cool mods (some commercial, some DIY) on a “We love Monotron” page, and have gathered demos of them all together in a video appropriately called… “We love Montron”.

Here are the mods:

#1 Naotron: Adds a switch that gives the ribbon controller a 2-octave range, and a Roland D-beam type light sensor on the top.

#2 Monomodular: Adds patch points and extra controls in an awesome-looking separate unit.

#3 NSQ-10 and modifications: Added functionality to the EG, an expansion port dedicated to a mini analogue sequencer that can control pitch,filter, and other functions.

#4 Monotron X Sequencer: A full step sequencer, featuring tempo, gate, and pitch.

#5 Monotron Glove: Super cool VR-style gloves. The right changes the filter cutoff and pitch and the left controls the gate.

#6 Momotron: LED change to pink, adds a second VCO and soft sync.

#7 Monotroid: Android mobile phone interface.

#8 MonoChuck: Converts the Wii nunchuck into a control device. so you can use the analogue stick and the accelerometer.

#9 Monotron+: A new enclosure, MIDI interface, CV + GATE, LFO and EG expression and switching.

Most of the mods are available for purchase. Here’s the video: Read the full story »

Nude bodies as a musical instrument
April 17, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
Nude bodies as a musical instrument

Cocky Eek’s Tactile Research Lab has created an art-installation-meets-musical-instrument-meets-organic-weirdness. Called the “Get in Touch” exhibit, it invites the public to create sounds by touching the backs of nude people in an effort to help …

Massive Synth Collection
April 15, 2014 – 6:27 pm | 2 Comments
Massive Synth Collection

Michel van Osenbruggen is a musician and synth collector from The Netherlands, and he produces music under the name Synth.nl. He had a friend over to take some pictures of his drool-inducing studio, and …

Mantaray iTar: turn an iPad into a digital keytar
April 13, 2014 – 6:14 pm | 2 Comments
Mantaray iTar: turn an iPad into a digital keytar

Franz Keller has come up with Metal frame into which you clip an ipad and/or other music gear, turning it into a keytar.

From their promo material:
Sturdy hand cut plexiglass body holds iPad, Kaoss Pad and …

The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman
April 11, 2014 – 5:55 pm | 6 Comments
The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman

The Wurlitzer Sideman was the first electronic drum machine ever produced (if you don’t count tape loops), sold as a Wurlitzer organ accessory beginning in 1959. It’s got some fantastically great sounds and the …

Somebody That I Used to Know – Computer Remix
April 9, 2014 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
Somebody That I Used to Know – Computer Remix

Sometimes I don’t know why people do it, but I am glad that they do. One song i really like, Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye, done via an old school remix. …

Dark Synth: A Worthy Abelton Plug-in?
April 8, 2014 – 7:31 pm | No Comment
Dark Synth: A Worthy Abelton Plug-in?

What is Dark Synth? It is just the latest in the efforts to give the Max for Live synthesizer added depth and control for digital sound generation. It’s a polyphonic additive that comes with 136 …

The Wicks Looper – Acid Mix
April 7, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
The Wicks Looper – Acid Mix

If you’re into noise generation, or even if you just like to fiddle with cool little sound gadgets, the Wicks Looper – Acid Mix might be just the thing for you.

Made in Australia by a …

RJD2′s Studio
April 5, 2014 – 5:31 pm | 5 Comments
RJD2′s Studio

In this video, Ramble John Krohn (better known as the musician/producer RJD2) shows off his incredible home studio – while baking apple-raspberry cobbler a la mode.
RJD2 shows off his massive collection of synths, drum machines, …

Lava Lamp MIDI controller
April 3, 2014 – 4:40 pm | 4 Comments
Lava Lamp MIDI controller

Jason Hotchkiss is a DIY-er who has created the ultimate psychedelic ambient music generator. He took a lava lamp, a bit of custom electronic work and a Miduino PCB from Tom Scarff, put it …

Roland Makes a Killer Bassline Roland AIRA TB-3 Synthesizer
March 20, 2014 – 11:53 am | No Comment
Roland Makes a Killer Bassline Roland AIRA TB-3 Synthesizer

One of the most difficult components of sound generation for today’s musicians is a realistic bassline. Today’s bass sounds, whether saw generated or the popular wobble bass of modern music, still need a component of …