September 16, 2014 – 10:05 am | No Comment

Audiofanzine put the Waldorf Streichfett digital synthesizer to the test. Released earlier this year, the small box is designed to replicate the sound of vintage string machines.
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The evolution of PC audio
April 23, 2014 – 7:53 pm | One Comment
The evolution of PC audio

Many of us take fantastic sound from our computers for granted these days, but PC audio has come a very long way since I bought my TRS-80 Color Computer a very long time ago (which …

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

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Overhead projector as musical instrument
March 10, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Overhead projector as musical instrument

Blair Neal has created an art project installation entitled ‘Color a Sound’ which was set up at RPI’s West Hall Gallery 111 for the month of April 2010.
The installation invites participants to make colored markings …

History of Synthesizers: 19th Century to 1950
June 10, 2013 – 8:27 am | One Comment
History of Synthesizers: 19th Century to 1950

It may surprise some to know that the synthesizers we have today actually started off nearly 120 years ago. At the end of the 19th century, around 1896 a businessman and inventor going by the …