• Splice launches rent-to-own pricing model for software synths

    Splice launches rent-to-own pricing model for software synths

    One by one, most software has succumbed to the cloud; Designers have Adobe, gamers have Steam, programmers have GitHub and now musicians have Splice. Splice is launching a rent-to-own pricing model for software synths. Starting today, musicians will be able to use Serum from Xfer Records, to their hearts content without any upfront fees.  The company likes to call their service a rental… Read More

  • Making Beats: Man Invents 8-bit Chipophone From Old Organ Case

    Here’s something pretty neat. A man by the name of Linus Åkesson has turned an old organ into an 8-bit synth. Click ahead to hear it! Read More

  • Make the synths smaller, Korg! Smaller I say!

    What was once applauded as the smallest synthesizer in the world, was stripped of that title this week at the Musikmesse show in Germany. All hail the rightful heir, Korg’s Monotron. Read More

  • Casio VL-10 synth is miniscule

    Synthesizers? Calculators? In the same device?! If your first thought was, “I want one”, then today is your lucky day. The little brother of Casio’s VL-Tone synth, the VL-10, was spotted on eBay with 7 hours left to go. 29 buttons, 5 different sounds, and 10 drum rhythms can all be yours if you hurry. Video after the jump. Read More

  • Low cost synth has four analog voices

    So this is weird. This is a Dave Smith synth for $799 with four analog voices. The device, called the Tetra, lets you play straight through with a MIDI keyboard or use the synth via USB to program your own sound. Read More

  • Video: Korg microKORG XL

    The microKORG has been the world’s best selling synth. The new microKORG XL has the same great features as it’s predecessor plus a more capable effects processor, improved key response and a gooseneck microphone for some vocoding out of the box. So here’s a video of the XL for you to check out. Read More

  • Storm Synth: Too many hands spoil the face

    So what are we looking at here? It’s a suspended, completely self-contained watch with nine hands that turn in wild abandon. The thing is inside a massive steel case and looks as cool as all get out. I’m not a huge Storm fan but this one seems to speak to me as a man who likes big watches. It costs about $170 on a steel bracelet and $199 on a “slate” bracelet. You can… Read More

  • Video: Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer

    Dogs barking, bells ringing, the mass of men living in perfect peace. This is what synthesizers are all about. This video shows the OLED test on this beautiful-looking syth made by Japanese synth company Teenage Engineering. I just kind of want it for the screen and the sounds it makes. Insane. Read More

  • Cutting-edge voice synth technology from 1939

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  • Weird two-person e-instrument

    This is an odd little device. It’s a dual-person synth designed for “primates.” Here’s the description: Each side of this instrument is operated by one primate. Each side has identical controls, except for a single tempo control on the side. The lower manual contains four synthesizers with four independent ADSR envelope generators. Interlocking rhythmical elements can… Read More

  • The Leipzig: An analog synth in a digital world

    This cool looking synth, call the Leipzig is completely analog all the way out to the MIDI out, creating odd noises using only the technology your dad would have used in his college band. You can tweak all of the sounds with the built-in knobs and slider and the keyboard lets you ad Moog-ification to almost any song. Read More