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Arturia’s MicoFreak gets a vocoder mode and limited-edition makeover

Vanessa Strub When Arturia announced the MicroFreak in January of 2019 I said “there’s nothing stopping Arturia from adding more oscillators down the road through firmware updates.” And the company has not disappointed. This past January it added a noise oscillator, plus chord and scale modes for simplified playing. Now owners are getting a vocoder …

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Roland marks TR-808’s 40th anniversary with a documentary and freebies

Roland It’s the TR-808 drum machine’s 40th anniversary this year, and Roland is marking 808 Day (8/08, of course) with a flood of goodies to celebrate the legendary instrument. To begin with, there’s a mini documentary (with a convenient 8:08 running time) detailing the device’s use in songs over the decades, right down to the …

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Dreadbox’s portable Typhon analog synth is loaded with effects

Dreadbox It’s not hard to find portable synths, but they typically have one or two effects at most — even larger models (with some exceptions) tend to only have a few. You won’t have that issue with Dreadbox’s just-introduced Typhon, however. As Synth Anatomy notes, the USB-powered analog mono synth includes 12 DSP stereo effects, …

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Hacked NES Power Glove controls a modular synth with finger wriggles

Sponsored Links Look Mum No Computer, YouTube Never mind controlling a modular synth by twiddling knobs. If one modder has his way, one of Nintendo’s legendary controllers is the way of the future. Look Mum No Computer (aka Sam Battle) has hacked an NES Power Glove into a gesture controller for his modular synth setup. …

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Synthspace recreates the physical presence of a modular synth in VR

Sponsored Links Synthspace There’s a certain visceral thrill to plugging in patch cords and twiddling knobs on a modular synth, but it’s not always practical when even the more affordable synths can cost hundreds of dollars. Bright Light might have a simple solution: recreate the physical nature of a synth in VR. Its crowdfunded Synthspace …

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