“If the Seaboard is an evolution of the piano, let Blocks be an evolution of the drum.”
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
British music-hardware startup ROLI has just launched its latest product, Seaboard Block, which the company hopes will help it attract more customers who are mainstream, amateur musicians rather than just professionals.
The new device, a £280 ‘super powered keyboard’, is effectively a hybrid of ROLI’s existing products: the Seaboard keyboard which first launched in early 2014, and the Blocks modular music-making devices that debuted in late 2016.
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The Yamaha Montage combines sample-based subtractive synthesis with eight-operator FM and 128-note polyphony. A “Super Knob” gives you control over multiple parameters simultaneously, allowing users to create complex changes with a single encoder, while “Motion SEQ” are tempo-synced sequencers that can be assigned to modulate a wide variety of controls.
An envelope follower can turn external audio into a modulation source and a variety of DSP effects cover ground from EDM-ready beat-repeats and sidechain compression to more sensitive takes on piano dampening and amp emulations. You can further gear out at the Gearslutz forum.
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Earlier this year, Moog Music Inc. announced a limited re-release of three modular synthesizers. The three mod-synth models, which were originally manufactured back in 1973, include the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15.
To celebrate this announcement, Moog uploaded a short film to their Youtube entitled, “Back to the Future Sounds,” which chronicles the history of the modular synthesizer.
This 20 minute short is a time warp, alternating between gritty, retro, sci-fi cutaways and recent interviews at the Moog Factory, held with a range of electronic musicians from Dick Hyman to Holy Ghost.
So be sure to plug in your highest quality headphones or monitors, as Moog suggests in the video, for the “proper listening experience,” and enjoy.
Our Music Synthesis class can guide you through the new world of music synthesis. Times certainly have changed, but the synthesizer, created in 1876, isn’t going anywhere.