Korg Unveils New FM Synth at NAMM 2016

Over the weekend at NAMM 2016, Korg previewed an unreleased FM synthesizer, which will eventually become part of their Volca line of cheap and portable hardware.

The Volca FM is a 6-operator FM synth that can read and play DX-7 patches. It also offers an enhanced version of the Volca sequencer.

The new synth will feature six operators, three voices, a revamped Volca sequencer, memory for 32 patches and 16 sequences, a built-in chorus, as well as compatibility with Yamaha DX-7 patches.

Though we have no word on an official release date, the folks over at Synthtopia have a preview of its sound:

We’re expecting that the Volca FM will retail for around the same as others in the Volca line, and should be released in the next few months.

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IK Multimedia iRig MIDI 2 Mobile MIDI Interface Review

IK Multimedia recently released the iRig MIDI 2, the followup to the popular iRig MIDI interface. This handy device is the first Lightning/USB compatible mobile MIDI interface that works with all generations of iOS devices as well as Mac and PC.

iRig 2 MIDI Interface

The iRig MIDI 2 features 3 standard-sized MIDI ports, eliminating the need for an adaptor or any special cables. It also includes a full suite of music creation apps, MIDI in/out LEDs, detachable bumper-friendly cables (no need to remove device cases), and is small enough to fit in your pocket. Just plug and play! To get a better idea of what the iRig is capable of, check out all of its features. And take a gander at JK Swope’s review on Synthtopia.

This one keeps it simple to use but improves the form factor and allows the use of standard MIDI cables so you can connect it to anything without the use of any proprietary cables.

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Orbit: the Multi-Person DJ Controller

Okay, this thing looks pretty cool. DJ Tech Tools and Red Bull Music Academy teamed up to build the Orbit, a collaborative DJ controller.

Orbit DJ Controller User

Designed and built for Richie Hawtin‘s ENTER. party in Ibiza, the Orbit features 12 touch wheels on a big, sleek, futuristic-looking circular table. Each wheel allows someone to control a single channel in an Ableton Live track.

Orbit DJ Controller

The goal for the project isn’t to replace traditional DJ controllers, but to connect people through music, sort of an “electronic drum circle,” and open the door to creativity with a music installation that’s fun for the users but also creates the soundtrack for a nightclub.

More than 1000 LEDs react to the position of the touch wheels, resulting in a visually and aurally stimulating interactive experience. Get a more in-depth look into the Orbit by checking out this article. Also, take a look at the below video to see how this beast came to be.

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