Arturia’s flagship PolyBrute synth is shipping now

Arturia’s $2,899 PolyBrute isn’t for the faint of heart. But it’s definitely gotten the synth nerd world all worked up. And with good reason: Its six analog…

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This portable, rechargeable synth focuses on the pretty side of modular

Normally when people talk about “modular synths”, you probably envision a giant Eurorack system with thousands of dollars worth of modules and rats nests of patch cables…

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Liven XFM is a $199 groovebox for ’80s fetishists

Sonicware first broke on the scene with the ELZ_1 a few years back — a portable multimode synth that’s seemed to draw inspiration from Teenage Engineering’s OP-1….

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Polyend Tracker review: A powerful but confounding groovebox

I’ve been sitting on this review for a long time.That’s partially because the Polyend Tracker wasn’t ready for the masses until recently. But also, frankly, I wasn’t…

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Moog app brings the classic Model 15 modular synth to the Mac

You won’t have to fire up a mobile device (or spend a fortune on the real thing) to use Moog’s Model 15 for music creation. The company…

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The miniKORG 700FS is an overdue reissue of its first landmark synth

In 1973 Korg released its first mass-produced mono synth — the miniKORG 700. It’s a landmark instrument, but one that’s often overshadowed by the likes of the…

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Korg reinvents a cult favorite with the Modwave wavetable synthesizer

In 1985 Korg released the DW-8000, an analog-digital hybrid synth that combined at the time cutting edge digital oscillators with analog filters. The Modwave is an all…

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Hologram Electronics Microcosm: A cheat code for making ambient music

Sometimes I come across an effect pedal that almost feels like cheating because it just makes everything sound amazing. Empress Effects’ Reverb and Earthquaker Devices’ Afterneath come…

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Vocal synth with teeth is equally hilarious and horrifying

No, 2020 isn’t done with deeply unnerving technology just yet. The artist Love Hulten has built VOC-25, a vocal synthesizer where each of the keys is represented…

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Elektron’s Analog Four and Rytm get both design and software upgrades

Elektron’s Analog Four MKII and Analog Rytm MKII are both serious high-end instruments. They’re $1,399 and $1,699 respectively. But, despite being at the top of the Elektron…

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