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Roland has announced release of TR-8 Rhythm Performer

Roland Aira TR-8

Me? I say ‘meh’. I’m sure they’ll sell bucketloads though.

Track of the Day

Thievery Corporation (feat Mr Lif) : Culture of Fear

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Akai Rhythm Wolf - New Analogue Drum machine

Akai Rhythm Wolf

Along with a raft of new controllers, Akai has announced the imminent release of Rhythm Wolf - an all new analogue drum machine & bass module

The drum machine contains just five “tweakable” drum sounds – a kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and ‘metallic’ percussion. Users can customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes and volume of each drum voice in real-time. The bass synthesizer part features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter, a filter envelope with a variable decay – ideal for classic bass sounds and leads.

Six MPC pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer complete the classic/familiar drum machine layout. Patterns can be fine-tuned with  a swing function, pattern select and tempo controls. A custom distortion signal path is activated by the Rhythm Wolf’s “Howl” knob (lol). There’s USB-MIDI, MIDI In/Out, a gate trigger (fantastic!), which means the Rhythm Wolf should integrate into anybody’s modern or vintage set-ups.

At $199 or so this should fly off the shelves!

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iamamiwhoami : Hunting For Pearls

One of my all-time favourite synths - and one I got to play quite often in my younger days. Shows just what an amazing synth it could be, despite its fairly limited spec.

Keep ‘em peeled for news of an all-new Jupiter 4 recreation coming soon!

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A tribute to Bob 2 who passed away suddenly. My favourite Devo track:

Girl U Want

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Marsheaux : Inhale

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RIP Bob Casale 1952 - 2014

Bob Casale (Bob 2) of Devo has died.

Salut, Bob.

Track of the Day

Mogwai : The Lord Is Out Of Control

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All new ARP Odyssey from KORG!

ARP Odyssey

Korg have announced news that it is working on an accurate recreation of the legendary 1970s ARP Odyssey.

The original ARP Odyssey, released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. was used by many musicians for years. It remained in production until 1981.

The ARP Odyssey was a monophonic / duophonic synthesizer, fetauring 2 VCOs, white/pink noise generator, LFO, ADSR EG, sample/hold, and eaither a 2-pole or 4-pole low-pass filter (depending on later or earlier models).

Korg’s ARP Odyssey scheduled for release late in 2014.

Rob Papen RP-AMOD - free for existing RP customers

RP AMOD

Nice :)

A great addition to the Rob Papen stable.

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tekit-audio:

Genobazz Pro synthesizer v1.3 is available now.We think you will like the new Zero-Delay-Feedback State Variable filter, the semitone controls on the pitch and the revamped GUI.More info at http://tekit-audio.com/news/genobazz-pro-vst-synthesizer-plugin-updated-to-1-3/

tekit-audio:

Genobazz Pro synthesizer v1.3 is available now.

We think you will like the new Zero-Delay-Feedback State Variable filter, the semitone controls on the pitch and the revamped GUI.

More info at http://tekit-audio.com/news/genobazz-pro-vst-synthesizer-plugin-updated-to-1-3/