Gear Highlights

Korg Volca Kick

Korg continues to diversify its Volca series with the recent release of additions like the new digital sampler, as well as its new FM synthesizer, the "Volca FM". This time, the company introduces us to a tool that I personally find quite fascinating; even as the naysayers might complain of its odd simplicity and perhaps out-of-place approach. But let's talk about this, I can happily explain! 

 

Korg Volca FM

If you thought Korg was over its Volca series, and perhaps moving on to bigger and better things, think again! Korg returns after its popular release of the Minilogue Polyphonic Analog synthesizer, with the Volca FM. As the company states on their website: "The volca series has shed new light on classic technologies, by linking classic sound engines such as the groove machines and early samplers of the past, with the dance music of today.

Arturia MatrixBrute

After huge success with their infamous Brute series, which is made up of their already legendary MiniBrute, as well as the MicroBrute; both available in limited edition colors as well as the original blue colored versions, the French company once known for its high-quality VSTs such as the Moog Modular, returns with something that is not just raising the bar, but raising eyebrows all around the world: The MatrixBrute!

Korg Minilogue

Korg returned just in time for NAMM this year, with what may one of their most promising issues of the last 15 years since the release of the MS2000 and MicroKorg.

Moog Mother-32

Moog enters the Eurorack arena by introducing the classy "Mother-32" Semi-Modular synthesizer, a beautiful patcheable machine almost resembling a keyboradless MS-20; but bringing in the menacing raw power of the Monophonic Moog analog synth engine. Featuring MIDI connectivity (In, MIDI to CV conversion), as well as a powerful 32-step sequencer, the Mother-32 offers up massive sonic sculpting power to both amateurs and pros who are looking to truly be part of the creative process. 

Roland Boutique Series

Roland is back, and this time re-introducing the world to 3 of the most iconic synthesizers of all time: The Jupiter-8, Juno-106, and JX-3P! These new versions are as big as a book, yet sound as huge as their original versions; even boasting some new features that fans of their predecessors would have begged for back when these were first issued.

Moog Werkstatt-01

Moog is back, and after much success at the Moogfest 2014 festival in Asheville, North Carolina, where VIP engineering session attendees got to learn how to build their own Monophonic synthesizer, a huge demand from the general public came flooding in to the company who has decided to release a build kit of one of their most interesting instruments to date...the Werkstatt-01!

Roland JD XA

Roland is on fire folks, what else can we say? The company has been seeing a tremendous breath of fresh air following through its corridors as we continue to see machine after machine released that is creating such hype in hardware, that it may be safe to say music making with plug-ins is a fish dead in the water.

AIRA System-1m Modular Plug out synthesizer

Roland returns once again, as it becomes increasingly clear the company is on a quest to re-assert itself as the hardware revolution continues, and rightfully so; it was one of the originators, and while it seemed to take a step back during the "Digital Revolution", here they are again innovating and setting the bar even higher than before.

Moog System 55 Limited Re-issue

As if we hadn't had enough monumental re-issues, and brand new releases of amazing analog and digital hardware coming out in the recent years, Moog, the king of the synth, just had to come home roaring in, reminding everyone of who started it all.

Prophet 6

Dave Smith returns under his original "Sequential Circuits" brand, evolving on one of the most legendary analog synthesizers of all time: the Prophet 5! What was then one of the first polyphonic synthesizers, helping to revolutionize on what had been over a decade of nearly-exclusive Monophonic synths.