Author: Jon Regen

February 24, 2020 Off

Kraftwerk announce North American 3-D Summer Tour

By Jon Regen

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have just announced North American 3-D concert tour dates for Summer 2020.  The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany where they …

February 13, 2020 Off

Arturia launches FX Collection

By Jon Regen

Arturia’s new FX Collection puts 15 effects at your command, including compressors, delays, reverbs, preamps and filters. Every parameter in every plugin can be mapped to your favorite MIDI controller for instant, hands-on control of your mix. From February 12th to March 4th, Arturia is running a …

February 10, 2020 Off

Win a Minimoog Model D signed by Herbie Hancock!

By Jon Regen

The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its 2020 Minimoog Raffle, featuring a vintage, iconic Minimoog Model D synthesizer, serial number 1549, signed by legendary keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Hancock added his signature, drew a musical staff, and wrote the inscription “(Hey Bob!)” on the back of the …

February 5, 2020 Off

Moog rereleases 16 Channel Vocoder

By Jon Regen

After more than 40 years, Moog Music has resumed production of the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder. Originally introduced in 1978 (and heard most famously on the title track of Giorgio Moroder’s E=MC2), the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder has been used to transmute vocals, transform synthesizers, and …

February 3, 2020 Off

Roland TR-808 enters NAMM Hall of Fame

By Jon Regen

Roland’s legendary rhythm composer the TR-808 has just been inducted into the NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame. “Roland’s TR-808 programmable drum machine became part of the foundation of music movements in hip-hop, rap and electronica,” said the judging panel. “And although made in 1980 – almost 40 …

January 31, 2020 Off

Ten top picks from NAMM 2020

By Jon Regen

There were loads of new electronic offerings at this year’s NAMM show. Here are some of our top picks! 1. The Yamaha YC61 Stage Keyboard Yamaha’s YC61 Stage Keyboard is an organ-focused instrument in a compact, gig-ready package. It uses Yamaha’s newly developed Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) …

January 24, 2020 Off

XILS-lab releases X-505 plugin synth

By Jon Regen

French software firm XILS-lab has just released the XILS X-505, a plugin modeled after Roland’s famed RS-505 string machine. With sounds ranging from strings and bass, to synths and more, the X-505 even features the Vintage Analog Human Choir Machine, an oscillator alternative for …

January 22, 2020 Off

Behringer teases ARP 2600 clone

By Jon Regen

Following Korg’s announcement of their re-release of the famed ARP 2600 synth (dubbed the ARP 2600 FS), Behringer has confirmed it will indeed be launching a 2600 clone of its own. Unlike Korg’s version, Behringer’s clone will be rack-mounted with colored, dimmable LEDs. It will also …

January 20, 2020 Off

NAMM 2020 Synth Roundup

By Jon Regen

Our friends at MusicRadar checked-out the latest synths from Korg, Sequential, Moog and Nord at NAMM 2020. Read their roundup HERE.