Hands on Erica Synths Techno System, dream industrial modular

The modular world is replete with ideas – but what would a complete modular concept look like? Erica Synths’ Techno System is just that rare kind of concept, a modular made for dancefloors rather than chin scratching, and a total vision instead of just components parts. So we thought it deserved a proper techno test […]

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The Casio CZ is a huge highlight of Arturia’s V Collection 7

Arturia’s V Collection 7 continues to expand as the go-to software library of every vintage synth you would ever want. But let’s focus on one new gem: the brilliant CZ-101 remake. First off, V Collection 7 is worth a look. Arturia keep making their mega-bundle software instrument bundle better. That means both reworking the modeling […]

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Here’s what Polyend’s Medusa can sound like

By laying out faders, encoders, displays, and an 8×8 expressive grid, Polyend hopes you’ll play their Medusa’s synths sounds. So here’s some sound of what was going on in my studio. Here’s a live jam, just getting a bit lost in the Medusa world: It’s not really a demo so much as me enjoying what […]

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Beneath Polyend Medusa grid and knobs, a wealth of possibilities

It’s an analog-wavetable polysynth with an expressive grid – but that only begins to describe what makes the Polyend Medusa such a unique instrument. Here’s a deep dive into this hybrid synthesizer and what it means musically. A year after its public debut, the Polyend-Dreadbox collaboration Medusa hybrid synth has gotten a flurry of updates […]

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Software Round-up: Super-Compressors

u-he Presswerk $129 u-he’s compression brainchild can be taken many ways. To start, it’s simple: Threshold, Ratio, and Attack that goes down to 0.1ms, Release and Adaptive Release, Dry/Wet, Auto Makeup, and a lovely saturation section to boot. But let’s head back into esoterica again. You can …

Review: Sample Logic Drum Fury

Sample Logic is known for animated instruments capable of setting a cinematic scene with a single MIDI note, while providing the tools to customize sounds to the Nth degree. That approach yields awesome song starters, but they can often lead you down a rabbit hole. Self-contained, looping …

Review: 4ms Pods

Eurorack developer 4ms has made it easier than ever to get into modular synthesis. Housed in anodized aluminum, their Pod enclosures are lighter and shallower than other portable cases, and they are available in four sizes based on HP width — 20, 26, 32, and 60 — in powered ($99, $109, $119, $175, …