Moog Subharmonicon review and tutorial

Two years after I built the workshop edition of the Subharmonicon, Moog is releasing a new mass-production version. It’s better in several few ways – here’s the full review, including quite a few patching and pairing ideas: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:50 What are Subharmonics 3:20 Overview 5:40 Oscillators 7:30 Quantization 8:15 Tunings 9:40 Assign & Seq Oct 11:05 Filter & VCA 13:30 Sequencer 16:40 Hidden features 17:45 PATCH IDEAS 18:00 EnveLFO 18:45 Sequence anything 19:55 PAIRINGS 20:00 LFO 20:30 Rhythm & bypass 21:30 External sequencer 21:50 Paraphony 23:40 Polyphony 24:15 Transpose seq 26:00 Effects (Hainbach!) 29:40 Pros & consRead More →

Moog Subsequent 25 Review Loopop

Moog’s Subsequent 25 is an update to their analog monophonic Sub Phatty, now with 2 note paraphonic support and an updated sound engine. Unlike many analog monosynths, Sub 25 can store presets and be digitally controlled, which means a few extra benefits. Here’s an in depth review, tutorial and quite a few patch ideas: TIMELINE:0:00 Intro 1:15 Duophony 2:10 Overview 4:25 Hidden params 7:10 The filter 10:20 Oscillators 14:45 Mixer 15:45 Envelopes 17:20 LFO 20:35 App ——— PATCH IDEAS 22:10 Chords 23:30 FM Bells 24:15 Duo tips 25:30 Bi-timbral duo 26:35 Arpeggiator 27:35 Randomizer 28:55 Pros & cons 30:40 Outro jamRead More →

Jupiter Xm review and tutorial

Roland’s Jupiter Xm is a synth that can play four different parts or timbres simultaneously and polyphonically, in addition to a fifth drum drum part. It has the same sound engine as its bigger brother, the Jupiter X, but in a much more portable form factor. It’s packed with multiple sound engines or models – both virtual analog and sample based, you can split parts or layer them, program an arpeggiator or simple sequence per part, or just use the I-Arpeggio figure out how to arpeggiate all the parts for you. The Xm’s ZEN-Core engine is massive – with four partials and dozens of parameters,Read More →

Behringer Poly D review

Poly D from Behringer is based on their own Model D, which in turn is based on Moog’s MiniMoog Model D, but expanded in quite a few ways. It has four oscillators instead of three, and they can be played paraphonically or polyphonically depending on your definition of those terms; it has a sequencer and arpeggiator, and a velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch, as well as analog distortion and delay circuits. Here’s my full review, workflow tutorial as well as a few patch ideas: TIMELINE:0:00 Intro 0:50 Modes 2:45 Unison 4:00 Poly 4:50 Auto damp 7:20 Overview 9:30 Chorus 10:05 Distortion 11:00 Oscillators 13:20 MixerRead More →

Moog One Review and Tutorial

ONE is Moog’s only in-production polyphonic synth – it’s tri-timbral – meaning you can use its voices to play one of up to three completely different sounds at the same time, it’s an analog synth with either 8 to 16 voices, and it’s programmable, meaning you can save presets on it. It has over 200 knobs and buttons on the panel and a big screen for many more additional parameters, and it also has built-in digital effects by Moog and Eventide, which is always a better option than using external effects, because the effects can become part of a preset. Moog One isn’t cheap, smallRead More →

Behringer TD-3 review

Behringer TD-3 is a clone (with added features) of Roland’s TB-303, a synth that was originally designed to mimic bass guitars, failed commercially, but despite that has now become one of the most iconic mono synths, core to acid music but used in other genres as well. In this video I’ll show you what the Behringer TD-3 can do, and compare it to an original TB-303 as well as the RE-303, a replica by DIN SYNC, and XOXBOX, a souped up open source clone: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:55 Overview 2:05 Synth tool 3:55 Oscillator 5:10 Filter & resonance 5:55 Envelope 6:15 Accent 6:55 Distortion 8:20Read More →

JU-06a vs JUNO 60

Roland just came out with the JU-06A – an update to the JU-06, which now includes a model of the JUNO-60, in addition to the 106. Do they sound the same? Can you tell the difference? TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro0:30 Features vs.1:10 JU-06A vs 061:45 Saw2:10 Square/PW3:00 Sub osc4:05 Envelopes4:55 High pass5:25 Low pass7:05 Chorus8:05 LFO8:40 Pad sound9:35 Misc10:15 Pros & consRead More →

Hydrasynth loopop review

Here’s my full review of both the keyboard and desktop versions of ASM’s new Hydrasynth. They have the same synth virtual analog / fm / wavetable / wave shaping synth engine, and the keyboard version has both polyphonic aftertouch and a ribbon controller, while the desktop has pads that are both velocity sensitive and have polyphonic aftertouch. There’s a timeline below as well. TIMELINE:0:00 Intro 1:00 Overview 5:05 Keys vs desktop 7:30 Poly aftertouch 9:20 Ribbon 10:55 Chords 11:35 RGB pads 13:20 Synth engine 13:40 Oscillators 16:35 Mutant modules 22:00 Ring/noise 22:50 Mixer 24:00 Filters 28:50 Amp 29:15 Envelopes 31:30 LFOs 34:25 Effects 38:50 VoiceRead More →

Crave from Behringer is a semi-modular analog monosynth based their 3340 oscillator and ladder filter, with a single LFO and envelope, an arpeggiator/sequencer and a 32 jack eurorack compatible patch bay priced at around $200. The market for analog synths at this price is getting pretty heated up, so let’s check out how Crave compares – a full timeline is just under the video below: 0:00 Intro  0:45 Overview  2:30 Connectivity  4:00 Oscillator  6:00 Osc mods  7:05 Filter  8:45 Filter mods  10:45 Envelope  12:30 LFO  14:10 Utility  15:15 Arpeggiator  16:05 Sequencer  21:10 Global controls  22:00 Patch bay  22:20 Assign output  24:40 Patching ideas  25:35 Playing the filter Read More →

LYRA-8 from SOMA Laboratory is a synth that behaves like it’s from outer-space. From otherworldy drones to modulations that certainly aren’t from Kansas, LYRA-8 isn’t like any other synth. But is that a good thing? Check it out if you’re ready to step outside your comfort and into the twilight zone… (timeline below the video):   TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro jam 1:35 Overview 4:55 Envelope control 7:45 Modulation 11:00 Cross mod 12:35 Vibrato 13:10 Total feedback 13:30 Hyper LFO 14:25 Delay controls 15:45 Delay modulation 17:05 Drive 17:35 External in 18:45 Hold gate 19:05 CV Delay 19:55 CV Voices 21:00 Pros & cons 22:50 Outro jamRead More →