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 →

Digitone Keys from Elektron has the same synthesis engine as the “regular” Digitone, but as it quite clear from the first time you look at it, something is very different: Elektron added a three octave keyboard, as well as the additional controls above the keyboard, and the pitch and mod wheels on the left. Elektron is also providing hundreds of new presets, that are adapted for expressive control – meaning the react to velocity, pressure and mod wheel controls. Layout Let’s start with an overview of the synth and layout. Digitone Keys is an 8 voice multitimbral digital synth that includes both FM and subtractiveRead More →

Yamaha’s MODX is the less expensive, more portable version of their flagship Montage synth. It has the same exact synth engine as its bigger brother – but at a price which makes it a very interesting player in today’s synth market. There’s a lot going on in MODX – in this review and companion video I’ll look at the most important things you need to know to figure out if this synth is for you.   What’s a performance? Let’s get started by looking at some basic terms. A performance consists of everything you can do simultaneously with the MODX – the song I playedRead More →