Oct 30

Purchase a Tony Long Music soundset from 25/10/11 to 20/12/11 and you could win your money back from PayPal.

Paypal are running a prize draw where you can win up to the value of £200* when you make your purchase via your PayPal account. They will be drawing five winners every day between 25 October and 20 December 2011. The more PayPal purchases you make, the more chances you have to win. In parallel, they are also running a ‘wish it, win it’ prize draw which gives you the chance to win your personal wish list worth up to £5000. *See Paypal for full details and conditions.

There are soundset packs for the Access Virus, Roland GAIA, Novation Supernova, M-Audio Vennom and Korg SV-1 – pick up one today

Oct 30


Following my review of Korg’s Monotron Synth, I thought I would have a look at the new Korg Monotribe which is bit like taking the Monotron to the next level. With Sounds of the famous MS 20 and inspiration from the Electribes, I am hoping for a real treat here. Presumably it is why Korg used the word ‘Tribe’ in the name. The outside of the box states it is a Monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station.

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Oct 17

Animoog Pro Synth App for the iPad made by Moog

Can you imagine having a Moog on your iPad? well now there is Animoog, which is the first professional synthesizer designed for the iPad. It is powered by Moog’s new Anisotropic Synthesis Engine. It captures the vast library of sounds from the famous Moog synthesizers and applies it to the moderntouch surface paradigm,enabling anyone to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.

The good news is that if you are an iPad owner, you can currently purchase it at the incredible no-brainer price of 69 pence – yes that is what I said 69 pence or $0.99. The price will unfortunately rise to £20.99 after 30 days.

The heart of Animoog is Moog’s Anisotropic Synthesis Engine (ASE), a technology that has been in development at Moog for nearly six years. This looks an amazingly entertaining instrument that I am sure is going to be both fun and educational. There will be people who discover the joy of making music using a synthesizer through Animoog who might not have otherwise giving people a nearly-free opportunity to explore a truly inspirational creative tool.”

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Oct 16


Casio are a company that are currently celebrating their 30th Anniversary and for me were best known for their home keyboards. In my opinion, they have always been great value for money quite often providing some very innovative ideas but keeping everything sensibly priced. For many musicians, thinking about them from a professional gigging point of view, I think it would be fair to say that they would not be a name near the top of their list when thinking about buying a synth or piano. Today however the world is a different place and if you have read some of my recent reviews you will find that especially where keybeds and keyboard action are concerned, even the companies that we love and trust do not necessarily provide us with a good keybed that is a pleasure to play but they still charge us an arm and a leg for the product. If it does have a great keyboard with touch-sensitive hammer action full size keys with after-touch then the chances are the weight of carrying around may put you off.
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Oct 14

iZotope have just proudly announced two groundbreaking new products available in November: Ozone 5, the biggest update ever to their critically-acclaimed software mastering suite, and Ozone 5 Advanced, a new enhanced version of Ozone specially tuned to the needs and requests of professional mixing and mastering engineers.

Ozone is a great product and I am really looking forward to finding out more and trying version 5. Izotope say that it provides  Pristine sound, it has enhanced visual feedback, optimized workflow all with an updated interface. Sounds great – and so it should. This is definately a product you should consider to improve your mix and master. If you can’t wait until November, you can catch a glipse of Ozone 5 Advanced at AES in New York on 21st October 2011.

Oct 13

New O/S
You may remember that some months ago I told you about the new O/S for the Access Virus Ti and all of its new incredible features. A Beta version was released for use and testing and finally this week the Virus TI OS has been released. It is is compatible with the entire Virus TI series and supersedes any previous releases. It is available now, free of charge, from the Accees Music website.
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Oct 8

Arturia have just announced the release a new Soft Synth – the Oberheim SEM V. It has been quite a few years for them without any addition to their Synthesizer Anthology series but now they will bring back to life as a software Synth, one of the world’s greatest synthesizers.

The Oberheim SEM V will accurately emulate the famous sound and interface of the original Synthesizer Expander Module introduced by Oberheim Electronics in 1974. It will reproduce the exact tone, waveshapes, multimode 12dB/octave filter and other detailed characteristics that this Synth had. On top of this it will also brings the benefits of polyphony, MIDI control, arpeggiation and some innovative functionalities such as the 8-voice programmer, or the advanced keyboard follow.

It has been used by famous bands and musicians including The Human League, Goldfrapp, John Carpenter, Joe Zawinul, Jan Hammer.

Have a look at Arturia website www.arturia.com in a couple of weeks time on October 25th for more information.

Oct 4

Is this a Synth for Swedish House?

Something that caught my eye on the front of Future Music this month was this strange little Synth called :- A Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synthesizer. No it is not a Mutant Ninja Turtle from the Nineties but more like something from the future. Have a look at this for a Sexy Synth, it may look a bit like an Apple product but you can’t say this doesn’t look fun:-

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Oct 2

I don’t have much on Guitars but I came across three excellent images on Facebook today that were Guitar related and one includes the very famous Jimi Hendrix. The one from Roland really captured my eye. I found it on Roland Danmark’s Facebook page and the other two were a bit funny so I thought I would share them with you just in case you haven’t seen them – a big thank you to Roland and the people that posted these – great stuff:-

I think with this image, it should apply to keyboard players – What do you think?

Oct 2

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