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Jimmy's picks: Teenage Engineering PO Modular - I personally love the idea of an increasingly affordable modular world. It has changed my life in such a positive manner, that making it more accessible for more people is a great thing in my eyes. Teenage Engineering achieves this goal by creating a really advanced line of systems, that doesn’t break the bank entirely. This gives an easier starting point for those wanting to get into modular synthesis, and in my opinion, only grows the need for cooler, stranger, wonkier boutique companies. Elektron Model : Samples - If you know me, then...

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This spring, Arturia is set to release it's newest synthesizer, the MicroFreak, which they are marketing as an "algorithmic synthesizer." In contrast to the "Brute" family of products–Minibrute, Microbrute, Matrixbrute, Drumbrute, and Rackbrute–the MicroFreak eschews most of the all-analog circuitry, mod and pitch wheels, and the black-and-white key-beds of its predecessors, and opts for something new and different.

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Teaming up with Dave Small of Catalyst Audio and Buchla artist consultant Todd Barton, Buchla has a officially entered the world of Eurorack with the introduction of Buchla subsidiary, Red Panel. Named after the legendary LSD-dipped red panel from Buchla's early history at San Francisco Tape Music Center, Red Panel expands upon Dave Small's Catalyst Audio module releases based on modules from the Buchla 100 Series, with the intention of making the legacy of Don Buchla and his synthesizer designs more affordable and accessible than they ever were in their original format. Several Red Panel modules were shown at NAMM...

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Noise Engineering officially announced four new modules this past weekend at NAMM. The panels in the accompanying photo are not retail-ready, but are pretty close to what the final modules will look like, with prices and release dates to be revealed soon, but the names and panel layouts are exactly what we've all come to expect from the NE crew. New to the Sinc series is Sinc Bucina, a "sequel" to their earlier Sinclastic Empulatrix, based around a VCA/VCF combo with 6db and 12db filter slopes, pingability for low-pass gate sounds, and a slew that can function as an attack/sustain/release...

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Qu-Bit Electronix revealed three new modules at NAMM this weekend: Prism, Chord, and Bloom. Prism is a three-dimensional stereo signal processor, with the standard low-pass, band-pass, and high-pass filter options available, as well as control over the comb filter, resonance, and time, and the ability to freeze and decimate your inputs, and change modes on the fly. Prism is loaded with a variety of DSP effects that are mapped to a 3-D space, as indicated on the geometric panel graphic and LED arrangement in the center of the module. Prism is due out in March 2019. In May, we see...

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