Legendary analog synth giant Moog has been a force in music since the mid 1960s and they are still going strong, unveiling their two latest creations at the 2014 NAMM Show: the SUB 37 Tribute Edition paraphonic analog synthesizer and the Theremini theremin.
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Waldorf Pulse 2 analog synthesizer module and the range of styles it can accommodate, including ambient and techno. Rives demonstrates the Pulse 2’s physical build before delving into its sonic output by examining some presets...
In the following video, Rob Rives, of B&H, demonstrates the Volca line of analog synthesizers from Korg, and how they can be a useful addition to any musician or producer’s tool kit. This video examines the features, controls, and layouts of the Volca Bass, Keys, and Beats synths, including their VCOs, ribbon keyboards, and programmable step sequencers. The playability of each unit is...
After building a strong name for themselves in the software world for their analog modeling soft synths, Arturia ventured into the hardware analog synth market last year with the introduction of the MiniBrute keyboard. The company now introduces an even smaller addition to the Brute line, the new “more-powerful-than-it-looks” 25-minikey MicroBrute analog monosynth.
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Nord Lead 4 49-Key Synthesizer and its redesigned multi-timbral sound engine. Rives discusses how it can be used to produce a variety of sounds including basses, pads, and leads while exploring its 4-part arpeggiator, DSP effects, and Virtual Analog and FM synthesis.
We’re proud to announce that B&H is now an official dealer of Moog Music, Inc. It’s a big deal, not only because Moog instruments and effects have such outstanding craftsmanship and quality, but also because the brand itself is so historically significant. It’s an honor to represent Moog, and the temptation to splurge on one of their products will surely be stronger than ever.
In the follow video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Novation Bass Station II Synthesizer, its setup, and some of the sounds it is capable of producing. He discusses its build quality and connectivity as well as talking about how it has been updated from the original model.
Due to its compact size, cute design, and unusual layout, one may almost mistake the OP-1 Portable Synthesizer for a toy upon first glance. But, once you start to explore the depth of functionality that this piece has to offer, you begin to realize that phrases like “mini workstation,” “powerful synthesizer,” and “beast” are far more descriptive terms.
The Rocket is German company Waldorf's recent entry in the desktop synthesizer market. While ultra-portable and relatively inexpensive, the Rocket delivers some powerful sounds; aided by a terrific-sounding analog filter and a booster circuit for added warmth and distortion.
The Analog Four is the latest entry in Elektron’s series of uniquely “electronic” flavored instruments. This time they’ve delivered a four voice desktop analog synthesizer with precise digital control, a six-track sequencer, macro performance knobs, effects and six arpeggiators.
At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, it’s not uncommon for the old and the new to cross paths. For more than a century, NAMM has been the place to showcase the latest innovations in music-related products. In 2013, we witnessed the rebirth of a synthesizer that was originally released in the late 1970s, and we were also introduced to a new kind of interface.
Novation is a leading brand in the resurging synthesizer market. Their microsynth, the MiniNova, is a versatile and feature-packed 37-key sound-shaping machine. The MiniNova is built on the same sound engine as the flagship UltraNova.
Dubstep is a fairly new style of electronic music that’s dominated by sparse, reverberated beats and overpowering synthesized bass lines. In most forms of music, bass is pushed toward the back of the mix, but in Dubstep, it’s the unchallenged star of the show.
Novation has announced the new MiniNova, a 37 mini-key synthesizer. It’s an ultra-compact keyboard with some unique design features. It could easily fit on top of a guitar amplifier, and its controls are obviously laid out for performance. It comes with 256 preset sounds, and you can save up to 128 custom patches.
There are different kinds of cameras for different kinds of shooters (DSLRs for serious photographers, point-and-shoot cameras for snapshot takers, mirrorless camera systems for DSLR users on vacation, etc.), and similarly, there are many different kinds of musical keyboards, too.