Waveform Weekly: Synth Community Blogs Digest – Aug 16, 2023

Welcome to the Waveform Weekly, a digest dedicated to sound synthesis!

This digest aggregates key updates, developments, and discussions from the global synthesizer community. It is intended for anyone interested in synthesizers, regardless of their level of knowledge or experience. The digest includes various types of content such as the latest information on new modules and equipment, in-depth analysis of sound design methods, and conversations with prominent industry figures.

500th Episode of CatSynth TV!

By: catsynth, catsynth.com

CatSynth TV celebrates its 500th episode with a showcase of various synthesizers, including the Octave CAT, Pocket Gamelan, and instruments from Arturia, Moog Music, and more. The video also features an appearance by Sam Sam the cat. Congratulations to CatSynth TV on this milestone! Read more

Podcast: Sonic TALK 766 Shazam Tech, IK UNO Synth Pro X (83:3 mins)

By: www.sonicstate.com

In this episode of Sonic TALK, the hosts discuss the tech behind Shazam, the new IK Uno Synth Pro X, and the world’s longest electronic music set. They also share their favorite free or gifted items. Plus, there are ads for UVI’s Effects Bundle and iZotope’s tutorials and plug-ins. Tune in to learn more! Read more

New Version Of ’73-Style Preamp : Golden Age Audio announces availability of Pre-73 MKIV

By: sonicstate.com

Golden Age Audio has released the Pre-73 MKIV, an updated version of its popular ’73-style preamp series. The Pre-73 MKIV offers vintage color and punch, with a dedicated output control to attenuate the signal and prevent overload. It features a switchable +48V mic input, 80 dB of gain, and selectable low-pass filter and AIR EQ for tone shaping. The preamp is transformer-balanced and built with high-quality components. It is available for $349 USD in North America and €374 EUR in the EU. Read more

Episode 261: LIVE FROM PATCHWERKS- Graig Markel of Recovery Effects

By: Podular Modcast, podularmodcast.fireside.fm

In this episode of Podular Modcast, host Tim Held interviews Graig Markel of Recovery Effects and The Animals at Night. They discuss Markel’s work, including his collaboration with Patchwerks and his involvement in the Eurorack synth community. Markel shares insights into his creative process and the inspiration behind his unique sound. Read more

Sequential Debuts Trigon-6 Desktop Model With MPE Support

By: Elisabeth, www.synthtopia.com

Sequential has announced the Trigon-6 desktop model, a compact and portable synthesizer with MPE support. It features three oscillators per voice, an updated ladder filter with drive and feedback control, and MIDI Polyphonic Expression capabilities. The Trigon-6 offers a classic three-oscillator synth architecture with a versatile sound source and flexible filter options. It is available for pre-order now, with a US MAP price of $2,499 and shipping worldwide in August. The Trigon-6 will make its physical debut at Knobcon 2023 in September. Read more

Slightly Nasty Asymmetric Slew Limiter

By: Richard, pugix.com

Richard Brewster has built the Slightly Nasty Model 2331 Asymmetric Slew Limiter, a versatile module with three modes: Slew, AD Envelope, and Cycling. The SLEW mode can be used as a portamento glide, AR envelope generator, or low pass filter. The ENVELOPE mode is a voltage-controllable AD envelope generator, while the CYCLE mode turns the module into an LFO or oscillator. Richard provides scope photos of the module in action, showcasing its capabilities. Check out the blog post for more details and insights into the build process. Read more

Synth VLOG: Info on Sunday Aug 20th Rocky Mountain Synth Meet on Hybrid Workflows as I hike Chautauqua Boulder

By: Mark Mosher, markmoshermusic.com

Join Mark Mosher on a morning hike in Boulder, CO as he discusses upcoming synth events in the area, including the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet. The video provides an index of topics covered, from hybrid synth workflows to in-ear monitors for electronic duos and ensembles. Watch the 6-minute video on YouTube for more information. Read more

Musical Sampling Hoard Mandolin Sample Library: the Synth and Software Review

By: Kays Al-Atrakchi, synthandsoftware.com

Musical Sampling has released a mandolin sample library called Hoard Mandolin, designed for playability and realism. The library includes presets for various articulations, including monophonic legatos, polyphonic sustains, playable reps for strumming, and full chords. The Master Legato Main instrument offers natural plucked legato articulation, hammer-on/pull-off articulation, and slide control. The library also includes fret and string noises. The Hoard Mandolin is a versatile and realistic option for adding the mandolin to any musical arrangement. Read more

VintageRack (iOS/Mac) updated to version 1.4

By: Unknown , motion-soundscape.blogspot.com

VintageRack (iOS/Mac) has been updated to version 1.4, fixing a bug that caused the bit depth/sampling rate switching option to stop working. This feature allows users to switch the sound processing resolution for individual effects and the entire rack, creating atmospheric sounds reminiscent of early digital devices. The app models retro gear from the 70s and 80s, giving instruments a nostalgic and emotional mood. VintageRack also works well with Logic Pro on iPad and Mac. Check out the app on the App Store for easy lo-fi vintage vibe effects. Read more


That concludes this week’s edition of the Waveform Weekly. We appreciate your time and hope that our curated selection from the synthesizer world has been both informative and inspiring. Until then, keep exploring the wonderful world of sound synthesis.

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