Waveform Weekly: Synth Community Blogs Digest – Aug 30, 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.

Podcast: Sonic Talk 768 – ControlHub Tracer, Clarity Emmy, Acid V (66:35 mins)

By: www.sonicstate.com

In this episode of Sonic Talk, the hosts discuss the ControlHub Tracer, Waves Clarity VX winning an Emmy, Arturia’s ACID V, and Intellijel Sealegs. They also mention the UVI Effects Bundle and offer a discount code for iZotope plug-ins. Tune in for more music technology news and discussions! Read more

Erica Synths + Richie Hawtin Bullfrog Synthesizer Now Available

By: Elisabeth, www.synthtopia.com

The Erica Synths Bullfrog, a new educational electronic music instrument, created in collaboration with Richie Hawtin, is now available to pre-order. The Bullfrog is a classical subtractive synthesizer with several modules for sound generation and treatment, as well as modules that generate control and modulation signals. It requires patching using Eurorack patch cables or voice cards to create internal connections and add extra functionality. The Bullfrog is expected to ship on September 10, 2023, and is priced at 500 Euro. Read more

Review: Cherry Audio Harmonia Synthesizer

By: Rob Puricelli, www.gearnews.com

Cherry Audio’s new synthesizer, Harmonia, offers a unique and enjoyable experience. With two oscillators and 285 sample-based waveforms, Harmonia allows for complex waveform structures and the ability to import samples. The interface is quick and intuitive, making it easy to create sounds beyond the presets. Additional features include four LFOs, an eight-slot mod-matrix, 17 different FX, and seven filter types. Harmonia is a versatile and productive synth that offers endless possibilities for sound shaping and modulation. Read more


By: Richard, pugix.com

Richard Brewster’s latest blog post explores the Low-Gain Dual LPG + Mixer + Preamp module, a faithful interpretation of the famous Buchla low pass gates. The module features an offset pot for the filter cutoff and a CV attenuator, as well as a mixer for the two LPG outputs and a preamp for external signals. Richard provides a detailed account of the build process, including modifications made to the preamp. He also shares a sound test, highlighting the differences between the XVIVE vactrol and the original Vactrol. Read the full blog post for more insights and details. Read more

Mixer? NoInputMixer!

By: motion-soundscape.blogspot.com

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming NoInputMixer application, which allows users to create otherworldly electronic sounds using the experimental technique of no-input mixing. The app features a seven-channel mixer, an effects rack with eight slots, and various options for configuring feedback loops and adding effects. With additional features like preamp tube selection and overload protection circuit adjustment, NoInputMixer offers endless possibilities for sound experimentation. The release is scheduled for early September, so stay tuned for more demos and technical details. Read more

Synth Firmware, Software, and Hardware Release Round-up

By: Naomi Bolton, www.vintagesynth.com

August has been an eventful month for synth enthusiasts with a host of new firmware updates, software releases, and hardware projects getting announced or released. Here’s a round-up of the most notable ones in each category. Read more

Three New Ultra-Compact Digital Mixers : Allen & Heath introduces the CQ series

By: sonicstate.com

Allen & Heath has unveiled its new CQ series, a trio of compact digital mixers that they say places ease of use and speed of setup firmly at the heart of the user experience for musicians and bands, audio engineers, home producers, small venues, and AV installers. Read more

Seven Years Gone

By: matrix, www.matrixsynth.com

In a heartfelt tribute, John L Rice shares a video of his custom eurorack synth build in memory of his late father. The synth features modules from various brands, including Kilpatrick Audio, Noise Engineering, Rebel Technology, Mutable Instruments, and more. This performance showcases the power of music and the emotional connections we can create through synthesizers. #modularsynth #eurorackmodular #electronicmusic Read more

Episode 262: Deerhoof’s John Dietrich

By: Podular Modcast, podularmodcast.fireside.fm

In this episode of Pod Mod, John Dietrich from Deerhoof joins as a guest. Discover Deerhoof’s tour schedule and support Pod Mod on Patreon. This episode is hosted by Tim Held. 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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