Waveform Weekly: Synth Community Blogs Digest – Oct 25, 2023

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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.

Music Gear

New Softsynths by AudioThing, GForce Software, and Cherry Audio

By: Naomi Bolton, www.vintagesynth.com

Discover the latest softsynths hitting the market, including Lines by AudioThing, Oberheim OB-X by GForce Software, and PS-3300 by Cherry Audio. Lines is a complex effects processor and feedback synthesizer that can create unique sounds and rhythms. Oberheim OB-X is the world’s first officially endorsed emulation of the famous synth from the eighties, offering authentic sounds with powerful enhancements. PS-3300 is a faithful analog emulation of the rare Korg synth from 1977, known for its rich and evolving timbres. Don’t miss out on these exciting new additions to the world of softsynths! Read more

New Analog Monophonic Guitar Synthesizer, Synthotron III

By: Synth and Software Newsroom, synthandsoftware.com

Red Witch Ltd has released the Synthotron III, an all-analog monophonic guitar synthesizer with filter, sample and hold, and analog chorus. Each of the three effects can be used independently or simultaneously, making it a versatile and powerful tool for guitarists. The pedal features foot-switches for easy engagement and disengagement of each effect. Check out the video below for a demonstration of its capabilities. Read more

Calibr8or firmware for Ornament & Crime: How To Make Your Oscillators Behave

By: Chris Meyer, learningmodular.com

Learn how to make your oscillators behave with the Calibr8or firmware for Ornament & Crime module. This custom firmware, created by DJ Phazer, helps to calibrate the tracking of your oscillators in a modular synth system. The firmware is free and can be downloaded from the Phazerville Suite. The blog post provides instructions on how to load the firmware and use the Calibr8or app, including patching, selecting channels and parameters, transposition and tracking adjustments, and quantization. Watch the video demonstration or follow the text instructions to optimize your modular synth setup. Read more

OB-X8: BEST Oberheim ever? (Part 2)

By: Matt Vrazo, greatsynthesizers.com

Part 2 of the OB-X8 review discusses the advantages of its knob-based interface, the programmable vibrato LFO, improved modulation features, and the reliability of a new synthesizer compared to vintage models. The OB-X8 offers a refreshing experience with its easy-to-use interface and improved functionality. It also addresses the issues of build quality and reliability that often plague vintage Oberheim synthesizers. Additionally, the OB-X8 is priced affordably, making it an attractive option for musicians. Read the full review to learn more about the OB-X8’s features and performance. Read more

Roland Announces JX-3P v2 Update

By: matrix , www.matrixsynth.com

Roland has announced the JX-3P v2 update, bringing high-DPI graphics, a refined interface, universal patch browsing, Circuit Mod, and new sounds to the legendary series instruments. This update is a huge leap forward for the JX-3P, offering enhanced visuals and improved functionality. Check out the link for more information. Read more

Line 6 Announces HX One Effect Pedal : Packs HX modeling into an ultra-compact enclosure

By: sonicstate.com

Line 6 has announced the HX One Effect Pedal SE, a compact stereo pedal that offers over 250 effects from the HX family processors. It features intuitive controls, an OLED screen, and the ability to automate parameter changes. The pedal can be powered using the included power supply or third-party power supplies, making it easy to integrate into any pedalboard. The HX One will be available in November 2023 at a price of £348. Sign up for Sonicstate’s newsletter for the latest news and exclusive offers. Read more

12RX007 Relentless

By: InDepth, InDepthPSB.podbean.com

Graham and Chris dive into the surprise reissue of Pet Shop Boys’ Relentless, exploring each song from the secret six-tracker. They also discuss the clues dropped about the band’s forthcoming new album, from Russian ballerinas to GarageBand and analogue synths. Find out how these factors may shape the grand return in 2024. Don’t miss this episode! Read more

Fyrall with Tetrazzi

By: Richard, pugix.com

Discover how Richard Brewster uses the DIY Tetrazzi module to inject another oscillator into the Fyrall synthesizer, creating unique pulse waves and FM effects. With the addition of the Quantussy module, there’s plenty of variation to explore. Check out this blog post for more details and sound examples. Read more

KORG modwave Mk.II – Increased Voices, LFOs and Price!

By: Rob Puricelli, www.gearnews.com

KORG has released the modwave Mk.II synthesizer with increased voices and LFOs, but also a significant price hike. The new version offers 60 stereo voices, new LFO functions, and a redesigned logo and touchpad. However, the price has increased by almost €300 compared to the previous model. The author questions whether these added features justify the price increase and expresses concern about KORG’s future. The modwave Mk.II is available for pre-order now, with shipments expected in December 2023. Read more


Three Questions With Rhamier Balagoon

By: Danz, www.synthhistory.com

In a Three Questions interview, musician and producer Rhamier Balagoon discusses his favorite samplers, literary and film inspirations, and advice for aspiring musicians. He highlights the Akai MPC 2000XL and S950 as influential samplers, along with the Mellotron. Balagoon draws inspiration from literature, including works by June Jordan and Octavia Butler, as well as films by David Cronenberg and David Lynch. His music recommendations include albums by Funkadelic, Prince, Sly and the Family Stone, and D’Angelo. Balagoon encourages aspiring musicians to release their music and embrace the subjective nature of taste. Read more for the full interview. Read more


Podcast: Sonic TALK 775 – Arturia EFX Motion, GForce OBX (76:28 mins)

By: www.sonicstate.com

In this episode of Sonic TALK, the hosts discuss the Arturia EFX Motion, Bitwig 5.1, and the Pigtronix Cosmosis. They also talk about the future of mastering with Ozone 11 and offer a 10% discount code for Native Instruments software. Tune in to learn more about these exciting developments in the world of music technology! Read more


SchneidersLaden Modular Workshops in October

By: Timm, www.stromkult.com

SchneidersLaden is hosting two special workshops in Innsbruck and Leipzig. The Innsbruck workshop, called Mikro:kosmos, is a workshop day for sound production for FLINTA* people, where participants can work with modular synthesizers and learn about their special features. The Leipzig workshop, DIY & Synth Meetup, is a community event featuring workshops on synthesizers, synth DIY, and 3D audio. SchneidersLaden’s modular expert will be conducting a Modular Beginner Workshop. Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities to learn and explore the world of modular synthesizers! Read more


By: Hannes, www.horizontalpitch.com

AdventureX is a convention dedicated to narrative-driven gaming, taking place in London on November 4th – 5th, 2023. If you’re into point&click and adventure games, this event is a must-attend. Check out the website for more information. 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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