DSP power for all analog Neumann monitors

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Neumann has greatly enhanced the features of the KH 750 DSP subwoofer, which was launched in 2019, with the release of the latest version of the Neumann.Control iPad app (version 3.0). The “Guided Alignment” and “Manual Alignment” functions that allow for easy acoustic adjustment to the room now not only work with KH 80 DSP […]

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EarMaster App for music theory and ear training now also on iPhone

EarMaster

EarMaster has announced that its best-selling app for music theory and ear training practice is now available on iPhone, alongside iPad and desktop versions. EarMaster is a music theory training App for musicians of all skill levels playing any instrument. It offers thousands of exercises to improve one’s music theory skills. Exercises cover ear training, […]

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Return of full-sized KORG MS-20, as retro trend continues

It’s badly upstaged by the ARP 2600, but for those who want it, KORG are again making full-sized MS-20 synths. That caps a long string of MS-20s from KORG.

The KORG MS-20 was one of the products that helped launch the current wave of big-name remakes. And KORG has done versions of the MS-20 every way imaginable. Let’s review just a few:

Nintendo DS game – KORG DS-10 (loosely based on the original – there are two variations, the original DS-10 and the DS-10 Plus enhanced version, plus physical carts and downloads, just if you want to get obsessive)

The iPhone descendent of that (with I think a different sound engine) – KORG iDS-10 for iPhone

iPad app – iMS-20 (plus KORG Gadget, too, if you want to be completionist)

MS-20 Legacy Collection plug-in, which briefly had available an external controller for the computer that supported patching:

A mini version – the MS-20 mini (hey, Japan does seem to appreciate things being small and – I’m totally with them on this, so like Japan and me)

The best of all of these, perhaps, is the full-sized MS-20 kit. I made one; and it’s brilliant – because of its reliability and flexibility, maybe even a little better than having the original around.

But the MS-20 kit was a limited edition. And so now we have the MS-20FS (for Full-Sized). It appears to be identical to the kit in every way – USB and MIDI, switchable filter, and even the original 1978 manual included in the box. But apart from the switchable filter and new I/O, it’s indistinguishable from the original – enough so that once it’s got some dust on it, these are regularly mistaken for the original.

The only news in the reissue is colors – four powder-coat options, in an attractive green, white, blue, and black.

No word yet on pricing, but this is coming this year.

White looks fresh. Note to self – idea for new stage persona, Colonel Sanders suit — new note to self, delete previous note.
Built like a tank, looks like a …
In blue, it’s obvious, but in black, these ports on the back are the only way to easily tell the FS isn’t an original MS-20.

That’s all fine and well, but am I alone in wishing for a new semi-modular, patchable thing from KORG? The MS-20 is great, but the more we live with it, the more I wonder what a new instrument catering to modern tastes might be.

Then again, I celebrated my birthday yesterday and I was also introduced in 1978 so — never mind. Things from 1978 are for more relevant than anything younger and cooler and all of you should really just throw money at us. Good, there, done. Oh wait – I should work on some color options for myself.

For more MS action – here’s a minisite dedicated to the MS-10 synth:

And sorry, 1978, but this NAMM is all about 1970, because of this:

But if you want to go the other way and get retro with a Nintendo DS (much cheaper), here’s some inspiration:

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KV331 Audio updates SynthMaster One iOS wavetable synth app to v1.3

KV331 Audio SM1 IPad General

KV331 Audio has announced a new major update to its SynthMaster One iOS wavetable synth app. Version 1.3 goes universal, running on iPad and iPhone devices as standalone and also as an AUv3 extension. Other major new features include new factory presets, In-App Shop, new scales, cross-platform cloud based data synchronization, new envelope types, improved […]

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Birdkids kleiner Vieltasten-Controller Grid mit Bewegungssensor

Birdkids GridBirdkids Grid

Für alle vier großen Betriebssysteme für Mobilgeräte und Desktop-REchner gibt es eigentlich wenige Controller. Die sonst eher für analog Synthesizer zuständigen Birdkids haben sich mal ins Digitale gewagt.

Das Grid ist ein kleiner Handteller-großer Controller mit USB und WIFI oder Bluetooth. Der USB Anschluss ist bereits als USB-C ausgeführt, welcher bekanntlich der neue USB 4.0 Standard sein wird (PC und Mac) und das Gerät ist an Android, iOS, Windows und macOS lauffähig. Es gibt einen kleinen flachen „Kugeljoystick“ und 4×4 Taster oder Pads zum spielen. Die Neigung des Controllers kann ebenfalls verwendet werden. Das Gerät spricht MIDI und OSC, womit viele Plattformen generell erreichbar abgedeckt sind.

BioController

Das Gerät besteht offenbar aus biologisch abbaubarem Material und hat auch einen Akku an Bord. Am oberen Teil gibt es noch einmal 4 Taster, die man für die generelle Steuerung nutzen kann. Im Beispiel liegen dort die Oktav-Umschalter. Es ist wie ein Game Controller geformt und kann mit seinen beleuchteten Tasten auch sicher dafür genutzt werden. Die Farben können Betriebmodi anzeigen oder Dinge wie Anschlagdynamik abbilden.

Weitere Information

Bei den Birdkids auf der Website kann man noch mehr erfahren. Es soll 89€ kosten und soll bereits jetzt im Januar 2020 verfügbar sein.

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Steinberg Cubasis 3 now available for iPad and iPhone

Steinberg Cubasis 3

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Cubasis 3, a new version of the music production app that lets musicians and producers create music anywhere they go. Gravitating toward its desktop equivalent, Cubasis provides the same look and feel as Steinberg’s Cubase music software, and sports similar tools to perform, mix and share music productions, […]

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IK Multimedia brings Hammond B-3X virtual instrument to iPad

IK Multimedia Hammand B 3X for iPad

IK Multimedia has announced an iPad version of its recently updated Hammond B-3X tonewheel organ virtual instrument. The new app maintains all the realism, detail and features found in the desktop version, which was created in close collaboration with Hammond USA and Suzuki Music Corp. of Japan, but now available on an even more portable […]

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LumBeat releases Jazz Drummer virtual drum app for iOS

LumBeat Jazz Drummer

LumBeat has announced the release of Jazz Drummer, a new virtual drum instrument for iOS. Jazz Drums for iPad and iPhone with new approach to improvisation and swing pulse. Jazz Drummer features Three drummers in one. Jo, Max and Roy: Swing, Be Bop and Modern Bop drums. Regardless of the selected rhythm, the choice of […]

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Waves Audio launches new features and MyMon Personal Mixing App for eMotion LV1 Live Mixer

Waves MyMon

Waves Audio has announced eMotion LV1 v11, a new updated version of the innovative eMotion LV1 live software mixer, with major updates and user-requested new features, including the new MyMon Personal Monitor Mixing App. Based on Waves SoundGrid technology, the eMotion LV1 delivers the superior sound quality for which Waves is renowned, as well as […]

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Eventide releases QVox diatonic pitch shifter for iOS

Eventide QVox iPhone

Eventide has announced the release of QVox for iOS, an inspirational sound effect featuring four voices of diatonic pitch shifting and delay. Mobile music enthusiasts can add rhythmic textures to guitars, morph drums into exciting new patterns, widen instruments, and create unique harmonies on vocals. Whether you are an electronic musician, singer/songwriter, or guitarist, QVox […]

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