Rosen Sound Synth Demos & Restorations

Published on Jul 28, 2018 Rosen Sound

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

1. Oberheim OB-X – Rosen Sound Demo
The OBX was the first major “answer” to the Prophet 5 synthesizer, and at least in our opinion, was the best answer anyone could’ve given.

The OB-X is based on the basic design of the (S)ynthesizer (E)xpander (M)odule also from Oberheim. Like the

Tiny RobotZ

Published on Oct 15, 2018 Tiny RobotZ

spotted on discchord.

Roland VT-4 adds MIDI, control for performer-friendly vocal FX

Roland’s revised VT-4 – the replacement for the first AIRA VT-3 – makes it look like someone finally gets what vocalists want in effects. More effects options, actual control over harmony, and MIDI could make all the difference.

The original VT-3 is a little too simple to recommend. A big dial locks you into some stock effects, without any parameter controls beyond pitch and formant. But at the same time, it is unusually direct and accessible, and it doubles as a USB interface, meaning for singers it’s carry-on luggage friendly. So as a cheap, fun effect, it does have potential. It’s cheap on the used market, but then so are a number of pedals.

Roland have apparently been listening, though. Just as the fun but simplistic TR-8 was replaced with the sample-loading, all-around improved TR-8S, so to the VT-3 has gotten a revamp. The Slimer-green trim is gone, but more importantly, you now can control the way it sounds, via expanded effects options and controls. And it does MIDI input.

Here’s the thing: there are lots of great sounding vocal effects out there, but none of them seems designed with singers in mind. They fit into two categories: pedals that seem to have been created by guitarists, or “studio” boxes that have way too much menu diving. (If you can think of an exception, shout in comments.) The VT-3 was already significant in that it was live friendly. Now the VT-4 fills in the gaps the VT-3 left open.

From the VT-3, and still a good idea:

  • USB audio interface functionality (so you can use this with a computer)
  • XLR mic in with phantom power, plus minijack in
  • Four faders: pitch, formant, balance (for controlling wet/dry of the effect), reverb
  • Push-button preset recall
  • Dedicated bypass switch

But new on the VT-4:

  • A friendly “key” dial at the top right
  • Direct access to “vocoder” and “harmonizer” modes
  • Multiple effects at once
  • MIDI input – so play in the notes/harmonies you want for the vocoder, harmonizer, and pitch engines
  • Variations for all the effects

It’s finally what you want to sing with, whether you’re a great singer or can barely sing at all – direct access to effects, performance-friendly controls. Singers don’t necessarily want to have to do everything with their feet or in pages of menus. This hardware’s designers seems to understand that.

It’s the effects that appear to be totally overhauled. The only variations on the VT-3 are printed directly around the dial – as in, you get two alternatives for the auto pitch, and that’s it.

On the VT-4, there’s a whole slew of effects hidden behind the variation buttons. (Those buttons still double as preset storage and recall, so what you’ll likely do is explore to find the ones you like, then lock them in at the top.)

There are still some toy-like presets as on the VT-3 – though some of those are interesting for processing drums and the like. In addition, though, you also get a bunch of new, musical effects, and enough variations that you can dial in what you need.

There’s a chorus effect (categorized inexplicably as “megaphone.”) There’s a model of the classic Roland VP in the vocoder, along with talk box, advanced, and Speak & Spell (sorry, trademark – “spell toy”) variations. The Harmony option lets you choose intervals (fifth, third, forth below, and combinations, though you can also use MIDI for more). Even robot has octave options and a new feedback variation.

Also, that fixed “reverb” is now really a multi effects unit – reverb, echo, synced tempo delay, and dub echo are now available.

I’d likely buy it for those upgrades alone, but then you can also use a MIDI keyboard as input to control pitch.

I need to research more how multiple effects work and exactly how these models relate to those available on the VT-3 and other Roland AIRA and Boutique series models. But generally these days Roland are constantly improving their modeling and sounds, thanks to architectures that are more flexible than those of the past.

More at Roland’s site:

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System80 880 Eurorack Drummachine

Published on Oct 15, 2018 biologik

“Making a 1 part pattern on the System80 880. Giving it a little tweak too so you can have a listen to how it sounds. No processing except for a touch of limiting.”

Roland System 100 184 CV Keyboard

via this auction

“Vintage Roland 4 voice polyphonic CV Keyboard working perfectly and in great shape. It is 100v but can run on 120v. I have a 240 to 120 transformer I can include too, if the buyer will pay the extra shipping cost. The arpeggio is a bit confusing, so I’ve attached the instructions from a Jupiter 4 which works in the same way. I was using it with a euro rack system.”

jupiter falls

Published on Oct 15, 2018 zack dagoba

“A little sketch on the Roland Jupiter Six. Through the immense Roland R880 Digital Mainframe Reverberation System”

Free groove templates from legendary drum machines by Samples From Mars

Samples From Mars GroovesSamples From Mars has announced a free collection of groove templates from 25 classic and modern drum machines. Grooves From Mars is the most comprehensive collection of drum machine MIDI groove templates in existence. These 416 templates will enable you to bring the unique feel and groove of each sequencer to your DAW. It’s no […]

Roland introduces LX700 Digital Piano Series & Piano Every Day app

Roland LX700 seriesRoland has announced the new LX700 series, which aims to recreate the experience of playing a beautiful grand piano at a world-class venue. The flagship LX708, mid-range LX706, and entry-level LX705 all deliver superior performance for the discerning player, with innovations in sound generation, keyboard action, ambience modeling, and design. Unlike typical digital pianos, which […]

Dolcevita Synth Cover

Published on Oct 14, 2018 Medsound Music

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Roland TR-8, JX-3P, & Juno-60

Deepmind 12 vs Juno 106: How to get similar tones

Published on Oct 14, 2018 Starsky Carr

“A look at how to get some classic vintage tones from the DM12 by limiting its functionality to replicate the behaviour of the Juno 106 that inspired it.

They’re not identical, they’re not meant to be, and the DM12 has vast modulation capabilities, FX, extra envelopes, LFOs etc.. so I’m not trying to show how well they match – but if you’ve got one and