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November 4, 2014

Elektron Analog Keys Review

The Swedish masterminds of Elektron have been putting out some pretty incredible synthesizer boxes over the past 15 years. Starting with the Sid Station back in 1998, they have consistently been putting out products that are championed by all types of music makers across multiple genres. Their latest flagship synthesizer, the Elektron Analog Keys, was released late last year to an eager public always looking for new releases from the Elektron camp.

Those of you that follow this blog will note that we previewed the Elektron Analog Keys last November. Now that some time has passed and people are beginning to use it (along with the highly anticipated Overbridge coming soon), this is a perfect time to revisit the Elektron Analog Keys to see what this synthesizer offers. If you are already an Analog 4 owner then some of this might seem redundant, but there are some key differences …

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October 22, 2014

Moog Theremini Review

When Leon Theremin first introduced his instrument back in 1928, the world was astounded by this new instrument that you could play without touching. Using two antennas to control the pitch and amplitude of the theremin, you could create all kinds of unique sounds with this instrument. Moog founder Bob Moog loved the instrument so much that he developed theremin kits which he would sell through the mail. We had Jim Debardi from Moog give us a great history of Leon Theremin, Bob Moog, and the modern theremin in our Moog Factory Tour Series. Flash forward to Winter NAMM 2014 where we first saw the latest theremin from Moog: The Moog Theremini.

The Moog Theremini holds true to the same principles of the original patented device, but Moog has added 21st century control to allow for expansive sound options, integrated FX control, and analog control voltage output. Take a …

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September 5, 2014

Novation MiniNova Review

This is the era of the affordable, portable, and playable synthesizer. Every manufacturer from Korg to Arturia and Moog to Dave Smith Instruments are all releasing the cumulative years of innovation and technology into packages that are accessible on nearly any budget. For this reason we decided to take a look at a synthesizer which saw a lot of popularity upon its release and is still a solid instrument for electronic instrument enthusiasts and beginners alike: the Novation MiniNova.

The Novation MiniNova is a compact and affordable synthesizer. It has 37 mini keys (3 octaves) and an entire host of controls for creating and manipulating sounds. The MiniNova is based on the UltraNova with the same synth engine design in both. It has 18 voices with three oscillators as well as nice blue backlit controls for everything from the pad controls to the pitch and modulation wheel.

We decided to …

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August 11, 2014

Korg MS-20 Mini Overview

Debuting in the late 1970s, the original MS-20 was an extremely popular synthesizer well into the 1980s with the explosion of synth-pop and other experimental electronic genres. Along with companies like Moog, Korg are among the champions of classic synthesizers still heralded today for their signature sound. We first saw the MS-20 Mini on the NAMM show floor back in January of 2013. It was a little hidden gem amongst the onslaught of new synthesizers and drum machines coming from some of the most popular brands in the market.

A little over a year and a half later and we have begun to see countless artists using the MS-20 Mini in their production as well as on stages around the globe. So what makes the Korg MS-20 Mini such a popular synthesizer the world over? Well we decided to break down the features that make the MS-20 Mini such an …

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August 5, 2014

Nord Lead 4 Overview

Debuting in the late spring of 2013, the Nord Lead 4 is aptly named as the fourth generation performance synthesizer in the Lead series. It’s a four part multi-timbral instrument with each part having access to all of the front panel controls independently. It’s most notably a two oscillator synthesizer with an easy to use modulation system. It’s lightweight and compact making it a great gigging synthesizer and a low profile instrument for your studio. It’s got 6 different filters or 7 really if you count the bandpass filter in there. It also has a robust FX section making it fantastic for dynamic performance.

After a little over a year on the market, the Nord Lead 4 has been championed by artists and producers across a plethora of different genres of music. So what makes the Nord Lead 4 such an appealing synthesizer? We dive head first into the Nord