This video is mostly about controlling an external LFO via keyboard CV and have it modulate filter, amp and pulse width. The first clip is 100M’s LFO modulating 1M’s filter. 2nd clip showcases the 100M’s VCO through the 1M’s filter. Both of these clips also feature TR-8 rhythms and sequencing from the Arturia MicroBrute. Last clip demonstrates external LFO from 100M modulating the 1M’s amplifier section.
Information has leaked out, via sequencer.de, on a new synth design, the Elka Synthex 2, from the creator of the original Synthex.
The Synthex 2 is designed by Mario Maggi, creator of the original Synthex. It is intended as a modern Synthex update and is not related to the recently announced Elka Synthex reissue. No details on availability and pricing have been announced, but here are the preliminary specifications.
16-voice polyphony // 8-voice upgradable version may also be produced
with 61 notes keyboard
Physical dimension more compact than in the previous version.
Less weight. No fan (means compared to the Synthex!)
keyboardless tabletop version (same control panel)
1 Rack Unit expander without controls, w. PC dedicated editing software
-> box desktop expander without controls, w. PC dedicated editing software (hmm I assume PC means Mac as well)
Just over a year ago, Roland unveiled its successor to the iconic 808 and 909 instruments that have a firm grasp on the modern music landscape. That drum machine, the TR-8, was part of a new AIRA line with the System-1 synthesizer, TB-3 bass synth and VT-3 vocal processor. At this year’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt, the company revealed the AIRA Modular: a standalone instrument that can be paired with a handful of external effects or other audio gear. What’s more, it’s designed to be rackmounted or used at your desk, either with all four of the aforementioned add-ons or one or two at the time. While last year’s System-1 offer a more traditional keyboard-driven approach, the AIRA Modular’s centerpiece is the System-1m. The unit features Control Voltage (CV) and Gate control needed to produce a range of sounds and plug-out ability allows the System-1m to be used with other classics, like the SH-101 and PROMARS. On board, the modular synth packs in tone, crusher, reverb and delay effects alongside MIDI and LED-lit controls and inputs.
As far as those additional effects are concerned, there are distortion (Torcido), delay (Demora), scatter (Scooper) and crusher (Bitrazer) options to expand the sonic abilities of the main System-1m rig. Like that instrument, these can either be placed in a rack setup or used tabletop, and their large controls handle “16 million steps of resolution.” In other words, 24-bit audio. These external effects are also programmable via computer, smartphone or tablet, with audio input/output and CV/Gate inputs for patching on the front panel until you hit the sound you’re after. They’re also capable of being used individually, without the need for the full rig to employ them.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing or availability just yet. However, Roland did announce that it’s working on another modular unit: the fully analog System-500. That’ll be another revival of sorts as it’s based on the System-700 and System-500. “The SYSTEM-500 delivers classic Roland sound with all the advantages and reliability of a modern instrument,” the press release explains. Details are scarce for now, but we’re sure to hear more in the months to come.
The tantalising image in question looks very much like the Aira System-1 interface and four smaller units, with the tagline “Start Patching” strongly suggesting that Aira is going modular as of next week.
Currently the Aira range sports the TR-8 drum machine (accurately recreating the classic 808, 909 and – via an expansion – 707 and 727), the TB-3 bass synth (a fresh digital take on the 303 Bassline), and the System 1 synth (offering innovative ‘plug-outs’ that emulate their SH-101 and ProMars synths).
Also along for the ride are the VT-3 voice transformer (a super Boss VT-1) and latest addition the MX-1 performance mixer which plugs all your Airas together under one control surface.
New ‘plug-outs’ (emulating classic Roland synths) have been slow to emerge for the System 1 and the new teaser would appear to show that Roland are expanding in a totally new synth direction.
Their System 100 modular synth – introduced in 1975 set the scene for a synth made of expandable parts and the System 100m from 1979 gained greater exposure and expanded the blown-apart modular concept further. Even from the shadowy outlines in the latest leak it’s clear to see a System 100 influence in these new Airas.
The System 100 consisted of a Model 101 synth with three octave keyboard and a Model 102 expander being essentially a 101 without the keys. It’s easy to see similarities between the 102 and the new Aira at the top of the pic… Likewise the original System 100 offered a 103 Mixer and a 104 Sequencer which could at least account for two of the four new System 100m-shaped boxes below the main unit…
Alternatively System 100m offered 20 different modules in total, adding ring modulators, voltage controlled filters, dual voltage controlled oscillators, amps, LFOs, envelopes and more to the basic single oscillator VCO, VCA, VCF M-110 main unit.
Could these four boxes offer similar powers? And will they be genuine analogue (in the wake of the JD-Xi and upcoming JD-Xa keyboards) or digital recreations as per the rest of the Aira range?