AudioRealism’s ABL3 has had a curiously long gestation period. It was teased more than a year ago, but there was no further news until the revelation that it’s arriving first as a Reason Rack Extension.

This emulation of Roland’s TB-303 bassline synth promises to improve on AudioRealism’s previous efforts (ABL1 and ABL2), and is said to be a complete rewrite that’s been in development for many years.

Additional specs are below, though we don’t yet have a price or release date. AVST/AU version is also in the pipeline.

AudioRealism ABL3 features

  • Extremely authentic 303 emulation using our ABL3 engine
  • Ultra natural knob response, tuned to match the original 303 both in range and response
  • Built-in 303/Rebirth style step sequencer with 64 steps
  • 200+ bundled preset patterns
  • Hard sync to the host’s transport
  • Supports 4 patterns of 16 steps, 2 patterns of 32 steps or 1 pattern of 64 steps
  • CV/Gate input to control the sound engine externally
  • CV/Gate output to control other Reason devices from the step sequencer
  • CV Modulation inputs for Tuning, Cutoff, etc.
  • Resonance and Gate Time trimmers that allow tweaking the emulation to your liking
  • Three different VCO Models
  • Settings for VCA Clicks and VCA Noise
  • Pattern modifiers with Random, Alter, Copy, Paste functions
  • Unique vibrato which is activated by setting UP+DOWN on steps. This effect is one of the few extensions to the 303 that we are launching ABL3 with.
  • Full 48 and 96kHz support, which means the engine uses the full bandwidth of the project setting

Via MusicRadar

This video, via keyboardmag1, is a hand-son demo with the new Roland JD-Xi synthesizer.

The Roland JD-Xi is mini-synth that offers an analog monosynth, dual digital synths, 808-style drum sequencing and a digital effects section.

According to the company, the JD-Xi gives musicians the best of both worlds: the warm, smooth response of classic analog, and the clarity and versatility of modern digital.

The JD-Xi is the first in a planned line of hybrid analog synths. A full-size flagship hybrid analog & digital synth, the JD-Xa is also being previewed at the show.

The Roland JD-Xi synthesizer has a street price of about $500.

Via Synthtopia

BeepStreet has released Sunrizer For Mac – an Audio Unit version of their popular iOS software synthesizer.

Key Features:

  • Single-screen interface
  • Emulation of JP-8000 supersaw
  • 16 filter types
  • Morphing of all parameters
  • Arpeggiator with deep sequencing capabilities
  • CPU friendly
  • Lots of presets

Sunrizer is built on a familiar subtractive synth design – but with a distinct character and a host of unique features.

It starts with two oscillators and two sub-oscillators that deliver all of the basic waveforms and an emulation of JP-8000 “supersaw”, with pulse width, frequency and ring modulation plus a lush unison mode.

The oscillators are fed into two powerful filters with serial or parallel routing, offering traditional low-, high- and band-pass modes as well as comb, resonator, waveshaper, and frequency shifter algorithms – and more.

To set all this in motion, Sunrizer has two ADSR envelopes and two LFO generators that can modulate virtually any parameter.


  • Bespoke synth engine with 24 voice polyphony and very low processor load.
  • Two oscillators with multiple waveform types, hard-sync, pulse width modulation.
  • Oscillator mixer with ring modulator and separate noise source.
  • Per-oscillator unison function with variable detune and spread.
  • Two separate filter units with serial or parallel operation and 16 different algorithms each: low-, high- and band-pass, notch, comb, formant I/II, all-pass, power low- and band-pass, waveshaper, resonator, resampler, low-pass + resampler, frequency shifter, analog low-pass.
  • Two ADSR envelope generators.
  • Two LFO generators with sine, triangle, saw, square, sample & hold and random
    waveforms; variable phase, fade-in time and different trigger modes.
  • Master effects including chorus, phaser, rotor, EQ, delay and reverb.
  • Arpeggiator with deep sequencing capabilities.
  • Chord memory function.
  • A-B parameter morph feature: essentially two synth patches in one.
  • Factory sound bank with over 400 preset patches; full patch compatibility with the iPad version.

Sunrizer for Mac (AU) is available now for the introductory price of US $50/45 EUR + VAT in EU (regular $80). It is also available for iPad and iPhone.

Via Synthtopia

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