First up, let me say these aren’t real. They’re CGI mock ups that surfaced on a Yamaha users forum. What’s interesting to me though is that these seem designed specifically for Yamaha’s older PLG add on cards for the Motif and CS series workstations; specifically the AN & DX cards, with a bit of VL70 thrown in.

Most people, when they post faked “leaks”, tend to go for over the top dream synths that would be beyond the capabilities and interests of most companies to actually produce. Instead, here we have several subtle yet doable designs that are based off of existing and otherwise “paid for” technology. We’ve seen Korg put this sort of thinking to good use quite a bit lately and leaves me wondering what the real story is behind the mock ups.

Would anyone happen to have any personal info on user PIOTR over at the Yamaha synth forums? Is he (or she) a long standing member? Apparently someone has written Yamaha to let them know about the mock ups and their response is below.

I wonder if it could be a bit of testing the waters in a guerrilla marketing scheme cooked up by Yamaha. Fans have seriously taken note of how they’ve fallen further and further out of the synth market over the years and possibly this could be a potential site of re-entry for them?

yes we have seen it and were all discussing it last weekend.
Cannot comment beyond that.
Yamaha Customer Support”

Photos via Synthtopia

“We recreated the tonal aspects of the original 2 oscillators and their waveforms but more importantly we modeled the 15 filter modes!

The Matrix 12’s complex sound was defined by its multiple filter modes and by the amazing number of modulation sources and destinations.

With nearly endless possibilities of modulation routings you can create sounds with very organic qualities not found in other synthesizers.”

Main Features

  • Two oscillators, each offering triangle, sawtooth and variable-width pulse wave with PWM.
  • Oscillator 2 also offers a white noise generator.
  • Oscillator 1 can be frequency modulated.
  • Single filter with 15 modes, 4 Low Pass, 3 High Pass, 2 Band Pass modes, Notch, Phase Shift plus four additional “combo” filter modes.
  • Ultra-powerful modulation matrix with 27 sources and 47 destinations.
  • Sources include 5 envelopes, 5 LFOs, 4 Ramp, 3 Track generators, Velocity, Pressure, Keyboard follow, …
  • Two insert effect slots with six studio-grade effects to choose from.
  • 12 voices of polyphony like the original instrument
  • Multitimbrality
  • Works in Standalone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX.

Check out Arturia’s Matrix 12 V page for more info, tutorials and sounds. Matrix 12 V is 169$.

My IKEA hack is a pedalboard XXXL.

What I needed, was a pedal board with lots of space as well as being easy to take to a gig.
The set-up is perhaps a bit unusual; being a lead singer and bass player my requirements included;
• space for 8 pedals, mainly for bass but also one large Roland VE-20 for vocal effects
• space for the pedal controlling my EBS-amp
• space for a rack mounted mixer, facing upwards (so I can see it easily)
• space for a patch panel, to configure the various signal paths
• easy connection for my personal multi cable to/from PA-mixer
• enough room to hide power cable etc inside
• and wouldn’t it be nice if I could also attach my mic stand and monitor speaker to it
• perhaps include lighting
• and most of all, a way to easy turn this into a transport-safe box

After a lot of thinking and procrastination, I decided on purchasing an IKEA kitchen cupboard, placing it vertically rather than horizontally, and using the door as a ramp for my stuff. Also get one extra door, turn it into a lid to protect the mixer on top.
Close the door and put the lid on top, close the latches and I’m ready to go on tour..

Note: I did not create this project. Please see the via link for more info.

Via IkeaHackers

Behringer is known for its wide and varied product range but, at the moment – and despite their booming popularity – this doesn’t contain an analogue hardware synthesizer.

This situation could be set to change, however, as in an interview with German language site, company founder Uli Behringer has said that a synth bearing his name is in the pipeline.

“We have not been idle in recent years, and have invested a lot of time in the analysis of legendary synthesizers from Roland, Korg, Moog, Sequential Circuits, ARP and PPG etc,” he explains. “The Curtis and SSM semiconductors used then are virtually no longer available today, and we have therefore spent a lot of time replicating these with modern and high quality VCA and OTAs. And now we have finally succeeded. These circuits will now form the basis for our synthesizer.”

Behringer goes on to say: “We will also focus first on polyphonic sound generation, as the market requires this. Our goal is, as usual, to reward customers with extremely good quality and very good prices for your loyalty to our company. I am of the clear opinion that today’s analogue synthesizers are simply too expensive, and that we are trying to change.”

All of which sounds great, and you may also be happy to hear that the plan is to develop the synth in the UK (in Manchester, to be precise). Don’t hold your breath waiting for it, though: you can expect it to be at least a year before a prototype is completed.

That said, Behringer also says he may eventually release “a whole family of different types [of synthesizer],” so this might be just the start…

Via Music Radar & Sonic State

iZotope has released the second version of Iris – “a visual instrument that combines the power of a sampler with the flexibility of a modular synth”.

You can find out more about what makes Iris tick in our review of the original release, but rest assured that this update adds plenty of new features, too. These include “a robust modulation system, sample pools that can load both samples and classic oscillator waveforms, a completely redesigned interface with extensive visualizations and metering, enhanced effects and filters, and fresh patches to inspire creativity.”

The hope is that users will be able to start making new sounds right away. More than 350 patches are included to get you started, with supposedly intuitive controls being provided for each.

The real power of Iris lies in its sample layering capabilities – you can mix and match a built-in collection of analogue oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sound library of samples, and your own audio files. On top of this, there are five adjustable-curve ADSR envelopes, and five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options. A comprehensive suite of effects is provided, too.

Iris 2 is also equipped with iZotope’s spectral filtering technology, which enables you to visualise and edit your sound by drawing, selecting and isolating sonic components from each sample layer.

Iris 2 is available now from the iZotope website. From now until 11 December, it can be yours for $199 ($99 upgrade) – after that the price will rise to $299 ($149 upgrade). It operates standalone or as a 32/64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX/RTAS plugin on PC and Mac.

Via MusicRadar

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