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

In his latest Sonic Lab video, Nick Batt takes a look at the Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer – a modern take on the classic string synth sounds of the 70s.

Batt is ‘very impressed’ with the Streichfett.

If you’ve used the Streichfett, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!


  • 128 voice fully polyphonic Strings section
  • Continuos morphing of Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ, Choir and more
  • Registrations
  • Animate Effect for Modulation of Strings Registration
  • Ensemble Effect for Strings
  • Eight voice polyphonic Solo section
  • Layer/Split for Solo section
  • Continuos morphing of Bass, E-Piano, Clavi, Synth, and Pluto for Solo Tone
  • Tremolo for Solo section
  • Phaser
  • Reverb
  • 12 programmable patches
  • Stereo output
  • Headphone output
  • USB
  • MIDI in/out

For more info, see the Waldorf site.

via Sonic State & Synthtopia

The Erica Synths Fusion series – a new collection of vacuum tube synthesis modules – are now available for Eurorack synthesizers.

Erica Fusion series consist of whole range of modules used in sound generation and shaping circuit – pure sine VCO with unique tube waveshaper (will be available mid-January 2015), VCO signal Mixer, Ringmodulator, VCF, VCA and Analogue Delay/Chorus. The first two modules are an Analogue Delay/Chorus module and a VCF.

The Analogue Delay/Chorus module uses classical BBD chip and is capable of wide range of FXes.

It’s available now for €290.00 at the Erica Synths site.

The Erica Fusion VCF is built around classical T bandpass filter topology with a tube working simultaneously as a preamplifier and filter feedback driver. As result you get a VCF with wide range of sonic possibilities from warm, juicy sound to extreme, distorted and self-resonating screams. With resonance fully CW you get sinewave tube VCO (not 1V/oct).

The Fusion VCF is available now for €280.00 at the Erica Synths site.

Erica Synths says that their Fusion VCA, VCO signal Mixer and Ringmodulator vacuum tube synth modules are ‘coming soon’.

Via Synthtopia

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