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Composing a Space Rock Album on the iPad 2: the Story of Kev Ellis — Space Cadet

(Editor’s note: Kev Ellis cohabitates the same worldwide Space Rock scene as myself. He’s played with Bubbledubble, Kev and Trev, and Spirits Burning among others. In fact, I think we are on the same Spirits Burning track from their Alien Injection album. SB being an Internet-based music outfit, we’ve never met in person. I knew […]

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Moog Releases Werkstatt-01 Synth Kit to the Public

One of the more intriguing happenings at this year’s Moogfest in Asheville, NC featured a workshop where all the attendees got to build their own Moog analog synthesizer. Nary two months later, and Moog has released the Werkstatt-01 synth kit — used in the workshop — to the public. Anyone interested in building their own […]

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Korg Volca Keys — the Analog Synth Reviewed

While Korg’s Volca series of portable analog synth boxes intrigued me, I wasn’t really in the market for one. But with a Moog Sub 37 on seemingly perpetual pre-order (its ship date recently moved from mid-May to late-Summer) and two albums from Church of Hed and Quarkspace needing overdubs I began to reconsider. I hoped […]

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kosm, an Experimental Synth App for Android

To get to the point rather quickly, kosm is the most fun I’ve had to date with a music app on the Android platform. Essentially a “gravity sequencer”, kosm’s interface brilliantly leverages the touchscreen and accelerometer to foster a host of experimentation and creativity. And best of all? It’s free! kosm for Android Features Gravity-based […]

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Common Analog Synthesizer for Android

The Android music app scene isn’t nearly as robust as its iOS counterpart, and the reasons for which are beyond the scope of this article. One virtual synth app for Android worth checking out is the imaginatively titled: Common Analog Synthesizer. It provides a great sound, familiar synth controls, and the dreaded Android latency issues […]

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The iVCS3 raises the Bar for iPad Hardware Emulation

The EMS VCS3 — with other models known as the Synthi or Putney — is a legendary analog synthesizer from the Golden Age. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” from Dark Side of the Moon famously uses the VCS3, and that same synth arpeggiation now serves as the “Hello World” application for many current analog beatboxes, […]

Emerson Moog Modular

Moogfest 2014 Intrigues and Inspires

Observing the news from this year’s Moogfest, held once again in Asheville, NC, headquarters of Moog Music, it is obvious that the modular synthesizer revival is coming full circle. At the festival, Moog announced they are reintroducing Keith Emerson’s classic modular unit, used in pretty much every ELP tour since the early 70s. I Dream […]

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Korg Gadget — Reviewing the Synths, Part 2

So we’ve reviewed Korg’s powerful Gadget iOS beatmaking app; we covered its drum modules, and the first half of its synth collection. Naturally, what follows is a look at the other six synth modules of Gadget. Expect these Gadgets to be useful for creating a wide range of electronic and esoteric music. Wolfsburg offers a […]