I simply could not resist ordering one of these:
(EUR 1,299 from anyware-instruments.de)
The patching system (mis)uses standard connectors – brilliant!
This British company appears to have finally got over its troubles and is delivering some neat toys. I’m once again sorely tempted by the BC16 – the circular arrangement of controls and the patching method (stackable banana cables across the centre) make for a very compact but powerful modular synth which might be stiff competition for Doepfer’s Dark Energy and MFB’s Kraftzwerg. Note that the image here is of an earlier version:
UPDATE: At the moment it looks like “Mr Chimera” is once again driving his potential customers crazy – by not delivering, by upping the price, and by announcing that no more orders for the BC16 will be taken.
Watch this space…
Radically updated bank of keyboard-player-oriented sounds. Most of the programs make use of the 3 assignable controls. Try switching on the arpeggiator and/or twisting the TEMPO knob during performance. Note that Genre and Category have been ignored.
Click here: MicroKORG XL sounds
U-he’s brilliant new modular VA synth “ACE” is now available from http://www.acesynth.com. Beefy analogue sound, audio-rate modulation throughout (so it’s a bit of a CPU hog), bargain price. I’m having a lot of fun thinking up ridiculous patches for this one!
Packing up to move home (slowly but surely), I took the opportunity to photograph my mutant V-Synth. It’s a prototype, and the COSM1 button of structure 2 is in the wrong position (see lower image) – it belongs in the upper row next to OSC1. Oops!
Just a quick note to say that my two MicroKORG XLs have passed the “Gig” and “Studio” tests with flying colours. I played at a 100% solar-powered mini-festival near Tewkesbury, England, with the twins as hand luggage. The studio job here in Frankfurt was just up the road, so I packed both synths plus a mini-mixer (onboard effects) into a carry-all, slung it over my shoulder and hopped on my bicycle!
Rehearsing for UK gig: