Hardware Instruments

Review: Roland Jupiter X/Xm

Classic synths don’t come more highly prized than the Roland Jupiter 8, and now Roland has re-awakened the slumbering giant. We investigate the updated versions of the king of synthesis.

Review: Erica Synths Bassline DB-01

As the Latvian company moves away from the Eurorack modules with which it made its name, we get hands-on with its new bassline machine and ask whether it lives up to the Riga firm’s enviable reputation.

Review: Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth

Thanks to the world’s resurgent hunger for hardware, there’s no shortage of amazing synths on the market. But this one, courtesy of new company Ashun Sound Machines, is unlike any other.

Review: Studio Electronics Midimini V30

As Studio Electronics celebrates the 30th anniversary of its monster monosynth with a new reissue, we see how the V30 racks up against its predecessor, as well as Moog’s Minimoog and Voyager.

Review: Qu-Bit Bloom

Imagine a Eurorack sequencer where your programmed patterns develop and evolve – all on their own. Qu-Bit hopes you’ll agree that it’s a bloomin’ marvellous concept.

Review: Waldorf Kyra

With all this talk of analogue synths, it’s easy to forget that virtual analogue has loads to offer, way beyond basic waveform stylings. Waldorf debut a highly impressive contender for the VA crown.
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Modal Electronics’ Cobalt8 pushes the boundaries of virtual analogue

64 oscillators with true eight-voice polyphony, 34 algorithms and a whopping 512-note sequencer.

Rob Papen’s Blade 2 takes ‘cutting edge synthesis’ to a new level

Dual-wield a Harmolator and Additive oscillator and slice through the mix with three multi-effects chains.

Review: Steinberg Backbone

Steinberg has provided some of music technology’s greatest innovations. With this new sampler-cum-sound design tool, its legacy looks assured.
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