Archive for September, 2020

Behringer PRO-800

Behringer has officially announced a Sequential Circuits Prophet synth knockoff, the PRO-800.

Behringer has taken the Sequential Prophet-600 synth to the next level with the Pro-800 reboot. Back then in 1982, this tweaked reboot had the distinction of being one of the first synths to be released with MIDI.

The PRO- 800 loses the keyboard but gets extra voices and new features. While the Prophet-600 was a six-voice instrument, the dual-VCO Pro-800 has eight voices, and many other new features as well. As on the Prophet-600, which was a more affordable version of the Prophet-5 – there is a patch selection section over to the left, though there is no keyboard on Behringer’s version, as you can see.

The Pro-800 has been created with the help of synth designer GliGli, who specialises in mimicking and improving the Prophet-600. Behringer says that, together, they have “taken this beautiful synth to the next level”.

Behringer is hoping to ship the Pro-800 in January for less than $600.

Here is what Behringer says about the Pro-800:

“Some time ago we started a wonderful journey with the famous synth designer GliGli who rose to fame for his highly respected improvements around the Sequential PRO-600.

Together with GliGli we have taken this beautiful synth to the next level. The PRO-800 is now a fully polyphonic, 8-Voice Dual VCO synth with many new features.

We’re working hard to get it to you below US$ 600 while shipment is targeted for coming January.”

Arturia POLYBRUTE Analog PolySynth

Arturia Polybrute Powerful 61-Key 6-Voice Polysynth Analog Matrix Synthesizer with Stereo Dual-filter Architecture

A mightier morphing Brute with a massive sound!

The Arturia PolyBrute looks like a beast of an analog polysynth with infinite control.

The launch of the Arturia PolyBrute – a 61-key, 6-voice instrument, should not come as a surprise, though – we always felt that it would only be a matter of time before Arturia released a large-scale analog polysynth.

The new flagship has a flexible mod matrix, a unique 3D touchpad and a selection of digital effects. The PolyBrute incorporates a 32-note arpeggiator, a 64-step sequencer and a 16-step ‘matrix arpeggiator’, and all the data that define each of these are saved on a per-patch basis. The 3D touchpad to the left of the keyboard, known as the Morphée. This gives you three-axis control over patch morphing, sequence/arpeggiator randomization or up to 32 assigned Matrix modulations per axis.

Each of the six voices features two Brute waveshaping VCOs, a full-spectrum noise generator, enhanced Steiner multimode filter, custom low-pass ladder filter, three LFOs, three Envelope Generators and more. The voices can be used polyphonically or in splits and layers, with a fully-loaded Unison mode also an option. In addition, each of the 768 presets exists in two states, and you can seamlessly morph between them using a dedicated knob. Other hands-on controls include pitch and multifunction wheels and an assignable touchstrip.

About the Matrix, it is the PolyBrute ‘digital brain’ – a hands-on interface that can be used in various guises. As well as enabling you to select presets, you can also use it in Mods mode, which turns the Matrix button grid into a digital patch bay. You can use it to route any of your modulation sources and controllers – there are 64 connections and up to 32 modulation destinations. In Sequencer mode, the Matrix enables you to record not only notes, but also synth parameter changes. For example, you has created a 64-step sequence, you can add the likes of velocity, accents, slides and randomization, and also generate complex arpeggios.

This emphasizes the ‘hands-on’ nature of the PolyBrute – everything is there in front of you in the form of dedicated knobs and switches. Almost all of these generate MIDI, too, so your movements can be captured in your DAW.

The Arturia PolyBrute comes with left and right unbalanced 1/4-inch jacks for the master stereo output, with stereo displacement of voices controlled in the output section. You can pan each of the six voices left and right to varying degrees, giving you full control over the width of your sound.

About the Effects, Arturia has included some of the best algorithms from its collection of FX plugins, including some new reverbs and delays that are designed to take advantage of the stereo architecture, including certain effects, parameters can be modulated with the mod matrix for ‘animated space and texture’.

The Arturia PolyBrute is really, really deep…but it is simple to use. The Polysynth is remarkably flexible and fun and, the amount of performance control is exceptional and sound superb. That does not mean that this new Brute looks in any way underwhelming.

The PolyBrute is expected to ship in November 2020.


  • 6-voice analog morphing polysynth
  • 61-note velocity/pressure-sensitive keyboard
  • 2 Brute waveshaping oscillators per voice
  • Noise generator ranging from red to white noise
  • Dual filter design: Steiner multimode and Dr. Bob Moog’s 24db Ladder
  • Master filter control and filter FM
  • 3 LFOs and 3 Envelope Generators
  • Matrix interface for modulation, sequencing, and preset control
  • 64 Matrix points for modular-style patching
  • Each preset has 2 states, seamlessly blended with the Morph control
  • Split or layer the keybed with the morphable sonic states
  • Select Poly, Mono, or Unison modes for the keyboard
  • Revolutionary 3-axis Morphée controller for real-time tactile expression
  • Assignable ribbon controller above keybed
  • Pitch wheel and assignable multi-function mod wheel
  • 64-step sequencer with motion recorder and automation
  • Multi-mode complex arpeggiator
  • Built-in stereo digital effects including reverb, chorus, and delay
  • Left and right unbalanced 1/4″ output jacks
  • MIDI In, Out and Thru DIN connectivity, plus USB MIDI
  • PolyBrute Connect software for Mac/PC for easy library and workflow management
  • Optional wooden legs extras

M-Audio KeyStation 88 MK3 MIDI Controller

M-Audio Keystation 88 MK3

The M-Audio KeyStation 88 MK3 is designed to be used both on stage and in the studio.

The new KeyStation 88 MK3 features 88  full-size, semi-weighted and velocity-sensitive keys. The new USB-powered keyboard controller sports additional controls include octave range buttons, pitchbend/mod wheels and a volume control. You also get transport controls and a sustain pedal input.

Additionally, the KeyStation 88 MK3 is class-compliant and can be powered over USB, while USB-MIDI is also supported. There is iOS compatibility and include a dedicated 5-pin MIDI output as well. Bundled software includes Pro Tools First – M-Audio Edition, MPC Beats and Ableton Live Lite, and a range of virtual instruments and sound expansion packs is included as well.

If you are looking for an affordable full-size MIDI keyboard to sit at the centre of your studio but is also lightweight enough to be carried to a gig, then M-Audio Keystation 88 MK3 looks like it.

The M-Audio KeyStation 88 MK3 is a full-size MIDI keyboard with a small price tag. At a price of $229 and is now available, which does not seem much to pay for a keyboard of this size.

Arturia KeyStep 37 MIDI Controller

Arturia KeyStep 37 37-Key Controller & Sequencer MIDI Controller with Polyphonic Step Sequencing; Chord and Arpeggiator Modes; Capacitive Pitch and Gravity Phone Holder and Bluetooth Headphone Bundle

You can play, sequence, compose and perform with your software and hardware synths!

Arturia introduced the KeyStep 37, the latest controller in their KeyStep line. The KeyStep 37 is a MIDI keyboard that encourages creativity but would not break the bank.

The new KeyStep 37 features 37 velocity-sensitive slimkeys with aftertouch, giving it five more keys than the already hefty KeyStep. In addition, other things it has over its sibling is a set of LED indicators above each key to provide you with a visual aid while playing notes and chords, and a sequencer and arpeggiator.

The MIDI keyboard is above the standard model but below the Pro variant. It is designed to encourage creativity and, as well as working with your computer, can also be used to control MIDI synths or CV and modular gear.



  • 37-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • RGB LED keyboard indicators for note tracking
  • 64-step sequencer with 8 patterns
  • 8-note polyphony per step
  • Step recording and live recording sequencer modes
  • Mono and overdub recording options
  • 8 mode arpeggiator with new random modes
  • Chord mode offers 12 chord voicings included a user-defined chord
  • Unique strum, velocity and note controls for Chord mode
  • Scale mode lets you quantize the keyboard to a scale of your choice – never hit a wrong note
  • 5 scales to choose from, including a user-defined scale
  • 16 assignable & adjustable MIDI CC controls
  • USB, MIDI, CV and clock connectivity – with USB A port.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite


The Arturia KeyStep 37 is now available.



Udo Audio SUPER 6 Binaural Synthesizer

One of the most awaited keyboards of the year has landed!

UDO Audio Super 6 Binaural Synthesizer  was launched at Superbooth 2019, which seems a long time ago given everything that has happened since, and Udo Audio Super 6 is finally here and ready.

The Super 6 features a 12-voice polyphonic, binaural analogue-hybrid synth with FPGA digital oscillators and voltage-controlled analogue technology, despite its very vintage look. The ‘binaural’ reference here refers to the fact that, when used in this mode, the Super 6 features a true stereo path- the 12 voices are twinned to create six ‘Super’ voices, which explains the name of the synth as well.

In addition, the parameters for each oscillator can be controlled independently, meaning that you can create some complex and ear-grabbing stereo images, though you can turn binaural mode off and have standard 12-voice polyphony if you would rather. Both oscillators feature DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) signal creation and can produce classic analogue waveforms, though the first oscillator also features a selection of 16 further user-selectable waveforms.

And, of course, you filter and amplifier sections, LFOs, envelopes and a modulation matrix. There are also an arpeggiator and step sequencer and dual stereo 24-bit effects – delay and chorus.

On the Super 6. the screen is not available – it is been designed very much as an intuitive, ‘hands-on’ synth. However, you do get a Fatar keyboard with velocity and aftertouch, expression and sustain, and there is also support for MPE controllers.

Commenting on the launch, UDO Audio’s team leader George Hearn said: “The result of years of hard work and many iterations of development, my mission with the Super 6 has been to harmonise what I love about archetypal electronic instrument design with modern, novel synthesis technologies that excel at generating spatially dynamic results.

“The architecture leverages the vibrancy of a true-stereo analogue signal path, driving it with extremely high sample rate, spectrally versatile digital audio, and presents you with straightforward, expressive controls of superior mechanical build quality”.

“I would love to see this instrument with the wear and tear of many years of use. Experiment, play, learn, and, hopefully, love it like we do!”

The UDO Super 6 comes in Blue or Black configurations.

The Super 6 is now available and costs £2,295/ $2,800.