Archive for July, 2024

Moog Labyrinth Generative Sequencing Synthesizer Now Available


Today, Moog Music has officially introduced its Labyrinth, the latest in their line of all-in-one semi-modular analog synthesizers.

Like the Mother-32, DFAM, Subharmonicon & Spectravox, the Moog Labyrinth can be used as a standalone synth module, or integrated into larger Eurorack modular systems.

A semi-modular analogue machine, this represents a departure from past Moog instruments in that it offers a new voice architecture with unique oscillators, a different filter topology, wavefolding and parallel processing. There are also dual generative sequencers, which can be intertwined for polyrhythmic expression.

“Labyrinth is designed to be an engine of sonic exploration,” says Moog’s Rick Carl, System Architect and Lead Hardware Engineer on the new synth. “It allows users to create evolving sequences and rich timbres. It’s like having a compositional companion that navigates through a labyrinth of sound, constantly reconfiguring and surprising you with new sonic landscapes.”

Labyrinth comes in 60HP format can be used either standalone or part of a Eurorack setup. Its 32 patch points facilitate extensive modulation and routing options.

What they say about it:

“Departing from traditional Moog instruments, Labyrinth introduces a new voice architecture with unique oscillators, a different filter topology, wavefolding, and parallel processing. This innovative design also features unique dual intertwining generative sequencers to help inspire new compositional ideas.

As part of Moog’s semi-modular family, Labyrinth stands out as a unique tool for auditory exploration. Its dual generative sequencers and parallel voice architecture enable the creation of evolving soundscapes and intricate polymetric melodies. More than just an instrument, Labyrinth is an idea machine, offering limitless sonic potential that adapts to both live performances and studio sessions.

In a compact 60HP format, Labyrinth excels both as a standalone synthesizer and an integral part of larger Eurorack setups. Its flexible architecture allows musicians to add color and depth to any musical arrangement, from ambient soundscapes to dynamic rhythmic patterns. The instrument’s patch bay facilitates extensive modulation and connectivity with other modular gear, making it a versatile addition to any setup.”


Features:

  • Dual Generative Sequencers: Construct intertwining melodies and rhythms that mutate over time, uncovering new patterns and textures.
  • Parallel Voice Architecture: Features a combination of a voltage-controlled wavefolder and a state-variable filter for complex sound shaping.
  • Comprehensive Patch Bay: 32 patch points for extensive modulation and routing options.
  • Analog and MIDI Sync: Easily sync Labyrinth with other equipment using analog clock or MIDI.

The Moog Labyrinth is now available for $599.

 

Cherry Audio introduces Wurlybird 140B Electric Piano


Cherry Audio’s Wurlybird 140B emulates a lesser-known electric piano.

Cherry Audio has introduced Wurlybird 140B, a sample-based virtual instrument, modeled after the classic 1964 Wurlitzer 140B.

While most Wurlitzer electric piano emulations focus on the 200 series models, Cherry Audio has chosen to jump back a generation and bring you the sound of the 140B, which they say many enthusiasts consider to be the jewel in the Wurly crown.

Wurlybird 140B promises to be a faithful emulation of the original hardware – it samples a professionally restored unit owned by keyboard player and songwriter Tom Hammer. These were captured by sound designer Mike Martin.

It is a virtual Wurly that offers ultra-realistic response with subtle randomisation of key release and pedal sounds. The sound of the original preamp has been modelled, and the vibrato/tremolo emulated.

There are also eight stompbox-style effects: Tube Overdrive, Chorus, Rotator, Delay, Reverb, Seven-Band Graphic EQ, ‘70s Phaser and a LoFi vinyl/noise unit. The 50 presets take in both classic and contemporary tones, and the rendered interface adds to the vintage vibe.

What they have to say about it:

“Wurlybird 140B has been crafted by Cherry Audio through deep expert sampling of a professionally restored 140B, along with subtle randomization of key release and pedal sounds, precision modeling of the original preamp, faithfully emulated vibrato/tremolo, and even adjustable background hum.

Additionally, Wurlybird 140B includes a broad spectrum of tonal-enhancing stompbox-style effects, ranging from subtle to extreme.

Intro and performance demo, from synthesist and composer Michael Whalen:

Wurlybird 140B Features:

  • Virtual instrument based on the rare 1964 Wurly 140B model electronic piano
  • Deep multi-sample programming by sound design virtuoso Mike Martin meticulously captures the response of every key and reed
  • Recorded from keyboardist and songwriter Tom Hammer’s exquisite reference model
  • Subtle randomization of key release and pedal sounds for ultra-realistic response
  • Precise modeling of the original preamp
  • Gorgeously rendered resizable UI
  • Easily accessible controls for Vibrato (Tremolo), Tune, Hum, and Velocity Curve
  • Exceptional stompbox-style effects array: Tube Overdrive, Chorus, Rotator, Delay, Reverb, Seven-Band Graphic EQ, and all-new effects algorithms for 70’s Phaser and LoFi with discrete vinyl and noise
  • Over 60 fabulous presets by veteran sound designers James Terris and James Dyson spanning from classic to modern tones
  • Complete MIDI control and DAW automation with effortless MIDI learn mapping

Wurlybird 140B runs standalone and in VST/AU/AAX plugin formats and is available for Windows and Mac. There’s a 30-day demo, and is available now for just $39.

 

Roland RE-201 Space Echo Now Available As Roland Cloud Plug-in


Today, Roland introduced RE-201 Space Echo, an official software reboot of the iconic 1974 tape echo and spring reverb.

Lovingly crafted by the makers of the original Space Echo, you can now have the genuine character of this ultra-versatile and transformative effect in your DAW.

Available via Roland Cloud, this offers multiple tape head combinations and has a resizable, hi-res interface that replicates the look and feel of the original hardware. There’s an extended set of parameters for those who want to go beyond the original controls, along with six tape-speed LFO shapes with tempo sync and adjustable rate and depth.

As with many of Roland’s other recent ‘vintage’ plugins, you can adjust the condition of the unit to vary the sound. The amount of tape wow and flutter and motor torque can also be controlled.

Features:

  • The only authentic Roland RE-201 Space Echo plug-in
  • Iconic tape delay and echo sounds with multiple head combinations and spring reverb
  • Resizable, high-resolution interface brings the feel of using the original hardware
  • Highly detailed and historically accurate graphics with pristine and aged appearances
  • Explore over 50 expertly crafted presets
  • Perfect for all kinds of sources, including keyboards, guitars, drums, vocals, and more
  • Extended parameters for new sounds and modern production techniques
  • Six tape-speed LFO shapes with tempo sync plus rate and depth controls
  • Adjust the physical condition of the unit, tape wow and flutter, and motor torque
  • Support for VST3, AU, and AAX plug-in formats

Audio Demo:

Roland Cloud Ultimate subscribers can download the RE-201 Space Echo plugin now, and it’ll be available to buy as a Lifetime Key from 13 August.