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Roland today introduced the Aerophone Go, a new digital wind instrument that’s designed to be portable and to be used both standalone or as a controller via USB-MIDI or MIDI over Bluetooth LE.

Features:

  • 11 onboard tones including four sax variations, flute, clarinet, violin, plus 50 sounds available through the Aerophone GO Plus app for iOS or Android devices
  • Play anywhere with battery operation and onboard speakers
  • Easy to carry, weighing just 1 lb. 9 oz./695 g – comes with dedicated soft case
  • Play along with songs on your smartphone, using Bluetooth audio
  • Play with up to six friends using Aerophone GO Ensemble smartphone app for iOS or Android devices
  • Compatible with traditional sax fingering; transposable to any key
  • Mouthpiece features sensitive breath sensor with reed structure for traditional playing feel and control over techniques like vibrato and pitch

Here’s a couple of demos of the Aerophone Go in action, with imitative and synth sounds:

Pricing and Availability

Details are TBA. See the Roland site for more info....

Mode Machines has announced the availability of the SEQ12, a 12-channel analog and MIDI hardware sequencer.

The SEQ12 is a MIDI Matrix Sequencer and offers one MIDI Input and three MIDI Outputs.

It gives access to 12 tracks and you are able to choose between three track types: drum, chord and monophone. Each track has 2 or 3 controller tracks, routing on midi outputs and midi channel adjustable.

Each track has 16 patterns. These can be played in freely programmable sequences, one behind the other. Each pattern has its own shuffle pattern, 2 to 3 controller tracks and additional ratchet modes with programmable pitch and trigger patterns.

The SEQ12 can record MIDI notes and controller values via MIDI In and the data can be edited using the LED buttons. There are 32 memory slots in the device and Mode Machines says that it has ‘very stable and accurate timing’.

Pricing and Availability

The SEQ12 is available now €999....

WMD has released the DVCA – an updated take on their Digital VCA module that gives it more features, while reducing its size and power consumption.

Channel A is now unipolar/bipolar switchable, allowing for use as a bipolar VCA. With control parameters for bias and CV, users can create classic ring modulation and attenuversion effects. Channel B still has the character and features of the Digital VCA.

Features:

  • Dual VCA design
  • Channel A is a bipolar VCA
  • Channel A has bias and CV attenuversion
  • Low distortion/noise
  • VCA closes completely
  • Zero crossing detector
  • Gate/trigger detector
  • 8 bit CV resolution
  • Analog signal path
  • ‘Ultra fast’ envelopes

Pricing and Availability

The DVCA is available now for US $199....

Richie Hawtin shared this behind-the-scenes look at his rig for his CLOSE tour.

His set up is a hybrid of more traditional digital DJ remixing gear and analog and modular synthesizers.

“I’ve always been very interested in how far you can push DJing, and my new show CLOSE is an audio-visual experience that allows me to experiment much more than my regular DJ shows,” notes Hawtin. “Hopefully by the-set up and the visuals, it actually allows you to get closer to what is actually happening…”...

Synthesist Sam Battle (LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER) shared this demo of his latest DIY project, a flamethrowing synth module.

Aka, the FLAMES IN YO FACE 5000.

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