Oct 05

The SynthSummitShow is now in action!

Over the past several months I have been hosting a show entitled “The Producers Hangout” while that show is still going strong and we appreciate all of our guests and viewers, I have decided to start and additional show dedicated to synth gear.

This show will be semi weekly with a heavy emphasis on synths and modular. the first two episodes are up now so be sure to click the link at the top of the page to keep abreast of all things SynthSummitShow related!

Aug 27

Roland releases System 100 plug out for System 1 and system 1m

System 100 Plug out release!

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Looks like Roland finally released their latest plug out for the System 1, 1m plug out synthesizer hardware.

as with other plug outs this appears to be fully mac and windows compatible the versions for computer are listed as

VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
down below on the specs page it lists host application requirements : VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible

What is really cool about this plug out is that its essentially already a semi modular system which means OPTIONS.

again this is a mono synth but has a quite deep set of modulations and routings.

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  • Perfect replica of SYSTEM-100 sound and behavior
  • ACB provides expansive, liquid tone of the original
  • Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander in a single instrument
  • Sophisticated architecture with dual VCO, dual LFO, S&H, Ring Mod, Noise and more
  • Versatile semi-modular patching capabilities
  • Integrated Phaser with modulation inputs, Reverb and Delay
  • Advanced arpeggiator with Scatter capabilities
  • VST, AU and PLUG-OUT compatible


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With the new SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer, the sound of this legendary instrument is perfectly reproduced and brought to life with Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB). ACB faithfully captures the sound and feel of our most revered classics, using original design specs, and a detailed, part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit. While the sound and behavior is reproduced with total accuracy, there are a number of modern additions that improve upon the original design.

The features of the original Model 101 Synthesizer and Model 102 Expander are combined into a single interface, allowing you to use both VCOs, both LFOs, S&H, Ring Mod and so on with no patching. Of course, the signal path can be altered and parameters modulated by connecting cables between the patch points. A new 14×15 Routing Matrix makes for super-quick patching with all connections still visually reflected as patch cables on the SYSTEM-100’s control panel. You can toggle patching on/off as well as quickly see the entire signal flow with convenient buttons right above the Routing Matrix.

Like other PLUG-OUTs there are dual ADSR envelopes (VCF and VCA) and the advanced pattern generation of the Scatter equipped Arpeggiator. Six arpeggio types with six step settings combine with variable Scatter type and depth to create a seemingly infinite selection of patterns. A lush phaser with modulation inputs joins the superb reverb and delay, creating an effects section perfectly suited for synth sounds.

Price looks set at $195 for non system 1/1m owners and $145 for system 1 /1m users

a bit higher priced than previous plug outs…

More info Here

Jul 23 Mutant hot Glue DIY on DRUMS!



In this video I showcase the Mutant Hot Glue on the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine. I show the different flavors of distortion and compression.  More to come so stay tuned!



4 Channel Mixer with Effects Send

  • 4 input channels, each with their own level and effects send control
  • Channel A mixer bypass switch and dedicated output for easy sidechain compression
  • Channel B is dual input, but shares level/send controls (for dual output modules, like the Mutant Hihats)
  • Channel C+D summed output
  • Main mixer output normalized to compressor input

Hi-Fidelity Analog Compressor

  • Soft-knee compressor based on the same family of premium audio ICs used in some 500 Series studio gear
  • Dedicated threshold and compression ratio controls
  • Gain control dials in up to +40dB of compressor gain
  • Compressor sidechain input for pumping effects
  • ED indicator actively displays the amount of compressor gain reduction

Voltage Controlled Analog Distortion Effect

  • A classic distortion topology reborn for modular analog synthesizers and drum processing
  • In/Outputs are conveniently normalized to the module’s send and return jacks
  • Blend control lets you adjust the mix of distorted and clean input signal
  • Fast responding CV input allows for complex modulation patterns and even modulating with audio signals

The Mutant Hot Glue is a powerful bus mixer for analog effects chain design. The included high quality analog compressor offers series or parallel compression, and a sidechain input, making it well suited for drum processing. The voltage controlled distortion is based on the batteryACID: IDOW Edition design, but improved for better signal fidelity and performance. It can be used in its default position, normalized to the effects send, or like every other part of the module, broken out and used elsewhere in your modular system.

By default, the 4 channel mixer’s output conveniently feeds into the compressor’s input, giving access to easy New York style parallel compression by way of the compressor blend control. The dedicated output and mixer bypass switch for channel A allow you to easily use it as a sidechain source for the compressor. An effects send and return allow you to create complex effects routings within your modular system. With the number of excellent DSP and other effects modules on the market today, this makes it easy to combine modules to great effect, all within the eurorack modular domain.

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Jul 12

STG Mankato Filter Eurorack tribute edition review

Jul 12

Koncreete Drum VST dirt layering

May 22

Pyramid Polyrythmic sequencer available for preorder now


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PARIS, FRANCE: avant-garde musical hardware researcher and developer Squarp Instruments is proud to announce that it is already accepting preorders on its inaugural Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer breakthrough — an advanced hardware standalone sequencer running proprietary PyraOs realtime processing firmware and boasting (multiple) MIDI, USB, CV/Gate, and (Sync48- and Sync24-configurable) DIN Sync connectivity, together with a host of fanciful features belying its compact and bijou form factor — as of May 21…

Most notably, and arguably an absolute rarity in this day and age, Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer is fully polyrhythmic, meaning different and unusual time signatures can be set for each of its 64 tracks to cleverly create shifted-beat sequences — set a track to 4/4 and add other tracks to simultaneously run with it in 5/4, 6/8, 15/8, or whatever — to bring stirring new musical flavours to productions. Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer… it is incontestably an appropriate appellation, after all! Apart from that, though, what makes this standalone sequencer so special and also why resolutely return to hardware in this day and age of commonplace software-based sequencing solutions, courtesy of all-singing, all-dancing DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations)?

Well, to truly get a feel for the flexible future of state-of-the-art and easy-to-use hardware sequencing in the present, perhaps it pays to look to the past? Which is exactly what the forward-thinking research and development team at Squarp Instruments did. “Our aim was to create a hardware sequencer in ‘sync’ with the new styles of electronic music being written nowadays,” notes company co-founder and R&D engineer Tom Hurlin. “There’s a huge gap in the market for this, which is kind of weird, because most popular music from the early-Eighties to the late-Nineties was produced using sequencing hardware. Hip-hop, for example, originated on the MPC series, which actually revolutionised all kinds of music — Madonna to Bryan Ferry to Whitney Houston. How come these machines were suddenly replaced by the computer?”

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May 15

Signal by Output for Native Instruments Kontakt Review

 Signal Review

Output, a relatively new content producer has recently been making waves with their well thought out and stunning GUI designs, inventive Kontakt scripting and genuinely evocative sonic content.

Their latest product SIGNAL doesn’t disappoint with its over 40 GB of content and beautifully intuitive interface.

Consisting of 4 “Pulse” engines the user has full control over unique rhythmic layered synthesis.

build in layering of both synthetic sound sources and acoustic recorded sources allow for interesting textures.

the 4 macro controls vary from patch to patch and give quick control of some of the most interesting sonic sculpting features. For those of us that like to dive deeper, there is also an advanced edit mode that gives you full control.

the Rythmic aspect of Signal really sets it apart by giving you complex LFO patterns, a step sequencer per part, Arpegiators, and an interesting Looper effect that lets you loop sections of the sound source to interesting effect.

These rhythms can all be tempo sync’d and utilized to create deep syncopated patterns, Lush evolving textures and even sharp biting leads and basses.

Of course all of this is up to the user, you can turn off these aspects if you just want access to the raw sounds, or you can opt to use any of the beautiful built in effects to sculpt your own sounds.

If you have the Full version of Kontakt you can even import your own sound sources.

Overall I really enjoy this library and it ranks up in the top 5 of my favorite Kontakt libraries.

definitely worth checking out.



  • 500 Pulse Instruments for instant playability
  • A massive array of content
  • 40GB including analog synths, digital synths and organic instruments
  • Up to 4 separate pulses at one time
  • All pulses lock to tempo
  • Rhythms: Looper, Step Sequencers, Arpeggiators, LFOs
  • 4 central MACRO sliders unique to each of the 500 Pulse Instruments

Grab it now and get 2 free expansion libraries FREE.

Priced at $199 on sale now from Output‘s website

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May 12

Stim Pack Review by

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