Synth and Software continues to cover new product releases from the ‘virtual’ NAMM 2021 convention, as well as other new products.
Sequential Prophet 5 and 10
Incomplete Desk syndrome: a desk that lacks a Sequential Prophet 5 and (and/or?) Desktop Module on it, enticing you at all hours.
Here’s Synth and Software’s story about the keyboard versions.
Roland Verselab MV-1
“Finish more music” is a great advertising slogan for a self-contained music production unit, isn’t it? Roland’s Verselab MV-1 is intended to make it easier to do just that.
The MV-1 includes 3000+ sounds; a step sequencer for drums, basslines, and melodic parts; the ability to interface with a smartphone/tablet/computer to transfer files; mastering effects; battery or USB power; a built-in mic plus an XLR mic input with phantom power; stereo 1/4″ I/O; dual headphone jacks; and MIDI I/O.
In the Cool Little Gadget category, Roland showed their WM-1 Wireless MIDI Adapter. It uses a proprietary format that works over 2.4GHz, the same as one of the Wi-Fi frequencies. The WM-1 only works on iOS and macOS, but they make a WM-1D for Windows.
Why on earth would Synth and Software cover IRs?!
What an excellent question. Think of IRs – Impulse Responses – as being samples of… well, anything, but in the case of Eminence’s, various guitar amps.
Now imagine what synths sound like running through Eminence’s guitar amp IRs. And not just synths, but drums can get a great edge from going through guitar amps (or simulated ones).Oh yeah, and they’re also for guitars.
NAMM Face Masks
The undisputed runaway hit of the show. Need one say more?
Novation’s Summit is on proud virtual display. Below is the link to our review of this synth, which they bill as “the best sounding synthesizer Novation has ever made.”
You have to admit it – that’s saying something.
Also featured: Novation’s Peak 8-Voice Synthesizer. We’ll just let them describe it:
“Peak sounds warm and rich with filthy, biting overdrive. It’s an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The synth has a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three distortion points in an analogue signal chain.”
Filthy is good!
Mackie Onyx mixers w/interface
If you have more synth (and other) outputs than your audio interface has inputs, Mackie’s Onyx series of audio interfaces now contain built-in USB interfaces. (Or is it the other way around – their Onyx interfaces come with mixers?)
The series comes in four sizes: 8, 12, 16, and 24 analog inputs, with 4, 8, 12, and 18 of those inputs having mic preamps. All have 4X4 digital channels (i.e. the audio interfaces are 4X4).
There are onboard effects (reverb, delay, etc.), stereo 1/8″ and Bluetooth streaming, and one particularly interesting feature: built-in stereo recording and playback to/from SD card.