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New Products from Believe in Music Week (NAMM 2021)

Nick Batzdorf

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Too many new products for one article…so Synth and Software will be posting throughout this week (and next) – here’s just a few to get us started.

Spitfire free instruments: download their player

Spitfire is known best for their major league orchestral and other instrument sample libraries. But did you know they have a lot of free downloads?

There’s some good stuff here.


Kurzweil K2700

The K2xxx series of Kurzweil instruments, which dominated a lot of project studio in the ‘90s, lives! Their latest is the K2700, which extends the polyphony of its V.A.S.T. synthesizer engine to 256 voices. 

The new instrument has 4.5GB of factory sounds onboard, with 13 instrument categories (pianos, synths, etc.); 3.5GB of user sample memory; plus “Flash-Play,” which allows up to 8GB of “zero loading time” programs.Then it has Virtual Analog, the KB3 ToneReal Organs (first introduced in the K2500), built-in FX, and K.S.R. – Kurzweil String Resonance (Piano string resonance modeling).


Korg Arp 2600M Semi-Modular Synthesizer

The Arp 2600M is an ARP2600 with the identical circuitry as the 2600 FS version, but in a compact format that can fit on a desktop.

The only difference is that they had to re-engineer the spring reverb to fit the smaller case.

It’s plug and play with any USB MIDI controller.


miniKorg 700FS

The miniKORG 700 was KORG’s first mass-produced monophonic synthesizer, released by in 1973. This is a revival of the miniKORG 700S (an improved version of the miniKORG 700), from 1974.

The revised miniKORG 700FS has new features, though: an arpeggiator, spring reverb, and aftertouch. It’s an analog synth that was developed with the original designer, Fumio Mieda.


Korg Modwave Wavetable Synthesizer

Korg’s modwave Wavetable Synthesizer updates the original DW-8000 from 1985, which combined digital wavetables and analog filters – a unique sound then. 

modwave features wavetable oscillators, filters, “wildly flexible” modulation, more polyphony, pattern sequencing, and of course hands-on control for customizable sounds and phrases. 

For real time dynamic modulation, modwave adds Kaoss Physics and Motion Sequencing 2.0, which combines an x/y Kaoss pad with “modulatable game physics. Motion Sequencing 2.0 brings the evolving patterns of the wavestate’s Wave Sequencing 2.0 into “the world of motion sequencing,” including multiple lanes and real-time recording, to create evolving phrases go beyond step sequencers. 


Arturia MicroFreak Algorithmic Synthesizer update

Arturia has an update to their MicroFreak Algorithmic Synthesizer. This $300 synth combines a multimode digital oscillator with an analog filter.


More to come!!!

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