In episode 181 we are talking about synths on your Saturday – we checked out CV options with the Mutable Instruments Ears and the Intellijel Planar2 ! Plus all the usual segments! Funny Side, News from the Geekery, Price Watch, Name that Synth …
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Synth Geekery is a weekly podcast/live stream (YouTube) show about everything synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, sequencers, eurorack and music technology. We take the “one of the masses” viewpoint, where we are also users of gear just like you (read: we’re not influenced by commercial product placement).
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This week’s video guests are:
Daren T. Housse
Bandcamp Link: https://darenthousse.bandcamp.com/
Daren resides in the UK and is one of the first video guests on the show since 2019. He has a large amount of tracks on his youtube channel plus a great album collection over on BandCamp.
Main link – https://www.youtube.com/user/sunhoney1uk
BandCamp link: https://andyvonal.bandcamp.com/
Andy resides in the UK and has been a regular member of the show since 2020. He has performed live and offers a wealth of knowledge for live electronic music setups and small studio configurations.
Andy is a musician and technologist from the bay area in California. He has an amazing collection of music tech gadgets and a large knowledge of synthesizers.
Ian J. Cole
Ian is a musician, composer, sound designer and producer currently producing solo ambient electronic music. He also runs Sinners Music which is a Record Company and Online Music Retailer in East Yorkshire, England
The funny side segment is a collection of memes that are somewhat relevant to the synth geekery community. Some of these images are taken from Facebook, Instagram and other social media sources. Please respect the creators. Hope you enjoy this week’s selection:
News from the Geekery
This week we have a big list of new synths and gear:
Did someone say analog filters? Yes please!
Price: $599 USD
Akai Pro MPK Mini
A great little controller that finds a niche in this area of the market.
Price: $199 USD
Strymon BigSky VST
Seems like a no-brainer for those who would like the effect but not wanting to spend the money on the hardware pedal.
Price: $199 USD
Moog MoogerFooger VST
Be interesting to know how accurate some of their algorithms are in comparison to the original hardware.
Price: $149 (Intro, then $249) for 7 FX.
Exquis: MPE & CV Controller
The kickstarter has some confusing options. It seems there are 2 versions of the App – a lite and a full. Would like to know the difference between these. There also seems to be 2 versions of the hardware as well.
Price: $159 or $199 via Kickstarter
Ableton Note – App for iOS
Can you only upload to the Ableton Cloud – or is there a way to transfer the project without needing a subscription?
Price: $5.99 USD on Apple AppStore
Korg SQ-64 Sequencer – Firmware Update
The 2.02 firmware update adds a drum pad mode, step recording, record quantise and more.
This week – we visited a number of auctions, here are the screen grabs:
This week’s Saturday Sonority we were talking about synths!