Synth Geekery 205

In episode 205 we talked about the proposed Behringer Spice and the new Akai MPC One+ (plus)! 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

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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.

Andrew Brooks

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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


Video replay

Funny Side

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

new synths and gear:

Behringer Spice

Behringer have announced the Spice. Pictured above is the prototype/beta for testing. The Spice is a clone of the Moog Subharmonicon and features a similar set of controls and connections.

The setup has 2 VCOs with Sub 1 & 2 Frequencies , Shape switch, VCF Low Pass with Frequency & Resonance controls, 2 EGs with VCA and VCF controls. The Sub frequencies work with the principle of Trautonium and give an overall undertone. The frequencies are determined mathematically from the 2 VCOs with quantization option.

There’s also a Sequencer with 2 inbuilt sequencer lanes containing 4 step controls and 4 rhythm controls. There’s also a 32-connection CV matrix at the top with many features similar to the other models. Finally, there’s USB and MIDI din connectivity.

This is in addition to the line up of Crave and Edge. This completes the trio of the Moog Mother32, DFAM and Subharmonicon clones.

Price: $249 USD


Akai MPC One+

The latest release from Akai Pro in the MPC range is the MPC One + (plus). It boasts a new red paint job, so does that mean it goes faster? (they always say red cars go faster (sic)). Apparently so, it has an upgraded processor, memory and more. Check out the improvements in hardware vs the MPC One (non plus):

  • Processor: 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A17 processor (taken from the MPC X specs)
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • 2GB content pre-loaded
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Some software improvements (which benefit the entire MPC and Force range) – more on this in a separate news item

Some thoughts …

The latest MPC One+ brings the hardware specs of the entry level MPC to virtually the same as the flagship MPC X. That must mean there’s some new models coming for the MPC X and MPC Live sereies.

Price: $699 (USD)


Akai MPC Software (hardware) Update

The latest of the plug-in synths for the MPC hardware from Air is the Jura. Jura is inspired by the iconic Juno synthesizer from Roland in the early to mid 1980s. The interface shows a retro-style layout and provides Q-Link mapping to the controls and the touch screen controls provide instant feedback. Here’s the synth specs:

  • VCO with two noise types, modern and vintage
  • VCF includes saturation and drive
  • Dual Envelope Generators that can be mapped accordingly
  • LFO with Ramp Up, Ramp Down, Triangle, Sine, Square, Positive Square, Random 1, and Random 2
  • Chorus with the 2 types plus a switch to add the famous chorus noise
  • The FX section provides a Delay, Reverb and EQ for further sound shaping

Jura can be installed on your MPC or Force hardware. The list of plugins is growing for this platform and now provides a vast range of music styles:

New MPC One+ customers can currently choose this for free with their plugin credit (for a limited time).

Price: $85 USD or $131.12 AUD (option to try for free)


Price Watch

Find below images and links to the items we showed for the price watch segment.

Name That Synth

No name that synth this week – send one in!

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