This week in music and technology news we find new products from Roland and Yamaha, a new Max for Live pack called Pallas, and instructions on building your own spring reverb.
Roland and Studio Electronics | SE-02 Analog Synthesizer
Roland has recently extended their Boutique Designer Series of synthesizers with the SE-02 a collaboration with analog synth designer Studio Electronics. The SE-02 brings authentic discrete analog circuitry to create an impressive three-oscillator analog mono synthesizer. With vast programming options, an array of high-quality knobs and switches, a fully featured 16-step sequencer, and expressive hands-on control, the SE-02 delivers massive vintage tone and texture. No release date announced yet, but the price is set at $499.99 US.
Max for Cats | Pallas Semi-Modular Synthesizer
Max for Cats’ latest creation brings the versatility of a semi-modular interface to the world of analog-modeling synthesis. This Max for Live is designed to model all the grit, character, and charm of authentic analog sounds. Built for Ableton Live, this device features eight-voice polyphony powered by three versatile oscillators, a host of controls to sculpt your sounds, a flexible eight-step sequencer, and a suite of onboard effects. Pallas also comes equipped with a comprehensive virtual patch panel where users can create any number of custom signal and modulation chains, a visual control panel, and a massive preset library.
Yamaha Zoom ARQ 2.0 Firmware Update
The ZOOM ARQ is an innovative all-in-one production and live performance instrument which includes an integrated drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller all controlled with an onboard 3-axis accelerometer. Its loop-shaped design and hand-held Ring Controller with touch PADs and interactive LEDs allows you to compose and perform electronic music n a unique way. A year after its inception, Zoom is ready to unveil the AR-96 Firmware V2.0 Update which brings a slew of improvements and added functions that make the ARQ experience even more enthralling.
Hamptone | DIY Spring Reverb
Scott Hampton of Hamptone Pro Audio in Portland, Oregon explains how to build your own spring reverb in this nifty article from Tape Op. PS – Check out Tape Op and subscribe! They show how to make great recordings with whatever tools you have access to.
I have been a big fan of spring and plate reverbs for decades, and over the past three years, I have spent a significant amount of time diving into the wormhole of designing and building them, initially for my own use and now for others. There are many amazing vintage units in existence, but I wanted to design one around current, commercially available reverb tanks, as not to be at the mercy of sourcing old parts. Recently my custom shop has been offering the result of this research: the SR4, a four-tank unit with a plethora of features. For this article, I took the basics of the SR4 and reduced it down to the simplest design I could come up with to share with the DIY audio community.