The new Roli Songwriter Kit includes two of the company’s controllers with MIDI Polyphonic Expression — the Seaboard Block 2-octave soft keyboard and the illuminated Lightpad M playing surface, which both provide 5 types of playback expression. It also includes the Loop Block transport controller, a protective snapcase for traveling, and a software bundle with Tracktion Waveform and Ableton Live Lite DAWs, and software instruments designed for MIDI Polyphonic Expression such as the Roli Equator software synthesizer and the Noise loop composition app. The Roli Songmaker Kit is in major musical instrument retailers now for a sale price of $599 USD.
The IK Multimedia Syntronik Deluxe virtual synthesizer collection uses a combination of sampling and modeling to recreate some of the most renown hardware synthesizers of all time. The 80GB package for Mac or PC computers includes a total of 22 synths. Five brand new instruments for Syntronik Deluxe are based on the Moog Memorymoog analog polysynth from 1982, two Roland SH monosynths, the Korg Mono/Poly, the British EMS VCS3 modular synthesizer, and percussion sounds created in part from a Moog Modular system. Syntronik Deluxe costs 399 USD or euros, with upgrade pricing available to current users.
French-Canadian pioneers of physical modeling, Applied Acoustics Systems, has released Objeq, a creative effect app and Audio Unit plug-in for iOS. Objeq filters audio signals through three acoustic object resonators, making mundane sounds such as finger taps sound like rich percussion instruments. The $3.99 Objeq works as a standalone app or as an Audio Unit 3 plug-in for iOS DAWs such as GarageBand, Cubasis 2, or iMPC Pro 2.
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