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  • Arturia Pigments – Innovative New Soft Synth

    Pigments is the latest software synthesizer from instrument creators Arturia. Combining the best of two worlds, it features hugely powerful, cutting-edge wavetable synthesis alongside their award-winning virtual analog technology. After spending 20 years analyzing and emulating the best synthesizers ever made, they have now used their expertise to create an original, uniquely “Arturia” software synthesizer. […]

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  • Updates, Fairlights and Analog Synths!

    Well, it has been a while since I did anything over here and it ALWAYS pains me to admit that. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that no matter how hard you try, if your passion and pastimes can’t pay the bills, they will always take second place to the things that do. In the six […]

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  • AcousticSamples VTines Mk.1 and B-5 Organ V2 – Review

    It’s fair to say that I like samples. From a very early age, I’ve appreciated how flexible and empowering this form of sound generation has been. In the early days, sampling was limited by the restraints of technology. All the necessary hardware components were either in their infancy,  incredibly expensive or both. RAM was at […]

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  • SonicState Interview Featuring The Fairlight

    A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Nick Batt over at SonicState.com about the Fairlight restoration project. Check out the video below…

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  • Fairlight Restoration Update

    The video pretty much speaks for itself, so I’ll let me do all the talking in that… 😉

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  • Fairlight Restoration – A Verbal Video Update!

    Not much to add to the video, so sit back and enjoy and try and stay awake!!

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  • Reason Song Challenge 6 – Re-Tron – The Winners!

    Well, not one to keep you guys waiting, Dave & Chris have been hard at it since Sunday afternoon and I now have the results. Also, I have some words from Chris & Dave that they would like me to share, plus personal critiques from the guys on each and every one of the entries!! […]

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  • Reason Song Challenge 6 – Re-Tron

    Blimey! It’s been a while since we did one of these, eh?? Ok, so let’s do this. Now we are in the world of Rack Extensions, it makes absolute sense to base this challenge on one of them, especially as the Try & Buy option means everyone can participate. And given my association with GForce, […]

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  • Song Challenges – Challenge 5: Synth Nation – WINNERS!

    Sooooooooooo…. It’s been a while! But we made it! This morning I received a mail from our judge, Marc Doty, informing me of his winner and giving me feedback on every single one of the entries. So, let’s get right to the point here and announce our winner…. Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of the […]

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  • AcousticSamples VTines Mk.1 and B-5 Organ V2 – Review

    It’s fair to say that I like samples. From a very early age, I’ve appreciated how flexible and empowering this form of sound generation has been. In the early days, sampling was limited by the restraints of technology. All the necessary hardware components were either in their infancy,  incredibly expensive or both. RAM was at […]

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  • Arturia CMI V – Review

    When I began writing my review of Arturia’s V Collection 6, it soon became apparent that, due to my deep interest and involvement with Fairlight CMI’s, the CMI V aspect of the package was going to get some deeper scrutiny. After about an hour of writing, and with the end still not in sight, I […]

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  • Arturia V Collection 6 – Review

    I’m lazy. I distinctly remember Mr Bacon, my primary school headmaster, telling me as much one summer’s day circa 1981. He was a proper, old-school (excuse the pun) headmaster. Tweed jacket, cane, loud and opinionated. And as he remonstrated with me, aged 11, about the shocking state of my school desk, I felt hurt by […]

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  • UVI release Mello, free for a limited time!

    Three of my favourite words. UVI FREE MELLOTRON So when these words can be used together, this makes me happy! A couple of weeks ago, UVI, sample library creators extraordinaire, announced the release of Mello, a compact library based on the legendary Mellotron and designed for use with either their free UVI Workstation or the […]

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  • UVI IRCAM Prepared Piano Review

    I suppose it has to be said that the piano is a bit of a one trick pony. I mean, it has one sound set whose sounds can only be affected by the velocity with which you strike the keys, and the level of sustain you apply using the pedals. Maybe opening the lid has […]

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  • UVI The Beast Review

    I think it’s fair to say that, of all the digital, sampling behemoths of the late 70s and early 80s, the New England Digital Synclavier was probably the biggest, most expensive, most desirable of all. Why? Well, it was, arguably, far superior sonically than its competitors and had a far higher level of specification in […]

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  • Steve Howell – A Book of Condolences

    It is with a heavy heart and with much sorrow that I have to report the passing of an incredibly dear friend of mine, and of this blog, Steve Howell. Steve was the quiet man behind Hollow Sun, a site that was initially all about sharing his incredible samples of classic synths for free and […]

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