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Superbooth 2019 - What's Hot?
Let's take a look at some of the exciting new music gear from Superbooth 2019!
The Superbooth show is here, and every year we see a plethora of exciting new gear to add to our wish lists. Here's a selection of our top picks for 2019.
Explore a whole new world of analog synthesis. Announced before the show, the Voltage Research Laboratory is "a completely different analog synthesizer where every function of the instrument has been influenced by the behaviors and systems of the natural world."
With three separate Eurorack modules housed inside a handmade enclosure, this is one exciting proposition for 2019. As Pittsburgh Modular says, the Voltage Lab Synthesizer offers multiple options for "extreme sonic research." Sign us up!
The Elektron Digitone Keys is an 8-voice polyphonic synthesizer designed to let you "unlock your sweet dreams". Based on the Elektron Digitone, the Digitone Keys gains a 37-key 'board that promises a wide range of expresiveness with pressure- and velocity-sensitive keys. A powerful sound engine and customizable controls gives the potential for expansive sound control.
Digitone Keys' Multimap lets you configure and assign multiple sounds or triggers, with multiple outputs for independent sound scultping. An easy-to-use FM engine with 16-step sequencer provides "Digitone dynamism in keyboard form".
Shop now | Elektron Digitone Keys
Remember the Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer? Of course you do. It's become a modern-day classic. Well, the new Korg Minilogue XD puts all the functionality of the original Minilogue in a desktop-format synth, mounted in a classy wooden chassis. Get the best of analog synthesis and digital control.
This new desktop module features the same four-voice polyphonic synthesis as its predecessor, as well as a customisable digital multi-engine and stereo effects. If you're looking for a "next generation" synth with the same controllers as the keyboard version, the Minilogue XD Module is well worth a look. Chain it with another Minilogue for a total of 8 voices, or add it to your studio as the ultimate additional sound module.
Shop now | Korg Minilogue XD Module
Ever since the famed NS-10, the black-and-white monitor families from Yamaha have become a go-to classic for studio monitoring. The HS Series always offered a more well-rounded sound stage than the harsher NS-10's, and as such, became a great-value choice for many users.
Yamaha has updated the HS Series with a new limited-edition Space Grey finish, and we think they look fantastic. Available in 5-inch, 6-inch, and 8-inch designs, the limited-edition HS Series offers a fresh look for 2019, with the same acclaimed sound that countless musisians and engineers have trusted with their mixes.
Shop now | Yamaha HS Series Limited Edition
Korg has added its ground-breaking Nutube technology to the Volca range of portable synths. Despite its super compact size, the Nutube delivers real vacuum tube technology for "incredibly warm tones and rich distortions that only a tube can provide".
As with the rest of the portable Volca family, the Nubass features a 16-step sequencer, motion sequencing, transpose, slide, accent, and randomise functionality. The addition of a Nutube makes it the perfect "acid bass machine" with warm harmonics from a real tube-driven osciallator.
Shop now | Korg Volca Nubass Vacuum Tube Synthesizer
The Matriarch is based on the vintage circuitry of classic Moog modules and is a "catalyst for creative ideas and a medium for multidimensional expression".
The Matriarch is a 4-voice paraphonic synthesizer with sequencer, arpeggiator, stereo ladder filters, and stereo analalog delay. Being a semi-modular design, the Matriarch will let you create sounds straight out the box. For the more adventurous, the addition of multiple patch points allows you to get deeper into your sound exploration, should you feel the desire - and if you're anything like us, that will be a very strong desire...
Shop now | Moog Matriarch Paraphonic Analog Synth
The Summit takes the original Peak and doubles its voice-count to 16. The Summit lets users split two patches across the keyboard, as well as creating layers or switching between patches on the fly. Based on Novation's New Oxford Oscillators, the Summit provides the best of analog and digital technologies for subtractive, wavetable, and FM synthesis.
This flagship device is perfect for studio and stage, and we can't wait to get our hands on it.
Shop now | Novation Summit Hybrid Synthesizer
Ok, this isn't necessarily a brand-new product for Superbooth. However, in the grand scheme of new product launches, this is a big one.
The Nord Grand is a collaboration between digital piano experts Nord and acoustic piano masters Kawai. The result is a stunning digital grand piano with incredible audio and superlative playing feel.
Featuring a super expressive, 88-note keyboard with triple sensors and ivory-touch feel, combined with a 2 GB Nord Piano Library; the Nord Grand is a no-compromise stage piano for players needing the most immersive playing experience.
Whether you're a stage player or a studio musician, upgrade your piano experience with the Nord Grand.
Shop now | Nord Grand with 88-note Kawai Hammer Action
Thought you knew about mixing audio? Think again! The Make Noise X-Pan is a new take on blending sound. With two main channels and a third auxiliary channel, this unique device lets you control your stereo sound field with puslsing panning effects.
Putting the pan control under the control of VCO lets you play with your stereo image to your heart's content. With a highly responsive design, users can experiment with fluctuating stereo sidebands created by Audio Rate Crossfading and Panning. X-PAN is also Direct coupled for use as a CV Processing and Routing toolbox.
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By Matt WilkinsonPosted on 9 May 2019 17:31 to category : Instruments News
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