Rack Extensions get Modular and Experimental

Ochen K’s A Series 1 & 2 Modular Synths

A Series 1

A Series 2

These little beasties have all kinds of potential for sound generation and modulation. Some may say this release is not for the uninitiated to the world of modular synthesis, but I would argue that it could actually serve as a great learning tool as well as sounding great. At $9.00 each, it’s a small investment for such a huge amount of sound design possibilities. Check them out here and here.

“The A-Series Modular Synth is the first fully modular synth for Reason, where you can design your synths however you want for whatever sound you can imagine. And because all the modules are mix-and-match, all those Reason effects and devices that you already have can go right inside your custom synth. The A-Series 1 is the first rack extension in series.”

Omino Offers wbl5515 For The Low, Low Price of Free


I’ll just let these guys speak for themselves. I will say it’s been interesting thus far, don’t expect soaring leads or lush pads :p.

“Omino.Com is pleased to present the WBL5515, a dual drone oscillator built using old semiconductor stock from the now-defunct Japanese company Yamanote Linear Y.K. 

The WBL5515’s A side uses a 1987 YL515 Triple-Loop oscillator configured in ring modulation mode. The B side uses the 1988 ‘515-B revision of the same chip, producing a slightly cleaner sound…

Tragically, or perhaps charmingly, some of the chip inventory is slightly static-damaged, and may crackle or produce excessive p-p voltage; a smoothing filter for each side is switchable on the rear-facing panel.

Two 9-volt batteries provide power. To replace the batteries, simply loosen the folded rear panel tabs, and ease the panel downwards until it can be safely rotated outwards. Replace only with matched battery pair from same package, red leads to positives.

The extant supply of YL515 TLOs is small. The WBL5515 is a hand assembled limited edition, subject to stock on hand. We hope you enjoy playing it as much as we have enjoyed soldering them together for you!”

You can get this one here.


Native Instruments Holiday Gift: The “Driver” Turbocharged Distortion Filter

Driver“DRIVER is an inspiring creative tool from the creator of MASSIVE featuring the rare pairing of a high-quality filter with a punishing distortion unit. The smooth filter section delivers a wide range of effects, from ultra-subtle to incredibly rich, while two modulation sources produce dramatic textural shifts.

The distortion section is capable of everything from light saturation to complete sonic destruction. Running as a stand-alone effect in any DAW, or as an effect in MASCHINE, DRIVER is perfect for any track needing fresh musical color, total annihilation, or a smooth sweep from one to the other.”

Product type KOMPLETE Effect
For use with Any DAW as a stand-alone plug-in (Formats: AU, VST, RTAS, AAX)
Effect category Creative filter and distortion effect
Size (Mac / PC) Mac: 86 MB , PC: 42,7 MB
System requirements Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM

It won’t be free forever. Act quickly, go get it here. Have fun with this one. Many thanks to Native Instruments.


A Nice Gift from u-he for the Holidays: The Podolski Synth

PodolskiBlue“Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer. Basically a cut down version of FilterscapeVA with just one oscillator, one filter, one envelope and two LFOs, it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects.

Podolski’s specialities are the Click parameter (emphasizes the filter attack) and its ability to seamlessly morph between three waveforms (WaveWarp).”

You can go get it here. Enjoy. 😀

Thank you for your generosity Urs and Crew. Happy Holidays.


New Rack Extension: PX7 FM Synthesizer by Propellerheads


PX 7While Thor did have it’s FM oscillators and was capable of some decent FM synthesis, the PX 7 is the DX7 fan’s dream come true in the Reason rack. With loads of controls and operator algorithms you can get anything from cheesy 80’s ephemera to modern cheesy ephemera (kidding of course). Enough of my sorry attempt at humor, I’ll let the Propellerhead’s video do the talking.



New Rack Extension: Blamsoft’s Viking Synth


“Viking gives you the authentic classic analog synthesizer experience. It’s a monophonic synth with three oscillators and a 4 pole ladder filter. Add to this plenty of modulation and control voltage capabilities and you get a timeless synth design.

All parameters in Viking have been modeled from real analog hardware, from the oscillator wave shapers, to the filter, to the envelopes. Try it out. The proof is in the sound.”

25% savings through December
Sale price: $59
Regular price: $79


At the heart of Viking are three adjustable wave oscillators. The wave shaper gives the oscillators a unique sound that can’t be achieved with the fixed choices found in most synths. A noise oscillator provides three types of noise, one specifically modeled after classic hardware.

Two modulation busses and an LFO provide flexible modulation capabilities.

Most virtual analog synthesizers miss out on one of the most important aspects on analog synthesis, control voltage. Numerous individual CV inputs as well as CV inputs into the modulation busses means that everything in the synth can be controlled by CV from other devices in the rack.

The filter is a classic transistor ladder filter modeled meticulously. Two DSP varieties are available allowing for either reduced CPU load or soft clipping. The number of poles is adjustable for a wider range of filter sounds.

Viking features state of the art analog modeling technology:
– Viking’s oscillators are free running, not sampled, wavetable based, or generated from a zero point
– Viking’s oscillators have instability, which is controllable through the tuning drift control
– Viking’s oscillators use advanced techniques to avoid aliasing
– Viking’s nonlinear filter uses circuit modeling and provides soft clipping

Includes 75 factory patches.


New Rack Extension from Propellerheads: Radical Keys


“Radical Keys brings you three classic keyboard instruments in a great-sounding package: the Rhodes Mk1, the Wurlitzer and the Pianet-T. All delivered through Propellerhead’s cutting edge Radical Engine, combining samples with physical modeling to bring out the character and quirks of these legendary instruments. What you get is an infinitely tweakable, instantly playable instrument whose sonic capabilities range from the ultra realistic to the utterly outlandish.

Thanks to its combination of samples and modeling, Radical Keys goes beyond just emulating those classic sounds. The Radical Engine lets you blend signals and modeling from different signal chains—clean line recording, amplifier and ambient room mic. You can mix and match between signal chains and even the different instruments until you get the sound you are after. Further stretch the sound with the Character-knob to make your piano more subdued if you want to keep it in the background, or turn it up to its agitated state to make it cut through any mix.

But above all, Radical Keys is a player’s instrument. It comes with over 100 hand-tuned presets in a variety of styles for ready-to-play, fabulous sounding instruments out of the box. Radical Keys’ powerful built-in effects chain means the patches come out full of character, ready to play.

The instruments were recorded at Sveriges Radio in Stockholm using a spare-no-expenses mix of vintage and state-of-the-art equipment. The recordings were carried out by a Grammy award-winning recording engineer to capture not only the sound, but the soul of these classic instruments.

– Three classic electric pianos: Rhodes Mk 1, Wurlitzer and Pianet T.
– Choose and blend between line-recorded, amplified and room mic signals.
– 101 instantly playable piano patches for any style of music and any style of playing.
– Tweak the instrument’s character by altering sympathetic resonance and envelope
– Set the level for the instrument’s mechanical noises such as key noise and pedal noise. Make it clean or make it rough.
– Adjustable velocity response lets you control how the instrument responds to your performance.
– Unique effect section designed specifically for Radical Keys. Consists of Tremolo, Compressor, Overdrive, EQ, Phaser, Chorus and Ambience processing.”