The original polysynth, the Oberheim Four Voice (or the Two Voice, if we’re counting duophony; an Eight Voice came later), was actually four monosynths chained together with an analog version of this RE – called a voice allocation unit. The VAU scanned the keyboard for new notes and routed them to a synth. Each synth had its own panel’s worth of knobs and switches to be tweaked, making the larger instrument big, heavy, and difficult to manage. In normal use, an integrated poly-synth with cv routings done behind the scenes and one interface for all voices is much more practical, so why is Blamsoft taking us back to the beginning with Distributor? Well, sound synthesis has never been a field very interested in practicality…
In need some cool synthetic drum sounds? Then let me introduce you to EDS06s by Ochen K, a new dedicated percussion synthesizer for Reason. A fully-fledged drum synth has been long overdue in Reason and EDS06s doesn’t fail to deliver. With its stylishly good looks and ease of use this device will feel right at home in your Reason rack.
From across a sea of synthesizer satire, indie developer Blamsoft invades the rack with the “authentic classic analog synthesizer experience,” or, VK-1 Viking. But is the horned helmet insignia enough to strike fear into the hearts of the English and Russian developers, such as its namesake? Let’s find out.
First, the elephant in the room: Does it sound like a Moog?
Noxious is the flagship RE of small French developer zvork, also responsible for the ‘Volt’ CV utilities. Taking “an intermediate route,” zvork was the first to bring additive synthesis to the Rack, with this very competitively priced synth of the generator-modifier variety. Is Noxious worth – ehem – adding to your Rack? Let’s find out.
Synapse Audio’s Antidote was one of the first Rack Extension synths to make it to the PropShop and, despite being one of the most expensive, remains one of the most frequently recommended REs in Propellerhead’s own forum. What’s all the fuss about? Read on for the full review!
The Korg company got it’s start over 50 years ago in Tokyo, Japan by releasing the Donca matic DA-20 rhythm machine under the Keio brand name. Throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s the company became popular selling home organs under the new name Korg, a combination of founders Tsutomu Katoh and Tadashi Osanai last names with the R-G from organ. However, concern over competition by larger manufacturers made Tsutomu Katoh look into building synthesizers, and in 1973 the miniKorg was released! The popularity of Korg’s mini and PS lines in the 70’s led to the release of some of their most popular analog synthesizers released in the early 80’s like the Mono/Poly and the PolySix. With this article will be looking at the Mono/Poly Rack Extension – a recreation of the classic analog synthesizer made for Reason 7!
It was almost 10 years ago when I entered Luis Ruvina’s Booth on Musicália (the Portuguese parallel to the Namm Show). Luís was at the time the Portuguese re-seller for Suzuki-Hammond, but above all a great organ player. I remember the distinguishing sounds of a Hammond B3 accompanied by the languishing chords of Tuniko Goulart’s jazz guitar urging me to enter his booth. Luís was playing a B3 through a HUGE Leslie (about the size of a medium fridge). I’ve never heard such a beast in person – you will never “feel” its true grit until you are at least 2 meters from one! The presentation lasted about 30 minutes but I remember it as if it was yesterday. 30 minutes of pure musical magic!
If bringing a bit of that magic to the Reason rack was Sononics objective with Revival… They’ve succeeded! Read on for the full review of this new-generation organ Rack Extension.