Blamsoft’s Distributor CV Switch Reviewed

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…

Blamsoft’s VK-1 Viking Synthesizer Reviewed

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?