It has to be said that the Prophet 08 is one of our favorite modern polyphonic synthesizers. It’s got a feature set that no other poly synth has ever had and is incredibly inspiring to play. Because of the 8 voices it lends itself very well to song writing as bass notes, complex chords, and leads can be played in one go. It also has a sound that is firmly planted in the Curtis IC Chip lineage that other famous polyphonics are in.
Our main intention was to use the Prophet 08 for upcoming live INHALT performances because it has a great tone color that is capable of approximating a lot of our signature sounds made on vintage synths. To our surprise (and delight), the resemblance is rather uncanny to the Oberheim OB 8, which is one of the main polyphonic synths we use.
This little test isn’t exactly perfect in terms of one to one patch programming. But I feel as though the individual patches are close enough to each other to drive the point home. That point being: the Prophet 08 is more than capable of generating sounds very similar to the Oberheim OB 8.
Our interests are not in the raw sawtooth with no filter comparisons because frankly, we rarely use such sounds in our compositions. Instead, this comparison shows patches we would use in a musical context. The sounds follow the photographs: The OB 8 is first followed by the Prophet 08.
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A (short) live looping jam with analog keyboards, USB controllers, iOS devices, and Ableton Live. All loops are recorded live, nothing was pre-recorded.
Fender Rhodes w/ MXR Wylde Overdrive
iPads running Nave and Lemur
iPod Touch running Sunrizer w/ iConnectMIDI
KMI QuNeo and QuNexus
DSI MoPho keyboard (yellow)
DJTT MIDI Fighter 3D
MacBook Pro running Ableton Live
5x Chauvet Slim Par 56 LED
2x American DJ Mega 50 RGB
An overview of the three Korg volca beats, analogue rhythm machine.
Presented by its hardware designer and chief engineer, Tatsuya Takahashi, it shows off some of the real-time edits and automation functionality that will transform your dance track.
Looks like this device is available at many music stores for $149 pre-order.
VOID from the Elektron-Users forum shared this sneak preview of an Elektron MachineDrum iPad performance and utility App:
Messing around with my upcoming iPad app for the Elektron MachineDrum
Looks like I can see the following features in the app:
– Kit Morph
– Kit Randomize
– Pattern Edit
– Pattern Randomize
With the new, free 1.3 update, all Tempest panel controls are now fully implemented!!!
Here are the improvements in the Tempest OS v1.3:
Play Lists are programmed lists of beats (drumbeats) that are played back in sequence. You can create them either by manual editing on the screen, or by automatic recording of your real-time beat arrangements during performance. For example, perform an arrangement of beats live then without stopping the beat, hear this sequence of beats instantly play back exactly as you performed it, while you play sounds, perform real-time effects or other performance manipulations on top of it. It’s an exciting and useful performance feature.
Undo Sound / Revert Sound
Hold SHIFT while pressing UNDO REC in order to undo the most recent sound edit.
Assign Specific MIDI Note Numbers to Sounds
You can now assign each incoming note number to play a specific sound pad.
Change function of incoming MIDI notes with front-panel Pad Function buttons
For example, when playing Tempest’s sounds from external MIDI drum pads, pressing one of the Pad Function buttons changes what your MIDI drum pads will do:
> Press 16 Sounds and your MIDI drum pads play 16 sounds
> Press 16 Beats and your MIDI drum pads switch between 16 drumbeats
> Press 16 Mutes and your MIDI drum pads mute or unmute the playback of 16 different drum sounds.
> Press 16 Tunings to play any sound at 16 different tunings.
> Press 16 Steps and use your MIDI drum pads to program drumbeats in step time, turning a single sound on/off at 16 different time locations within the beat.
The System parameters are now organized by category
System parameters are now organized by function into 7 different screens, making it easier to find the System parameter you’re looking for.
Plus various other additions and improvements
A performance from Khantipol Kasemsant.
Elektron has updated their Octatrack Operating System. The update includes new Reverb Effects along with misc bug fixes. To download the OS update and find out more visit:
A new video featuring the reverbs here:
In OS 1.25, three brand new effects have been implemented. A stereo image shaping Spatializer, a gritty and twangy Spring Reverb and a lush, smooth and wide Dark Reverb.
This video is about OP-1 New OS. Demoing new CWO Effect and DNA Synth modes!
Teenage Engineering has updated the OP-1 with a new COW delay and DNA Synth!
DNA synth added.
CWO effect added.
Awesome shots from Pete Brown’s Flickr set:
Cracked open my brand new Elektron Analog Four to see what is inside. Amazing how little space four analog voices require these days.
This is what a modern analog synthesizer looks like.