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New Video by Experimental Synth - Orphion and the Moog Voyager Touch Surface

Chris Stack of just released another fantastic video.

Playing the Orphion iPad app through a Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator and MF-104Z Analog Delay. Moogerfooger parameters are controlled with the Moog Voyager Touch Surface CV outputs.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Rob Papen Debuts New Blade Synthesizer at NAMM

Musicannews just posted this video of Rob Papen describing his new synth Blade. The synth uses a a “harmolator” to control timber and movement in a sound. Each note is displayed as a dot on an X/Y windows. You can modulate movement with a controller and sync movement to your DAW. Blade also has a sequencer and other standard parameters like LFOs plus two effects.

According to an email I got from Rob harmolator gives you "direct access with the 9 dials (to change the harmonic content) ... And of course this XY pad can dynamically change the harmolator using the 9 modulation targets."

So, the harmolator section that lets you dial up harmonic waveforms on a single oscillator then “ripple” through them and change the balance of odd and even harmonics. There is a spread function for thickening up sounds and a sub-oscillator. There is an easy page as well.

The synth should release in late February or early March as they are finishing up the bank manager. Blade will have an intro price of $119 for the first month then will be  $139.

I’m personally excited about this synth as it looks like a great instrument for performance with the opportunity to add motion and visualize the motion.

Update 2/11/2012 – I’ve added more videos I’ve found below:



Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Waldorf Announces the Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer

Via Chris Blais (@nordmach) and Gear Junkies post I discovered Waldorf’s announcement on their Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer!

Pulse 2 is a completely analog synth with three oscillators in a metal case similar to that of the blofeld desktop.


Here is some info from Waldorf’s Product page:

Sometimes they do come back, and this time, it's with even more brute-strength power onboard. You are looking at a completely analog synthesizer that accurately delivers what synthesizer enthusiasts around the world truly crave. Pulse 2 is the reincarnation of it's legendary ancestor, the Waldorf Pulse, that dominated the electronic music of the 90s.

Three analog oscillators in combination with a true analog cascading filter is what Pulse and Pulse 2 have in common. But we didn't stop there. The filter circuits now also offer Highpass and Bandpass modes. We added analog Filter FM and Ring Modulation along with paraphonic modes that allow up to eight voice chords.

Like the Blofeld Synthesizer, the Pulse 2 is housed in a sturdy metal desktop case. Besides its large LCD display, 8 stainless steel knobs are available to surf through its clearly arrayed parameter matrix, set master volume and edit display accessible parameters.



  • 3 analog oscillators + 1 noise generator
  • Pulse width modulation
  • Hard sync
  • Filter FM from Oscillator 3
  • Ring Modulation from Oscillator 3
  • XOR Osc Mode
  • 8/4 Voice Paraphonic modes
  • Cascade Filter
  • 24dB/12db Lowpass, 12db Highpass/Bandpass filter modes
  • Powerful Arpeggiator
  • 8-slot Modulation Matrix
  • USB
  • MIDI
  • External analog signal input
  • Stereo line out
  • Headphone out
  • Backwards compatible with classic Pulse
  • 128x64 character backlit LCD
  • 8 stainless steel knobs
  • 500 Sound Programs
  • Electron-absorbing black case

All specifications subject to change without notice

I’m looking forward to seeing some videos coming from NAMM.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Music Monday: DJ DKO "Heavy Metal Paperclip" Single on Electric Trombone


For this Music Monday, I present to you the absolutely mind blowing cool new video and single from Darren Kramer (aka DJ DKO) called “Heavy Metal Paperclip" – on – wait for it – Electric Trombone!  Darren is a friend and one of the growing number of musicians in the Denver area who are working hard to use Ableton to both record and perform expressive music live! 

Checkout this video! Simply fantastic playing and use of Ableton Live.

Heavy Metal Paperclip from DKO Productions on Vimeo.


Here is what Darren says about this video and song:


Electric Trombone DJ, Darren Kramer (aka DJ DKO), performing "Heavy Metal Paperclip" the first single from the upcoming CD "Beyond The Boneyard".

This new solo project “Beyond The Boneyard” is a cutting-edge live performance innovation that pushes the boundaries of the typical trombone stereotype as well as that of the traditional DJ. Kramer (aka DJ DKO) performs an inspiring live DJ remix of originals and covers via Ableton Live looping with electric trombone, virtual synths, vocoder, and the Jazz Mutant Lemur! Furthermore, this unique project is enhanced with spectacular visuals created in realtime by utilizing the latest VJ software to combine Kramer’s world-class photography and original video with live camera feeds for a truly stunning interactive audio/visual experience. Due to its technological sophistication, “Beyond The Boneyard” is also being taught by Kramer as a popular media arts presentation and workshop in schools throughout the country.


In a related note, I wanted to mention that Darren is also a co-founder of The Gig Easy company which provides iPad solutions for musicians (and used by the likes of Ric Ocasek, Jordan Rudess, Steve Martin and more).

As always, I encourage you fan up with Darren and consider a buy to support his art.



Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Electric Body Machinery Soundset for Waldorf Blofeld Synthesizer by Ari Ahrendt


Waldorf has just released Electric Body Machinery  - a new Blofeld soundset by Soundset Ari Ahrendt.

This punchy soundset that covers everything for electronic music of the darker kind. Highly energetic sounds for areas such as EBM, Synth Pop, Dark Electro, Future Pop, Electro Wave and Minimal Electro Pop. All sounds on highest level of musical playability, usability and inspiration. Suitable for records, studio and especially for clubs and live performance! 128 Sounds for technically wide EBM basses, melodically sawing chaos leads, boombastic drums, shiny pads and strings, as well as inspring polysynth sounds enable you to make the dance-mob shake and stomp .

Use modulation wheel at own risk!


Here is a demosong called “Dark Lights”. According to the soundcloud notes, all sounds are created with Waldorf Blofeld including all drums, effects, spheres and modulations.

Dark Lights - Waldorf Blofeld EBM Demo by ARIMUSIK

Sounds pretty damn awesome! The soundset is available via Waldorf’s online store for 30.00 €. Click here to learn more and buy.

I’ve also added this soundset to my Blofeld 411 Mindmap.




Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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