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Yamaha MX49 Version 2 BU

Yamaha MX49 Version 2 BUSynthesizer from the MX series with 49 key keyboard. Yamaha presents the MX series ultraportable synthesizers with new functions and designs. The two models with 49 or 61 full size keys are connected via USB for plug & play with PC, Mac or iPad. When hooked up to the FM Essential iOS App, each model features 256 FM sounds, produced by an FM engine with four operators and ten voices. In combination with the integrated AWM2 engine, which delivers 1000 preset sounds, MX49 and MX61 deliver top performances on stage – and in the studio. On stage, both models impress with the core features of the legendary MOTIF series. In the home studio, they offer dedicated DAW controller features and an integrated audio interface. Adding fresh colours, the MX series is now available in stylish blue and classic black. In addition, there’s also a strictly limited spectacular white design available. With the MX II models of the MX series, Yamaha presents a new generation of ultra- portable synthesizers. With a weight of 3.8 kg, the MX49 is a real lightweight, and even its bigger brother MX61 weighs in at only 4.8 kg. Not only great for the stage, – but also easy to carry to every rehearsal (in a perfectly fitted gig-bag available – as an option). With their striking colours, the new MX models are in the spotlight of every performance. Direct connection to the brand-new FM Essential iOS app Each model of the MX II series offers a direct connection to mobile devices like smartphones or tablets. These platforms can be a tremendous addition: With the FM essential app for iOS, all MX instruments can be extended by an FM synthesizer with four operators and ten voices. For this the iPad and the MX model have to be connected with the Apple lightning USB adaptor cable (which is available separately) – and within the blink of an eye the MX offers classic 80s sounds as well as cutting-edge modern EDM. It may be light in weight, but the MX series is heavy duty when it comes to performance: A complete MOTIF engine with 1000 sounds and 128 voice polyphony is at the heart of every model. From authentic sounds like acoustic piano, e-piano, strings and drums to complex synth and electronic sounds with eight elements, the MX offers the most famous MOTIF sounds. In the home studio, MX synthesizers turn into comprehensive controller-keyboards with integrated audio interface. The important functions of a sequencer like SteinbergTM Cubase® are directly controllable through dedicated DAW controller knobs and buttons. Even VST plug-ins are right at your fingertips. The MX synthesizers are connected to PC or Mac via USB. Thanks to the class compliant technology there’s no driver needed – the MX model will be detected and installed automatically by the computers operating system. The MX series are not just hardware synths – thanks to the bundled software they become a complete music production solution. The included Steinberg Cubase AI features 48 audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, notation, built-in VST effects, so with just the MX and AI you can do complete productions. But it doesn’t stop there; MX is also bundled with Steinberg Prologue and the Yamaha YC-3B organ emulator so you have some compelling VSTs to get started. Plus there are Remote Template editors for setting up controls of VSTs. For music makers on the go, MX series offer the iPad music production App, “Cubasis LE”. By simply downloading the App and connecting an MX to the iOS device. Finish: Blue
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Current price & order: Yamaha MX49 Version 2 BU

Waldorf Blofeld Black

Waldorf Blofeld BlackSlim and elegant synthesizer that delivers a big, evil sound and offers all the unique qualities that made Waldorf a truly legendary brand, in limited Black colour version. The engine inside the heavy duty, full metal chassis delivers a fat and rich sound – it produces the same warm, organic analogue sounds known from the Waldorf Q synthesizer line, but it also sports a wavetable engine like its predecessors with ”Wave” in their names. This unique synthesis system is based upon the revolutionary PPG Wave synthesizers of the early 80s, recognizable for the edgy, hard-hitting and bell-like timbres. The synthesizer offers 7 endless stainless steel dials and a graphic black-and-white display (128 x 64 pixels, white background LED) for easy control. It provides more than 1000 sounds and three oscillators per voice, including all Q oscillator models, with Frequency Modulation between them. It also provides all of the Microwave II/XT/XTk wavetables, two independent Multi Mode Filters per voice, Filter FM, two Drive stages per voice (with selectable Drive Curves), 3 fast LFOs per voice and 4 fast Envelopes per voice. Other features include a powerful Arpeggiator with freely programmable Arpeggiator Pattern with up to 16 steps per sound.
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Current price & order: Waldorf Blofeld Black

Roland TB-03 Bass Line

Roland TB-03 Bass LineA battery-powered bass line synth with the features and sound of the famous TB-303. The layout and controls are unchanged, so it works just like the original. It sounds like it too, thanks to Roland’s advanced ACB technology that recreates the hypnotic liquid grooves of the magic silver box. But the new TB-03 goes even further, with several enhancements not found on the original model. The four-digit LED display makes programming easier and more accurate, while overdrive and delay effects let you unleash a twisted, tribal wall of sound to send the crowd into a frenzy. Back in the studio, the TB-03 can send control information via MIDI or its USB port, the latter of which also functions as an audio interface and a power source (or 4 x AA batteries). The unit has a built-in powered mini-speaker and is compatible with oprional K-25m keyboard unit.
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Current price & order: Roland TB-03 Bass Line

Roland AIRA System-1

Roland AIRA System-1Capable PLUG-OUT synthesizer from SYSTEM series that provides remarkable flexibility and access to a vast palette of tones with the bold, unmistakable character associated with Roland synthesizers for nearly four decades. It features four oscillators for great amount of fat synth tones, with colours that create continuous waveform changes from simple to complex, an innovative thin keyboard with 25 normal-sized keys and an advanced arpeggiator with Scatter function. Scatter jog dial offers 10 different phrase variations with dynamic, real-time control over 10 stages of depth. All parameters can be controlled with physical knobs and sliders with LED indicators (including Volume, Tempo, Portamento, Legato, Pitch Bend/Scatter etc.) Synthesizer provides polyphony of maximum 4 voices and a user memory with 8 slots. It also features -12 dB and -24 dB filter types with independent high-pass filters, integrated delay and reverb effects, Tempo syncing for LFO and delay. It provides connectors for phones, pedals, DC power, as well as MIDI and USB connectivity. AC adaptor is included. Dimensions: 472 x 283 x 70 mm. Weight: 2.4 kg.
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Current price & order: Roland AIRA System-1

Novation Bass Station II

Novation Bass Station IIAnalog mono synthesizer with 25-note synth-action keyboard with assignable aftertouch that brings the best elements of the original Bass Station but provides greater versatility and more functions. It features sound engine with two oscillators plus one sub-oscillator with selectable waveforms and flexible modulation (2 Envelopes, 2 LFOs), and two distinct analog filter types – Acid and Classic. Synthesizer provides 64 factory patches and 64 user slots with Patch Dump function that enables to archive and swap sounds, pattern-based step sequencer and arpeggiator, and analog synth layout that includes dedicated controls for all major parameters. In effects section the synthesizer offers fully analog distortion and filter-modulation effects, and a separate filter overdrive to add a crunchy sound quality. USB and MIDI ports for connecting and powering the device via host computer is provided, as well as mono output, headphone output, external input and sustain pedal input – all on 1/4″ TRS jacks. Device can be also powered externally with 9 V Dc power supply (included), and features a switch between power off/DC powered/bus powered. Dimensions: 457 x 273 x 76 mm.
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Current price & order: Novation Bass Station II

Korg Minilogue PG

Korg Minilogue PGLimited edition minilogue synthesizer. A next-generation polyphonic analog synthesizer. The stylish, innovative, 37 slim-key fully programmable analog polyphonic synthesizer. With the minilogue, you can get your hands on the powerful sound that’s only possible with real analog, and find inspiration with features including a polyphonic step and motion sequencer, on board tape-style delay, multiple sound shaping and filter options, and an oscilloscope display. All of these seamlessly integrated features make minilogue as fun and easy to use as it is powerful. It’s the next-generation analog synthesizer for musicians of all types. This new minilogue PG has a unique polished gray color that reflects beautifully in various lighting, ranging from silver, to dark gray, to black. The original minilogue received the internationally prestigious German “Red Dot Award” given to products that demonstrate excellent industrial design. This limited-edition model gives the original a new color panel and a see-through black finish on the wooden rear panel as well, with a cool and distinctive appearance that will be recognizable at a glance.
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Current price & order: Korg Minilogue PG

Waldorf Pulse 2

Waldorf Pulse 2High-quality all-analogue synthesizer that was inspired by the Waldorf’s original rack-mountable Pulse and Pulse+ programmable analogue monosynths, boasting ballsy bass tones and legendary leads beyond compare. It flawlessly delivers exactly what synth connoisseurs around the world have been truly craving for quite some time — three analogue oscillators living in perfect harmony with a VCF (Voltage Controlled Filters) as well as the fresh filter circuits that offer 12dB Highpass and Bandpass modes in addition to 24dB/12dB Lowpass for strengthened sound-sculpting flexibility. There is also an analogue Filter FM, two Overdrive circuits, and Ring Modulation from OSC 3, together with Paraphonic and Unison modes allowing up to eight-voice chords. The synthesizer is housed in a sturdy metal desktop casing. Alongside its generous 128×64-character backlit LCD, eight eye-catching stainless steel knobs are available to nimbly navigate through the parameter matrix — logically laid out across the front panel for all to see at all times, set the master Volume, and easily edit display-accessible parameters. Connectivity comes well catered for courtesy of USB, MIDI In, MIDI Out, Ext In (external analogue signal input), line OUT, and headphone output — not forgetting, of course, CV Out (supporting both the V/octave and Hz/V standards) and Gate Out (V-Trigger- and S-Trigger-compatible), allowing a myriad of suitably equipped older (or newer) synths to be connected to the unit to mirror whatever MIDI ‘note’ information is being played by it 2, including the output of its powerful ARP (arpeggiator). And if that is not enough to be getting on with, the CV Out can even be modulated in the eight-slot modulation Matrix, making for even more tantalising tone colours and performance possibilities. Alongside analogue must-haves like a noise generator, Pulsewidth modulation, and hard Sync, other notable features include an Alternating Pulsewidth Modulation mode (offering a dense PWM sound without affecting perceived loudness), and an XOR Osc mode (that is a binary XOR combination of two PWM oscillators with two distinct output levels — high and low only — capable of producing inharmonic spectra unlike anything associated with any analogue synthesizer other than the original Pulse). Furthermore, 500 onboard sound programs should be more than enough to keep the most diehard synthesist smiling. All of them are backwards-compatible with the original Pulse series, so original Pulse owners can quickly transfer their favourite sounds to this new model via MIDI (dump).
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Current price & order: Waldorf Pulse 2