Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer up for auction

If the golden age of synthesis (or, the 1950-60s) is just too new for you, then Bonham’s the auctioneers has the item for you: the Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer, which is considered the first ever electronic sound synth.

Factmag give a rundown of the device, built by Max Kohl in 1905. The auction will take place on October 22nd – but be warned, it has a guide price of $20,000-$30,000.


New UA Bundles

Universal Audio have announced new bundles including the UAD-2 OCTO PCIe and the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO DSP Accelerator.

The Ultimate 3 software bundle includes 79 UAD plugins including plugins designed by Studer, Ampex and Neve.

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate including the OCTO DSP Accelerator desktop will ship early October while the UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 3 including the OCTO PCIe DSP Accelerator Card is shipping now.

The Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP accelerators announced today as well are available as either QUAD or OCTO configurations and are due to ship in October.

Soundsdivine Announce The 2600

Soundsdivine has released a new Kontakt instrument, The 2600 inspired By ARP 2600.

The 2600 requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.2.1 or higher to work and features, 3 Oscillators, 28 Waveforms, 2 Filters, 6 LFOs, 1 Programmable Arpeggiator, 46 Custom Impulse Responses, 5 FX inc. Transient Shaper / Flanger / Delays & Reverb and 5GB (compressed) samples from an ARP 2600 (Tonus).

The 2600 is available discounted at €49 until 20th Oct 2014.

U2 for all! Few want it!

At the end of their iPhone keynote, Apple announced that a new U2 album, Songs of Innocence, would be made available to iTunes users for free. However, that was not all – the album would actually be downloaded by iTunes and placed in users’ libraries automatically.

Users though have decried this action, many on grounds of having music forced on them, some because they plain don’t like U2. More consternation was caused by the complexity of completely removing the album from their iTunes – after a few days Apple relented and provided removal instructions.

But how does Songs of Innocence sound? The album has received mixed reviews; here’s a link to a funny one by The New Yorker.

Tascam DR-22WL and DR-44WL

Tascam have announced two new portable recorders the DR-22WL and DR-44WL.

Both recorders feature WIFI connectivity allowing direct uploading of recorded material, audio streaming, file transfer and transport control.

The DR-22WL is a 96K/24bit recorded featuring an XY stereo condenser pair and comes with a free iOS or Android app for remote control of recordings. The DR-22WL uses microSDXC card and supports cards up 128GB in size.

The DR-44WL is a 4 track recorder featuring a pair of XLR inputs as well as a built in stereo condenser and the wifi functionality of the DR-22WL. Additionally the DR-44WL features a multitrack mode allowing individual tracks to be written one at a time with controllable reverb. For video shooters the DR-44WL also has a hot-shoe mount. The DR-44WL uses SDXC card and supports cards up 512GB in size.


Spitfire Audio have announced the release of EDNA01 – EARTH a collection of processed orchestral sounds.

This is best explained with a quote from the press release…

So what on earth is EDNA01 – EARTH, exactly? Easy answer. For the last five years Spitfire Audio has been cherry-picking its way through the best musical moments from seven years’ worth of orchestral recordings and placing them through a series of extraordinary analogue and digital signal-warping chains to create the largest sound set of jaw-dropping, next-generation, organic-sounding electronics ever heard anywhere on earth. Either this is some of the best hyperbole ever written or something special has been happening behind closed doors, waiting for the right moment to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting music-making masses, more often than not already jaded by the morass of identikit, mainstream, and cliched dance and pop sounds already available elsewhere.

Available on promotion pricing until October 1st 2014.

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