Synthetic Spaces

With an added customized digital oscillator, enhanced effects and much more, Korg's Minilogue XD is set to be one of the most exciting synths of all time Here we show you how to use the new features to create a rich, multi-layered pad sound.

Creating a Vangelis-style Blade Runner patch on Korg minilogue xd using the fully analog VCOs available on all Korg “logue” synths!

Recreating the classic analog sounds of the Stranger Things theme song on Korg minilogue XD

Recreating the lead from Crockett’s Theme, the classic 80’s score to Miami Vice by Jan Hammer

Creating a vintage synth-piano sound for spooky Twin Peaks vibes on Korg minilogue xd!

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synth scientist, gives a rundown on the differences between analog and digital synths, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and much more to help you choose your next (or first) synthesizer.

When Sweetwater customers are looking to purchase their first synth, they often ask us whether they should choose analog or digital. And the answer is… it depends on what you would like your synth to do.

The fundamental difference between analog synths and digital synths is that an analog synthesizer uses voltage-controlled components to create sounds, while digital synthesizers are numerically controlled and use digital signal processing to create sounds. In practical terms, analog synthesizers produce free-flowing signals with near-infinite resolution. Digital synthesizers produce signals in steps, so their resolution isn’t as fine, which can lead to audible stepping and aliasing, especially at higher oscillation rates. However, technology is improving rapidly, and digital synths are getting closer and closer to reproducing the one-to-one responsiveness of analog synths.

Both analog and digital synths generally comprise the same basic building blocks — an oscillator, a filter, and an amplifier. In analog synths, those components are voltage controlled, hence the acronyms VCO, VCF, and VCA. In digital synths, the same components are labeled DCO, DCF, and DCA. Additionally, both analog and digital synths will contain several modulators to affect and shape the signal — LFOs, noise generators, sample & hold, ring modulators, etc.

Digital synthesizers do have an advantage in terms of flexibility, offering additional sound generation and modulation techniques, including wavetable synthesis, granular synthesis, physical modeling, and sample-based synthesis. Another advantage of digital synthesizers is the ability to store and recall numerous presets. This is available on some analog synths, but, for the most part, you’re building a sound from scratch every time — which could be considered limiting or inspiring, depending on your perspective.

Another factor to consider is cost. Because analog synthesizers require each component in their signal chain to be physically produced, they tend to be more expensive. For instance, if you’re looking for a polyphonic synthesizer (one that can play multiple notes simultaneously), an analog version will generally have a higher price, due to the cost of manufacturing. On the other hand, digital synthesizers only require additional processing power to expand their polyphony.

So, which should you choose? We recommend both! Digital and analog synths excel in different ways. Using them in tandem gives you unlimited creative possibilities.

Full Article:
https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/analog-vs-digital-synthesizers/

After you watch, check out Sweetwater.com today for all your music instrument and pro audio needs!

The Korg Wavestate is very well-suited for ambient soundscapes, but it also can serve as a drum sequencer. In this tutorial, we explore the basics of drum programming within the Wavestate, going from sample selection, to programming our tempo, to making variations, to playing with phasing between the timing and sample lanes. Future tutorials will cover more advanced generative techniques through modulation routing for algorithmic percussive patterns.

In this video, I will show you step by step how to use the build-in bpm delay effect to create looper style improvise and explored the hardware max loop length, compared looper with the sequencer improvisation.

The plug-ins mentioned in this video:

► Free open source oscillators by Peterall based on Mutable Instruments modules: http://bit.ly/Free-Mutable-Oscillators
► SineVibes oscillators come with great presets too: http://bit.ly/SineVibes
► Blinds: http://bit.ly/Blinds-Oscillator
► DirtBox makes oscillators and mod/delay effects: http://bit.ly/DirtBox

Other plugins you might want to check out:
FREE:
A few *free* ones from Hammondeggs:
"Souper" - https://github.com/hammondeggs/Souper
"ChipsV2" - https://github.com/hammondeggs/chipsv2
"Arrhh" - https://github.com/hammondeggs/Arrhh
"Percy" - https://github.com/hammondeggs/percy

FREE OR PAY WHAT YOU WISH:
Random tap granular delay / hold / freeze custom effect for Korg:
https://gum.co/rolllog_free_pack

PAID:
"Pluck" oscillator: https://youtu.be/R1ZK8vSH44o https://youtu.be/ucl3XonLUbk
"String" oscillator: https://youtu.be/xUmRdIhKEtE
You can purchase them here: https://sellfy.com/soundmangling

This video is geared toward beginner sound designers, or those simply interested in how the XD sounds. These techniques can essentially be reproduced on almost any synth, but there are some tones here that are more-or-less unique to the XD.

Here's another Korg Minilogue XD sound design tutorial. In this video, you'll learn about the Motion Sequencing capability of this synth and learn how to design a few bread-and-butter type patches.

The Korg minilogue xd is the latest addition to Korg’s analog lineup! This video series will help users get started on this powerful synth, and in this episode, we cover the differences between the minilogue xd and the original minilogue.

https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/minilogue_xd/

The Korg minilogue xd is the latest addition to Korg’s analog lineup! This video series will help users get started on this powerful synth, and in this episode, we cover the differences between the minilogue xd and the original minilogue.

https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/minilogue_xd/

The Korg minilogue xd is the latest addition to Korg’s analog lineup! This video series will help users get started on this powerful synth, and in this episode, we cover the differences between the minilogue xd and the original minilogue.

https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/minilogue_xd/

The Korg minilogue xd is the latest addition to Korg’s analog lineup! This video series will help users get started on this powerful synth, and in this episode, we cover the differences between the minilogue xd and the original minilogue.

https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/minilogue_xd/

In this video we discuss the Minilogue XD features, sequencing, joystick, master controls, oscillators, LFO, filter and amp, menus, and show you how to create a Bass and Chiptune sound.

We're taking a look at the Minilogue XD, the extended Minilogue with an extra digital oscillator and triple stereo DSP effects. Still with the same basic architecture as the original and of course four voice poly.

This video comes from the first week of Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1, a course at Online.berklee.edu. It demonstrates the fundamental concepts of amplitude, frequency, and timbre. A simple educational synthesizer is used in the course to cover the basic concepts before exploring the Native Instruments Massive synthesizer in depth later in the course.

The simple synth used in the video can be downloaded here:

PC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthPC.zip

MAC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthMac.zip

This video comes from the first week of Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1, a course at Online.berklee.edu. It demonstrates the fundamental concepts of amplitude, frequency, and timbre. A simple educational synthesizer is used in the course to cover the basic concepts before exploring the Native Instruments Massive synthesizer in depth later in the course.

The simple synth used in the video can be downloaded here:

PC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthPC.zip

MAC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthMac.zip

This video comes from the first week of Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1, a course at Online.berklee.edu. It demonstrates the fundamental concepts of amplitude, frequency, and timbre. A simple educational synthesizer is used in the course to cover the basic concepts before exploring the Native Instruments Massive synthesizer in depth later in the course.

The simple synth used in the video can be downloaded here:

PC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthPC.zip

MAC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthMac.zip

This video comes from the first week of Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1, a course at Online.berklee.edu. It demonstrates the fundamental concepts of amplitude, frequency, and timbre. A simple educational synthesizer is used in the course to cover the basic concepts before exploring the Native Instruments Massive synthesizer in depth later in the course.

The simple synth used in the video can be downloaded here:

PC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthPC.zip

MAC:
http://www.synthbasics.com/downloads/EduSynthMac.zip

You want do do MIDI without USB? Hooking up a synthesiser is easy. USB cable in – done! But what if you want to tempo sync two drum machines in a live setup? No computer! What if you bought a vintage synth on eBay? No USB! What if you want to directly control one synth from another keyboard? USB usually doesn’t do a direct connection!

In this video we explain how the classic 5 pin MIDI connection works and how you could use it with or without a USB master keyboard.

Leon Theremin. Sly & The Family Stone. Prince. Drum machines have influenced our music and the way we perceive rhythm since the Rhythmicon popped onto the scene in the 1930s. Join William Kurk as he gives us a run-down of the evolution of the incredible drum machine.

Electromotive is the definitive documentary charting the rise and demise of one of the world’s most influential and pioneering synth companies. It dives deep into the world of ARP and their instruments, with fascinating insights from those involved, copious amounts of previously undocumented information, and then debunks many myths. A triumph, a true labor of love and essential viewing for any synth nerd.

http://www.arpsynth.com/

The story of Roland is one of the most expansive and influential in the world of music technology. This feature length documentary sets out to tell it through their iconic inventions.

https://www.roland.com/global/categories/synthesizers/

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Dedicated to learning, using, playing, creating, and the
history of electronic music using digital and analog synthesizers.

This channel kicks off with a collection of tutorials, reviews, and
sound demonstrations from the new Korg Wavestate wave sequencing synthesizer.

Let me know if there are any specific synthesizer topics, tutorials, or information
you need in the comments, and I will do my best to provide :)

(Update 7/26/2020: I have had a few requests to include Korg Minilogue XD
tutorials and information ...Content on the way! :) )