Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith collaborating on a synth? That’s got to be interesting to any synth nerd. The kind folks at Dave Smith Instruments sent me over a pre-production machine to check out. Here’s my thoughts… The OB6 6 voice fully analog Dave Smith synth with a Tom Oberheim designed filter. It’s got two… Read More Dave Smith Instruments OB6 review
It’s been a while since I uploaded any free sounds to the site, so time to rectify that with 32 lovely sounds for the TX81Z. The Yamaha TX81Z is a wee beastie. Grungy, lo-fi, 4-op FM in a single 1u rack. It’s a pain in the backside to program unless you can get a software… Read More Free patches – Yamaha TX81Z sound bank
Bleve EP by rozz3r An EP of ambient melodic techno. Influenced by early RDJ work I guess. I think you can hear the influence. Different to my last tape based adventures. Again, the Sequentix Cirklon is at the heart of everything (I don’t see this changing anytime soon) but there’s been a bit of a… Read More Bleve EP
I did the music for a fun and frustrating iOS game by Steve Baker called Collidatron. It’s all good fun and only 79p from the Apple App Store. Support indie gaming and let me know what level you get to, because I’m stuck on 5.
Dark and repetitive this one. Midas Venice F24 deskSequentix Cirklon (sequencing)Akai MPC60 / Novation DrumStation (drums heavily processed through Sherman Filterbank)Korg MS20 (percussion sequence)Yamaha TX81Z (pads)Yamaha A5000 (drone bass originally from modular)Siel EX-80 (lead)Eurorack modular (hihats and randoms)Eventide Space (reverb)Eventide TimeFactor (delays)
New studio jam featuring: New Midas Venice F24 desk (lovely!) Sequentix Cirklon (sequencing) Novation DrumStation (drums) Korg MS20 (bass and crazy techno sequence) Yamaha DX100 (pads) Yamaha TX81Z (lead) Eurorack modular (bleeps n bloops) Akai S950 (bass sample) Eventide Space (reverb) Eventide TimeFactor (delays)
No FFWD by rozz3r This EP is an experiment in productivity. Written over a month, the four songs (and one ambient drone) were all performed live and recorded straight to a cassette tape (with a broken Fast Forward). The idea was to remove the computer entirely from the creative process and it was pretty successful.… Read More No FFWD EP
My new album, entitled inSpiral, is out now. It’s available from digital stores including iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon and others. inSpiral by rozz3r I thought it might be of interest to detail how the album was made. Anyone who follows my blog will know that I occasionally put up videos of synth jams, using hardware… Read More rozz3r – inSpiral (new album out now)
For the past week I’ve been playing with Dave Smith’s new baby, the Pro 2. It comes a little more than a year after the mighty Prophet 12 and, so stylistically similar are they, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the two. Side by side they make quite a pair. The Pro 2 is a three… Read More Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 review
There are a lot of Akai MPCs about. Not surprising since they’ve been in production since 1988. That’s 27 years and counting with many different models released along the way. A friend asked me which MPC he should get. He didn’t give much in the way of what he wanted to achieve with it, so I… Read More Which Akai MPC should I buy?
A fully featured analogue monosynth for £250. Ain’t that something? At that price it’s difficult to resist, so I took a punt and it’s been in the studio for a few months. Let’s take a look at the features. It’s a single oscillator (plus sub) capable of producing saw, pulse and triangle waveforms simultaneously. You… Read More Arturia MicroBrute review
Boxed Ear (my commercial samples and synth sound company) have just released a brilliant sound set for the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver. It’s a fabulous sound set by ambient electronica noodlists, Two Quiet Suns. There’s 256 sounds in the set (two banks) and they’re packed with organic leads, vintage basses, luscious evolving pads and otherworldly… Read More 256 new sounds for the Dave Smith Evolver
Boxed Ear turned a year old this month and released it’s thirds product, OSCar for Kontakt. Unsurprisingly it’s a sample pack made with the famous OSC OSCar. It’s a unique and increasingly rare synth. The oscillator section is particularly interesting as it strays heavily into additive synthesis. Because it’s an early 80s digital oscillator it… Read More Boxed Ear OSCar
I’ve released a new album. I say “new”, it’s actually a collection of songs I wrote between 1996 and 2006, none of which have ever been released in any official capacity. It came about in an odd way. My wife was complaining that she could never listen to any of my songs and so I… Read More New rozz3r album: rarities
Like the P3 before it, the Sequentix Cirklon is a fairly niche piece of musical equipment. It’s a MIDI sequencer (with options to expand to CV outputs for modular / vintage connections). And that’s it. No sounds, no samples, no effects, no audio inputs or outputs. Just MIDI and CV. If you know anything about… Read More Sequentix Cirklon review