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Here are the best new features in Ableton Live 9.5 [Videos]

The new Push hardware may have been the big, new shiny from Ableton this week. But for Live users, the software changes in 9.5 may have the greatest impact on day-to-day music-making life. Live 9.5 has arrived as a free upgrade for Live 9 users. The biggest change is the new Simpler, but some other additions and changes are significant, too. Here’s a look at what’s new and how to take advantage of some of 9.5’s less-obvious capabilities.

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Everything You Need to Know About KORG’s Arp Odyssey Remake

KORG, having resurrected their own MS-20 monosynth, have now turned to another analog classic: the duophonic ARP Odyssey. We’ve known for some time that they would begin manufacturing a new edition of that in collaboration with its original creators. Now we know what it looks like, and what it’ll cost. If you already love the classic ARP Odyssey, there’s not much to say. KORG’s launch, in fact, focused on the ARP you know – the fact that its sound is something you recognize from songs. That’s partly an explanation of why such instruments deserve recreation. And the original holds up …

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This Crazy Polish Video Sums Up Why We Want a KORG ARP Odyssey

Analog synthesizers are superior because of their pristine, high-fidelit — Oh, f*** it, who are we kidding? We want to wail on an ARP Odyssey with ridiculous modulation that turns it into a groovy, angry space alien, and then film it on VHS interspersed with some car chase, just because. Someone in Krakow, Poland agrees, and the video above is what happened. I’m going to defend the ARP Odyssey remake. Reader reactions clearly show this is a favorite. And the video reveals why: the Odyssey captures some of the ridiculously, wonderfully diverse noises of the ARP 2600 in a keyboard. …

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KORG’s ARP Odyssey Remake to be Revealed in January

KORG has now made it public: we’ll get to see their ARP Odyssey, a remake of the classic 1970s synth involving one of the original creators, in January. Some sort of working unit at the NAMM trade show seems a likely thing to hope for. And we can also see from the image they’ve posted that they’ve opted to recreate the third-generation ARP aesthetics, faithfully reproducing the black-and-orange labels. (Click for a full-size version, without the text.) The Odyssey is a reasonable enough synth to reissue. Moog Music has already corned the Minimoog and KORG themselves the legendary MS-20; the …

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Behringer Clones KORG Remaking ARP Odyssey – Say What?

Low-cost electronic music gear king Behringer has begun asking a peculiar series of what-if questions on Facebook. First, they asked, hey, what if we entered synth market? (And, specifically, how many keys it should have and whether it should even be software or hardware.) Now, here’s a Christmas bombshell: they’re suggesting they might just go and make an ARP Odyssey for $500 with USB/MIDI and multiple filter models. There’s even a mock-up image, above. This will really come as a surprise at … KORG. It was only February when KORG announced it would re-release the ARP Odyssey, working with none …

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KORG to Re-release ARP Odyssey, as Time Machine Goes to 1972

We live in a strange world when it comes to music hardware. On one hand, there are near-daily introductions on Kickstarter of new hardware, and people willing to put up money for future products that don’t exist yet. On the other, we’re seeing a new stream of historical recreations of products from the 1970s. And then, in between, like some sort of 70s-turned-2014 steampunk-style mashup, a lot of people are making things with analog that are genuinely new. It’s as though the entire industry has been given a time machine, at any moment ready to lurch forward into either the …

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Meaningless Fun: Facebook “Give an Analog Synth” App

  Here’s the one and only Facebook app you’ll ever hear me get enthusiastic about. You know the Facebook apps, of course – this overhyped “platform” generally involves time-wasting, spam-like “Someone you barely know just sent you a cupcake” emails. But I like this one: Analog Synths

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Phil Dodds, The Synthesist You’d Want to Make First Contact, Dies

There are synthesists, and then there are people like Phil Dodds. He’s perhaps best-known as the man who wrangled the (real) ARP 2500 synthesizer in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind so that it could perform an elaborate jam session for (fictional) aliens. But he left an extensive legacy of achievements that helped make music technology more than science fiction. Our friend Yann Seznec (aka The Amazing Rolo) writes: You’ve mentioned Phil Dodds on your site before, the guy who played the ARP 2500 in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He was VP of Engineering at ARP, …

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Greatest Synths, and Most Underrated Synths, of All Time; Your Choices?

What synths make it to the top of the pile? The Minimoog and Korg MS20 are unlikely to spark any controversy. Beyond that, of course, any list will prompt debate. This enviable gear collection photographed by jo_co, via Flickr. “This Week in Synths” by Matrix is on a short holiday; in the meantime, you can page through the archived stories. In its place, it’s worth considering two “top xx lists” for synths. Sonic State has done a Top 20 Greatest Synths List, featuring a quite nice video and rather high-end production values. The list itself is perhaps better read as …

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This Week In Synths: ARP 2500, Wiard 300 Series, SCI’s “The Patch”, EMS VCS1, and Roxy Music

The ARP 2500 This one actually just popped up for auction with a buy it now of $13,800. The 2500 was ARP’s first modular flagship and consisted of the 2003 synthesizer and 3003 keyboard controller. As mentioned in last week’s post, the ARP 2500 was also the synth played by ARP engineer Philip Dodds in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. You can actually see him play it in the film. You can find a demo of the 2500 in last week’s post as well. Some details from the auction: “This is a very rare and early version of the …

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