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Past articles by Terrence:

The Roland SH-4d is a groovebox disguised as a synthesizer

Roland's SH-4d is a groovebox in synthesizer clothing, with plenty of hands-on controls.. → Read More

IK Multimedia ToneX Pedal puts AI-powered guitar rig modeling at your feet

The $400 IK MultiMedia ToneX pedal can recreate everything from a single vintage stomp box to a complicated modern metal rig with help from AI.. → Read More

Bastl Microgranny Monolith review: Vintage sampling grit in a portable package

The Bastl Instruments Microgranny Monolith is a portable lofi sampler and granular processor with tons of character.. → Read More

Arturia turns the MiniFreak into a standalone soft synth

Arturia's MiniFreak V was originally only available to those who bought the hardware instrument.. → Read More

Roland's 50th Anniversary Concept Piano has flying speakers for some reason

Roland's 50th Anniversary Concept Piano is undeniably gorgeous and has flying speakers for some reason.. → Read More

CES 2023 Day 2 recap: Sony, Google and a Ram 1500 concept

CES 2023 is underway, people are coursing through the LVCC. → Read More

Expressive E finally starts shipping its unique Osmose synth

Expressive E has finally started shipping its unique MPE synth, the Osmose after three years.. → Read More

Drop's tiny desktop speakers promise audiophile quality for only $129

Drop's first in-house designed speakers are small, customizable and promise audiophile-quality sound.. → Read More

Razzmatazz review: A delightful (and delightfully pink) drum machine

Earlier this year, 1010music released the Lemondrop and Fireball, two surprisingly full-featured synths in unbelievably tiny packages. → Read More

North Korean hackers targeted nearly 1,000 South Korean foreign policy experts

At least 892 foreign policy experts in South Korea were targeted by North Korean hackers.. → Read More

Elon Musk says he'll step down as Twitter CEO, but won't sell the company

Elon Musk has said that he will step down as CEO of Twitter once a suitable replacement can be found.. → Read More

Arturia's Pigments 4 adds new effects and a simplified interface

Arturia's Pigments gets a new filter, shimmer reverb and simplified UI options.. → Read More

SSL's UF8 adds physical controls to your virtual music studio

Solid State Logic’s UF8 gives you immediate access to eight tracks in your DAW (digital audio workstation) of choice — be that Ableton, Pro Tools or Logic complete with high-resolution faders for controlling you volume levels. → Read More

This portable, rechargeable synth focuses on the pretty side of modular

Pluto is the latest instrument to try and shrink modular synthesis down to something portable and battery powered. → Read More

Liven XFM is a $199 groovebox for '80s fetishists

Liven XFM features three "fusion" FM engines that allow you to blend and morph sounds to create entirely new ones. → Read More

Strega is a compact modular synth for crafting dreamscapes or hellscapes

Strega (Italian for witch), is a complex drone machine built in collaboration with Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails fame. It can sound like a hazy memory or a night terror. → Read More

Poly Effects fully merges Digit and Beebo into one super pedal

The Poly Effects Digit and Beebo are two of the more interesting guitar pedals to come out in the last few years. They were built on the exact same platform and their firmware are completely interchangeable. Now the company is taking the next logical step, and combining them into a single firmware and single pedal under the Beebo name. → Read More

Polyend Tracker review: A powerful but confounding groovebox

The Polyend Tracker is an exceptionally built and almost intimidatingly powerful groovebox. It can record samples, edit them, turn them into playable synths, and control external gear. It will carry you all the way from germ of an idea to polished track. The workflow isn’t for everyone, but it’s impossible to deny the value packed into this $599 instrument. → Read More

Hector is a virtual modular synth you can put in your real modular synth

Hector is essentially a Poly Effects Digit and Beebo modular guitar pedal, but in a 30 HP Eurorack module. → Read More

Korg teases Drumlogue, a hybrid analog / digital groovebox

Korg announced the next member of the ‘logue family: the Drumlogue. It will be a hybrid analog / digital groovebox. Judging from the short teaser video, that means some analog drum voices similar to the Volca Beats, as well as PCM and digital synthesis voice. → Read More