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Behringer provides an update on the Syncussion SY-1 drum machine

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Behringer has released information on the development of the Syncussion drum synthesizer as well as issues with chip shortages. It appears like 2022 will be a sluggish year.

Behringer has updated their Facebook page with information on the progress of its Pearl Syncussion SY-1 clone. In July of last year, we first saw a prototype. The synth has gone through three iterations, according to Behringer, but the manufacturer claims it has now nailed it.

The Simmons SDSV was inspired by the SY-1. The two rows of faders controlled two channels of percussion-oriented synthesis. It may be played via electronic pads or pretty much anything because of the trigger inputs. Behringer is considering changing the layout to fit into their preferred Eurorack format.

Because of the global difficulty with component shortages, Behringer apologizes for the delay and predicts that these problems will persist through 2022. It appears that we will all have to remain patient.

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Arturia Noir Editions: 3 desktop analog machines with a stealthy paint finish

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Arturia has enabled stealth mode for the MiniBrute 2, MiniBrute 2S, and DrumBrute Impact with a special edition black shell.

This concept was initially seen with the Matrix Brute Noir in June of last year. With the deep, black paint job, it looked fantastic. Now they’ve brought the mood to some of the smaller brutes, like the MiniBrute 2, 2S, and DrumBrute Impact, and it makes you question why anything isn’t black.

Another example of a deliberate deepening of tone is Moog. Moog followed up with dark and savory black versions after breaking out in the color realm with the Grandmother and Matriarch synthesizers. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the colors.

Arturia is a little different in that it isn’t known for using classic or strong colors. Moving to black might be considered a beneficial step because many of the products are based on a very unremarkable dull blue. However, because they are a limited edition run, you’ll want to acquire these while they’re still available.

When comparing them to the originals, there isn’t much of a difference, but the black wooden ends and red lettering could be enough to sway you.

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Erica Synths and Moritz Klein’s Educational DIY Synth Kits teach circuit design

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Erica Synths has collaborated with the YouTuber and educator Moritz Klein to create a set of Eurorack DIY modules that will teach anybody on how to make analog synthesizer circuits from the ground up.

There are nine kits in the series, with one being released every 4-6 weeks to build a working modular mono synth. Each will come with a full user manual that will walk you through the electronics behind each circuit as well as the sound synthesis techniques featured therein. Each stage of the construction is explained in detail, including the reasons for component selection and their function inside the module.

The kits contain some of Erica Synths’ original flavor, but they’ve also been toned down to make them as basic and economical as possible. The VCO, which is now available, costs €60 plus shipping and VAT. There’s a small Catch-22 in that to test the module, you’ll need a Eurorack case, but the case isn’t currently available, making it difficult to target this towards Eurorack newcomers. So this may be more about individuals who already appreciate a little of modular delving into the nuts and bolts of the thing. The ultimate goal is to “inspire future engineers and contribute to the ever-expanding diversity of electronic music technology.”

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Erica Synths
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Google Arts & Culture presents a free online exhibition of electronic music

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Google has revealed its new online exhibition, ‘Music, Makers & Machines,’ which honors and examines the evolution of electronic music.

It digs into the various genres and technologies that comprise electronic music, as well as its pioneers and legends, as well as club culture.

The show is sponsored by Google Arts & Culture and is accessible via PC, Apple, and Google Play.

It is a collaborative project including approximately 50 worldwide electronic music institutes. Which will have interactive ar technology, allowing players to see classic synthesizers and other DJ equipment in three dimensions.

It visits Berghain, Manchester’s Factory Records, and Berlin’s club scene in the 1990s.

There are additional explanations of video game music, legendary music inventors, music technology, and the origin of the “beep.”

Google has created a video showing some of its capabilities, which you can see below.

Melchior Productions Ltd will release a new album on Perlon

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Melchior Productions Ltd AKA Thomas Melchior has a new album coming out next month on Perlon.

Vulnerabilities is the name of the new album by Melchior Productions Ltd and it’s the first album since No Disco Future, released via Perlon in 2007.

Microhouse, minimal techno, ambient, breakbeat, and other styles are all represented on the album. In February, 18th the 3xLP will be released.

You can pre-order Vulnerabilities now and listen to the previews on you favorite store: Yoyaku,, Juno,

“Over the last several years, I’ve had the mindset that dance records are a waste of time unless they include a lot of variation,” Melchior told Resident Advisor. “I suppose I was more focused on being a dance floor expert and releasing 12-inches on my labels Aspect Music and My King Is Light because I began DJing a lot more after 2007,” he says.

“Closer,” one of the album’s tracks, includes JAW and Alina Pash on vocals, as well as extra production by Perlon’s cofounder Dimbiman AKA Zip.

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A short update on how the pandemic is affecting the electronic music scene on a daily base

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As instances of the Covid-19 variant Omicron continue to rise throughout the world, here’s a rundown of how the pandemic is affecting clubs, festivals, promoters, and the electronic music community as a whole.


• German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state premiers reached an agreement to close all nightclubs by New Year’s Eve. Previously, clubs were only required to close in areas with high Covid-19 instances. Private meetings will also be limited to a maximum of ten persons who have been vaccinated.

• The Berlin Club Commission has requested for PCR testing to be made mandatory in order to replace the present dance prohibition. “We need a long-term solution here so that we don’t bring our cultural life to a halt with each new wave,” chairperson Pamela Schobess said. “PCR testing provide security in this situation.”


• Nightclubs have been shuttered since the 15th of December, however, they may return momentarily on New Year’s Eve under stringent conditions (100 people max, vaccine passports).


• Since December 18th, France banned UK tourists who do not have a “compelling cause to go.” This excludes both tourist and business visits. Since last week, clubs have been shuttered.


• Since December 20th, Switzerland implemented new admission restrictions for clubs and events, with all guests obliged to adhere to the 2G+ rule: vaccinated or recovered during the past four months, or vaccinated or recovered combined with a negative test result.

Northern Ireland

• Nightclubs closed on December 26th until further notice, and all indoor standing events will be outlawed.


• From December 22nd to January 18th, all pubs and clubs in British Columbia will be closed. Restaurants are also no longer permitted to seat more than six people per table, implying that they cannot organize parties.

• The government declared today that clubs and bars around the country that have been struck with new capacity limitations of 50% are now eligible for pay and rent assistance.

• Quebec’s bars have been ordered to close.

• Beginning this weekend, dancing is prohibited in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, with capacity limitations in effect and clubs and restaurants required to close early, depending on the province.


• Dalston Superstore in London closed early for the holidays on December 16th. The location intends to reopen on Tuesday, December 28th.

• As part of new measures outlined by Wales’ first minister, Mark Drakeford, nightclubs will close on December 27th.

• UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated that from December 16th, that no additional assistance measures for the hotel industry will be implemented. However, as a result of a wave of cancellations, pressure is rising.

• On December 15th, the government enacted Plan B, a new set of regulations that includes requiring proof of vaccination or negative lateral flow tests to attend clubs and venues. Many clubs, like London’s Fabric, have been doing this “for months now,” according to director Cameron Leslie. “The experience of seeing textiles and a big number of other activities will be the same as it was a week ago.”


• Prime Minister Antonio Costa has moved the closing of pubs and nightclubs from January 2nd to December 25th, from the original date of January 2nd. They will remain closed until at least January 9th.


• Since December 23rd, all activities with more than 20 attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must be seated. All guests must display immunization permits for events with more than 500 individuals. Here are the new measures in their entirety.


• Nightlife workers from NYC can claim $500 to a local non-profit Nightlife United.

• In Puerto Rico, all events have a maximum capacity of 250 people. In addition, all venues must close between midnight and 5 AM.


• Since December 29th, bars, nightclubs and restaurants can no longer play music.


• Asturias and Cantabria have shut down clubs down entirely.

• Aragon and Navarra ordered bars and venues to close after midnight.

Top 5 free VSTs in 2021

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When the year 2021 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the incredible free VSTs that the year has provided. Join us as we look back and select our top freeware audio plug-ins for 2021.

FKFX Obvious Filter

This year, FKFX, a new developer, caught the plug-in market by storm with two fantastic plug-ins: Influx and Obvious Filter. The latter is a one-of-a-kind creative filtering plug-in with 10 filter types and an envelope follower. Its most impressive feature, though, is the sick morph sequencer, which allows you to generate and manipulate modulation forms. A deep modulation matrix guarantees that items do not stop moving. If you enjoy innovative filter effects, this should be on the top of your list.

Obvious Filter is available in VST3 and AU formats for macOS and Windows. The plug-in is free, however, you can help the creator by supporting him on Patreon.

You can get it right here.

Full Bucket Music WhispAir

Full Bucket Music won this year’s KVR Developer Challenge with WhispAir, a free three-oscillator wavetable synth that outperforms many commercial options. WhispAir offers all the components for creative, powerful, and “expensive-sounding” wavetable patches, including FM, AM, a stereo multi-mode filter, four envelopes, and three LFOs. The synth also has a chorus effect and a unison mode with detune and spread for lush and expansive tones.

WhispAir is available in VST and AU formats for macOS and Windows.

You can get it right here.

Audiomodern Gatelab

Gatelab is without a doubt one of the greatest gate sequencers available, and it’s entirely free. The plug-in allows you to go wild with a plethora of ready-made and configurable rhythmic patterns, volume automation, ratcheting, innovative randomization choices, and more. It’s also MIDI-controllable, so you can use it live. Any electronic producer should have this.

Gatelab is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and stand-alone formats for macOS and Windows. There is also an iOS version available.

You can get it right here.


According to Zeek, the STFU is “the greatest free volume shaper accessible.” It may perhaps be the finest volume shaper in the world. STFU is a flexible and impressively fast, sample-accurate volume envelope that can accomplish a wide range of tasks for you. It syncs to the host pace and allows you to design your shapes to be triggered through MIDI. STFU may be used for ducking, mix cleaning, creative sound creation, and a variety of other tasks. It also has a CV output so you can use it to control other devices.

STFU is available in VST3 and AU formats for macOS and Windows.

You can get it right here.

Phuturetone GR-8

Phuturetone GR-8, like many of this year’s top free plug-ins, emerged from the KVR Developer Challenge. The GR-8 is a fantastic virtual-analog synth with 8 sounds (duh). It has two oscillators with PWM, FM, and sync and may be used in mono, poly, chord, and unison modes. GR-8 has a high pass filter, two envelopes, and an LFO in addition to a low pass filter with an adjustable slope. There is also a slew of inbuilt effects including distortion, phaser, chorus, delay, and reverb.

GR-8 is available in VST3 and AU formats for macOS and Windows.

You can get it right here.

Don’t see your favorite free VSTs in this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

Updates on how the pandemic is influencing the electronic music scene on Germany

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Night clubs are presently prohibited in Berlin due to the spread of the Coronavirus. The club scene has previously campaigned for vaccination and planned events such as the “long night of immunization” in the summer.

• The Berlin Club Commission has proposed that the present dancing ban be replaced with obligatory PCR testing. “We need a long-term solution here so that we don’t bring our cultural life to a halt with each new wave,” said Pamela Schobess, head of the committee. “PCR testing provides security in this situation.”

• German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state premiers reached an agreement to close all nightclubs by New Year’s Eve. Previously, clubs were only required to close in areas with high Covid-19 instances. Private meetings will also be limited to a maximum of ten persons who have been vaccinated.

• From January 3rd to 9th, the Berlin venues Sage Beach, Klunkerkranich, Mensch Meier, and /about blank will serve as temporary Covid-19 immunization centers. More information may be found here.

• The Nachtdigital team announced last week that their most recent event, NACHTIVILLE, had been postponed for the second year in a row. It has yet to occur in its new site in northern Germany.

Ricardo Villalobos, Dimbiman, and Roman Flügel are on a new 4 LP Boxset named ON IN OUT

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Ricardo Villalobos, Dimbiman (AKA Zip), Roman Flügel, and others will be included in a new quadruple-vinyl collection that will be released shortly.

ON IN OUT is the debut album from Advanced Public Listening Records, a Tokyo-based company owned by Miho Mepo, a long-time Berlin resident.
She met several of the musicians on the collection while living there, including Daedelus, Roman Flügel, Phoenecia, Thomas Fehlmann, AtomTM, Freeform, and Thomas Brinkmann.

These artists also participated to Mepo’s Advanced Public Listening, which was released in 2001. ON IN OUT is devoted to “genuine musicians and music enthusiasts” 20 years later, she said.

She said, ” “It’s an all-star roster of actual musicians who’ve been connecting with my music for years. There’s a good reason for their amazing music. It was established only through our shared love of music and the relationships of trust and ties formed with the individuals I met along the way.”

ON IN OUT has liner notes by Ken Hidaka and Dommune’s Naohiro Ukawa and spans four records and two CDs. There isn’t a digital version available.

Listen to the snippets available on Soundcloud and pre-order your 4 LP Boxset on

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11 Berlin nightclubs and organizers have filed a lawsuit to overturn the dance prohibition

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According to RBB24, some clubs and producers in Berlin are pursuing legal action in response to the city’s latest dance prohibition.

Club OST, Insomnia, Matrix, Aseven, KitKatClub, Revolver Party, Soda Club, Der Weiße Hase, and trance superstar Paul Van Dyk were among the 11 artists that filed an appeal with Berlin’s administrative court on Thursday, December 16th, with the help of lawyer Niko Härting.

Härting stated on his website, “Out of the clubs, into the private parties.” “The dancing prohibition is ineffective at preventing infection.”

Härting and the organization want the ban lifted as soon as possible, preferably by December 30th. The statement states, “Organizers have invested substantially in the preparation of New Year’s Eve events and have sold thousands of tickets.” “There’s a chance that millions of people will fail. The Berlin club scene, already shattered by Covid-19, is concerned about its future.”

Although Berlin’s Clubcommission is not a member of the organization, it has spoken out against the ban on its own, advocating obligatory PCR testing as an alternative. “For this reason, we’ve done trial projects with the [hospital] Charité,” Lutz Leichsenring told RBB24. “They were victorious.”

PCR testing, according to the organization, is also a possible option. The statement states, “The pilot research scientifically established that there are no substantial risks of infection in clubs provided testing is done consistently.”

On December 8th, the most recent dance prohibition went into effect, forcing most clubs to close. Some, on the other hand, have remained open, offering seating and even open-air performances. An administrative court in Berlin lifted a dance prohibition earlier this year, allowing vaccinated and recovered persons to attend gatherings.