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The tool you need when inspirations strikes! The new MOTIF-RACK XS is packed full of inspiring sounds,...
The Tetra is a four-voice, analog poly synth, plus it's a four-part, multitimbral synth with separate outputs....
This small monophonic analog synth module will make a small footprint on your setup and budget, but bring you...
The most portable Virus ever.
The latest innovation from Dave Smith (founder and President of Sequential Circuits), the Evolver synthesizer...
This is the rackmount version of the Nord Lead 2 Virtual Analog synthesizer. It immediately became a ground...
Sound modules are important equipment for any music professional or hobbyist, whether you do your work onstage or in the studio. With their huge potential for adding sound and melody to the mix, these units are the perfect tools to put subtle elements into a new song or even to generate your own accompaniment for a solo performance.
One of the great things about sound modules is that you can go as big or as compact as you want, so it's easy to choose one that will fit right into your studio space or stage setup. The Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer, for instance, is about the size of a textbook: big enough to be packed with high-end electronics, but small enough for a portable studio. On the other hand, if you're looking for a module that can fit into your rack, take a look at full-size options like the Roland INTEGRA-7 SuperNATURAL, Nord Lead A1R and Yamaha MOTIF RACK XS Tone Generator.
If your focus is on performance, check out some sound modules designed especially to back you up onstage, in the studio and while you practice at home. A great example would be the Roland BK-7M Backing Module. This unit is no bigger than a good-sized novel, easy to slip into a backpack to take with you on the road. Don't be fooled by its compact footprint, though; that's just for convenience. Inside its small case, this powerful module manages to cram over 1,000 tones and 57 different drum kits. The BK-7M can play MIDI as well as MP3 or WAV files, so you can use any source you like for your backing - and it even supports video so you can add an extra dynamic to your performance.
In the modern music scene, not every sound you hear is actually played by physical instruments and recorded with a mic. And that's a good thing - sound modules like these can create synthesized sounds totally unique to them, as well as produce convincing impressions of real instruments. That means you don't need to hire a band to back you up onstage or compete for space in the studio: just program your sound module, and you'll be good to go.