This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week is headlined by a massive list of classic synths turned virtual courtesy of IK Multimedia, Roland’s Future Redefined event packed with new product announcements and so much more…

IK Multimedia debuts massive new Virtual Synth for Mac

IK Multimedia, known for its MIDI keyboards and iOS/Mac audio interfaces, came out of no where this week with a brand new virtual instrument. Syntronik is one beast of a Mac synth with over 38 different classic synths spread across a massive 50GB library. You can expect sampler-instruments for some of the iconic gear in history here including loads of Moog gear, Prophets, and classic Oberheim models, along with filter emulations from those boxes and more. You can get complete details in our launch coverage story right here.

We will definitely be looking to give this one a spin on Logic Pros soon. 

You can check out our recent review of the IK Multimedia iLoud Monitor Speakers w/ Bluetooth and a micro footprint over on 9to5Toys as well. 

Roland The Future Redefined: 14 new musical instruments products on deck

Roland recently launched its oddly named “The Future. Redefined. New Product Stream.” event that is taking place between May 26th and June 23rd. The company will be announcing 14 new musical instrument products including synthesizers on June 20th, “Pro Video” gear on June 1st and today’s SPD:: dedicated digital percussion pads. The new pads come in 4 variations with built-in, customizable sound banks: ONE WAV PAD sampler, ONE PERCUSSION, ONE KICK and the ONE ELECTRO which features  “22 iconic sounds, including fat snares, crisp hand claps, electronic cowbells, and more.”

While the drum pads might not be the most exciting news on the block, we can’t wait to see what Roland has in-store for us on the 20th when it comes to synth gear.

EastWest looks to revolutionize MIDI guitar w/ new specialty sound packs

EastWest and Fishman are readying a brand new pack of virtual instruments specifically designed for MIDI guitarists. Anyone who has dabbled with MIDI guitar transmission knows it’s not always great and a lot of that has to do with the fact that the virtual instruments we are playing are optimized specifically for keyboards. At $179 per pack with a $159 introductory offer (Orchestra, Voices/Ethnic, Soundscapes, Guitar/Bass and Keys/Percussion), we can only hope the responsiveness matches the price tag here.

Having said that, EastWest makes some phenomenal sound/sample packs, so it would come as no surprise to me if they completely nailed this. But it will likely work best with the TriplePlay Wireless MIDI Guitar Controller:

We have been testing MIDI guitar systems for years, and the TriplePlay is the best in class,” says EastWest Producer Doug Rogers. “EastWest and Fishman worked together, re-programming the instruments and adjusting the software specifically for the Fishman TriplePlay. In fact, it opens up a whole new world for guitar players who have been grappling with decades-old technology. I know many of our users consider themselves to be guitar players first, so they will now be able to compose using their preferred instrument, instead of a keyboard.

Check out the launch trailer right here.


ICYMI: Here’s all of the biggest news and updates from last week…

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Justin Kahn

Justin is a senior editor covering all things music for 9to5Mac, including our weekly Logic Pros series exploring music production on Mac and iOS devices. Justin is an audio engineer/producer with over 10 years experience in the music industry.