Roland AIRA System-1m Modular Synthesizer


After a week of teasing us with shadowy images, Roland have finally unveiled the details of their forthcoming System-1m modular synthesizer.

The System-1m is a Eurorack compatible, semi-modular version of the System-1 with extra features like CV/Gate connections, external input, and more comprehensive signal routing options.

Roland are also gearing up to release a range of standalone, table-top and Eurorack compatible effects for the System-1m for next-level sound mangling and experimentation, with distortion, crusher, delay and scatter coming soon.

Howson’s Groove – Stand Up EP


Over the past twelve months Howson’s Groove have been pulling all the punches with their UK focused hybrid sound, merging the rough and smooth of House and Garage with the grit and guile of Grime and Hardcore.

These new contenders based in South London are currently being championed by the likes of Rob Da Bank, Skream and DJ EZ. They’ve been going from strength to strength ever since scoring an official remix for the one and only Todd Terry on Southern Fried Records.

Their no holds barred ‘Can’t Explain EP’, released in 2014 on Love & Other Records has served as their most recent highlight. Premiered by both DJ Mag and Eton Messy, it earned a very rare 10/10 from Mixmag, plus a huge thumbs up from The Magician.

Available 27th April 2015 on Fat! Records.

Courtesy of On The Rise Music.

Roland System-1 V1.20 Update


System-1 owners will be very excited to hear that Roland have released a new update to their already powerful synthesizer featuring the addition of sixty four preset banks and six new oscillator waveforms. The new waveforms allow users to create classic EDM sounds made popular by software synthesizers such as Native Instruments Massive which where not previously achievable with the System-1. These include Skrillex style growling bass lines, Knife Party style talking synthesizer leads and dance-floor shredding bass cannons in the style of Flux Pavilion.

Details on the new oscillator waveforms are as follows…

● Noise Saw – A sawtooth wave with movement similar to an analog circuit.
● Logic Operation – A waveform that uses a logic circuit to combine multiple waveforms.
● FM – A frequency-modulated waveform.
● FM + Sync – Syncs a frequency-modulated waveform to the OSC pitch to produce a scale.
● Vowel – A waveform similar to human voice.
● CB – A metallic one-shot sound.

Fireteam – Logic To The Mayhem


Emotif are proud to announce a new single from regular noise makers Fireteam. Trimer, Smokesta and Mekar MC make up this London trio who have also had a recent release on sister label Botchit and Scarper. The b side ‘Memory Box’ is a murky track that brings to mind the gutter crawling bass of artists such as Blu-Mar-Ten but with the maximalist sound that Fireteam is known for.

Available 23rd March 2015 on Emotif Recordings.

Roland AIRA Modular Synthesizer


Roland AIRA have caused a stir among music tech enthusiasts this week by posting a mysterious image of what appears to be a new modular synthesizer on the home page of their web-site.

Despite the low resolution of the image it clearly shows the silhouette of a modular style synthesizer sporting the classic Roland AIRA lights.

At present there are no details available regarding the mystery product other than the accompanying text which suggests that it will be unveiled at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2015.

Viper Recordings – Headroom EP (Part 6)


Viper’s prestigious Headroom EP series returns with the sixth installment of the franchise featuring the darker and heavier side of the label with five techy Drum & Bass bangers. A launching pad for many of today’s biggest Drum & Bass artists, The Headroom EP series has seen the likes of Brookes Brothers, ShockOne, Matrix & Futurebound, Camo & Krooked, Delta Heavy, InsideInfo, Prolix and TREi grace the series and has since taken their music to new heights.

Available 6th April 2015 on Viper Recordings.

Courtesy of On The Rise Music.