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HBF Tech Round-up: Roland SH-2 PLUG-OUT, Mackie Mix Series Compact Mixers, iProphet For iPad

For this month’s HBF tech round-up our resident tech expert James Trigo takes you through the movers and shakers in the production world with new hardware and software from Roland, Mackie and Arturia. 

The next retro synth in-line to get the Plug-Out treatment for Roland’s System-1 is the classic SH-2 monosynth. As with the 101 it can be loaded onto either the System-1 or loaded as a plugin on your DAW, but this version will also be available if you don’t own a System-1, if you’re willing to spend a bit of extra cash that is. Going by the last emulation it should be of decent quality as the technology used to recreate the sounds of the original is the same. There are also some new additions to the synth including a VCO range that’s expandable to 64’, two envelopes, new effects and an arpegiator.

Available now from the Roland store for €110 without the System-1 and €75 with.


With hardware being back on the shopping list of producers over the last few years, the need to route signal about in the studio is still a much-needed requirement. Mackie are helping with this by releasing a range of three budget mixers Mix5, Mix8 and Mix12FX. Promising to offer high quality audio cased in a sturdy metal chassis they’ve certainly made them appealing to project studio owners with small pockets. The Mix5 starts at $70 and the larger Mix12FX with 12 integrated effects is priced at $160.

The range will be shipping soon so keep an eye on the website for more info.


The slow move from hardware to software and from software to app for analogue synths has caught up with Sequential Circuits’ 80s synthesizer, the Prophet VS. Developed once again by Arturia, the iProphet is now available on the iOS platform for iPad 3 or later. Based around vector synthesis the synth hosts 4 digital oscillators, 95 different waveforms and a multimode filter. If you already own the desktop version, the Prophet V, then you’ll have the ability to import and export presets between the two, great for working on presets away from the studio. As with most iOS synths it’s Audiobus compliant, so works with GarageBand etc. and also supports CoreMIDI devices via Apple’s Camera Connection Kit or Wi-Fi for use with external hardware.

Available now from the App Store for £6.99, check out the tutorial below from Arturia’s Glen Darcey and the cheesy ad reminding you that iPads are portable.


James Trigo

James Trigo is an advocate for the craft of making a good tune. Whiling away the small hours with his head in a sequencer, if he's not making music he's listening to it, and then writing about it. Come say hello. Free free to contact James here: onetwotrigo@gmail.com