John Bowen Synth Design

New version 1.4.1 OS Released - March 11, 2018

Announcing another major OS update - v1.4.1 is released today.

Please see the details in the Forums under Data Files:

Also note: the User Guide is still being updated, but should be ready soon.


New Preset Bank by Brian Kehew

I’m very happy to announce the release today of a brand new bank of 100 wonderful sounds by the synth expert Brian Kehew. Brian is well-known in the synthesizer world, having spent time on the road playing keyboards for The Who, and his own group The Moog Cookbook, as well as having co-authored the book, “Recording the Beatles”. He has served as the Archives Historian for the Bob Moog Foundation, a non-profit whose goal is to preserve the archives of Dr. Robert Moog and to teach children about science, music, and innovation. You can read more about Brian’s background at

I have these comments from Brian:

"I wanted to explore the non-retro parts of the Solaris potential. I think the world has been stuck in 1980s polysynth limitations too long. I'm so excited by this part of the Solaris - the clarity and resolution are incredible, but still using the "language" we speak (of oscillators and filters etc.) to create.

"Many of these sounds evolve over time. I have done some more retro sounds here, while trying to add something modern or more "dense" than was possible 30 years ago. Some of these may become jumping-off points for your own ideas, I hope. Some sounds are just playing with the many interacting modulations, generative patches or sound FX that can go on forever. I don't have time to dial in all the options of controllers for every sound, but a quite a few have a mod-wheel option to use. 

"It's quite a variety, and certainly most of these are not possible on any other instrument I know. It's an amazing design, still evolving, and I don't think I will ever "bump my head" on the ceiling of what it can do..."

Brian Kehew 

At times I get notice of another product in software named 'Solaris', and I have to let the developer know that I own the trademark rights.

I don't always keep a watch out for VSTi or other plug-ins that appear with the usage, and so I appreciate any notice when someone finds it. 

For the record, here is what my trademark covers:

"For hardware sound modules, printed circuit boards, for effecting sound, computer software, or parts for all the aforesaid goods." First use was January 2003, with the trademark granted September 2005.

So far developers have been very responsive in changing their product names. If you do see or know of any other product in these categories that is using the name, I would be most grateful if you send me a notice at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



NAMM 2018

The 2018 NAMM show will be held on January 25-28th. I will not be showing this year, but will be there to walk the floor and say hello to so many great people in this music business.

This will be my 45th year of attending NAMM shows....hard to believe! My first show was actually my 'audition' for Moog Music, at the Chicago NAMM show, June 1973. Time sure has flown by!


Update On Pre-Orders - October 22, 2017: 

Production Round #6 is all sold out...thanks to everyone who pre-ordered!