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Analog Synthesizer – Moogulatorium

Updates: NAMM 2012 Synth Related Overview

time to detach the NAMM 2012 news – but for later reference – these where the cool things to remember:

• Note, that some posts are updated without notice – like more/new videos and some infos be added to the “old posts” rather than cluttering the blog with 3-4 updates on the same start from here. BTW I continue doing so after NAMM as well.
• Info: einige Updates zur NAMM und auch generell hier im Blog werden nicht extra angekündigt sondern einfach hinzugefügt zu bestehenden Einträgen, also – hin und wieder kommen hier und da noch Videos dazu. So wird es auch nach der NAMM weiter gehen.

analog synths (via NAMM)
– Arturia Minibrute, 499€ – some videos added
– Moog Minitaur – also more videos added
– Mfb Dominion X
– Waldorf Pulse 2
– MacBeth Minimac
– Eowave Koma
– Jomox Moonwind Filterbank (not a synth but analog)

interesting stuff:
– Akai – a CV/Gate Keyboard with built in MPC and 8 touch faders with LED $499 like the DSI Tempest and 32step sequencer inside those
Pads and MPC Fly Software for the iPad $299 and the Renaissance and MPC Studio ($299) do the “normal MPC business” .
– Korg Kaoss Pad Mini 2 and Kaossilator 2 Mini with Display and SD Card Slot and another Slider
– new 2 Casios – now with some more details PDF – videos added as well.
– Repackaged Blofeld (?) with Knobs Studiologic Sledge (not on NAMM), new video up
– UAD Audio Interface with Thunderbolt & Firewire 800, $2500
– Clavia NordDrum (video added)
– Euro-Modules Schippmann, XAOC, Malekko, WMD – UPDATE: Harvestman & Make Noise

 Forum – Diskussionen (german/deutsch):

Namm 2012 , Arturia NAMM 2012 – da kommt was völlig NeuesUnd auf einmal wurde der Markt analog,
AKAI PRO MAX49 – Neuer Controller mit Sequencer und CV/Gate,

Casio baut wieder Synthesizer?

• XWP1 Digital Synthesizer


• XWG1 Digital Synthesizer

will keep this thread more or less on top – as a quick overview until all NAMM news have been collected… ;)

Seid heute im Verkauf / Abonnenten haben bereits das neue Synthesizer-Magazin #30
 Synthesizer-Magazin, aktuelle Druck-Ausgabe  Augensteuerung hier hin für mehr==>

Futureretro – Synthesizer overview

.. synthesizer Future Retro – 777 – moebius sequencer etc.

FRFuture Retro Synth overview / überblick..
future retro revolution: a TB303 kind of ROUND synth with fat bass synth quite close to the TB303 (roland) plus sequencer, an advanced one ..

also there are FX like chorus, flanger ,delay and room with 2 mix knobs (L/R), not much added to the tb303 parameter set.. so the big new thing here is the sequencer and midi! cv+ MIDI controlled..
Future Retro Revolution<–Revolution thx for pic to Kaneda

the FUTURE RETRO 777 – now really retro – discontinued since 2003.
moebius sequencer: the 777 sequencer as a separate machine, for midi and CV.

the newer revolution is a round tb303-style synth with sequencer..
no more or less, it’s a discus like shape.. not much boyond a roland tb303 but no less either.. ;)

future retro 777 synthesizer
moebius sequencer and oberkorn analog sequencer
below: the moebius, mid: the oberkorn.. sends out CV analogue voltage!! same is in the 777: click the image to enlarge!!

german: deutsch: der oberkorn ist ein normaler analoger sequencer,der einfach die potis abfragt ,der reihe nach.. und spannungen ausgibt, der moebius macht dasselbe aber generiert das ganze digtial und arbeitet auch mit midi. ist in der bedienung ähnlich dem sq16, etwas statisch,aber nicht unbedingt schlecht, kann patterns “chainen” also eine kette in realtime abspielen nach simplem antippen..

the moebius – here’s the sequencer with MIDI and CV outs,
a bit like the 777’s sequencer..
moebius sequencer
enlarge this? click it!

MOEBIUS you have hz/okt, v/oct., neg/pos slope trigger gate and accent out, so it is an interesting machine.. still..

thanks to alexF for great future retro 777 photos!!
I assume the pictures speak for themselves.. note: the 3-7 pole switch!
it has 2 VCOs (rectangular to saw – seamless!) plus 2 Suboscs (means: pulse wave 1 oct below the main osc) & noise
3 or 7 pole filters (LPF)
special distortion modes (2x)
filter FM & osc FM (!!)
find 2 sections below the OSCs: wave a and b ;) guess,what that means ;)

future retro 777
click pics to enlarge…
future retro 777
click pics to enlarge…
the machine is monophonic and for its integrated moebius sequencer it has some special features like accentuation of course..
future retro 777 synthesizer
click pics to enlarge…
future retro 777 synthesizer

do you speak “sherman”? SHERMAN FILTERBANK from Belgium

Filter Box Overview

do you speak ‘sherman?
Sherman Filterbank 2

not german, but from belgium! ;)

after the very charismatic filterbank 1..
basically the Sherman Filterbank 2 is a synthesizer without oscillators!
maybe a nice DIY project could make this machine a real charsimatic synthesizer?
maybe add a nice small mfb synth to drive it.. ;)
btw: I have never seen such a good manual with so many examples and really easy!
and: hmm, cute! really.. as cute as the “VCA-man” in the ms20 manual
sherman filterbank
enlarge above image? click the image..!!
FM and AM! “distortion” by overdriving the input!
filter sounds quite rough “british” ms20’ish!.. but it never sounds “bad”. but it CAN SOUND EVIL! ;)
you have 2 independet filters both sweepable from LPF to BPF to HPF! also there is a nice knob for adjusting the filters called anti mix correction.
here you can have non symmetric bpfs ,lpfs and hpfs.. so this makes another “kind” of filter characteristics.. (eg: a hpf that still lets some bass freq. pass through)..

I did a nice drumloop and shermanized it, you hear FM at audio speed (to the end) and some knob turns..
sherman filterbank
you can connct averything to the sherman, there are even 3 midi thru! (makes sense)
all is CC controllabe via midi but you also got the envelope out and trigger in. FM and AM in!
you can control the second AR envelope, too by external
sherman filterbank
enlarge above image Sherman Filterbank 2? click the image..!!

sherman filter bank
see the harmonics knob? here you can set the second filter to be a static harmonics “generator” for you! this make a lot of sense for drumloops and stuff..
ADSR env and an LFO that max range is audio speed! the lfo has some triangular waves

I tested it with a fairly “non phat”-drumloop.. if you set it right, you can beef it up a lot!!!
LISTEN! HEAR!, how it gets more phat (starting with original)..

vlaamse enveloppen!
HÖREN! LISTEN! – sherman audio files (find it in)
im file management system von (of) (sorry sherman, ehm,german server system) hier / here AUDIOFILES
more “audio abuse” of the sherman filters: HIER / HERE

filtered saxophones (sax_OFF_on!) by south marsian authorities pattysplanet

german parameter list:
1. Hi boost/Cut Ore-Equalization
2. SensTrig/Eingang sens.
3. Eingangsempfindlichkeit / distortion
4. Frequenzmodulation (stärke)
5. ENV Trigger (adsr)
6. Attack time/ Env. Follower
7. Decay time ADSR
8. Sustain level ADSR
9. Release time ADSR
10. ADSR ENV mode.
11. ADSR out signal
12. LFO speed
13. LFO mode
14. LFO display
15. Phasen/Antiphasen Intensitätseinstellung des LFO
16. Amplitudenmodulation Intensität
17. AR Trigger
18. Attack Zeit AR
19. filterrouting parallel – seriell
20. Release
21. FX wet mix
22. Effekt enabled
23. shift + Oct./ + Quint.
24. Tracking Normal
25. Tracking gauge
26. cut Frequenz Filter 1
27. ADSR Mod Filter
28. Resonance 1
29.filter type – Tief / Band / Hochpass 1
30. “Anti Mix Korrektur” Filter 1
31.Sync display
32.Filter 2 Harmonics festeinstellungen und free mode
33. cutoff Filter 2
34.ADSR Mod Filter 2
35.Resonance Filter 2
36.filter type Tief/Band/Hochpass Filter
37.”Antimix Korrektur” Filter2
deutscher bericht?

deutsch/british.. ANALOGE synthesizer / german distribution german/british and other synths.. vertrieb jomox, vermona, macbeth, mfb / fricke etc..
sherman is from belgium and have a very good site! check the video!!
of course there was a filterbank 1 – the #2 is the predecessor..!
there is also the limited edition (95 made) quad modular filterbank QMF

Electro Harmonix Synthesizer & Sequencer and Vocoder

Electro Harmonix

guitar Synthesizer
the EH vocoder is under vocoder.. same design as the guitar synthesizer..

the EH series including a sequencer and FX boxes EQ etc..

and of course the well known bass synths mini synthesizer line

Electro Harmonix guitar Synthesizer
electro harmonix gear
electro harmonix sequencer
electro harmonix synthesizer
electro harmonix mini synthesizer
top:electro harmonix drm16

simple preset drum machine..

has matrix like variations from the rhythm selected with 2 knobs, Vari 1-4 and (funk,disco,rock,misc) also cymbals (long/short and wood block switch), very old style sounds with “piuuu tom” , space drum switch on the back..

EH drm16 + pearl syncussion
EHElectro Harmonix Synth overview / überblick..

Moogulatorium Part 2 – Analogsynthesizer B

Synthesizer Database Moogulatorium:ANALOG SYNTHESIZER SECTION VINTAGE & FUTURE ANALOGUE & HYBRID SYNTHESIZERs –> page 2/ 2 goto: moogulatorium 1..

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Cwejman S1?
the swedish better MS20?
no.. it’s different.. VERY much!!
it has the FASTEST ENVELOPES I every listend to on ANY synthesizer!two filters and 3x FM – OSCs..
a lot of paramters can be patched using 3.5mm jacks

but, hell.. I have never listended to a better synth for percussion sounds because of the 0.5ms Envelopes!
there is linear and expo characteristics.

the LFO is about 60Hz fast.
it’s one LFO, the s2, a smaller version has 2 LFOs aboard..
2 ENVs, ultrafast
all standard waveforms on the VCOs
internal midi available and can be sent to the “outside wolrd” ,too..

Video (play with VLC)


and 3 VCOs all FM able..Sinus, Triangle, Sawtooth, Triangle + Pulse, Pulse, syncable 2 VCOS!! means: vco 1 and2 , vco 2 and 3!! hard sync only, but 2 syncs!! and as said: the fastest envelopes on an analog synth ever since..

2filters: 4-6poles!! (24-36dB/oct.) ranging up to 16khz! lpf only
2nd filter: multimode 2-6 poles lpf,bpf,hpf
both feature self oscillation
all is patchable..

2 ADSR envs 0.5ms minimum per stage! 20 secs max!
noise (any color ;) .. red,white,low freq noiseso the specs are very hi-ended..vca: lin & log mode.Price is SEK 22400 (appr 2600 EURO)

the cwejman modular system:

doepfer-sized modules, very slim.. very good and very fast env, here it is 0.1ms ,again faster than the s1’s envs (

this is a semi modular machine (no pic so far, but the delivery of the machiens has just started (fall/2003)
LFO up to about 62Hz, random,saw/saw inverted,square waves
patchable: speed,intensity, gate input
cwejman s1 synthesizer
click s1 to enlarge..Cwejman
cwejman modular synthesizer
has an interesting control Joytick with built in potentiometer..
also: sensor keys in the middle with phaser, filter etc. control (enable/disable)
only 10 Lords made..
skywave lord synthesiser
skywave lord synthesiser
FUTURE RETROfuture retro
more analogue synthesizers CH
spectral audio
neptune II
3 VCOs, one of them can be used as LFO, mods VCO1,2 or filter, no PWM but multimode filter, rough sounding analogue
envs: nice, but not that made.

enlarge pic? just klick it!!
The Selector along with a big Doepfer Monster!
doepfer modular system in the middletechnosaurus system on the right..

thx for pic:
Pic from the Parallel Worlds studio, Greece”:

technosaurus + doepfer
theiss modularthere is an extra site for theiss tmss
Steiner Parker Modular
the Synthasystemall discrete electronics in here of course.the steiner parker synthacon was sort of “minimoog” synth with 3 VCOs and multimode filter with FM functionality and the valve instrument (on the right on the bottom picture)

Steiner Parker Synthacon
this one has 3 VCOs , all can be FM’ed by each other and all VCOs range to 20khz! this thing was made in 1974.

it has simplified envelopes like the minimoog (sort of..) and has a clock generator.. and a multimode filter 12dB/oct.

quite a lot of features in times,where the sh5 was about to come and arp and moog dominated the synth world.

anyway: this won’t be seen too often.. unfortunately..

steiner parker modular system
steiner parker modular system
Buchla Music Easel
uses banana jacks (!).. they are “stackable”..Don Buchla also made the Oberheim Ob-MX when Tom Oberheim left Oberheim (!)
His Buchla Box 200e is a very big digital memory modular system with multi-staage envelopes and sequencers, complex control and very high price, but Buchla did a lot of very visionary/innovative synths in the same time when moog did his more popular and more known synths, buchla is a bit unconventional, even in 1982 he had programmable “controllers” like todays sequencers in software in a box. (the mid phase of his modular series), means: see/draw in your envelope.. well, not that easy those days but very new..

Buchla has a new system out, a modular system with RAM, digital analog hybrid.
Don Buchla was also responsible for the “oberm00g” OB-MX synth by Oberheim (Tom Oberheim wasn’t Toms company at that time..

buchla music easel
buchla music easel
about the same hardware as the SCI Prophet 5,the GLEEMAN PENTAPHONIC SYNTHESIZERpolyphonic synth, but of course no poly mod section,
this version is exotic, the normal one is black!

more.. GLEEMAN..

gleeman pentaphonic
gleeman pentaphonic
gleeman pentaphonic
us valve tech modular special modules
tube valve analogue modules and synthesizers..
this is filters and ringmod and distortion with VALVES by metasonix..very trashy design but sounds very mighty and basic!! nice addition to modular systems.. made in usa.
available in germany by schneidersbuero
and another .OGG file by “rechner7” from the made with agonizer tx1semore about metasonix and the wretch full tube synthesizer..
click to enlarge pics..
former east germany
AAC (VEB Automatisierungs- und Anlagenbau Cottbus)..
TIRACON 6Vbeside the vermona synth (see vermona section!) there was the TIRACON 6V , it’s quite like a poly61 / poly800 programming style. on board sequencerincluding 4 Level – Envelopes and the “roland-style” static hpf. of course it has a lpf main filter controlled by env and lfo ..

there is a proto type around Tiracon C21 (red with black controls a bit like karma “look” from 1989 that is a drum machine and a preset synth in one case plus some FX.. pic see this posting by Lutz

tiracon 6V synthesizer
tiracon 6V synthesizer
from AAC (Automatisierungs- und Anlagenbau Cottbus, former easst germany).
Lassence µVenturyII
mini modular system made for percussive sound reinforcment/treatment from belgium in a suitcase..enlarge? click the image ..–>>

made in belgium,the only one I know of from B.

Lassence microVenturyII
STUDIO ELECTRONICSmore on studio electronics on the oberheim sites..
italianCrumar, Siel, GRS, Davolisint,
Elka Synthex and Eko here
CZ – tech answer to the minimoog? it has S/H controls in every section : vca, vcf, vco..
lpf filter and very minimoog design..
antares synthesizer
the russian synths section
.. go here
Polyvoks by Formanta/Polyrock
polyrock POLYVOKS
Aelita – sort of Moogish, fat Sound..
the Kirovski Ritm 2
Kirvoski Ritm2 Synthesizer
click to enlarge Ritm-2
The Firstman SQ-01 by Multivox was kind of a TB303 with an analog Bass Synth (not much more than this, but fat sounding..) and a simple sequencer (a bit “§§% to program..)I speak about the alesis in the alesis section, right?..Firstman Synth (beside the alesis hr16 drummachine)
Firstman Synthesizer and Sequencer
from Synapsethis is a ROUTING machine (british) audio signals that can be assigned in a matrix!! very good idea!!..
-> automatic patchbay.
shown on the musikmesse frankfurt germany (music fair 2003)
it’s UK made.
synapse patchbay
TEISCO , later KAWAI ..more on this little synth .. on kawai / teisco..2x AD env, lfo triggerable
1 vco incl Lo setting
LPF + static HPF

110F it’s strange, some technology of this synth came from ARP, it has a fixed filter bank , 2 VCOs and 2 ADSR envelopes.
similar to ARP it has one lfo with 20hz max only and a self reso 24dB/oct LPF with “roland type” fixed HPF. the lfo can trigger the ENVs, ringmod is on board, too. it’s VCOs have a very large range from LFO/low to 64′ to 4′!! goood for ringmod noises!
the mixer does not allow ringmod and noise at the same time but it’s white or pink noise then..

more on TEISCO , later KAWAI ..
and another info kawai / teisco..

kawai 100F
click to enlarge KAWAI 100-F..
JEN SX1000small little thing, but it sounds better than it looks ;)kawai 100f
check this about this underestimated analogue synthesiser..
Cheetah analog synth, a bit exotic.. rack expander.. MS6

pic thx to mikesonic.
der lustiger herr schneider..
schickt agenten in die ganze welt, allerdings nicht agent001 “agent moog” ;)

ANALOGUE SYSTEMS (AS).. the synthesiser section ..
– ems: go here
– edp wasp +
OSC OSCar go here
the modular ones are here:
SynthesizerSynth overview / überblick..