Endlich mal wieder ein polyphoner Desktop-Synthesizer

Die Pariser von Mutable Instruments haben gerade ihre neueste Entwicklung, den vielstimmigen Ambika-Synthesizer angekündigt. Wie schon der Vorgänger Shruthi-1 ist auch Ambika ein Synth zum selber zusammenbauen. Der Endpreis und das Erscheinungsdatum stehen aber leider noch nicht fest.

Features laut Hersteller:

– Up to 6 voices, each with an individual output – in addition to a global mix output.

– MIDI channels/patches/voices are distinct entities, allowing many different flexible configurations, from 6 independent monophonic parts each on a different MIDI channel, to 1 polysynth, with everything in-between (unison, keyboard split, layering, voice doubling).

– Connectors for up to 6 voicecards. In true Mutable Instruments spirit, you can mix and match voicecards with different filters, and in the future with different synthesis engines. Easy to use sound programming interface with a large 2×40 LCD display, 8 knobs, 8 switches and 15 bicolor LEDs. Each module of the synthesis engine has a page, each page has a direct access button.

– Massive patch memory, easy backup/data exchange, fast firmware upgrades with the integrated SD card reader. And there might be other things you’ll load from the SD card in the future…Patch versioning and undo/compare/redo of editing operations.

– Sequencer, arpeggiator and rhythmic chord generator available for each part. 2 step-sequences per part. Each part can be clocked at a different multiple of the MIDI clock.
And of course: DIY friendly, through-hole assembly.

– All the Shruthi-1 oscillators goodness – classic analog waveforms, FM, wavetables, vowel synthesis, low-fi tones.

– More z-family oscillator waveshapes, with digital emulations of analog waveforms sent through resonant LP/BP/HP filters.

– “Wavequence” mode for individually addressing the content of the wave memory (wavequence + step sequencer = wave sequencing).

– New mixer with adjustable overdrive and bitcrusher effects, independent of the mixing mode.

– 3 synchronized LFOs shared by all voices in a patch with new waveforms, and 1 desynchronized, per-voice LFO for subtle voice modulation effects.

– 3 ADSR envelopes with times up to 60s.

– Large modulation matrix (14 slots, 4 modifiers), with new modulation sources and destinations.

– Improved sound richness/brightness and extended filter range.

Mutable Instruments

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