Semi-modular is the brand new modular. Intellijel remains to be within the enterprise of constructing modules, however they now additionally provide the Cascadia desktop synthesizer. It’s one field, however packs a great deal of controls and 101 patch factors.
Okay make that 101 patch factors, 34 sliders, 16 knobs, 28 switches, 5 push buttons, and 36 LED lights (for full blink-iness). You’ve nonetheless obtained Eurorack-level sign, so you possibly can simply mix this with a modular. However aside from the comfort and price effectivity of getting this in a single field, it’s genuinely semi-modular. That’s, you could have normalled connections so you may make sound with out patching something.
They describe this as mixing East Coast and West Coast synthesis however sooner or later we’re simply describing synthesizers. No matter you need to name it, there may be a whole lot of synth right here:
- Two analog VCOs (thru-zero FM-ready VCO A with sub oscillator, PWM, and smooth/exhausting sync … VCO B double as an LFO with 4 outs)
- Six-channel waveform mixer
- Noise generator
- 4-pole multimode filter with drive and FM enter and a ton of modes – LP1, LP2, LP4, BP2, BP4, HP4, NT2, Phazor, plus devoted LP4 and HP4 outs
- Parallel wavefolder
- Twin digital envelopes, with ADSR / AHDSR (ENV A) and complicated multimode operate generator (ENV B – okay, that counts as West Coast)
- Tons of utilities: S&H, slew/envelope follower, mixer, mult, numerous operations, ring mod
- Low Go Gate
- Pedal ship and return FX loop
- MIDI, pedal, audio I/O
- MIDI – CV interface
That’s a fairly nice deal versus constructing your individual system. And this, you do get a really completely different method to sound than you’ll out of your typical digital polysynth. These provide a whole lot of bang-for-buck, however that is actually a unique animal – monophonic, however with a bunch of patchable sound design goodies.
There’s lots to love in monophonic sound design like that – your worth is just not actually per-note, mainly.
It was clearly inevitable that we might see extra built-in synths like this rising out of the modular world. And whereas some makers provide methods, it’s only a complete lot extra reasonably priced for the producer (and buyer) to construct a single board. The total modular methods may be good, and may function a mannequin of the right way to mix the modules, nevertheless it does nonetheless have the overhead of particular person module value.
What impresses me about Intellijel’s providing is that whereas there are a whole lot of instruments honed elsewhere – like MIDI performance and intelligent slew and noise – this actually is one thing distinct from what the corporate presents as particular person modules.
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