It’s the Latvian Synthi that never was – an all-new instrument, not a clone, built around the signature analog matrix.
England’s EMS Synthi AKS is simply one of the greatest-ever standalone designs for experimentation. The 1972 instrument inspired Jean Michel Jarre and Pink Floyd. But it’s not
Now, for all the recreations and clones, it’s important to note that Erica Synths aren’t cloning anything. They even advertise the fact that the SYNTRX has absolutely no part of its schematics cloned from the original – there’s a twist, in a day when supposed “authenticity” usually trumps originality. (And yes, that could be read as a shot across the bow of clone-happy Behringer.)
But there’s some precedent for this. After all, think of how many instruments have a piano/organ-style keyboard manual, and how differently those instruments can sound and behave.
So think instead of the
256 patch memory points
Automatic patch switching in performance mode, or via MIDI triggers
Noise generator with color
Resonant analog filter
Looping envelope generator
Of course a joystick – you need that
Input amp with adjustable gain so you can connect a mic to line levels (oddly enough, I spent yesterday afternoon singing the praises of using mics in modular settings for a workshop here in Ljubljana, Slovenia)
3 (!) voltage controlled amplifiers
Analog CV/audio signal level indicator plus output signal filter
Sample & hold circuit with individual clock
VCO 1 has an octave switch; VCO2 has sync
Attack/Decay mode on the envelope generator
MIDI input of CV, gate, modulation, (and for the matrix) program change
Aluminum enclosure, ash tree side panels
Those envelope and extra oscillator features, plus of course MIDI control and extra performance functionality,
That said, is this an excuse to re-run the “every picnic…” and “every nun needs a
Now please stop coming out with all this cool stuff I feel obligated to write about, Erica; it’s starting to make me seem biased.