Even if the news situation is dominated by well-known companies like KORG, ARTURIA etc. today, there are also very small companies with new very different Synthesizers. A new company from Japan with the name Sonicware released recently first information about a new portable digital Synthesizer with a powerful multi-synthesis engine.
A Digital Synth Engine Monster
The concept of the ELZ_1 honestly reminds me of the Teenage Engineering OP-1 as it also bundles many different digital engines in the small space. The ELZ_1 features:
- FM synthesis (4 operators with feedback and detuning)
- 8 bit wave memory synthesis (waveform editing and morphing with FM mode)
- DNA explorer (extract and generate waveforms from audio)
- SiGRINDER (granular synthesizer engine)
- Standard OSC (sin, square, triangle and saw waves)
- Low-bit OSC (sin, square, triangle and saw waves)
The ELZ_1 is powered by a wide range of filters to offer a lot of different sound options: LPF, HPF, BPF, Peaking EQ, LO EQ, HI EQ and Graphic EQ. The device is designed to be a performance instruments with unique sounds.
Onboard Effects & Arpeggiator For Advanced Sound Designs
The Sonicware ELZ_1 features beside the big amount of synthesis types also a wide range of digital effects:
- Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz
- Chorus, Flanger, Vibrate, Phaser
- Tremolo, Auto Pan
- Delay, Tape Echo
- Room, Hall, Arena, Spring, Plate
The modulation section is powered by several envelopes (ADSR). For creating interesting melodies, it includes also an arpeggiator section with Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, Up & Down, Down & Up and Random.
Battery Powered & Built-in Speaker For Maximum Portability
Interesting here is that this new digital Synthesizer doesn’t need necessarily have to hang on a cable but also run very smart on batteries. Also an built-in speaker gives you maximum freedom where to play the instrument.
Connections – Everything You Need Is Included!
On the connection side, the ELZ_1 features an AUX in for input backing tracking, a USB connection to connect it to your PC & Mac (MIDI) as well as headphone and line outputs.
Availability & Price: TBA