A hybrid synthesizer as a DIY kit!
It is not a news for the NAMM 2019 but a nice DIY project of which you have to know. De-Generator is a project realized by Rolf Degen and TubeOhm Instruments together. It has been running for several years, but is now entering the final phase of developing.
The De-Generator is a hybrid Synthesizer with digital oscillators and an analog filter. It features two versatile oscillators that can be used as classic wave or as sample oscillator. It possible to design own waveforms with a built-in editor, record samples with the audio input or to load them in via the SD card slot (max 20 seconds). It comes with several parameters where you can customize the samples. All this is powered by an analog stereo filter based on the SMR4 mkII filter board from Mutable Instruments, three LFO’s, 2 envelopes, 12x modulation matrix and a 16-step sequencer.
Although it has no big innovations, it’s an interesting DIY Synthesizer that has features that other synths do not have.
First, the De-Generator is a complete DIY project. On this website we explain how to build and how to use it. The De-Generator is a monophonic sampling synthesizer with open software architecture, designed especially for the creative musicians with a DIY background. Attention – it is not an easy to build DIY kit. You must have good knowledge in electronics and also the tools like a good solder iron, an oscilloscope and multimeter.
The 2 oscillators can load normal waveforms or also samples from a SD card as a wave file in mono The maximum sample time is round about 20 seconds, this, if you use one oscillator as a sample player. If you now load one Sample in oscillator 1 with the sampling time 12 seconds, you can load in the second oscillator a sample with 8 Seconds, or 10 and 10 Seconds, or 2 and 18 seconds. Both oscillators can work as a normal Synthesizer oscillator too. For this we have implemented 16 different build in waveforms and a bank with 128 user waveforms.
User waveforms mean that you can add a new bank with your own 128 waveforms. The user waveforms are in a ‘raw’ format. This format can handle a normal (free) audio Editor. On the PC/MAC it is possible to draw new waveforms and than simply store it in a folder on the SD card. Than the waveforms are ready to use. While using 2 oscillators, equal if you have load samples, samples and waveforms or double samples you have also the possibility to ring-modulate, distort, bit-crush or synchronise both oscillators.
- sample loop – set a simple loop, plays from the beginning to the loop and repeat the loop
- loop reverse – reverse only the marked wave
- loop mute – mute only the marked wave
- loop cut – cut only the market wave
- loop sec – plays only the marked wave one time
- loop secl – plays only the market wave in loop
- two oscillators/sample oscillators
- 8-bit engine with wave interpolation
- mix mode allows you to mix samples with waves
- three LFO’s
- 2 ADSR envelopes
- stereo filter with 6, 12, 18, 24dB low-pass, 12 high-pass, and 12dB band-pass mode
- 12x modulation matrix
- 16-step sequencer, external MIDI/internally synchronised
- FX delay
- can read waves files from SD card up to 20 seconds long
- inbuilt wave editor/read, write to/ from SD card
- real time wave record up to 20 seconds
- DIY friendly
- Power 12v 1A
Availability & Price: TBA
More information here: Tubeohm