Back on NAMM 2018, Studio Electronics announced a re-design of their excellent Boomstar Synthesizer series with major hardware improvements. The interesting part of these analog Synthesizer is that you can order your Boomstar with your favourite filter design.
During the show, they announced also a new version, the 8106 that is based on the famous Jupiter Juno filter. Same as the previous versions, it features two high-end oscillators, a sub oscillator, osc sync, filter and oscillator xmod, ring mod and much more.
Studio Electronics recently announced that the new Boomstars including the 8106 are now available to purchase.
Boomstar is a return to the raw power and purity of non-programmable discrete analog, where STUDIO ELECTRONICS started in 1985 with the Midimoog. The snap and punch of hardware envelopes drive the Boomstar’s brilliant discrete voltage controlled circuits with unparalleled sonic integrity and versatility; refaced, and revoiced for 2018, the Boomstar MKII is likely the ultimate desktop analog synthesizer for those who remember, and desire still, analog synth sounds that changed the music, and sound seekers who have yet to discover that electric magic and delight in their time—via MIDI or CV of course.
The Boomstar’s alchemy of combinable waveform oscillations—with sub, OSC1-OSC2 sync—filter and oscillator xmod, ring mod, 5 revered filter types, extensive modulation routing made easy via its 18+ toggle switches, and a flexible software LFO, make sound and music design a daring delight. Hardware envelopes with invert, loop, drone and master mode deliver that flexible, funky snap and shift.
The quick-turn shaft pots along the bottom for the hardware ring mod, noise, feedback: now diode-based for more complex and interesting harmonic distortion, and VCO Levels make vital sonic changes intimate, immediate, and indispensable; the adjacent overdrive switch adds beefy boost, warmth, and edge. 29+ pots insure a fluid, intuitive groove over wide-ranging sweeps, and subtle tone variations: whip them suddenly and rhythmically into shape, or feather in the changes.
Expect cleaner levels in and out of the 5 MKII filter models for 2018 (they will still “brown out” but the “headroom” is more generous). Choose from 5 different filter designs:
- E80 – the legendary, creamy, multi-mode Yamaha® CS-80
- 8106—Jupiter-Juno Roland®
- 5089—classic Moog® 24dB ladder
- 4072—powerfully resonant ARP® 2600
- SEM—the original Oberheim® (Lord Tom) 2-pole 12dB/octave gem
What’s New Inside The Boomstars 2018!
- Refaced for clarity of function, signal flow and an overall visual/tactile assist.
- Revoiced for purity of tone—more headroom into amplifier; browning-out is delayed.
- Diode-based feedback circuit for greater dynamic range and harmonic distortion content.
- Exotic and rugged handcrafted lumber/microlumber sides: Bocote, Marblewood, and Rosewood.*
- “Tonestar” lined, fluted knobs, and lined pot shafts for more precise programming and patch recall
Upgrade Your Boomstar To The MKII Visuals
Studio Electronics offers visual & knob/pot upgrades for your previous Boomstar Synthesizer lineup
- $399 sans end bells: chassis only
- $469 with end bells: chassis with SidesExotica® Bocote, Marblewood, USA-only Indian Rosewood.
- $89.00 endbells only: SidesExotica® Bocote, Marblewood, USA-only Indian Rosewood.
- $189 replace pots and knobs: “Tonestar” knobs, and metal-shafted pots installed throughout, apart from the envelopes, where the plastic-shafted pots are strengthened with a bushing: proper ENV pot tapers not available in metal; bottom quick-turn pot shafts are now lined/striped.
The new Boomstars MKII are now available on their official website for $1399. Check your local music store for availability.
More information here: Studio Electronics