IK Multimedia has given its UNO Synth a Pro upgrade with a paraphonic engine with three oscillators, two filters, effects, sequencer, and better I/O for NAMM 2021.
The virtual NAMM 2021 is just around the corner and more and more manufacturers have started to show new products. IK Multimedia has today introduced the UNO Synth Pro, an expanded version of its monophonic UNO Synth. Developed again in collaboration with the Italian boutique synth developer Soundmachines, it takes the concept of the UNO to a new level.
Available in a keyboard or desktop version, it offers a new paraphonic engine with three analog oscillators, a dual filter, built-in effects, 64-step sequencer, 256 presets, and expanded CV/Gate and audio connections.
IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro
UNO Synth Pro features three analog oscillators with continuously variable waveshape, pulse-width modulation (PWM), sync, FM, and ring modulation (RM). Plus a white noise generator. Definitely a big boost for the oscillators. Then, it now has two filters. The first is the original UNO 2-pole OTA multimode filter and the second is an SSI 2/4-pole LP filter with self-oscillation. Both works in series or in parallel with invertible phase for 24 different filter modes.
It also hosts more modulation flexibility than the monophonic UNO. Two full ADSR envelopes, for both filter and amplitude, plus two LFOs to create classic synth vibrato, wah, and tremolo. All this is powered by a 16-slot modulation matrix for sophisticated modulation options in audio range FM. To refine the sounds, it has a deep onboard effect section with four effect blocks. It includes an analog overdrive circuit, plus 12 digital effects: modulation, delay, and reverb. Thanks to the external ins, you can use the filter and FX section with external signals, in addition to the original pass-through for daisy-chaining multiple units together without using a mixer.
UNO Synth Pro Keyboard
The new UNO Synth Pro will be available in two versions. A keys version with a premium 37-key synth-action keybed made in Italy by Fatar, while the UNO Synth Pro Desktop provides an enhanced version of the capacitance-sensing keybed with pitch and mod strips for enhanced expression. Both units add firm-touch rubber pads for the control sections, plus LED-backlit indicators and an LED display for key information.
Arpeggiator, Sequencer & Presets
UNO Synth Pro has a 10-mode arpeggiator onboard as well as a new chord mode that takes advantage of the UNO Synth Pro’s paraphonic design. Then, it has a 64-step sequencer that both offers step and real-time recording with automation over 80 parameters. It even writes CV and gate automation which is pretty nice. This allows you to create very complex, evolving sequences. It offers 256 user-editable presets, each capturing the full state of the sound engine from oscillators to effects
On the connection side, UNO Synth Pro got a major upgrade compared to its little brother. Two noiseless, balanced stereo outputs as well as a headphone out, for superior audio quality in any situation. USB and 5-pin DIN MIDI In and Out make it easy to integrate with other synths, Mac/PC, and mobile devices. Plus, it has assignable CV/Gate connections that let UNO Synth Pro interact with a Eurorack or modular synth.
At first glance an exciting paraphonic Synthesizer. It’s nice that there are two different versions, one mobile version and one for the studio. If it sounds as good as the UNO Synth then we can be happy. In terms of connections, it is a huge update compared to the UNO Synth.
UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop will be arriving in Q1 2021 and are currently available for pre-order for $/€649.99* and $/€399.99 respectively.
More information here: IK Multimedia (partner link)