The innovative Erica Synths SYNTRX digital modulation matrix goes in standalone in the form of a recallable 16×16 matrix mixer for audio and CV
With the SYTRX Erica Synths released their first flagship Synthesizer in 2020. The developers took great inspiration from the legendary EMS VCS3 Synthesizer from 1969. Captain Obvious says hello. However, it is not a clone, replica… They took over the concept and the feature of it. The inside, however, is a completely new development.
It’s not just its massive analog sounds that it makes exciting. For many, the highlight of the SYTRX is its digital modulation matrix that is based on a classic pin matrix. Here digitized/modernized, without pins but recallable. Ready for the next step? The beloved digital matrix has now joined the standalone club with all the nice subtleties optimized for hardware workflows.
Erica Synths Matrix Mixer
Matrix Mixer has an all-analog signal path, only the storage of the connections is digital. It has 16 buffered, DC-coupled inputs and 16 independent, buffered DC-coupled outputs, made for Eurorack, arranged in a matrix. Like on classic pin matrix synths, the input sources come in on the left and destinations go out at the top of the matrix. Connections are made digitally by a couple of encoders and not with physical pins. This has the advantage that you save and recall your connections from the memory (256 in total).
Very handy if you want to use the matrix mixer in different setups. So you can recall the right configuration when you need it. Existing connections are displayed with red LEDs. These shine brighter or darker depending on the intensity that you can set for each intersection. The latter has a 3-level VCA built-in with simple attenuation making this possible. You can plug in audio, CV, or combine both signals nicely thanks to this VCA.
Then, you a randomization feature that will roll a dice and make connections for you. As always with this kind of function: it’s a great feature that makes fun. However, the results are not always useful. So it’s a comfortable way to discover new patching options. With the guaranteed surprise effect.
On the backside, you have two inputs and outputs on regular jacks that are copies of the first two channels of the matrix. There is also a MIDI input that can be used for patch selection.
A device that can be used very versatile in my opinion. For example for organizing signals, switching between routings, creating splits, and more. Yes, at first glance it looks very clunky and big. To be honest, I’m one of those who like these sizes because the smaller a device, the more confusing it is for me. But certainly, a tool with which you can tease even more out of your analog Synthesizer setup and Eurorack system. Especially in the area of routing and modulation. And yes it’s recallable.
Erica Synths Matrix Mixer will be available for 490€ (excl. tax + shipping), 549€ +/- at retailers and shipping starts July 26, 2021.