Synthstrom Audible now ships the Deluge with a crisp OLED display and will raise the price due to rising manufacturing costs.
Knobcon, one of the largest Synthesizer conventions with many developers, is currently running in Chicago. The New Zealand company Synthstrom Audible, the makers of the Deluge Groovebox, also has a booth.
The developers have two major news for Knobcon. A great and one not-so-nice news that was to be expected.
The Deluge is a very deep groove box with sampling, different synth engines, a very creative sequencer, and more. Everything is controlled with buttons, a few knobs, and a massive pad matrix. Previously, the Deluge had a display with a maximum of 4 characters. A bit small and minimal for such a huge engine that is constantly growing.
Synthstrom Audible has announced that all Deluge units from today will ship with a new crisp OLED display. Parameter names and values can now be displayed completely on this. This way you can see more quickly which features you are tweaking and how intensively you are doing it.
The good news for all previous Deluge users is that it’s possible to replace the previous four-letter display with the modern OLED display. Due to the complexity (chip updates, specialist hardware, additional PCB…) users will not be able to upgrade themselves. However, Synthstrom Audible offers a special retrofit upgrade for $149 USD plus shipping ($80+) and other associated costs.
They will offer this service through local repair partners in Europe and UK and they’ll be taking care of the rest of the world themselves in New Zealand. This service will start in November 2022.
According to SA, they only have limited capacities so you need to lock your place in the queue with a $50 deposit from 3 pm EST on September 10th, 2022. OLED in the Deluge is great news that upgrades the device again.
And now the bad news. The Deluge will be significantly more expensive in the coming months. To reflect the cost and development associated with the new screen and the rising manufacturing costs in the synth industry, Synthstrom Audible will raise the price over the next 12 months.
From September 9th, the Deluge will cost $1249 USD plus shipping instead of $999 USD. Then from January 1st, 2023 $1329 USD + shipping, and from April 1st, 2023, not a joke, it will cost $1399 USD + shipping. These are very significant price increases for the Deluge groovebox.
More information here: Synthstrom Audible