Scottish boutique brand MacBeth revealed the MacBeth Elements EL2 analog synthesizer, a self-contained 3-oscillator synthesizer with a capacitive touch keyboard built-in. The Elements EL2 reuses vintage parts sourced from RCA semiconductors from the 1970s. Price and release date are to be announced.
Dave Smith Instruments launched the Sequential Prophet X keyboard, a polyphonic, 16-voice hybrid digital/analog synthesizer with 150GB of internal samples for running through the analog filters. The samples represent all styles of acoustic and electronic instruments, as well as drones and effects. The Prophet X also has full synthesizer capabilities. It will be available soon at an estimated price of just under $4000 USD.
On the opposite end of the price spectrum IK Multimedia debuted its first analog synthesizer, the Uno Synth, a compact 2-oscillator, monophonic tabletop module with a sequencer and input keys. Uno Synth is on pre-order now for $199 USD or euros.
The new Dreadbox and Polyend Medusa is a 6-oscillator analog/digital hybrid synthesizer module with a built-in 8-by-8 pad grid controller and sequencer. Medusa should be available in late summer for about 1,000 euros.
FingerSonic Introduced the Synset FM, a 6-operator FM synthesizer with 8 voices and a built-in pattern sequencer with 5 parts and 2 arpeggiators. The Synset FM will go on sale this summer for a price to be announced.
Roland expanded its System-500 analog modular series with four new Eurorack modules: a synthesizer, mixer, voltage-controlled filter, and a modulation unit. All four are in the pre-ordering stage now.
Speaking of Roland, Behringer will be cloning 13 modules from the vintage Roland System 100M modular synthesizer in Eurorack form. Behringer also debuted its new TR-808 drum machine clone, the all-analog RD-808 and its Pro-One synthesizer, a clone of the Sequential Circuits Pro-One classic monosynth but in a smaller module with Eurorack-friendly patch points. All of those will be on sale later this year.
In other clone news, the Elta Music Polivoks Mini recreates the classic Soviet Polivoks monosynth, except that it’s reformatted into a compact tabletop box. It should sell for less than $500 USD later this year.
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