Thu Jan 13 16:24:10 EST 2011

Analog synths on the market

For monophonic synths, it seems that there are currently quite a few
reasonably priced options available.  I'm most surprised about the
monotron.  It could be so much more with a bit of controls added...

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho[1].   $325   (1 voice)
                       Tetra[4].   $800   (4 voice)
                   Prophet 8[6].  $1550   (8 voice)
                     Evolver[7].   $550

Doepfer Dark Energy [2].           $625
Korg Monotron [3].                  $50
MFB-SYNTH LITE II                  $327

The Dark Energy supposedly[2] uses the curtis VCF (CEM3320) which I
thought was no longer manufactured.  They must have some own stock
then.  The warbly, distorted resonance is from that chip then?

The Mopho has some internal feedback mechanism.  I wonder what that's
about.  EDIT: main out -> filter in if the input jack is not connected.

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRjxmcrzWbA&feature=related
[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLs6XQxO6uE&feature=related
[3] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0zjBvRf0E
[4] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvxRrA991ZE&feature=related
[5] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrqTUnY9lCM&NR=1&feature=fvwp
[6] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HquWX0izM9I
[7] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXn-DiROW04
[8] http://vermona.com/index.php/en_home.html