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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
New Schmidt Analog Synth Debuts at the Musikmesse
"I thought I’d get you the first news about a new, 8-voice all analog synthesizer debuting at Messe in the EMC/Moog Booth (along with the Solaris, Muse, Spektralis, and Mellotron stuff).
It has presets, it has 7 filters (3 ladder type, 4 state variable 12 dB set up as 2 ‘dual filters’) and 4 Oscs - each osc is a bit different. Something like 107 knobs on the thing!
The designer is Stefan Schmidt, but not the one who runs Native Instruments - it’s yet another ‘Smith’ in the synth world :-)
It’s got stereo outs, individual voice outs, and some control voltage inputs (I think 4). I’ll try to get you more info later.
By the way - it sounds great!
And it’s a REAL heavyweight synth - with the travel case (like an anvil case) it’s 55 kilos!!
p.s. we are starting production finally - I have 4 production units of Solaris at the show."
Update: trying to find out if this is the Stefan Schmidt from TBS/MAM mentioned here. If anyone knows feel free to comment or email.
Update 5/6: John Bowen confirmed it is the same Schmidt. The following is via Juergen Haible who is known for his own designs specifically in the Synth DIY world:
"That's *the* Stefan Schmidt, all right.
I've followed the development of this synth over the last 8 years or so, and have always been forced to keep my mouth shut and keep it a secret. So it finally has hit the Musikmesse and it's out in the open. From what I've seen and heard, this will be the most powerful analogue polysynth *ever*, if it goes into production. It's not the typical "modern" approach of having a knob-ladden panel connected to a small piece of electronics with specialized chips. On the contrary, it's stuffed with opamps and OTAs to the brim, and each of the endless filter functions is realized in such discrete hardware. An absolutely amazing design, from one of the most dedicated synth designers on this planet.
Rumors on the price? $25,000 euros. Only one is currently in existence.
MESSE11: Mother Of God - Its The Schmidt Polysynth
via Sonic State
157 knobs - all parameters on the front panel.
Panel folds down.
LED color knob and colors can be saved per patch.
Four VCO at 8 voice polyphony for 32 analog oscillators.
Many modulations per OSC, filter, etc.
New innovative functions - unique oscillator with four points modulation on OSC1, metallic oscillator that makes digital sounds, but is fully analog.
Schmidt made the MAM MB-33 - again, see this link for some history.
Schmidt started eight years ago on this synth. He spent six full years focused on it.
Update 4/8: some audio at the end. via D in the comments.
Musikmesse 2011 EMC Schmidt Synthesizer
YouTube Uploaded by MusicStoreTV on Apr 7, 2011
"MSTV auf der Musikmesse Frankfurt 2011 auf dem Stand bei EMC!
Prototyp des 8 stimmigen Analog-Monster Schmidt.
Update 4/8 5:19 PST:
Schmidt Synthesizer (Musikmesse 2011)
Uploaded by Moogulator on Apr 8, 2011
Video pan of the interface.
"8 Voice Schmidt Analog Synthesizer @ Musikmesse by sequencer.de synth database / blog"
Update 4/13: via D in the comments:
Schmidt Eightvoice Polyphonic Synthesizer video demo [Musikmesse 2011]
YouTube Uploaded by audiofanzinetv on Apr 13, 2011