Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spectral Audio SYNTRACK

via this auction

"This auction is for an exceptionally rare Syntrack analogue synth module, made by the swiss company Spectral Audio. As far as i'm aware only 200 of these were initially made around 1998, and then they were available for a short while as custom built units to order, but there can't be that many in the world.

The Syntrack is a rackmounted analogue synth module with full midi control over the knobs and parameters. All the knobs respond to, and transmit midi data, so any knob movements can be recorded and automated on playback. It has a single wavetable DCO with a 100% analogue filter and VCA. Theres also an external audio input round the back so you can send any signal through the filter and savage VCA distortion.

This unit sounds like nothing else you've heard. Not only is it home to some massive dirty analogue bass sounds and leads, but it also does an excellent line in digital chiptune style sounds. Imagine an 8 bit computer or gameboy running through a meaty analogue filter and distortion. To quote sound on sound magazine: 'The Syntrack's upper register exalts in its cheesy, '60s, battery-powered organ sounds, and for me this is nothing to be ashamed of.'

According to the spectral audio website HERE, the synth features:

99 Programs (1 .. 29 = Presets, 30 .. 99 = free definable Programs)
Wavetable Oscillator with 100 Waves (expandable to 200)
Analogue 24 dB Cascade Filter with Resonance and Self oscillation
2 Envelopes
Full MIDI Control
Velocity and After touch sensitivity
Key follow
Retrigger Function
MIDI In / Out / Thru
Audio Filter Input
19" / 1 Rack Spaces
Light Blue coloured Front Panel (if you want to call that random collection of fonts and styling a feature!)"

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