MATRIXSYNTH: TRANSCENDENT 2000 Vintage Monophonic Synthesizer By Powertran

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TRANSCENDENT 2000 Vintage Monophonic Synthesizer By Powertran

via this auction
(click through for the larger pics - see this post for why)

"You probably already know what this synth is all about, but for those that don't here's a little background. Designed by Tim Orr in the early 80's (formally EMS). The Synthesizer was sold ready made or in kit form. Buying the kit meant that you got the synth for £100 less than the ready made price. This made the synth desirable for musicians on a budget wanting access to a synthesizer and had a few weeks spare to put the thing together. Most of the kits are badly put together with loose keyboards and casework. Tim Orr was also responsible for the transcendent poly synth also available as a kit. This kit was very complex and finished units are hens teeth!. Late 80's saw the demise of powertran and all of it's kits but the legacy lives on. The synth we have here has had a full service with everything functioning as it should. Keys are clean, everything is tight and built well. All analogue electronic single circuitboard design. This synth has a great sounding filter with real warmth, similar to the ladder designs used in the moogs. The filter has sweep controls with band pass and low pass filtering. A VCF Envelope control with single shot and hold facility. The filter has a characteristic all of it's own!. The synthesizer is capable of some amazing squelchy bass type sounds and effects. I could probably go on all day describing the facilities so i think it best to google 'transcendent 2000' to get a full run down of it's features. I will include the original schematic on CDROM, it's not a great copy but still readable. One control knob has a scratch on it (pictured), The octave switch does not have the tactile ident like all the other but is still fully working."

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