MATRIXSYNTH: Vintage 70s Rare Farfisa Syntorchestra Mono / Poly Analog Synthesizer

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Vintage 70s Rare Farfisa Syntorchestra Mono / Poly Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"The sound is nlike any synth I've played, the best I could describe it is nostalgic, haunted and alien...

There are two independent layers, Mono & Poli, both of which span the entire keyboard

Poli Section:
The Poli section is pretty straightforward fully polyphonic synth with 4 different sounds, trombone, trumpet, piano, and viola. Vibrato or Delayed Vibrato can be added to them, and there is a simple volume and brightness control. Only one sound can be selected at a time (the furthest right switch that is depressed).

Mono Section:
The Mono section has several different instrument presets, from 32' to 4' voices. The Mono section is high note priority, and portamento can be added continuously or momentarily via the large switch under the keyboard. Portamento time is controlled by a slider on top.

The tuning can also be adjusted, with a fine tune slider and an interval switch that can push the mono section down a 3rd, 5th, or 6th. I have calibrated this syntorchestra so that the fine tune can be used as a pitch bender to push the pitch up 2 half-steps. (but not down)

A "Wah-Wah" Effect (filter sweep) can be added to the mono section, and you can choose between soffiato mode (which is just a slider controlling the attack time) or decay mode, with a slider controlling the decay time.

Vibrato or Delayed Vibrato can also be added to the Mono section, with a slider that controls the vibrato rate."

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