MATRIXSYNTH: 20 Electronics ECHT - New Hardware Keyboard Synthesizer Design from Axel Hartmann

Friday, October 09, 2015

20 Electronics ECHT - New Hardware Keyboard Synthesizer Design from Axel Hartmann

A couple of renders by Axel Hartmann, sent my way via Soviet Space Child.

You might remember the previous teaser pic here, which kind of mixed design cues from both Moog and Waldorf. That was no surprise as Axel Hartmann designed the "look" of Waldorf and Moog synths as well as numerous others.

Axel Hartmann's first self branded synth was the Hartmann Neuron.

The question is what will 20 Electronics produce? Is it a new design house similar to Design Box, or is it a new hardware manufacturer like Hartmann?

ECHT appears to translate into a number of meanings. As a noun it is marriage. (strike that. I accidentally grabbed the Dutch translation). In German it translates into "real", "authentic" like in "the real deal".

Update via Holger Steinbrink of Waldorf:

"Only 20 black and 20 silver will be made | Waldorf / Sledge Synthesizer Engine | SPL Supra Op-Amp audio technology | Wavetables | Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer Sampleset | Pure aluminium shell, milled from a massive block | Collapsable, milled ultra thin aluminium panel | Custom-built pure aluminium knobs and wheels | Custom-built acrylic-glass switches | Highest quality, custom-built, all black Fatar TP 8 Keybed"

Update via Soviet Space Child.


  1. Gah - pleeease do not position the wheels like this... awful.

  2. This seems like an odd mix of ultra-luxury hardware and ho-hum synthesis. (The Sledge is like a Blofeld-"lite.") I wonder who will buy it, and I wonder what's the point of making just 40 synths. A Blofeld XTk, though, with increased polyphony and truly multitimbral effects, would cause the money to leap out of my wallet.


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