MATRIXSYNTH: RETROACTIV DSS-P Programmer for KORG DSS-1 Sampling Synthesizer

Thursday, October 24, 2019

RETROACTIV DSS-P Programmer for KORG DSS-1 Sampling Synthesizer

This one was spotted and sent in via Ryan. Details via RETROACTIV:

"This listing is a pre-order for the upcoming DSS-P programmer for Korg DSS-1 Sampling Synthesizers. The product is under development now, and is expected to begin shipping around May or June 2020. Discounted pre-order price is $835. MSRP after pre-order period is expected to be around $899.


DSS-P will feature 64 30mm sliders, corresponding to the program parameters on the DSS-1.
5.5" x 3.2" full color touch screen for deep editing
Patch generator feature that will intelligently generate musically useful pads, polysynths, basses, bells, clavichord, string sounds and more. Patch generator will allow users to "mask" any sections of the synthesizer, so the masked sections will not be changed when a new patch is generated.
On-board multisound banks will feature custom Retroaktiv samples of classic synthesizer waveforms from Minimoog, ARP Odyssey, ARP Omni, Rhodes Chroma and more.
Ability to download full lists of program parameters, multisounds, and PCM data and display all information on the touch screen.
Assignable X-Y controls on the touch screen for modifying multiple parameters at once with the XY.
Operating system of the DSS-P can be updated using a MIDI SYSEX file, allowing for continuous feature updates and future OS developments.
Data entry can be done using the touch screen and the encoder/cursor buttons.
CC to sysex translation of program parameters
Sleek powder-coated metal enclosure measures 8.75" (5U) x 17" x 3". Optional rack ears can be purchased when units are shipping.

IMPORTANT NOTES: The DSS-1 does not allow for smooth parameter changes when edited by sysex. This means that when most parameters are changed, there may be audible hiccups as the DSS-1's output buffer is altered. This is due to the design of the DSS-1 and is not being caused by the DSS-P. Many parameter changes will not be heard until a new note is keyed on the DSS-1"

Check out the RETROACTIVE label for additional synth controllers.

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