MATRIXSYNTH: CRUMAR BIT-99 Vintage CEM Synthesizer + Original Preset Tape, Schematics and Manual

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

CRUMAR BIT-99 Vintage CEM Synthesizer + Original Preset Tape, Schematics and Manual


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"Crumar Bit-99 in superb, mint conditions. Comes with the original Preset Tape Cassette, Schematics and Manual (Italian). Always handled with love and care this unit has been recently serviced: the battery has been replaced and the factory presets loaded via tape. This beauty looks great and works like a charm.

The Crumar Bit 99 is a spectacular polyphonic analog synthesizer made in Italy in 1985. Originally designed to compete against the Polysix and Juno 106, this compact black tank went further by implementing a dual-osc voice structure, more similar to that of the OB-8 and Prophet 5. The 2 DCOs, 6 CEM filters, 6 VCAs, 2 LFOs each per voice and a powerful Unison make the Bit-99 a very warm and flexible synthesizer.

The Bit-99 has its own very distinctive, solid and bright sound. Exceptionally bright compared to most analog instruments. This total black beauty can surprisingly generate DX-style electric pianos and harps, woody and dissonant percussive sounds, brilliant string ensembles, punchy basses and brasses, funky leads and organs and a wide array of classic synth sounds.

The Bit-99 is also very easy to use. The printing on the front panel reminds you the various settings for sound editing. Just type the parameter number to change and change it's value using the + and - buttons.

Key Features :

6 CEM 3328 VCF
Velocity sensitive keyboard with keyboard sensitivity pot
Full access to all the parameters via MIDI Sysex
99 memory locations
Normal Mode: 6 voice polyphony
Double/Split Mode: 3 voice polyphony for each sound
2 DCO (TRI - SAW - PW - Noise)
VCF : Cutoff, Resonance, Tracking, Invert , ADSR
2 Assignable LFO (VCA - VCF - DCO 1/2)
1 VCA ADSR with Dynamic Attack and Amount"

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