MATRIXSYNTH: Upcoming Baloran Synth - Front Panel Controls / Features

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Upcoming Baloran Synth - Front Panel Controls / Features

Note: According to the previous demo posted here, this panel is a prototype. It does however give us a peak into the featureset of the upcoming Baloran synth. For additional demos see here (scroll down to previous posts when you get there).

This is the first image to clearly reveal the front panel controls. As you can see, this synthesizer features 4 VCOs (2 Analog, 2 Digital), 2 Mixers feeding into 4 Filters laid out in two sections, 4 ENVs, 3 LFOs, Sequencer, and Arpeggiator. Note the Poly button. Click on the image to zoom in. You will see the following and more:

VCO 1 - SAW, TRI, PW, PWM EXT, Range: 32, 16, 8, 4, FM, SEMI, TUNE


VCO 2 and DIGIT 2 same as above

MIX x 2 w/ SYNC between VCOs

Two VCFs per MIX for a total of 4 filters

VCF 1 & 3 can be 12 or 24 dB, & have Digital & VCO FM for corresponding sections

VCF 2 & 4 can be BP or HP and have a VCF 1-2 balance knob or FM?

Each VCF has separate Key tracking

3 LFOs, 2 VCAs w/ PAN for stereo, 4 ENVs with CURVE for F (Filter) and M envelopes

16 step sequencer, ARP

Note there are buttons under some controls you wouldn't expect. I'm guessing they enable and disable modulation. Press the button and adjust the amount with the knob. Similar to an Oberheim Matrix-12 and XPander, or an Alesis Andromeda. On the Andromeda buttons enable to disable the modulation so you can use them as on/off buttons. The buttons under each Envelope knob in the image above are interesting. What do they do? Do they enable disable each stage, do they allow you to adjust the curve, can you modulate each stage of the envelop? The more I look at the panel the more this synth appears to be a modulation powerhouse. Feel free to share your thoughts and/or anything you see in the comments section below.

P.S. Baloran previously brought us the The River, an 8-voice multi-timbral polyphonic analog synthesizer.

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