MATRIXSYNTH: PAIA FatMan Classic Analog DIY Rack Synth

Monday, May 03, 2021

PAIA FatMan Classic Analog DIY Rack Synth

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"PAIA FatMan Classic Vintage Synth: 19" Rackmount with Original Blue Face and 12V Power Supply.

The FatMan has all the features that give analog its big bottom and punch in a MIDI-controlled package. The classic Voltage Controlled normalization is brought up to date with a Velocity CV not available on pre-MIDI synths. Pitch wheel modulation is supported and Pitch and Velocity CV, and Gate outputs are provided on the front panel for driving PAiA or other linear-response synthesizer modules.

It is a small monophonic analogue synth with two oscillators, 18 rotary knobs, 3 switches and no keyboard. There is a low-pass resonant A(S)R filter, an ADSR VCA and portamento. There is MIDI on-board and as the FatMan uses control voltages to operate the MIDI really acts as a MIDI-to-CV converter. This means that it's CV outputs can be used to control other old analogue gear you may have around.

The FatMan's classic normalization of two VCOs, VCF and VCA is enhanced with MIDI pitch bend and a Velocity Control Voltage routed to both filter and final amplifier. With transpose and offset, pitch covers seven octaves starting from a room-shaking 65 Hz., four octave response under MIDI control.

And all those knobs. They invite experimentation and invention in ways that a single control with functions buried under layers of obscure menus never can. Just a few hours with the FatMan will teach you more about the nature of sound than you might ever learn otherwise. It's as at home in the physics lab as on-stage."

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