MATRIXSYNTH: Studio Electronics Introduces the SE-3X

Friday, June 04, 2021

Studio Electronics Introduces the SE-3X



Priced at $2199

"Three + Four = Heaven. The SE-3X: a three-voice paraphonic synth with four discrete, classic hardware filters.

Seen where the sound of success was heard, the SE-1(X)’s popularity with hitmakers, film composers and sound designers has spanned decades, and the 'X never quite rode off into the sunset. Now, it's blazing back with software sweetening and sweeping hardware refinements — innovations worthy of 30 years of rack time… and your time. Built attractively, built solidly, bringing you the bump 'n' thump and higher frequency clarity and warmth that has been the secret weapon of legends. ‘3X software available as an upgrade for ‘1X users.


NEW FEATURES

Software:
Exponential glide routine from the OMEGA and the original linear glide.
OMEGA / SE-02 Envelope routines in addition to the original linear & magical quasi-exponential Envelopes.
Panel control for Oscillator Mix.
Panel control for Oscillator 2 & 3 Fine Tune.
LFO Gate from our BOOMSTAR / MIDIMINI V30
Spice and “poly” nice nice: Paraphonic Mode: for easy and electric 3X chords and colors.

Hardware:
Two fuzz modes: 70s & 90s. Front panel switchable.
RESONANT FILTER COLLECTION: 24 dB MINI, 24 dB ARP, 24dB, 6dB, “Mix Mode” JUNO/JUPITER. SEM remains the built-in filter. Front panel switchable.

SE-3X HISTORY FROM DESIGNER TIM CASWELL

The SE-1 was Studio Electronics’ first original product. We had spent several years adding MIDI, doing mods, and rack-mounting older synths. By 1991, we were ready to create our own product. Based largely on the MiniMoog, but incorporating many features from other classic Analog synths, it stored 255 patches and had extensive MIDI control. It greased the bottom and top on hit records, soundtracks, studio and touring racks.

After making it for 10 years or so and getting a lot of customer requests, we decided a major update was in order. The original ROM chip that held the operating system was full, so we designed a new CPU board, using a much larger Flash chip which enabled updating the OS over MIDI. Other standouts included 4 banks of 128 ROM patches, 4 RAM banks—an upsized battery-backed SRAM chip made that possible, and a CV generator boost to produce smoother envelopes and lfos; the pot reading was greatly improved as well, making that vital programming aspect much faster and smoother.

We continued to sell them for another 10 years...

In 2020, we got a request from one of our top dealers to make a (second) special model for him. In addition to the custom hardware he wanted—2 extra VCFs—he wondered if we could include some software updates too. At first I declined, since I hadn't been working with the Motorola (now Freescale) chip that ran it for several years, added to that, my development system for it didn't work anymore. After some persuasion however, I decided to try. Progress was painfully slow at first, but I was eventually able to put it all together, with the usual optimistic and determined assist from Greg St. Regis.

The SE-3X… Hard to believe it was nearly 30 years ago the SE-1 helped the world to play…

SPECIFICATIONS

Voices: Monophonic, with 3 note Paraphonic mode.

Audio Outputs: 1

External Inputs: 1

Interface: 1 rotary encoder, 24 knobs, 20 square switches—17 illuminated, one three-way toggle (filter fuzz), one 5-way rotary switch (filter selection), power.

Display: 20 x 4 blue backlit liquid crystal.

Memory: 8 banks of 99: 396 patches in ROM, 396 in RAM.

Weight: 11 lbs.

Dimensions: 3 rack spaces, 8 inches deep.

Power: 90 - 250 volts AC auto switching.

VOICE ARCHITECTURE

VCOs:
3 Voltage Controlled Discrete Analog Oscillators: OSC 1 waveforms: triangle, sawtooth, variable width square; OSC 2 waveforms: sine, sawtooth, variable width square; OSC 3 waveforms: triangle, sawtooth, variable width square. All waveforms output simultaneously. OSC 1 syncs to OSC 2, 3.

VCFs:
4 Voltage Controlled Discrete Analog Filters: SE Classic 24dB Moog®; SE Classic 24dB ARP®; SE Classic Juno/Jupiter: 4 modes: 24dB, 12dB, Mix; SE Classic 12dB Oberheim®: filter incorporates Low Pass & Band Pass modes. Filter frequency range expanded by a whole tone.

Envelopes:
4 Multiple Stage Envelope Generators: attack, decay, sustain, release with inverting & multiple triggering. Envelope 1 fixed to filter frequency. Envelope 2 fixed to amplifier level. Envelopes 3 & 4 are assignable. ADSR speed increased from standard SE-1X.

LFOs:
3 Low Frequency Oscillators: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, noise, random waveforms. One destination/amount for each LFO with key trigger, phase, clock-divisible MIDI-sync, auto-gate.

Glide:
Linear or exponential glide (portamento), auto glide.

Fuzz:
Switchable fixed value hardware amplifier overdrive for saturated distortion: 70’s (soft fuzz), 90’s (hard fuzz).

Presets:
4 factory banks, 4 designer banks: Scroggins Synquence, Infared, Diademer, PARAdizer (available 6/15)

Faceplate:
Matte Black, high contrast 4 color black, red, blue, green, white.
Additional Features:
Noise Generator, hardware Ring Modulation, External Audio Input (requires midi trigger to open gate).

Modulation Destinations:
LFOs 1, 2, 3: VCOs 1, 2, 3 frequency; VCOs 1, 2, 3 mix level; VCOs 1, 2, 3 pulse width; ring mod mix level; noise mix level; VCF resonance; VCF frequency; volume. Envelopes 3, 4: VCOs 1, 2, 3 frequency; VCOs 1, 2, 3 mix level; VCOs 1, 2, 3 pulse width; ring mod mix level; noise mix level; LFO 1, 2, 3 rate, depth, VCF resonance.

MIDI COMMUNICATION

MIDI Controllers:
Dynamics, modwheel, pressure, breath control: destinations & amounts include all LFO and envelope 3 destinations; bender: pitch, filter frequency. Fixed continuous & standardized (where vital) controller assignments for all key front panel controls. Receives program change, bank select, glide on/off, glide time, volume.

MIDI Specifications:
In, out and thru.

via Studio Electronics

1 comment:

  1. Just when I don't have two grand to spend. Oh, well, all the bugs will be worked out of it by the time I can afford one.

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