MATRIXSYNTH: New Artisan Electronics Nucleus - Analog Hybrid Desktop Synth w/ FX In the Works

Sunday, July 11, 2021

New Artisan Electronics Nucleus - Analog Hybrid Desktop Synth w/ FX In the Works

You might remember Artisan Electronics from Knobcon 2016. Their latest synth is the Nucleus. It's a new mono and 4-voice synth for #NAMM2021. Note the above is only a render of course. Below are two demos of the prototype followed by pics and details. Don't miss the keyboard version.

video upload by Mike @ Artisan

Basic 3 Osc+Sub and 24db Filter sound.

Nucleus Oscillator 1

video upload by Mike @ Artisan

Starts with left channel audio only.

"Intro to Oscialltor One: Nucleus
Analog Saw Core with PWM, Folding, and Sub."

Pictured here is the desktop prototype followed by renders of the keyboard version, and a couple of the circuit board for those interested.

Details on the upcoming synth follow via Artisan Electronics:

The next step in voice architecture
Osc 1: Analog Saw Core with Wave-folding & PWM
Sub Osc 1 with its own Low Pass VCF
Osc 2: AnalogSaw Core with PWM, Sync and and FM
Osc 3: Digital wavetable + Noise Source
4 input Digital Ring Modulator
8 Pole Multi-Mode Dual Peak Filter
VCA with soft and hard clipping distortion
4 ADAHSR Envelopes with variable shape
3 LFO with key-sync and delay
Modulation Adders, multipliers, lag, contouring....
Full MIDI interface
User selectable CV In and Out
100 user patches and built-in standard patches

Bright OLED graphic display
​Shows the details of whatever knob moved or button pressed
Quick access to Save and Load patches
Quick Access to the Modifiers
Setup MIDI. SYSEX, Poly Modes

Combine and shape normal modulation sources to create new ones
​Add, Average, Multiply, Invert
Min/Max, Quantify,Limit, Switch
Lag and Shape Contouring
Link knobs and route CC to parameters​

Oscillator Details
Osc 1: Saw, Sine, Triangle, PWM outputs
4 Stage Wavefolder​
Modulate the Wave and PWM
Modulate the Folding
Modulate the Mix Level
Separate Glide rate
Sub Osc 1: One Octave down
Dedicated Low Pass filter​
Modulate the Sub Osc from Square through Sine plus Pitch Tracking
Modulate the Mix Level
Osc 2: Saw and PWM
Sync and and FM
Multi-Mode 3 input XOR Ring Mod
Separate Glide rate
Modulate the FM amount from Osc 3
Sync to a 4th digital Osc or Osc 1
Modulate the Wave and PWM
Modulate the Mix Level
Osc 3: Digital Wavetable + Noise Source
Standard waveforms
​Swarm Oscillator
Karplus Strong mode
Modulate the Mix Level

Filter Details
8 Pole Cascade OTA Multi-Mode Filter ​
6 Modes​
12 or 24db Low Pass
12 or 24db High Pass
12 or 24db Band Pass
​Dual Resonance Peak​s
Variable Band Pass Width​
Modulate Shape, Resonance and Frequency
Modulate Band Width
Variable Key Tracking

VCA Details
Linear VCA ​
​Controlled overdrive Pre and Post filter​
Two selectable modulation sources
Drone Mode

LFO Details
3 independent LFOs
​Sine, Triangle, Ramp Up and Down, Random and Random Slope Waves​
​Rate Modulation
60 second to 1Khz frequency
0 to 10 Second Delay
Cycle Re-Sync to the Trigger

Envelope Generator Details
4 independent DAHDSR
​Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain and Release stages.
​Time, or Sustain level modulation
Linear. Exponential or Punch shapes
Soft, Hard re-triggering
Looping mode

"When you need twenty 12 bit resolution control voltages.....yeah, you can do it with one DAC and 20 Sample/hold circuits... But I like the no droop method and the fact that you can update the control voltages as often or as slowly as you like."

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