MATRIXSYNTH: CRUMAR BIT-99 Vintage CEM Synthesizer + Original Case & Schematics

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

CRUMAR BIT-99 Vintage CEM Synthesizer + Original Case & Schematics

via this auction - demos here

"Crumar Bit-99 in superb conditions. Comes with the original schematics and hard case. Always handled with love and care this unit has been recently serviced: fully recapped and checked, 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/Double Mode make the Bit-99 a very warm and flexible synthesizer.

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

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 and change it's value using the + and - buttons. But thanks to the Sysex implementation, the Bit-99 can also be edited using free Editors available for Mac/Win."

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