MATRIXSYNTH: Altair 231 Russian MOOG MODEL D w/ MIDI Case

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Altair 231 Russian MOOG MODEL D w/ MIDI Case



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"legendary, very rare & powerful soviet analog synthesizer "ALTAIR-231". It is a 3-OSC monophonic precise equivalent of infamous western MINIMOOG MODEL D.

Synth has 4-octave keyboard (F-C) with velocity (sensitivity assign to vibrato effect). For live performance there is a wheel which provides pitch shift. ALTAIR-231 is based on 3-VCO (OSC-3 can work as the modulator), 1 VCF (lowpass 24dB/oct) with ADSR, 1 VCA, 3 LFO, noise generator (white/pink), glide, memory. It has an EXTERNAL INPUT allowing to use FILTER and GENERATORS with OTHER INSTRUMENTS such as guitars, synths, etc! ALTAIR-231 consists of 5 main sections - OSC, MIXER, MODULATION, FILTER and AMP.
(for all technical specifications check the "Features" section below).

The inclined desk is divided into the following functional sections: Modulator, Generator #1, Generator #2 or #3, Mixer and Amplifier. They give one a possibility to synthesize a broad spectrum of sounds and to change sounding at any time.
There are 3 internal audible signal sources in the instrument: to broad-ranged of the Generators with changed form of oscillations and a noise generator for creating a non-musical sounds such as wind, surf, whine, etc.

Possibility to connect an external audible signal sources to the synthesizer is provided for (e.g. guitars, electro pianos and electro organs). Sounds of different external sources are combined separately in the mixer in any ratio. There is a filter in the synthesizer with cutoff frequency control to change color of timbre of audilble signal over a wide range.

Both Estradin synths have fat and rich vintage analog sound with it`s own character and can be compared to Minimoog model D synthesizer.

ALTAIR-231 is one of the most impressive vintage Soviet synthesizers. It has inimitable peculiar sound and very powerful filters. A fat, lush and very analogue sound with the unique architecture of the Soviet-era components; in addition, highly reliable military technologies were applied in the process of production. The synthesizer is universal & may be used for hard electronic music, or for soft ambient/old school projects and for modeling various effects as well...endless possibilities"

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