MATRIXSYNTH: ELEKTOR Formant synthesizer with some nice mods

Sunday, June 12, 2022

ELEKTOR Formant synthesizer with some nice mods

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"1970’s Netherlands DIY ( the Magazine “Elektor” provided the schematics and parts )

With added CV and GATE input on female stereo jack, and PORTAMENTO added to the modules ( really nice big vintage knob for timing adjustment )

It originally came with a keyboard ( see last two pics ) which connected to the unit, I still have it ( not working but easy fix ) and I can send it with the unit for free, it’s a 5 octave board though so shipping will be substantially higher.Since I added CV/gate input and portamento I never looked back,so I didn’t fix it.

Two extra non original modules: phaser and pano ( panning module ) are installed, the phaser works but I never really “got it” as it doesn’t really seems to “phase”.

Included are also a bunch of patch cables, the original Dutch manual, and a diagnostics cable which connects to the modules and modules chassis, so you can work on the module outside of ther housing.

Everything is working, with maybe a minimal scratchy pot or switch or two, but for around 50 years old it’s in absolutely great shape! Nothing dramatic

The wood-laminate has a few 'missing pieces'"

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