MATRIXSYNTH: Crumar Bit 100! (Bit One + Bit 99)

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Crumar Bit 100! (Bit One + Bit 99)

video upload by Valmont

"Some chill stuff :)

SSM2044 (Bit One) vs CEM3328 (Bit 99) comparison at 1:51.
They sound pretty much the same tbh, minus the resonance drop for Bit One (design flaw of 2044s). But the boards inside do look different, we really can feel how Crumar engineers found about some possible reliability issues. My Bit One [a very early model] looks like a still-on-development instrument, with factory handmade modifications. That's why I tend to say the Bit 99 is safer, like better finished synthesizer. It also has few practical improvements that are useful for live sets, such as volume, noise and detune recall (which is not possible on Bit One), and a better keyboard feeling thanks stronger keysprings. Fun thing though, it's the same keyboard as in the Siel Opera 6 and E-Mu Emax!

So, Bit One or Bit 99? Honestly, whatever the model, you'll get the same thing. Bit99s are maybe a bit better designed, but both share all the same fragile components that usually die with time x)

0:00 - Stack 1 (with use of velocity to LFO speed!)
0:42 - Stack 2 (4 DCOs on different pitchs)
1:00 - Stack 3 (classic poly sound)
1:51 - VCF Tests

Crumar Bit 99 kindly lent by Loic from Les Amants,"

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