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Friday, May 17, 2024

SUPERBOOTH 2024: Fred's Lab - Manatee

video upload by sonicstate

"At Superbooth 2024, Fred from Fred's Lab showcased the final version of their long-awaited spectral synthesizer Manatee. Manatee offers a unique approach to sound design with two envelopes, two sources including a spectrum generator, sub-oscillator with FM options, classic multimode filter, distortion, bitcrusher, delay, equalizers, and a versatile mixing section. The synthesizer also boasts 64 factory presets with additional user slots for customization.

In terms of connectivity, the Manatee features MIDI in, out, through, clock input, stereo audio outs, and a headphone jack. Initially, the synthesizer will be available to Kickstarter backers, followed by pre-orders on the website at a preferential price. Fred highlighted the hard work put into the Manatee and its rich, deep sound quality. Kickstarter supporters should begin receiving their Manatees in a couple of weeks."

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Fred's Lab Manatee: SUPERBOOTH 24

video upload by Bonedo Synthesizers

"Thanks to our sponsors: Kurzweil, PWM and ESI."

Monday, August 21, 2023

Short Manatee Demo

video upload by Fred's Lab

"Short Improvised Demo / Extracted from the 17/08/23 live stream. [posted here]

Manatee is the latest 4 part 10/16 voice digital synthesizer from Fred's Lab.
It produces a wide variety of classy sounds based on a unique take on Spectral Synthesis, 2 OP Linear FM and several modern Virtual Analog algorithms. Per part delays & equalizers in addition to a global master reverberation unit are also included in the sonic package."

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Fred's Lab Manatee - A little tour + Q&A

video upload by Fred's Lab

"Let's play around with Manatee prototype and answer your questions about the instrument."

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

Fred's Lab Manatee Multitimbral MPE Synthesizer - Kickstarter

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"Kickstarter presentation for the Manatee Synthesizer from Fred's Lab.

Manatee is a 16-voice 4-part desktop synthesizer based on a unique Spectral Synthesis engine and various Virtual Analog algorithms. It offers a wide range of characterful digital sounds in compact and sturdy steel case.

Link to crowdfunding campaign:

For more information:"

Additional Fred's Lab Manatee posts w/ demos

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Fred's Lab "Synthesizer sind Liebe" 🧡 - SequencerTalk 159 - with New Manatee Digital Synthesizer

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"Wir haben wieder einen Entwickler zu Gast und mit Frédéric wird es garantiert nicht Langweilig, schließlich hat er schon für einige namenhafte Synthesizer Hersteller Produkte erschaffen. Aber mit Fred's Lab hat Frédéric wohl ein paar der sympathischsten kleinen Synths der letzten Jahre geschaffen.

Wir sind gespannt was er uns über den neuen polyphonen Digital-Sythesizer 'Manatee' erzählen kann!"


"We have another developer as our guest and with Frédéric it is guaranteed not to be boring, after all he has already created products for a number of well-known synthesizer manufacturers. But with Fred's Lab, Frédéric has created some of the most likeable little synths of recent years.
We are curious what he can tell us about the new polyphonic digital synthesizer 'Manatee'!"

You can find additional posts featuring the Manatee here.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

[SUPERBOOTH22] FRED'S LAB MANATEE / synthétiseur spectral (proto)

video upload by Les Sondiers

"Fred's Lab présente le nouveau prototype de synthétiseur spectral Manatee."


"Fred's Lab introduces the new Manatee spectral synthesizer prototype."

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fred's Lab Introduces the Manatee - Digital Desktop Synthesizer w/ Spectral Engine Synthesis

via Fred's Lab

BERLIN. 12.05.22

At Superbooth 2022, Fred’s Lab announce working on its new machine: the Manatee

The Manatee is an ode to the golden era of digital machines with personality, together with modern twists and a crystal clear sound quality. With reminiscences of electric organ tones and out-of-this-world but beautifully contained harshness, the Manatee unveils new sound exploration paths.

Loosely inspired by digital classics, the Manatee excels at producing dark & moody pads, snappy or round bell like tones and behaves very well in known VA (virtual analog) territory. At the frontier between the beloved wavetable and the unconventional additive synthesis, by fusing a complex procedural spectral source with a top notch realtime re-sampler, the Manatee allows any musician to efficiently alter their sound timbre as they discover.

Besides the spectral generator, a versatile sub-oscillator (including FM features) and a filtered noise source (with variable sample rate) are on the menu. The sound get further refined thanks to the great sounding filter, and an extra tuned resonator followed by the overdrive module. A per-part stereo delay is also there.

Built like a tank, using only industrial grade pots, switches and connectors, the Manatee is a professional piece of gear and there to last. Would it need repairs, like with all Fred’s Lab products, service instructions including complete schematics are part of the user manual. Latest firmware can be downloaded from our website.

• Dual core 16 bit fixed-point DSP
• Hand crafted assembly engine
• TI (originally Burr Brown) DACs
• DIN MIDI IN & OUT (with smart THRU)
• Synchronization by ext. clock or MIDI clock
• High contrast / backlit 16x2 LCD display
• 16x aluminum potentiometers
• 25x long lasting illuminated switchs

• 3 part 9 voice multitimbral spectral engine
• Extensive MIDI 1.0 with MPE or multimode

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superb self-resonant filter model
overdrive module
dedicated loopable envelopes (ENV. F & ENV. A) dedicated filter LFO
spectral modulators (MOD. B - for body & MOD. F for formant) resonator module
long and modulated stereo delay
audio buses mixer (Main, Aux & Reverb)
simple arpeggiator reverb module

• Various Main and Aux buses master EQs

* These specifications will evolve during project development


IMPORTANT: SB22 machines are technological demo units – not final instruments

Changes may include:
• form factor
• audio engine feature list
• enclosure design style
• pricing (around 600E, VAT included)

Although product research and development is self-founded, Fred’s Lab needs additional finances to make this machine production ready (to cover lab testing, procurement costs, tooling, production line rental & associated setup costs...).

Fred’s Lab will eventually run a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter (no date to be announced) to produce a limited first run of 150 machines.

The two machines presented @ Superbooth 2022 (so-called “Superbooth Edition”) will be sold on auction, also to help financing the project development. Auctions will take place on Ebay, on the 14/06/2022.

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