Abstrakt Instruments Avalon, synth and sequencer
When former x0xb0x DIYers get into synth design, the result is Avalon, an analog bass synth and digital sequencer.
Abstrakt Instruments was inspired by the Roland TB-303 bass synth to design the core circuit in Avalon, to which they added an analog/digital hybrid circuit and a slot for expansion cards that will work just like to use plug-ins in your DAW.
- Analog synthesizer with:
- One oscillator with square and saw waveforms, and a range of 5 octaves
- A sub-oscillator with saw, triangle and square waveforms, a -1 and -2 octave range
- Filters with cutoff frequency, resonance, envelope modulation, modulation depth and tracking
- Filter envelope with decay, accent decay times and accent depth controls
- Utility envelope with attack and decay times, trigger source (gate, accent, slide, non-accent), VCA and filter modulation depths (bipolar)
- VCA envelope with decay and modulation depth
- Digital sequencer with:
- 44 patterns that can be transferred via MIDI/USB, 64 steps max, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 and triplet modes
- Copy, paste, clear, dump, reverse, random, skip step functions
- Slide times: 50ms, 100ms, 400ms and 2s
- Arpeggiator with live, real time, pitch and time per step recording modes
- Memorized pitch, note length, accent, slide, Utility envelope trigger source, backlight and Filter B mode per pattern
- 56 tracks (7x8) that can be transferred via MIDI/USB
- Track chain and transpose functions, with pattern order, chaining, repeat and per step transpose setting storing
- Tempos between 40 and 300 BPM
- Chromatic keyboard
- Audio outputs: main, headphones, saw, square, filter/amp
- Audio input: filter
- Gate/CV in and out
- Filter CV in
- Accent Sweep out
- USB port
- MIDI in and out
- DINSync in and out
- Synth Cartridge System slot
- Dimensions: 346 x 172 x 45mm
- Weight: 2.36 kg
The Avalon is not available yet but according to Abstrakt Instruments, its price should stay below $1000.
The manufacturer will also offer 5 filter cards that can be hot-swapped to expand the synth capacities:
- Transistor Ladder Filter: based on the Minimoog filter with 12dB and 24dB modes
- SEM State Variable Filter: based on the Oberheim SEM filter with high- and low-pass modes
- JP Low Pass Filter: based on the filter of the Juno 6/60 and Jupiter 8 with 12 and 24dB modes
- 4075 Low Pass Filter: reproduces the low-pass filter on the ARP 4075 with 12 and 24dB modes
- Wasp Multimode Filter: a version of the Wasp 12dB multimode filter
Discover the Avalon and the filter cartridges at www.abstraktinstruments.com.
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