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Docteur Frog 11/12/2002

Studio Electronics Omega 8 : Docteur Frog's user review

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Value For Money : Correct
4495 USD for a module possdant 8-voice polyphony and 8 MIDI channels is expensive. It's true. I spent my APRS noon (dated 12-11-2002) on this instrument and I could do much grinning and said I prfre a supernova II rack or rack 3 North for two or three times cheaper.
Now I'm giving you the specs in English and it continues:

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Voices: eight.
Multitimbrality: eight part.
Parameters: patch, number of voices, midi channel, key range, fine tune (x8), output routing (x8), Dynamic Range (x8), fade dynamics (x8).
Audio outputs: stereo one per voice. One main stereo and mono main output.
Interface: 32 knobs (relative and jump modes), I rotary encoder, 35 tactile switches, 24 LEDS.
Display: 16 x 2 back lit liquid crystal.
Memory: 256 sound patches, 128 multi patches in RAM.
Weight: 20 lbs.
Dimensions: 4 rack spaces, 15inch deep.
Power: 90 - 250 volts AC auto switching.
VOICE ARCHITECTURE
Two voltage controlled discrete analog oscillators and one sub wave of Oscillator 1 Waveforms: triangle, sawtooth and variable width square. All output waveforms simultaneously. Syncing of Osc 2 to Osc 1.

Two voltage controlled discrete analog filters
24 dB (classic Moog), 12 db (classic Oberheim). 12db low pass filter HAS, bandpass, high pass and band reject modes. Each Voice Has the capability of different furnace filters HAVING available for use. Additional filters (up to 2 per voice) Can Be Added as Desired in Any Number. Filters do not Operate in series or parallel. Current Additional filters available: Roland 303 and Arp 2600.

Three low frequency oscillators (fixed to voice panning LFO3)
Waveforms: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, noise, random. Up to Three Depths and destinations for EACH LFOs 1 & 2 with range, delay, key trigger, phase, mode (mono or poly), quantize, and MIDI sync.

Three envelope generators multiple internship
Attack, decay, sustain and release with inverting and multiple triggering. Envelopes 1 & 2 Have Additional delay, Decay2, and breakpoint parameters. Envelope 1 fixed to filter frequency. Envelope 2 fixed to amplifier level. Envelope 3 IS assignable with up to Three destinations and depth. Additional Features Audio Oscillator 2 frequency modulation. Destinations: a frequency Osc, Osc a pulse width, frequency filter. White noise generator. Auto triggering external input processor on EACH voice. Parameters: input level, trigger level, mix level, window.

Arpeggiator
Parameters: tempo, direction, range, interval, midi sync.

Glide
Linear or exponential. Parameters: time, mode (auto, legato, glissando) autoglide range, dynamics, destination.

Unison mode
One, two, oven, six, or eight voices.

MIDI Specifications
In Out and Through. Receives: program change, bank select, glide on / off, glide time, volume and SYSEX. Controllers: dynamics, ModWheel, bender, pressure destination and amount (x2), a controller assignment - dyn, mod, pressure, bend, tracking, continuous cont # 2 (x2), controller 1 amount (x2), controller 2 assignment - same as controller 1 (x2), controller 2 amount (x2). Dynamics, tracking, and bender Have positive and negative modulation. Fixed continuous controller assignments for all key functions.

Modulation Destinations
LFOs1 & 2 and envelope 3: VCO 1 & 2 frequency, pulse width, and mix level, VCF frequency and resonance, noise level, Xmod Amount, LFOs 1 & 2 rate and depth, VCA level, external mix and level.

MIDI Controllers
Dynamics, ModWheel, bender, pressure, tracking, and breath controller: all LFO1 & 2 and envelope 3 destinations, Including envelopes 1.2, and 3 attack, decay, sustain, release, and amount.

UTILIZATION

The edition is not its greatest form. It is true that having 8 shares - 8 modules ddition switchable in the blink of an eye it's effective. But j'espre true that this technology could one day be redeemed by brand / manufacturer who has the means to go further. For machince nice, it is. But when you know the price and features APRS two hours. It remains a bitter taste or a cot can be amusing or amused to say that we played with a prototype because SERIES, this price the chance.

SOUNDS

Okay, stay on my SuperNII or m i. Some will go for the fly-blown, which will to be found between a parrallle MKS-80 with a programmer and the OMEGA-8 (version 8 votes) as the MODEL dcliner is a fa is unspeakable.
The Rack is well 4 U. It's not even worth.

OVERALL OPINION

I worked with for three hours. I t happy to m'appercevoir that since the ATC-1 which is a good machine, you can have an analog phylosophy, when the mind has not historically "Keyboard" versions remain on the racks button ...
This instrument should cost 1490 euros to be competitive. Since that date he has not even the place of an outsider.

To be continued ...