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BIT99, Analog Synth from Crumar.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 10 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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AlanForPresident07/18/2012

AlanForPresident's review"looking for one"

Crumar BIT99
The Bit99 from Crumar has some really good warm soft sounds. I don’t own this unit because it was too expensive but I know someone that has one and every time I get to use it , it makes me wish that I could afford to have one at my house. I don’t think its possible though because its not cheap and also the unit is a lot bigger than what I thought it was going to be. I just don’t have room for it here, I would have to store it in a closet or something and take it out when I wanted to use it, that is just too much of a hassle. But I will keep my eyes out for one just incase. You can make a very wide range of analog synths with the Bit 99. I have heard all types of sounds come out of it, nice and thick sounds. The keys seem to be semi weighted, which is pretty good, but I expected them to be a little heavier since it’s an expensive board.


UTILIZATION

Not easy to use, there will be a little learning curve and I hope you like messing with knobs. Because there are plenty of them on the Bit 99. Also the knobs will be worned down, because the unit is so old. Some of the buttons will be very easy to push in because they have been used so much over the years. So if you are looking to get one, keep that in mind and ask the buyer.


SOUNDS

The sounds and ability to get good sounds that you are trying to create is what makes this keyboard so great in my opinion. I really wasn’t concerned with anything else except the vintage sounding analog sounds. They did not let me down, every time I get to use this keyboard I am amazed on what I can come up with just by messing around. I am not a sound designer or engineer. I just like to mess around until I get something that really catches my ear.


OVERALL OPINION

I will be keeping my eye out for one of these.
obr___09/25/2014

obr___'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"My first .."

Crumar BIT99
Polyphonic synth twice 6 votes subtractive synthesis. The keyboard is velocity sensitive, with a potentiometer (the only one in front) to adjust the effective velocity.
The waveforms are the most common (sawtooth, pulse, triangle). These shapes are added together. Oscillators are détunables. There is also a noise generator.

No effect.
Knurled pitch (+/- one and a half tones), soustain pedal, pedal "program change" (moves one sound)
2 outputs (stereo, see below). We can divide the keyboard or add two sounds.

In Out True noon (noon simplistic note and change sound).
Input / output to expand the memory of a musical.

No séquenseur, no arpeggiator. But we said, there is MIDI .. so ..

UTILIZATION

Obviously, people rush to say "it's awful." To be honest, I have probably said the same if it had not been my first keyboard. The fact is that I learned synthesis through this gem and it has long been my only keyboard. So I took the time to tame.
Indeed, we must enter the programming mode button ["addr"], the number tapper for the setting to change [2 digits] and change the value with the "+" buttons and "-", then another button to save if it suits. It's not super sexy when you love the rotary knobs, but it's actually very practical, the table being under the eyes. Soon parameters remain top while manipulating a lot (19: filter; resonance !! 20)
The fact is that the vast flat surface also request to host a little synth, so it is very difficult to ensure that the plan is not covered ...

Noon is in the beginning, so little control. No parameters for programming the audio is available. Single note and change sound.

But among the fun things, the keyboard is divisible place we want to play "split" may also layer sounds ("double"). Sounds from 75 to 99 are also not sound as such, but two groups of sounds present between 01 and 74.
The "stereo" button or make a sound from one side, the other on the other where one is between two sounds is to bring out the notes in a half out and out other half in the other output in the case where there is a single sound.

Let's talk about screen printing: in front of every number is a check box for the corresponding parameter. If in this case there is nothing written other than the parameter is that it's all or nothing (on or off), if there is a triangle on the bottom left of the case is that the parameter can take multiple values ​​(potentiometer type) and if the parameter is surrounded is that it can be modulated by velocity. Namely: the filter attack, the attack of the VCA, the speed that each of the LFO, the PWM for each of the DCO, the amplitude of the VCA and the amplitude of the envelope of the VCF are velocity sensitive.





SOUNDS

Yes it's been 80 years, but I got my start in the synthesis with that, I very well could create ambience 70 years.

The "problem" that amuses me enough is the reputation it has all of its analog while the oscillator is ... digital basic circuits (8253 for electronics) generate high-frequency signals that are used by the counters (4520), which are diverted from their normal use for a ramp generator here, the famous sawtooth. We created a wave of 5 bits. Following what is analog circuits that make the pulse (which no longer appears no trace of digital) and the triangle (which is sort of 4 bits). So rather than fat analog sound was rather one of the worst air digital sounds (except the square wave is out of play, "perfectly" analog). When playing low notes, it actually means quite unusual harmonics. So it's a unique sound !! What exactly its charm!

Generator noise is 100% analog.

Side filter, it's Curtis, the CEM3328 (or SSM2044 for the first apparently). The kind of Sequencial Circuit and Oberheim. Real analog big too. 24 dB per octave. They are self-oscillating, you can almost play melodies on it (a bit wrong actually ..).

LFO, a little stair (put gently into self-oscillation to realize, no problem in typical use) can go to much higher frequencies.
If it is not possible to improvise sounds to the Equinox, it is still possible to program them!
The LFOs have square shapes, sawtooth (uplink for one, down for another) and triangle.

Otherwise, a point of view more "ear", it does very well tablecloths, capable of some organ sounds, copper. Enooormes low or low sub (chipped home properly). Quite capable of making sound effects. In short, very heterogeneous, even if it is not THE big sound analog. Besides the better it is not the same as everyone else!
I also heard the demos on the internet that made me realize that I did not knew it according to its true value!

OVERALL OPINION

I'm not super goal (which can be?) Because'm emotionally attached, I made my debut and first songs on it. I learned to use me and I have probably done more research with this one at this time with all the synths that I had afterwards.

Quite honestly, if you want THE sound analog, it may not be what you need is. Here is A super analog. It's still a synth with the most standard configuration that is-with COD 2 and 2 LFO, which is actually not that common for a true analog polyphonic. That said, the low reputation gives it excellent value for money.

What I like most: (!) Originality (yes, I only have keyboards knobs otherwise ..). Its fat, its delicacy, its simplicity, its sounds, its se ..
What I like least: no damage parameter is controllable by noon, then it would have done in a killer! Also, the keyboard is flush with the body, which brought me to ruin several keys at a time when I wandered. So be careful when transporting.

I think never get rid of it because is too different from other analos I, and those I am considering.
pierremodus07/19/2011

pierremodus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" filter crazy"

Crumar BIT99
keyboard key hammer
two banks of 64 sounds fully editable
pitch modulation
8 notes polyphony

UTILIZATION

everything is written on the hood!
laborious editing we saw through two keys 4 keys poue the parameter a + a-
no internal effects

SOUNDS

sounds truly alive
pretty good speech
no effect
lfo in sequential steps and filter circuit beautiful.

OVERALL OPINION

3 years
Demo V407/29/2009

Demo V4's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crumar BIT99
What type of keyboard (piano synth ...)? How many octaves?
==== ===== V4 testing

What type controllers (pitch, modulation, sustain ...)?
==== ===== V4 testing

What connection (Audio, MIDI, pedals ...)?
==== ===== V4 testing

How many sounds, effects? What styles? Are they ditables?
==== ===== V4 testing

Via a Mac utility / PC?
==== ===== V4 testing

What polyphony? ...dropoff Window
==== ===== V4 testing



USE

Is Gnrale setup simple?
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The edition of sound effects or is it easy?
==== ===== V4 testing

Is the manual clear and sufficient? ...dropoff Window
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SONORITS

The sounds they agree your style of music?
GPs are they?
Are the effects effective and ADAPTS?
Expression is it good? (Raction vlocit the aftertouch)?
What sonorits you prfrez, you dtestez? ...dropoff Window


NOTICE GLOBAL

How long have you use it?
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
How do you report qualitprix?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...dropoff Window
Demo V407/29/2009

Demo V4's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crumar BIT99
What type of keyboard (piano synth ...)? How many octaves?
==== ===== V4 testing

What type controllers (pitch, modulation, sustain ...)?
==== ===== V4 testing

What connection (Audio, MIDI, pedals ...)?
==== ===== V4 testing

How many sounds, effects? What styles? Are they ditables?
==== ===== V4 testing

Via a Mac utility / PC?
==== ===== V4 testing

What polyphony? ...dropoff Window
==== ===== V4 testing



USE

Is Gnrale setup simple?
==== ===== V4 testing

The edition of sound effects or is it easy?
==== ===== V4 testing

Is the manual clear and sufficient? ...dropoff Window
==== ===== V4 testing



SONORITS

The sounds they agree your style of music?
GPs are they?
Are the effects effective and ADAPTS?
Expression is it good? (Raction vlocit the aftertouch)?
What sonorits you prfrez, you dtestez? ...dropoff Window


NOTICE GLOBAL

How long have you use it?
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
How do you report qualitprix?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...dropoff Window
07/20/2009

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crumar BIT99
What type of keyboard (piano synth ...)? How many octaves?
What type controllers (pitch, modulation, sustain ...)?
What connection (Audio, MIDI, pedals ...)?
How many sounds, effects? What styles? Are they ditables?
Via a Mac utility / PC?
What polyphony? ...dropoff Window


USE

Is Gnrale setup simple?
The edition of sound effects or is it easy?
Is the manual clear and sufficient? ...dropoff Window
see other opinions ....
a rating of 250/300 following the state and at this price you have a matrix6 which is "better"


SONORITS

The sounds they agree your style of music?
GPs are they?
Are the effects effective and ADAPTS?
Expression is it good? (Raction vlocit the aftertouch)?
What sonorits you prfrez, you dtestez? ...dropoff Window


NOTICE GLOBAL

How long have you use it?
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
How do you report qualitprix?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...dropoff Window
phonoid05/13/2007

phonoid's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crumar BIT99
5 octave synth feel very pleasant warm sound of analog

UTILIZATION

Setup a super simple pleasure

SOUNDS

Sound crazy !!!!! is the presence

OVERALL OPINION

I have the 2 years I do not sell
sunjy08/17/2006

sunjy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crumar BIT99
Ras see the card, mine is black

UTILIZATION

J'avous that at first he pushed me a little (because no knob) and at the same time I was attracted by the opportunities it offered. So I thought, well it should release something fuck this keyboard .. so I put on the machine and in fact it is too simple, I think that in say 4 hours I understood the hierarchy of the synth that was becoming a beast more than I came dedant.
In doing you can even change the settings to play live.

SOUNDS

The factory presets are not false but fammeux tweaking to get the big sound, which is fast enough to have.
I am a drum break beat and so I like to push the maximum resources of the machine and I must say that it has satisfied me, I even came out last night a big sub for the neighbors ...

OVERALL OPINION

I have only been 6 months and 2 weeks that I got that look, if I had known, as a result I have to sell more machines that do not give me what I want, so if you have the possibility of finding the argus you will not be over ...
Minimatic05/13/2006

Minimatic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crumar BIT99
The form is actually much Audiofanzine complte. There are several sites of aficionados of the SERIES Bit, offering patches sounds, soft drinks, books ... So we not feel too lonely.
FYI, mine is a 99 bit black.

UTILIZATION

In Ralite ergonomics is not as unbearable as that. it is on it is far from the button Settings, and there is no knob .. that's for sure. but at least there's that (very beautiful!) srigraphie on top of the machine that simplifies all the same bcp's edition ... you sail in clear view, and in this framework, the n is not the worst I've ever met, near l. The manual easily found online, is not too foul, and qq small touches of humor (Italian) are the sauce. And this system of dual output (possible) upper and lower is to use two sounds at the same time, drive to two different outputs, or to the keyboard splitter, is smart enough: sr not to use so often a, but not inintressant opportunity.

SOUNDS

Attention is that the machine wakes up ... So obviously in prambule, as almost all the machines of this era, the ism is no longer appropriate, and that d Moreover precisely why we love (or we DTEST), or a little of both time, the 80's. In fact the first thing I put the chip ear is touching the keyboard: a very good feeling (which at least one super keypad), and especially a haunting expressiveness: the v locit really is quality and a knob can even rgler his "densitquot; ... dtail rare, and so well s'tonner think we can not meet him on d other machines. And the touch and expressiveness are surely not for nothing took pleasure in discovering the sounds on this keyboard.
In fact I felt close to a trs Matrix, a color on the brass Oberheim obvious or well coated tablecloths, incursions RPTES the cot of a PPG for low, and sounds with mtalliques held or blips ... You really feel that the machine generates the wave rich evolutionary filtering, resonators really classes, sounds rather complicated as possible, and what the terrain, it is much more convincing than a CZ for example (really missing body).
And what makes it so compelling bit as it has no point cheating: no effect, no internal reverb, no chorus outrageous (Casio CZ follow my eyes ...): in short, we here is the no net, and rings.

OVERALL OPINION

Just to put the context, I 35 and it's been over twenty years that I see passing machines ... And 99 Bit, it's really a great machine, ultra undercut (finally should we complain?), which offers a touch of high-flying (really!), and sounds damn good, rich without being too flashy, and that can really find their place in a mix. The low brass digital blips and dtuns resonant layers are strong points of the machine. Cote physical robustness, do a little attention to the state of selector push, which tend to fatigue over the years, otherwise it's tough.
gillesdeshays12/04/2002

gillesdeshays's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crumar BIT99
Good for all that the whole sheet is very well done!

UTILIZATION

So .. it's the bottom hurts ... Ergonomics is about that of a blender moulinex 127 features 1982 ...

For all parameters must select the parameter number and then modify it with the + or - ....

It could have been overtaken by a MIDI implementation level of these parameters ... Nay but ... Note on, note off, Prog. Change, Velocity and After changes are received only in MIDI .. (But I'm working on changing hardware to control a parameter of max. By potentiometers on the front ...)

All this is very unfortunate because: (Next -> Sounds)

SOUNDS

It can generate big bass sounds ... (Generation of waveforms, ADSR filter and Analog ...), good sound leads, percussion interresting ...
I quite like the sound in general ... But it must be "hours" to exit the sound of death ....
There is no effect.
The keyboard is well made and responds well ...

OVERALL OPINION

It's been six years since I have this machine (black version) and I'm very happy ...
I use mostly keyboard master but I bcp sample with effects ...
I love her big warm sounds good ... but less ergonomics.
I had okkaz for a pittance ... So UON quality / price ratio ...
This rating to 300 € okkaz
A good master keyboard in short, with a good sound module ... but ergonomics to type in the c.. the ground ... ;)