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Novation’s flagship two-part 16-voice 61-key polyphonic synthesiser

Novation’s flagship two-part 16-voice 61-key polyphonic synthesiser

Summit’s digital New Oxford Oscillators offer subtractive, FM and wavetable synthesis, and feed into genuine analogue dual filters, distortion and VCAs. The multitimbral engine enables merging and combining of two complete and independent patches, while up to 16 simultaneous voices deliver enough harmonic depth for even the richest of pads.

The best sounding synthesiser Novation has ever made

Summit doubles the power of Peak’s digital New Oxford Oscillators up to 16 voices and two parts, and adds a wealth of new features and a premium-quality five-octave keyboard. A synth much greater than the sum of its parts, it gives the serious producer or performer everything they need to design and play stunning basses, leads, arps, pads, effects and beyond.

Totally tactile sound design

Summit takes Peak’s architecture and workflow to new heights, with a swathe of extra front panel controls for hands-on wrangling of FM, effects, LFOs and more; dual filters with six LP/HP/BP combinations; audio input for processing external sources with the onboard effects; and auxiliary audio outputs.

Analogue where it matters

The true stereo analogue signal path comprises dual analogue multimode filters, analogue VCAs and three stages of analogue distortion – pre- and post-filter, and post-VCA. With roots in the legendary OSCar, via Bass Station II, Summit’s analogue credentials are truly impressive.

Two Peaks in one synth – and then some

Two Peaks in one synth – and then some

The 16-voice, multitimbral engine combines two simultaneous patches. Split or stack them for keyboard-divided or layered sounds, or switch the entire synth between two separate and independently controlled setups, perhaps using one as an effects processor for an external input source.

Also, Summit can use all your Peak patches

Our best keyboard ever

Five-octave, semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keyboard with aftertouch – the same premium-quality keybed as introduced with our SL MkIII controller keyboard.

New Oxford educated

Digital New Oxford Oscillators are capable of subtractive, FM and wavetable synthesis. Waveforms are generated directly on the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip, using 24MHz bitstream processing; and adjustable drift and divergence emulate the inherent and often desirable instability of analogue circuits.

True analogue filters and distortion

The New Oxford Oscillators output to true analogue filters, with origins in the classic OSCar synth, and three stages of analogue distortion give you ample saturation options.

Dual filters

Summit’s dual filter is switchable between six paired combinations of low-pass, high-pass and band-pass modes at 12dB/octave, or any single mode at 24dB/octave, for a broad range of sonic possibilities.

Hands-on sound design

Packed with modulation sources for deep sound design – LFOs, envelopes, Animate buttons and more. Extended controls see

FM parameters, envelope loop switches and LFOs 3/4 moved from Peak’s menu system to the front panel, for easy programming and tweaking.

Audio in and auxiliary audio out

Hook up external instruments for processing with Summit’s onboard effects, while using it as a synth at the same time.

Powerful effects

Onboard reverb, chorus and delay effects are hosted on the FPGA. They’re also controlled directly from the front panel, and available as modulation targets in the dedicated FX Mod Matrix.

Tech Specs

 Product Hardware Specifications

Synth Engine

  • 16 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
  • 2-part-timbral
  • Layered, Split, Dual Bi-Timbral Modes
  • 5 Voice Modes – Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2

Per Voice

  • 3 oscillators
  • 1 noise generator with HP filter control
  • 1 ring modulator
  • 2 LFOs
  • 1 amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes (ADHSR + looping)
  • 1 filter

Waveforms Include

  • Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse, plus 43 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row

Filter

  • 1 state variable OTA filter per voice
  • 12/24dB slope
  • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass / dual filter (separation of each 12dB filters)
  • dual filter: LP > HP, LP > BP, HP > BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP
  • Pre-filter overdrive
  • Post-filter distortion

Modulation

  • 16 modulation slots per patch
  • 2 sources per destination per slot

Mod Sources

  • Direct (depth)
  • Modulation wheel
  • Aftertouch (polyphonic and channel AT)
  • Expression pedal 1
  • Expression pedal 2
  • Keyboard velocity
  • LFO1 positive
  • LFO1 bi-polar
  • LFO2 positive
  • LFO2 bi-polar
  • Amp envelope
  • Mod envelope 1
  • Mod envelope 2
  • Animate 1
  • Animate 2
  • CV mod input bi-polar
  • Bend Up
  • Bend Down

Mod Destinations

  • Oscillator 1-3 frequency, v-sync level, shape amount and level
  • Noise source level
  • Ring modulator output level
  • Overall synth output level
  • Filter drive, distortion, cut-off frequency and resonance
  • LFO 1 and 2 frequency
  • Amp env / mod env 1 / mod env 2 attack, decay and release
  • FM Osc 1 -> osc 2, osc 2 -> osc 3, osc 3 -> osc 1 and noise -> osc 1
  • Osc 3 -> filter cutoff frequency

Noise -> filter cutoff frequency

Effects

  • FX are per part
  • Analogue distortion
  • 3 chorus types
  • Delay with 16 types of delay sync, LP and HP damping, slew and stereo

FX Mod Matrix Source

  • Direct (depth)
  • Mod wheel
  • Aftertouch
  • Expression pedal 1
  • Expression/breath pedal 2
  • Velocity
  • Keyboard
  • LFO 1 +/-
  • LFO 2 +/-
  • LFO 3 +/-
  • LFO 4 +/-
  • Amp envelope
  • Mod envelope 1 & 2
  • Animate 1 & 2
  • CV +/-
  • Bendwheel +/-
  • Bend up
  • Bend down

FX Mod Matrix Destinations

  • Distortion level
  • Chorus level
  • Chorus rate
  • Chorus depth
  • Chorus feedback
  • Delay level
  • Delay time
  • Delay feedback
  • Reverb level
  • Reverb time
  • Reverb low pass
  • Reverb high pass

Misc.

  • FM controls on front panel
  • Global LFO 3 & 4
  • Arpeggiator with key latch – 33 patterns
  • Patch storage – up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
  • All knobs (excl. volume), sliders and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI cc commands for external control and mapping
  • Microtuning with Scala table import and table tuning creation
  • Manual mode
  • Multi pot mode: Relative, Pot pick-up, Snap

Product Hardware Specifications

  • 50 control knobs

  • 8 45mm sliders
  • 1 volume knob
  • 1 data encoder knob
  • Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs
  • 55 function buttons
  • 2 Animate buttons plus hold button
  • OLED display
  • Kensington Lock
  • Power switch
  • IEC power supply connector
  • USB socket for system (MIDI comms only, no bus power)
  • MIDI In / Out / Thru
  • 2 1/4″ jack sockets for continuous or switched pedals
  • 1 3.5mm jack socket for CV in
  • 2 1/4″ jack sockets for left and right outputs
  • 2 1/4″ jack sockets for left and right auxiliary outputs
  • 2 1/4″ jack sockets for left and right inputs
  • 1/4″ jack socket for headphone output
  • Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks

Metal magnetic inset end pieces

 Software Compatibility

  • Ableton Live Lite is included
  • Summit is a USB-MIDI class compliant device

 Power Requirements

  • Maximum power consumption 1A
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Introducing the Moog Matriarch

Introducing the Moog Matriarch

Moog Matriarch is a patchable 4-note paraphonic analog synthesizer with a built-in Sequencer, Arpeggiator, stereo Ladder Filters, and stereo Analog Delay. Create rich evolving chord patterns immediately with “no patching required”, then tap into an abundance of inspiring textures, new sounds, and an endless supply of happy accidents through Matriarch’s 90 modular patch points. Based on the vintage circuitry of classic Moog synthesizer modules, Matriarch is a catalyst for creative ideas and a medium for multidimensional expression.

● Mono, duo, and 4-note paraphonic playability
● Stereo analog delay w/ up to 700ms of MIDI sync-able stereo or ping/pong style repeats
● 256 step sequencer w/ up to 4 notes per step and 12 stored patterns. (Can be decoupled from Matriarch to independently sequence external gear)
● Arpeggiator with selectable modes (Order, Forward/Backward, Random)
● Semi-modular analog synthesizer – no patching required
● 90 modular patch points for endless exploration
● Expressive 49-note Fatar keyboard w/ patchable velocity and aftertouch
● 4 analog oscillators w/ selectable waveshape and hard sync per-oscillator
● Full-range analog LFO with 6 selectable waveshapes
● Dual analog filters with parallel (HP/LP), stereo (LP/LP), and series (HP/LP) modes available
● Dual analog ADSR envelopes
● Dual analog VCAs
● 3x bipolar voltage controlled attenuators with ring mod capability
● 2×4 parallel wired unbuffered mults
● Additional simple analog LFO useful for adding modulation to delay, filters and VCAs
● 1/4“ external audio input for processing guitars, drum machines, and more through Matriarch’s analog circuits
● Stereo ¼” and 3.5mm Eurorack level audio outputs

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Prophet X Receives 2019 TEC Award for Best New Musical Instrument

Prophet X Receives 2019 TEC Award for Best New Musical Instrument

San Francisco, CA—Jan 30, 2019—The NAMM Foundation has awarded the Sequential Prophet X its prestigious Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for “Best New Musical Instrument.” The Award was presented at the Foundation’s annual awards ceremony at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, California. The award marks the third TEC award for Sequential and the second TEC award for 8Dio’s Troels Folmann, sample content developer for the instrument.

The TEC Awards are the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry and recognize the most outstanding products and technical achievements in the world of music making, live performance, video games, television, and film. Winners represent superior accomplishments in their respective fields and categories.

In addition to the TEC award, the Prophet X has garnered wide critical acclaim from both the music industry press and users alike for its sonic versatility and depth. Its powerful, yet easy to use combination of synthesis-plus-samples technology powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters.

It boasts an internal library of 150 GB of sample content from Academy-award winning sample developers 8Dio, as well as the ability to import up to 50 GB of additional user samples and third-party add-on content. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and a full complement of synthesis functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, and a deep modulation matrix. A dual-effects engine, 64-step polyphonic step sequencer, and arpeggiator add additional performance features.

Sequential founder Dave Smith commented: “We’re proud that the Prophet X has been recognized by both the NAMM Foundation and by the public for what it is — a great-sounding, easy to use creative tool that puts powerful technology in the hands of musicians. That’s always been our philosophy and that’s what we continue to do.” 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann added: “Receiving a TEC award is always a gratifying experience, but we’re particularly pleased to receive it for our work on the Prophet X because the synth gives musicians a very immediate, expressive, and tactile way to use our deep-sampled instruments.”

About Sequential

Originally launched in 2002 as Dave Smith Instruments, Sequential is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

The company’s products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Sequential is based in San Francisco, where its instruments are also manufactured. Visit www.sequential.com.

About 8Dio

Founded in 2011 by Troels Folmann and Tawnia Knox, 8Dio is the leading independent developer of software instruments and the inventors of deep-sampling. Troels is an Academy Award, TEC/Mix Foundation, GANG and D3 award-winning composer and Ph.D scholar in music technologies. Tawnia is the CEO of 8Dio Productions and has had a long career as an executive in luxury brands.

8Dio has created an extensive, deep-sampled catalog of advanced instruments based on literally millions of samples. Notable titles include Majestica – the largest symphony orchestra ever sampled, Epic Taiko Ensembles, Titanic Choirs, Cinematic Scoring Tools, and over 250 other instruments. 8Dio products are used by high-profile artists, composers, and top music producers in all genres. They are featured in a majority of current blockbuster movies, independent films, video games, TV-shows, Broadway productions, and the professional sports industry. For more information, visit www.8dio.com.

The Prophet X Synthesizer

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Sequential Prophet X User Sampling Now Available

Sequential Prophet X User Sampling Now Available

We are excited to announce the arrival of user sampling for the Prophet X / XL keyboards. A full 50 GB of space has been reserved for this which is more than enough for even the most rabid sampling enthusiast.

Using the free cross platform sample mapping software provided by 8Dio, musicians can easily arrange their custom recordings, creating their own one-of-a-kind Instruments. Once transferred to the keyboard, the samples can be processed thru stereo analog filters and all the digital processing and effects.

The 8Dio Sample Mapping Utility can be downloaded at:

https://8dio.com/instrument/sequential-prophet-xxl-mapping​-utility

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Sequential Prophet 12 Limited Edition – 1 of 100 ONLY!

Sequential Prophet 12 Limited Edition – 1 of 100 ONLY!

Sequential is pleased to announce a special numbered, limited edition of our acclaimed Prophet 12 Analog/Digital Hybrid synthesizer — the Prophet LE. It features a custom, arctic white finish with maple end caps, making it a visually striking contrast to the standard Prophet 12.

The Prophet 12 LE will be strictly limited to 100 instruments worldwide and will commemorate the last of these synthesizers that Sequential will create. After that, the Prophet 12 will no longer be available.

Dave Smith had this to say about the Prophet 12 LE: “It’s nice to give the Prophet 12 a proper send-off with this special edition. The P12 was a real milestone for us in terms of pushing the synth envelope. As a hybrid instrument, it gave us a chance to explore the interaction of digital oscillators and analog filters and see how far we could take that idea. It’s still a great instrument and has found its way onto a lot of stages and studios, and into a lot of music.”

Sequential product designer Andrew McGowan recalled the genesis of the Prophet 12: “We’d just released the Tempest analog drum machine after several years of development, and we were turning our attention back to synths for the first time in a while. It gave us the opportunity to look at things with a fresh eye. Interestingly, when Dave and I sat down to draw up a spec, it was immediately apparent that we’d each been sort of designing the same instrument in our minds during our ‘time away’ — a hybrid synth with digital oscillators, dual analog filters, and new modulation possibilities. The Prophet 12 came together quickly after that and turned out really well for us.”

The Prophet 12 LE has the same combination of features as the original Prophet 12 — a bi-timbral, 12-voice architecture, with each voice boasting four high-resolution, multi-waveform digital oscillators, a sub-oscillator, analog low-pass and high-pass filters, analog VCAs, four envelopes and four LFOs, and a set of unique Character Effects for sound shaping. Linear FM capability was later added to the Prophet 12 as a software enhancement, giving the instrument even greater depth and making it one of Sequential’s most versatile poly synths.

The Prophet 12 LE will be available in December of 2018.
A limited number of standard-finish black Prophet 12s are available while stock lasts.

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Sequential Announces Prophet XL Synthesizer, Featuring 76-Note Keyboard & Expanded Polyphony

Sequential Announces Prophet XL Synthesizer, Featuring 76-Note Keyboard & Expanded Polyphony

Sequential today announced the Prophet XL, a 76-key version of their flagship Prophet X samples-plus-synthesis hybrid synth. The new instrument provides the same powerful combination of high-fidelity samples from 8Dio and full synthesi s capabilities that has earned the Prophet X critical acclaim — but makes the concept even more compelling for studio and stage by adding a semi-weighted-action, 76-key, premium-quality Fatar keybed and a new performance mode that allows 32-voice polyphony when using a single sampled instrument and a single oscillator.

At the heart of both the Prophet XL and the Prophet X is a sound engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbra l, 8-voice-stereo, or 16-voice mono operation.

Dave Smith commented: “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing. By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling 32-voice performance mode, we’ve made it even more satisfying to play the acoustic and electric pianos and other instruments where increased polyphony is crucial. We’re making 32-voice mode available on the Prophet X, as well, so that all of our users will benefit.”

Sample content for the Prophet X series was created by sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling.” Regarding the new instrument, 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann said: “For us, it’s all about giving musicians the best tools to express themselves. The Prophet XL is a great enhancement of the original Prophet X concept because it gives artists more room to breathe. More keys and more voices means more room to explore and create.”

The 150 GB sample library in the Prophet XL and Prophet X includes numerous acoustic and electronic instruments as well as an extensive collection of ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the synthesizer’s many sound-sculpting functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, a deep modulation matrix, and other tools. The Prophet XL and Prophet X also provide 50 gigabytes of internal storage for importing additional samples. Support for user-created sample content is planned for December, 2018.

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Introducing the Moog One Polyphonic Synthesizer

Introducing the Moog One Polyphonic Synthesizer

Moog’s first polysynth in over three decades is going to be expensive, yes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream.

Today (October 8), Moog shared the first footage of the synthesizer in a short film featuring Suzanne Ciani, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dev Hynes, Lonnie Smith, Robert Glasper, Paris Strother, Mike Dean, Mark Ronson and Jeff Bhasker.

The analog Moog One comes in two flavors – eight-voice and 16-voice. Each voice is made up of three VCOs, and two independent analog filters, while an extensive set of onboard effects allow for what Moog describes as “deeply layered, evolving soundscapes”.

Moog also relaunched its website today with an ongoing livestream that will show the production process at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC every day during business hours. The new site also has a live chat function that allows the public to converse with all types of Moog staff, from engineers to retail.

In a press release, Moog says that these new functions are an extension of company founder Bob Moog’s philosophy, which was to build tools for artists to achieve their creative vision – something that Moog believes it can do better with their input. Watch the livestream below.

The Moog One is one of several new products from Moog this year, including a percussion synth called Drummer From Another Mother, a semi-modular synth, Grandmother, and an iOS version of its classic Model D instrument.

Last year, FACT visited the Moog factory to find out how the company’s much-loved synthesizers are made – read the feature here, and watch Mike Dean jamming on Moog’s recent DFAM synth below.