Hybrid analog-digital module synthesizer based on the famous sound interface device SID 6581 created by Bob Yannes who also projected the great ENSONIQ MIRAGE sampler.
LAPTOP (weight: 1.3 Kg)
The main panel features a 2 x 16 display lines, a numeric pad keys for data entry, 4 assignable knobs (they do transmit Midi control changes) and a rotary encoder.
Back panel terminal connectors:
input for filter process
power supply is external PSU DC input a common 9V -)
FOREWORD the SID is a 28-pin DIP-capsule chip from 8 bits computer Commodore 64 released on the market in 1982, the biggest computer sale in the world ever.
The SID chip is a mixture of digital and analogue technology with phase accumulated oscillators and analogue multimode NMOS filter. Elektron made a version for musician enclosing the mythical chip in a silver box with full Midi control, featuring also high speed bus access.
VOICE machine based subtractive synthesis SID generate 1 voice.
A single voice is composed by 3 oscillators with variable parameters:
- delay start
- ringmodulator: an oscillator modulates the previous one 3>2 / 2>1 / 1>3
- 5 waveforms: triangle, saw, mixed, noise, pulse with variable width
Original SID produces a high noise-level, but the new design isolates some of this using dedicated buses, anyway but be prepared to gate many background noises.
WAVESCAN special wave cycling mode for sweeping sequences a bit like Korg Wavestation.
You can define loop points composed by various steps (up to 32) each with assigned parameters:
- OSC 1 / 2/ 3 selection
PERFORMANCE machine offers some special playmodes:
- legato with adjustable time rate
special polymode play the oscillators in polyphonic way for chords, but they cannot be assigned to different Midi channels.
FILTER multimode resonant filter with cutoff range from 30 Hz to 12 kHz:
lowpass at 2 poles
bandpass at 1 pole
highpass at 2 poles
band reject at 1 pole
- all: activates all modes in the same time -weird!
ENVELOPE there are 4 EG in total, all 4 stages ADSR type, all quantisized into 15 values:
- EG1 OSC1 amp
- EG2 OSC2 amp
- EG3 OSC3 amp
- EG4 VCF
LFO 4 delayed assignable modulators with polarity inversion, fade-in, variable depth and ABZ mode that change negative values into positive ones. The modulators are identical and have 7 waveforms, in addition 2 LFO can be combined for more complex waveforms:
tri / saw/ sqr/ ramp / rnd / S& H / flat (output is set to a steady maximum value)