Sequential Circuits Fugue

Mono and Polysynthesizer (1982) 

American rebrand of italian SIEL CRUISE


KEYBOARD 49 keys with no velocity, main panel features 44 levers and 6 buttons - on the left part a pitch bender joystick with a control slider for portamento level.

Siel CRUISE different outfit, the same
- Sequential Circuits prelude  is another SIEL rebrand for ORCHESTRA 2

Terminal connectors:
 - main audio out
- monophonic section separate out
- polyphonic separate out
- 5 dins input for volume swell pedal
- sustain footswitch for piano part
- decay footswitch for polyphonic section


OSCILLATORS The Fugue  keyboard sound generation is fully analog and split into 2 main sections: 
A- monophonic: partially derived from mono synthesizer based on M110B1 SGS IC
B- polyphonic: PWG - Polyphonic Waveforms Generator based on TDA 100

EFFECT a single effect ANIMATION based on TDA 1022 - according to the original advertising this effect was aimed to recreate acoustic reverberation of a hall concert type, but it sounds more like an analog chorus

Mono section in depth

Basically the the oscillator DCO is pretty simple with just sawtooth / square shape + an octave setting at 4' 8' 16' 32. This section is partially derived from SIEL MONO Features same 10 presets sounds when set in edit mode (called mode "FREE") it is possible to access direct DCO edit

PRESETS: basso tuba, piccolo, trombone, sax, trumpet, flute, violin, guitar, bass and clarinet 

 LFO a single triangular modulator with variable rate /depth and 2 destinations:  LFO to DCO Pitch /  LFO to VCF filter

ENVELOPE  a single EG type 4 segments ADSR 

FILTER: Section is slimmed-down from original MONO synthesizer: VCF is no more multi mode but only lowpass controlled by 2 sliders for cutoff and resonance up to self-oscillation. The KTF is a simple key tracker for more brilliance on higher octaves.

Polyphonic Section

Up to 49 voices polyphony based on PWG - Polyphonic Waveforms Generator - with 12 X TDA 1008 - 16 pins frequency dividers. The are 4 PWG presets families with minor edit parameters:

BRASS Instruments: trombone and trumpet
Controls: filter cutoff-resonance plus a 2-stages EG attack + crescendo.

STRINGS: Instruments: violin, cello and percussion
Controls: EG control over attack and decay- this control is shared between reed and piano family

REED Instruments: accordion, musette, church organ
Controls: 1 EG control for attack segment

PIANO Instruments: piano, clavinet, honkytonk
Controls: variable decay

Sequential Circuits Fugue Specifications

Model: FUGUE
Brand: SIEL / Sequential Circuits DAVE SMITH
Year: 1982
Class: synthesizer 
Country: Italy/ USA

keyboard: 49 keys
Price: 500€ trend up
Display: none
Synthesis: subtractive
Technology: analog PWG
Polyphony: 1 (mono)+ 49 (poly)
Envelope: 1 EG ADSR
Filter: lowpass
LFO: 1 modulator
Effect: analog chorus
Memory: 10 presets
Polyphonic Gen: TDA 1008
Monophonic Gen: M110B1 

Weight: 7 Kg
Dimensions: n/a

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