Music Processor (1992)
Keyboard: S Workstation has been released in 2 versions with same engine:
- S2: 61 velocity keys (dimensions: 1055x116x350 mm / weight: 16 kg)
- S3: 76 velocity keys (dimension 1077 x 116 x 350 mm/ weight: 18,5 kg)
Display: neon 240 x 64 pixels
Synthesis: digital rompler
Polyphony: 32 voices
Multitimbric: 16 parts
Resolution: 16 bits
Sample Freq: 41,7 kHz
N. PCM: 209 waves
Oscillator: 2 PCM
Filter: LPF / HPF / BPF / BOOST
LFO: 3 modulators
Sequencer: 250.000 notes
Sync: Midi Clock
Midi: IN / OUT / THRU
KEYBOARD main panel features a 240 x 64 pixels display, 86 buttons, a wheel, 7 sliders assignable to parameter or Midi CC# and 2 wheels for modulation and pitchbender.
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Faders, Pedal - Filter, Mod - Wheel, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pitch -Wheel, Sequencer, Pedal - Sustain, Tempo Knob, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Back panel terminal connectors:
- double Midi interface
- main signal out
- 4 AUX analog outs
- volume pedal input
- 2 pedalswitches assignable to: damper / expression / start-stop / patch change
NO factory reset procedure
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1 digital oscillator PCM per voice, simple sample for 1 voice polyphony. Very simple to start a new sound.
2 layered oscillators but no interaction between waves but a simple volume balancing.
The GEM system crossfades 2 times the same PCM for a better wave rendering, but this process takes twice voices polyphony.
The 6mb ROM wavetable is organized into 16 instrument categories (piano, reed, string, effects, chromatic, pipe, ensemble, ethnic, organ, synth lead, brass, percussive, guitar, synt pad, bass and drumkit).
There are 3 ROMS for the whole wavetable, which cannot be expanded but by loading external samples if turbo kit is mounted (check "sample import below)
The S2/S3 features some waveforms inspired from classic analog synthesizers e.g Elka Synthex, Roland Jupiter 8.
This function available only if turbo option is fitted which adds 3 import modes:
- floppy MS- DOS & Atari ST format supports .wav .aif - Avalon
- standard SDS Midi dump.
- floppy disk Akai S1000 format
TURBOKIT is an expansion board with some new features and enhancements including the sample translator which is a tool for samples import. The installation is not easy and requires some technical knowledge.
Note that rackmount S2r is TURBO standard factory.
2 independent resonant multimode filters, each provides a -12 dB per octave slope and combined they operate as a single 4-poles filter:
- parametric boost / cut
up to 2 interchangeable and Midi syncable modulators (shapes: sinewave, triangle, sawtooth, square, random and sample & hold) and 4 destinations:
- LFO to amplitude
- LFO to pitch
- LFO to filter 1 / filter 2
- EG 1 amplitude: 10 segments when note engaged + 10 others when key is released
- EG 2 filter: same as EG1
TIP: It is possible to select also a 1 / 3 /6 macro segments all edited graphically using the data encoder.
Internal 16 tracks Midi SMF compliant (with import functions).
Some standard edit functions such as copy, insert, delete, quantisizer and microscope edit.
Infamous internal Ni-cad 3.6V battery leakage.To replace it unsolder the battery, clean the board from the acid-salt and eventually replace it with a fresh one.
Note: a new battery costs about 3-4€ there is nothing special about it. You can even not install it if you don't have the extra sample ram, you will just get rid of the day/date for files. You can live without it.
Jumping encoder needs cleaning with q-tips and an appropriate liquid solution, or just find an equivalent rotary device.
DISK DRIVE may fail, try a good cleaning first. It is possible to install an USB emulator, I tried and worked, but cannot find the right geometry as it won't fit into S2r tiny slot! :) will think about that someday.
- no extended exclusives system
- memory system
- some PCM
- great masterkeyboard