The Digisound 80 Modular Synthesizer

Digisound 80 Modular Synthesizer

The Digisound 80 Modular Synthesizer was a (largely) kit-built synthesizer designed, primarily, by Charles Blakey who ran a small family-owned company called Digisound Ltd near Blackpool in northern England.

Many of the early modules appeared as construction articles in two British electronics magazines – Electronics Today International (ETI) and Electronics & Music Maker (E&MM) in the early to mid 1980s.

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Here is a closer look at my Digisound 80 modular system. I’ve had this for about 20 years (just a box of bits in the beginning), Have built it up over the years.

If you’ve used the Digisound 80 Modular Synthesizer, leave a comment below!

Modules in the Digisound 80 range included:

  • 80-1A Power Supply
  • 80-2 VCO
  • 80-3 LFO
  • 80-4A Voltage Controlled Mixer
  • 80-5 Processor
  • 80-6L/B/H/P Low-Pass, Band-Pass, High-Pass, Phase-Shifting Filter
  • 80-7A State-Variable (multimode) Filter
  • 80-8 Basic ADSR
  • 80-9A Dual VCA
  • 80-10 Voltage-Controlled Envelope Generator
  • 80-11A Dual Ring Modulator
  • 80-12 Noise Generator With Sample & Hold.
  • 80-13 External Input Module
  • 80-14 Stereo Power Amplifier
  • 80-15x various keyboards/accessories
  • 80-15E X-Y Controller (joystick), Octave Shift, Touch Trigger
  • 80-16 Dual Resonant Filters
  • 80-17 Reverberation Unit
  • 80-18 Multi-function Envelope Generator
  • 80-19 Dual VCLFO
  • 80-20A/B Waveform Multiplier (designed, I believe, by David Ward-Hunt of Wavestar)
  • 80-21 Voltage Controlled Digital Oscillator
  • 80-22 Patcher
  • 80-23 Quad LFO
  • 80-24 Polyphonic Keyboard Controller
  • 80-C9 Voice Card.

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