Mutable Instruments has announced the Ambika – a new DIY polyphonic synthesizer.
Translucent, polyphonic, DIY and even a bit sexy – the Ambika will allow for six voices. It can be configured so that all of the voices have the same synth design or with unique synth designs on a per-channel basis.
“It’s huge,” they note, “And it draws a lot of power!”
Here are the details….
Mutable Instruments Ambika Features:
- Up to 6 voices, each with an individual output — in addition to a global mix output.
- MIDI channels/patches/voices are distinct entities, allowing many different flexible configurations, from 6 independent monophonic parts each on a different MIDI channel, to 1 polysynth, with everything in-between (unison, keyboard split, layering, voice doubling).
- Connectors for up to 6 voicecards. In true Mutable Instruments spirit, you can mix and match voicecards with different filters, and in the future with different synthesis engines.
- Easy to use sound programming interface with a large 2×40 LCD display, 8 knobs, 8 switches and 15 bicolor LEDs. Each module of the synthesis engine has a page, each page has a direct access button.
- Massive patch memory, easy backup/data exchange, fast firmware upgrades with the integrated SD card reader. And there might be other things you’ll load from the SD card in the future…
- Patch versioning and undo/compare/redo of editing operations.
- Sequencer, arpeggiator and rhythmic chord generator available for each part. 2 step-sequences per part. Each part can be clocked at a different multiple of the MIDI clock.
- And of course: DIY friendly, through-hole assembly.
Here are some audio demos for the Ambika:
Three varieties of voice cards will initially be available, based on a maxed-out Shruthi-1 monosynth:
Ambika Synthesizer Voice Card Features:
- All the Shruthi-1 oscillators goodness – classic analog waveforms, FM, wavetables, vowel synthesis, low-fi tones.
- More z-family oscillator waveshapes, with digital emulations of analog waveforms sent through resonant LP/BP/HP filters.
- “Wavequence” mode for individually addressing the content of the wave memory (wavequence + step sequencer = wave sequencing).
- New mixer with adjustable overdrive and bitcrusher effects, independent of the mixing mode.
- 3 synchronized LFOs shared by all voices in a patch with new waveforms, and 1 desynchronized, per-voice LFO for subtle voice modulation effects.
- 3 ADSR envelopes with times up to 60s.
- Large modulation matrix (14 slots, 4 modifiers), with new modulation sources and destinations.
- Improved sound richness/brightness and extended filter range.
- 3 flavours of voicecards: Warm and classic 4-pole low-pass (OTA-C with Darlington buffers), sweet and liquid 4-pole low-pass (SSM2164), 2-pole multimode (SSM2164).
Future voicecard plans include a multi-channel drum samples ROMpler and an analog drum module (2 instruments per voicecard).