MacBeth Synth Prototype Features Interchangeable Keyboards


Saturday Synth Porn: MacBeth Studio System’s Ken MacBeth shared these intriguing images, via his Facebook page, of a new synthesizer prototype he’s working on.


It’s in development at this point, but MacBeth is exploring some interesting ideas.

“This is still very experimental,” notes MacBeth. “I’ve just made the circuitboards over the last week!”

“I want the user to be able to interchange as they like the standard keyboard assembly with the touch one. They may even be sold as one outfit. The filter is an interchangable block too…OTA Dual SV v Dual Transistor Ladder Low Pass…..there are a ton of other tricks mapped out for this one!”

Check it out – and let us know what you think of the idea of interchangeable control surfaces on an all-in-one synthesizer!

9 thoughts on “MacBeth Synth Prototype Features Interchangeable Keyboards

  1. it sounds like a great idea, but I wish boutique synth makers like Ken would link up with larger companies so that they could produce larger numbers of synths at a lower price.

    This will no doubt cost more than £4000 and so will be totally out of reach of ‘ordinary’ people, which is a shame as it sounds like a great idea. Dave Smith is making an awesome affordable synth, the prophet 12 for £2000, still al ot of money but within reach of us lesser mortals!

  2. I agree.It’s rather depressing to see such desirable gear,yet it remains unobtainable due to it’s prohibitive price point.Not only would a merger be advantageous for pricing,but distribution,as well.
    Of course,it’s easy for me to express what I think Macbeth should do,but I have no idea about how this might have adverse effects to a seemingly fiercely independent entity like Macbeth.

  3. I’m sure if Ken really wanted to make his synths as big as Korg, he could easily just send the PCB images and casing box plans to China or Taiwan and have them made for a 1/4 of the price and then sell them for half of his personal synths and make a bunch of money. It’s not all that hard to get these things set up in this age.

  4. Why do you imagine that MacBeth would want to sell out, or that Roland would want to make something like this, that will appeal to a tiny group of people?

    Botique gear always will cost more, because it is handcrafted and made in limited quantities.

  5. If they really wanted us to see it, they might have posted regular photographs rather than the strawberry stained, solarized eye-strain that we’re seeing here. Is this technological announcement via Andy Warhol? It does prevent deeper analysis, I will admit. I can hardly look at it for more than a few seconds, due to a raging migraine. Interesting idea, but exchanging a Fatar type keyboard for a metal foil one, eh, not such a big deal? If it were a spherical keyboard or a holographic one like in Minority Report, that would be a news item. Even modern version of Data Gloves would be cool.

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