Future Retro has released the Swynx – a sync box that converts incoming MIDI messages to MIDI clock, DIN sync, CR-78 clock, and Analog clock; and provides a variety of clock-management functions.
The Swynx provides the ability to swing the timing of all these clock outputs and select different time signatures, in real-time, with the front panel controls. It can also act as a CR-78 pattern programmer.
Here’s what they have to say about Swynx:
Many DIN sync devices do not provide a built-in swing function. And many MIDI sequencers and drum machines suffer from poor implementation of swing, preventing changes to be made live, or only providing swing for 4/4 patterns.
Quite a few MIDI sequencers don’t offer any swing function, including our own 777 and Mobius products. Now you can apply swing to any MIDI sequencer, and select new time signatures as well
Need to sync your analog sequencer or arpeggiator with MIDI gear? No problem! Not only can you do so, but now you can swing the timing of those devices as well. You can even use the analog clock output to Gate the envelopes in a synthesizer. The clock duty cycle is 50% of a note duration.
If you are a Roland CR-78 owner, you may have realized finding a WS-1 or TS-1 to program the CR-78 is next to impossible. The Swynx can replicate the programming capabilities of these units, plus provide sync to MIDI, and realtime swing adjustment. The ability to add swing to the CR-78’s preset patterns alone will breathe new life into this old friend.
The Swing value is accurate to 0.5% providing much more control resolution than is typically found in sequencers and drum machines.
The Swynx provides 12 different time signatures to choose from. Some time signatures are duplicate, but provide different shuffle patterns for that time signature. Time signatures include 9/8, 7/8, 6/8, 5/8, 2/4, 4/4, 8/4, 3/4, and 6/4.
The Swynx is available now for US $180. See the Future Retro site for details.