Exclusively Analogue has introduced The Merlin – a new synth, designed in response to feedback from EA customers.
According to Exclusively Analogue, the aim of Merlin is to provide a powerful analogue synthesizer with maximum flexibility, at a competitive price (approximately £800 depending on format).
Merlin will be available either as a self powered 19? rack mount module, a self powered desktop module, or in Eurorack format able to use an existing power supply.
Part of the flexibility comes from making it small enough to fit into the Eurorack format but without compromising usability. To this end all of the jack sockets are on the bottom to avoid patch leads crossing the controls.
‘Out of the box’ it just requires a CV and Gate input to work and is pre-patched to form the classic Analogue Synth routing. The 54 mini jack sockets enable the user to create numerous alternative routings – input signals and control voltages or output signal and control voltages.
The format is ‘classic’ with 2 Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) providing Sawtooth, Square, Sine and Triangle waveforms. There is also a separate Noise Source and an External input.
There are 2 LFOs – one Voltage Controlled and the other normally dedicated to Pulse Width Modulation. There is a Sample & Hold, that’s normally clocked by the VCLFO and sampling the Noise Source. A Ring Modulator is also provided to allow creation of complex waveforms.
The Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) is based around the SSM2040 design and has 24dB Lowpass, 12dB Lowpass, High Pass, and Band Pass outputs, giving a broad spectrum of sound modification options. The standard filter frequency modulation options are available (Keyboard CV, FM, and selectable positive or negative Envelope) plus the Resonance (Q) can also be modulated which most filters do not have.
There are also 2 Envelope Generators – one for the VCF and one for the Voltage Controlled Amplifier.
The picture shows the first Merlin prototype in a rack unit and as a comparison a collection of Eurorack modules have been included on the bottom.
The Merlin is currently in development and EA is announcing it to gauge interest. They expect to have video and audio demos available soon. See the EA site for more info.