New Aphex Twin Cheetah EP Uses Digital Sound Generation & Wave Sequencing Technology


It looks like something new from Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) is incoming. Several record stores have reported receiving the above flyer for the Cheetah EP.

Here’s the text:

Aphex Twin Cheetah EP

The Aphex Twin Cheetah EP uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today.

To assure you that your Cheetah EP will give you many years of enjoyment, please be sure to read the owners manual carefully before attempting to operate the Cheetah EP.

If you wish to experiment and create some sounds of your own, first try editing some sounds we’ve already made for you, before attempting to create a patch from scratch.

We sincerely hope that having battled through the programming of the Cheetah EP, you have not become familiar with the exceptional potential of this record.

Have fun programming, and if you create any superb patches and tones which you feel deserve to be appreciated by other Cheetah EP buyers, send a MIDI System Dump of them, on a disc to us at WARP and if we also think they are superb, you could be rewarded for your efforts. Try us!


  • Digital Wave Sequencing Synthesizer
  • Sounds programmed to sequence through changing waveforms as the note plays, giving exceptional movement and character to the music
  • 15 Note polyphonic
  • Velocity Sensitive
  • Multi-Timbral
  • Stereo Output
  • Fully programmable from the front panel
  • LED display

Is it a traditional EP – or something different? Details are to come.

51 thoughts on “New Aphex Twin Cheetah EP Uses Digital Sound Generation & Wave Sequencing Technology

    1. I would like to respectfully disagree. Sure, there was a time where he was pretty sample manipulation focussed, but when he got back into synths it was glorious. Listen to Syro if you haven’t – I get people have different tastes but I would hate for you to have missed this album just because of his previous work. He can make some excellent music that sounds like no one else (well maybe Herbie Hancock).

      This project smells a bit like Alessandro Cortini’s SONOIO to me. These toy noise makers are cool and exciting and I love when they turn up (I am so getting this) but I can only really play around with them – I can’t treat them like a real instrument. I guess I like my default patch makers to be anonymous?

    2. You mean, uninteresting enough to waste your time (no it doesn’t save someone else time either) clicking on the entry and posting a comment? There are tons of uninteresting news on websites I visit daily. I have never stopped by to post how uninteresting of them is to post such an uninteresting subject.

      1. maybe you are just too cool for that? ive definitely posted comments about something being uninteresting before

    3. Agreed. Aphex Twin is such overhyped crap. He’s good at developing fanbois tho, so clearly a music industry pro even if the actual music part is pretty bland.

      1. Aphex Twin has a fanbase simply because when he came out, doing what he was doing there was practically no one else doing it. There was no Richard Devine, or Venitian Snares, or even Squarepusher yet. Richard D. James practically invented the genre of IDM. So it’s not that he’s overyhyped, its just that there are more players building on what he started, taking it to places he hasn’t.

  1. I love the subtle dis thats in this pre-release flyer. The whole flyer basically and cleverly runs down sample-pack and synth-patch jockeys who call them selves electronic music producers. LOL it is excellent the way it is done. Re read it with that in mind and you’ll see what I mean. Kudos Richard!

    1. funny cuz I read it as more of a dis on the “i cant make music unless I have my $8000 modular setup” crowd… Aphex could make an album with a casiotone and it would probably be more sonically interesting than either the sample-pack or modular elitist crowds’ output.

      Aphex has always struck me as a kind of guy who doesnt care about what makes the noise. as long as it sounds good, he’ll run with it.

      1. You have to be kidding.

        Richard has one of the largest collections of rare and vintage gear of any musician.

        Look at the gear used list for his albums.

        He cares more about gear than anybody.

        1. lol yes the gear lists which he has deliberately misinformed on for nearly as long as he’s been making music to throw people off. see my other comment on here about his rave-o-lution, which was on his gear list for years… and completely flies in the face of your point. it was a lousy ROM based drum machine with limited abilities that cost next to nothing. did he use it, or didnt he? can anybody even tell with his sound? does it even matter?

          my point about his sound sources stands. just because he has a collection of super amazing rare synths doesnt mean he cant find appreciation and endless sonic uses in the junk. in fact, i think that’s entirely the point.

          1. Except the Cheetah synths are not cheap junk with no value.

            They are sought after and rather spendy for early digital gear.

            Same way old Emulators are sought after, even though there are much better samplers to use.

            And Syro did provide a list of what he used on each track…though he could have lied and just used his ipad.

  2. I’d love if he did a digital series as a companion for the Analord 12’s. Warp could sell a pair of Google style carboard VR glasses with a Digital Aphex twin album or another comp – It’d be like Artificial Intelligence 3

  3. windows friendly?
    then again when is windows friendly?
    (dam it, no, dam computer, stop trying to upgrade to 10)

      1. lol i love when people come up with this one, all theyve heard is everybody who has copied him then hears the original and says its a ripoff. Like those people who asked “Who’s this Paul McCartney guy?” when Kanye did a joint with him.

        When Aphex first dropped, NO ONE sounded like that. No one. “Techno” was a hoover patch off a BassStation to a 4/4 beat. All your Skrillexes, your DeadMauses, your Moderats… none of that would exist. You’d be all over your facebook page screeching about the new Darude album Sandstorm II.

        Come back when you can actually come up with something to justify your naive claim.

  4. Ummm do you not think he knows people would work out he lifted it from Cheetah? I don’t think anyone is that naive, he’s just having some fun.

    And why criticize someone for the art they produce, if you can do better why waste time telling someone they are rubbish, just go and show them how to do it better – Improve the art.

    Seriously people you should find a good cause to get upset about.

    1. its called “I just spent all this money on a modular i dont know how to use, im not gonna let some old fart outdo me on a 20 year old sample synth he paid £50 for at a market swap.”

      1. These synths sell for 500 to 1000 bucks everyday.

        They have always been sought after by people interested in wavetable synthesis.

        He didn’t by a Casio at boot sale.

        1. even if he did buy a casio at a boot sale it would be more interesting than what most of the kids are doing these days

  5. So There are Synthtopia commenters that hate on apex twin and autechre. ? Who are the magic synthesis masters better than those 2 ? Please advise

  6. Cool stuff, Cheetah made some well quirky kit, had the pleasure of using a cheetah md16 and the sampler they made, very eccentric – like the twin 🙂

    re the kit, yeah he has some top top end gear, but still uses low end tech like 606 and early samplers like FZ, i love squeezing gold out of old “crappy” gear like that.

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