New Zealand based Synthstrom Audible has announced the Deluge – a new instrument that’s a portable sequencer, synthesizer and sampler.
The Deluge, developed by Synthstrom’s Rohan Hill, features 128 RGB pads, arranged in a 16 x 8 grid; a built-in synthesizer; up to 12 minutes of sample playback from SD card; and sequencing of up to thousands of notes.
10 pre-production units have been sold and tested with artists in New Zealand, and Hill has incorporated feedback into the final design, which will be available to order starting Oct 25th.
Here’s Hill with a Deluge pre-production prototype:
Synthstrom notes that images of the expanded production model, along with video demos, are expected to be available later this month.
- Piano-roll-style sequencing on 128 full RGB pads (16×8) with scrolling and zooming.
- Internal synthesizer engine (subtractive and FM).
- Plays samples from SD card (up to 32GB SDHC).
- Sequencing, limited only by available RAM (many thousands of notes).
- Polyphony limited only by CPU. Typically around 48 synth voices or 64 unaffected sample voices may play.
- 64MB of sample ram – work with up to 12 minutes (if mono) of CD-quality samples at once.
- Live adjustment of synth and effect parameters with two endless-turn encoders with LED level-meters. Easy buttons to select the functions these control.
- Advanced syncing capabilities. Weird time signatures supported. Adjustable swing.
- Dedicated volume and tempo knobs.
- LFOs and envelopes on each synth / sample. Highly customizable patching matrix.
- Synthesizer engine features LPF / HPF, arpeggiator, portamento, oscillator sync, ring modulation, unison detune, and more. Four basic waveforms, or select any WAV file from the SD card.
- FX including delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, bitcrushing, sidechain effect, live stutter, and more.
- Keyboard mode, where the pads become a live instrument on a 2D grid.
- Internal speaker, rechargeable Li-ion battery, and microphone
- Mic and line inputs.
- Two ¼” line outputs, and 3.5mm headphone output.
- 2x CV outputs. 0 – 10V, individually configurable to 1, 1.2, 0.26 or 0.32 volts per octave, or to hertz per volt.
- 4x gate / trigger outputs individually configurable to v-trig or s-trig, with shared voltage switchable between 5V and 12V. Trigger clock output configurable, up to 192 PPQN.
- Trigger clock input, also with adjustable PPQN.
- MIDI input and output via hardware connectors or USB.
- Powered via USB or 9 – 12V centre-negative (pedal-style) power supply (500mA) (not included).
- User-upgradeable firmware
- Dimensions: 305mm x 208mm x 46mm (12 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches).
Pricing and Availability
Synthstrom Audible says that the Deluge will be available worldwide later this year, with pre-orders starting October 25th. Pricing is still to be announced. To follow the development, see their Facebook page.
The Deluge will make its public debut at A-Synth Fest in St. Gallen, Switzerland on October 1, 2016.
Synthstrom says that private demos may also be possible in Europe, starting September 20th in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lille, Paris, Dijon, Zurich, St. Gallen, Munich or Prague. If you live in one of these cities and are interested in checking it out, contact Ian Jorgensen (at ian at synthstrom.com).