The MacBeth Nexus Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

This video, via Ken MacBeth, is a sneak preview of his upcoming Nexus analog synthesizer.

Here’s what MacBeth has to say about the demo:

Here’s a short burst of dual, independant Pulse Width Modulation on Oscillators 1 and 3 of the NEXUS prototype. Also listen out out for modulatiuon effects from the main LFO- in this instance- it’s working Voltage Controlled from the Keyboard CV.

The frequency of modulation changes as you go up and down the keyboard. This LFO/Modulator has now been re-design to be totally Voltage Controlled if required!

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10 thoughts on “The MacBeth Nexus Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

  1. It’s so refreshing to see people who not only love and excel with what they do, but also be so conceptually innovative as to take their chosen pursuit to a higher level. Thinking upon this notion definitely helps loosen the purse strings. Genius.

  2. sure, that’s a nice sound… but I bought my first synth in 1974….. a Roland SH-3A. Now if somebody had said to me then, “can you imagine what synths will sound like 40 years from now??” and I heard this, frankly I’d think “not too different” I’m not being critical of this instrument, and I’m a huge fan of analogue gear, but I am concerned with the market lead industry focus on creating or recreating the sounds of yesteryear as illustrated by the number of people who’d snap up a reissue of a TB-303 in a second. The excitement around electronic music in the period from the early 70’s to the 80’s was the sonic innovation. The market now seems to clamour for nothing but ‘Old Skool’ sounds…. hence we see micro genres (ie trap) of music focusing on one specific element and we call it ‘new’ What musical innovation has the technology spawned in the last decade compared with the same period from the 70’s to the 80’s? From Prog Rock Minimoogs and Mellotrons, the vast Modulars of Shulze, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk to the Punk era Farfisa’s to the DX-7’s, Fairlights and the Prophet 5’s of bands like New Order, Depeche Mode and Human League. That all happened in 10 years. There ends the rant of an old, old man who needs to change his meds.

    1. Even more disturbing are the purists who will not accept anything but old school. I remember gravitating towards those early Kraftwerk, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre records in the early 80s because I had never heard anything like them.

      1. Thats what I say also. Trad analog sound is all well and sweet. But there are so much we can do with new tech. Synths like Izopes Iris, Steinbergs Padshop, and well granular synthesis in general as it is today was impossible in the analog days.

  3. We are no longer explorers like JMJ and all 70’s/80’s groups. We are “old school”!
    I heard Aphex Twin took a screwdriver and scratched over the inside of his samplers to get new tones.
    He was radikal but right!
    In times of abundance you have to destroy to get balance again.
    It’s like flowers you have to cut to be more colorful in seasons to come.
    Get off the train to boredom station.

  4. I will use any method of sound design at my disposal…analog home radios, turntable, iPad, workstations, soft synths…I can make music with all of it!

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