At the 2015 NAMM Show, Abstrakt Instruments introduced the Avalon Bassline synthesizer – a modern 303-style synthesizer with some interesting updates.
The Avalon Bassline is an analog bassline synthesizer, with core circuitry based on the Roland TB-303 synthesizer, to which a new layer of analog and digital circuitry has been added.
- Core analog and digital circuitry based on TB-303 – Incorporates layout and parts from the original bassline, including carbon film resistors, united chemi-con electrolytic capacitors, poly foil film capacitors, original IC’s, and sanyo/on semi & mitsubishi transistors.
- Synth Cartridge System – Compatible with the cartridge system in the form of filter plugin carts.
- Extensive Analog Control – In addition to the six analog controls of the original bassline, the avalon includes controls for sub osc/ext input level, filter tracking, accent decay time, vca decay (normal to full off), utility envelope attack & decay time, utility envelope to vfc and vca modulation depths, frequency response select (normal and full range.
- Extensive Digital Control – In addition to backwards compatibility with the TB-303 pattern write pitch & time modes the avalon incorporates new progamming modes making extensive use of (16) step LED switches. Patterns can be up to 64 steps in length (up to 4 sections x 16 steps) and each pattern can have numerous scales including triplet modes. Real-time editing includes slide time select, utility envelope trigger mode, pattern step skipping, pattern reverse, rotate, random, & shuffle. There is also an arpeggiator that can be performed real-time or recorded directly into a pattern.
- MIDI & DIN Sync – Sync source can be selected as internal, MIDI, or Din Sync, and the avalon sends both MIDI & Din Sync.
- Audio inputs & Outputs – Includes main & headphone outputs, saw and square outputs (+/-5V), external input, and filter and vca outputs.
- CV Inputs & Outputs – Includes cv & gate input and output, filter cv Input, & accent sweep output.
For more information, see the Abstrakt Instruments site.