Kilpatrick Audio PHENOL Synthesizer Mini Sequencer Demo

This video, via KilpatrickAudio, takes a look at the PHENOL synthesizer mini sequencer mode.

The PHENOL is an all-in-one patchable synthesizer. Production of the new synth is being funded by a recently-completed successful Kickstarter campaign.


  • Banana patch system with colour-coded jacks and voltages compatible with Kilpatrick Format and other modular systems – Phenol Production Panel Layout
  • Two analog VCOs – triangle, ramp and pulse outputs
  • Two analog filters (low pass and high pass)
  • Two analog VCAs with level control
  • Two envelope generator / LFO combos with many unique features
  • An LFO with sine and random output
  • Internal MIDI to CV converter with DIN and USB MIDI interfaces
  • Compact mixer with digital delay with over 330ms of delay time
  • Digital pulse divider – divide MIDI clock or LFO output to create 4 musical time divisions
  • Buffered mixer / mult / inverter with level control
  • External audio input allows a stereo input to be patched like an oscillator signal – process your drum machine or other source through the system
  • Rear panel connections / controls:
    • USB-B port for USB MIDI connection to a PC / Mac
    • Headphone and line outputs (1/4″ jacks)
    • Power button
    • DC power input – 2.1mm coax – centre positive 24VDC
    • Ground banana jack
    • External input (1/4″ jacks)
  • Approx. dimensions: 15.8″W x 8.8″L x 2.5″H (including feet and knobs)
  • Universal input power supply (100-240V) included (shipped with North American plug)
  • Designed and made in Canada using high quality parts
  • Warranty: 1 year

The PHENOL is priced at US $849 (with pre-order pricing of $799) and is expected to ship in July. See the Kilpatrick Audio site for details.

12 thoughts on “Kilpatrick Audio PHENOL Synthesizer Mini Sequencer Demo

  1. Sounds and looks very nice. I’ve been a fan of Kilpatrick’s stuff since I first got my hands on his MIDI to CV Eurorack module. Incredible build quality, and this unit looks solid as well.

  2. Would it have hurt to put a couple of DIN MIDI sockets on the back? You cannot connect a keyboard to this without a computer or at least a MIDI CV adapter. That is another piece of not inexpensive equipment that has to be purchased. Unless there is a USB A socket I cannot see for connecting the keyboard directly to the synth USB. Is there something socially distasteful about DIN MIDI all of a sudden, or has everyone just gotten cheap? Even though it does not save the customer any money since they have to buy more separate interfaces to connect all this stuff together, or lug a computer around along with everything else even if it is not used for anything. What about those who just choose not to use computers? Dust in the wind? Buggy whip time?

    1. It looks to me like it’s being controlled via MIDI IN on the front panel? The black cable with the fat silver head?

    2. You’re jumping to conclusions too quickly 🙁
      Take a look at the specs here:

      Among other stuff, you can clearly read:
      Internal MIDI to CV converter with DIN and USB MIDI interfaces

      What got you confused is that the DIN MIDI jack is on the front panel. I think it was added there later because of a high number of requests.

      Was that so hard?

    3. Your comment/rant is made even funnier by the fact this is being triggered via the DIN Midi input on this very video.

  3. Wow. That’s a lot of grief for a hasty comment.

    I’m looking forward to receiving the Phenol. In the meantime, these vids are a great appetizer.

    Thanks for posting.

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