Audiothingies Updates P6 Polysynth

Audiothingies has released a new firmware version for its P6 – a DIY polyphonic synth kit.

The P6 offers 2 oscillators, 1 sub-oscillator, an 8-mode resonant filter, 3 envelopes and 3 LFOs per voice. Performance options include an integrated chorder and arp pattern sequencer.

Here’s a video intro to the P6 running Firmware 2:

Here’s a video demo of 16 presets:

The Audiothingies P6 is available as a full kit, priced starting at 145.83 Euro or pre-built for 249.17 Euro.

26 thoughts on “Audiothingies Updates P6 Polysynth

  1. It looks interesting, but it would have been nice if they played it in the video so that I could hear what it sounds like.

  2. This is 2016…and this unit has only six voices and only 1 Multitimbrality….The standard should be higher 😀

    1. Smartest comment ever. Besides getting the current year wrong, everything else about it is also wrong. 🙂 We are in 2015 and this is the year of monophonic synths that cost 500+ Euros. This synth is obviously much better, given its price, than almost anything else offered in 2015. But 2016, that’s another story no one yet know (except for Korg, probably) 🙂

      1. Fingers crossed for a Mono/Poly reissue. 😛

        EDIT: Wait no, with DSI releasing the Prophet 6, I think we need Korg to come out with the Polyseven.

  3. I’m wondering where you’re getting the 145euro pricing – the cheapest “full kit” price I can find is 175 euro, and that’s *without a case*, which in my mind makes it… not a full kit.

      1. The difference is the VAT, depending on where you live.
        As Synthtopia guys are based in the US, the shop displays the “export” prices.

        1. Andreas’ comment is correct. The 146 euro price is without the case. Check the case option menu. It’s 166 euro for all the kits that come with cases, plus 10 euros more for the power supply. Shipping (25 euros) and VAT are then on top of that. I mention these only to show the difference Andreas cited was not a difference due to VAT, but was due to including the case and power supply in the kit. A reasonable assertion is that the price is 176 euros, plus shipping and VAT.

          All together it’s a fair price, but it’s just not 145 for the full kit.

          1. It’s fairly standard in the DIY world for companies to offer full kits sans cases, because many people make custom cases.

            Either way you read it, though, the pricing is clear and fair in my book. If people are complaining about a 200 Euro poly, we’re getting jaded.

  4. Its a powerful synth Monkey Mo. I’ve got one, and i have yet to run out of ideas for new patches to make with it. Its a fun build too.

    1. Yeah sure, there are many possibilities with ”patching”, but it doesn’t change the fact that this is 2015 and the standard should be higher:
      • More voices
      • More multitimbrality
      • More Outputs

      1. What are you comparing it to?

        In that price range, Korg’s got a three voice paraphonic, but most poly’s are a lot more expensive.

      2. Well, more voices, more multi timbrality, more outputs, this sounds like something easy to fix : buy more than 1 unit, this will even give you more knobs to tweak 🙂

  5. I somehow missed this thing when it was released, interface looks well-designed and it sounds nice. Easy and fun to build as well. Normally, I would buy this kit in an instant.

    But after playing around with an Axoloti prototype board since a couple of weeks the idea of buying any dsp-based hardware synth suddenly doesn’t make a lot of sense anymore 🙂

  6. This looks like a really nice, easy DIY project. I’d probably want to put it into a 1U rack enclosure. It’s so inexpensive, you could build a custom MIDIbox-based control surface to accompany it and be out less than 500 bucks total.

  7. This has a discreet DAC component.

    I would like the ootion to be able to pipe the audio out over USB or S/PDIF, like on some Novation synths or Roland Gaia, Access Virus TI, Korg…

    1. The current DAC (a cirrius logic CS4354) accepts an I2S input, so you’d want an I2S-USB interface IC to get USB audio out; there’s a fair few of these, like this one; . A lot of the time these have a DAC built in, too, so it may be possible to use as a total replacement for the existing DAC, however I’m not sure if this would work without the USB connection connected; it may possibly require an EEPROM to be connected to allow this, or it may not be possible at all. You could still patch it in in addition to the existing DAC, anyhow.
      As for SPDIF, there’s likewise plenty of I2S-SPDIF adapter ICs, like this one; . Alternately, and more simply, you could use one of the interface boards designed for the raspberry pi; These use an I2S output, and are pre-built, so don’t require SMD soldering. There’s a board for digital outputs (SPDIF and Toslink) here;
      Any which way, The DAC is on a separate plug-in board, so you could quite easily patch into the I2S and power connections. Should be possible to make a drop-in replacement PCB, with a replacement DAC, USB output, SPDIF and toslink. The hifiberry board’s probably the simplest way to get a digital output, though, to be honest.

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