Here’s a sneak preview of a new analog polyphonic synth design, called “The River‘, under development by Baloran.
Official details are to be announced, but Sequencer.de shared these features for the new synth:
- 8 voice polyphony,
- 2 VCOs/voice, based on the Moog Source, but more advanced
- Ladder VCF
- VCO mod via ENV, PWM, F
- Discrete LFOs & ENVs (2x) + global digital LFO
- 8 x multi-timbral
- Arpeggiator & Sequencer/Voic
- 5 Oct Fatar TP/8S Keyboard
- Analog TriChorus
- Modulation matrix
Here’s a short video demo of a prototype:
Here’s another demo (in French):
The River Synthesizer Audio Demos:
Details for The River synthesizer are still to be announced.
33 thoughts on “Baloran ‘The River’ Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)”
In thirty years everybody will be speaking about “all those classic French analogue synths” for sure!
I like what I hear.
What? Who? Price?
looks awesome except for the case… seems like a lot of wasted space or unnecessary size.. ideally that front panel should be a flip-top like a minimoog
I agree. It sounds brilliant, but takes up far too much space at the back there.
Production engineering costs. I like the vertical layout like an MS20. A different look. Good luck to them.
MS20 isnt a 5 octave keyboard… thats a big, big difference
Reminds me a bit of a Chroma or Synclaiver.
It sounds absolutely fantastic.
Please release this as a kit and schematics please. This would be a great diy build.
You might find information here
how does this sound without reverb? better sound great, because the design won’t sell too many units…
I’m not sure how practical it is but I love the design. Feels like an early Kurzwiel, Emulator, etc.
The design will change a little bit, it’s just a prototype
The synthesizer will include a complete “Triko”, an analog tri-chorus http://www.baloran.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=167&product_id=180
No velocity or aftertouch?
Will the 8 x multi-timbral feature allow control with MPE controllers like the Linnstrument or seaboard?
That would be brilliant! I just don’t get why there isn’t more synths with this feature?
… as a module, with a USB-host port. Perfect solution!
This synth sounds absolutely fantastic! WANT!
not digging the two dinky ipod screens. how are you suppose to gleen anything from them due to size of screen and where they reside on the front panel so close to the keys down low. at least up high towards the top may yield better visibility but still too small of screens to be very useful without having the squint and focus hard
It’s supposed to be analog, but it sounds like a Waldorf Q.
Is that a bad thing? Lol now I have to listen to it 🙂
I’m sorry, you haven’t any ears ! it sounds more like a moog source !
Take my money please. Closest thing to a memorymoog i’ve seen! want!
I love audio demos where the musician gets carried away and creates far more than a mere demo.
JWSH: Well, you should live in a house instead of a cupboard. If you live in a cupboard, just pick a Monotron.
What a time to be alive
love it! but the design is pretty ugly. make it look more like the beautiful source please!!! wood, metal, colored knobs …and a big wheel 🙂
oh and make sure there’s a hipass on board. 8 moog voices will be waaay too big in the mix
This is a great looking synth. Just had to say that.
steve is that you?
come on you can’t call it river and make it red that’s just wrong.
and it’s way to big for what’s in there.
just joking it’s f***ing awesome hehe
Tested last WE, you can check the video here:
recorded live through the headphone socket with my zoom H1, so sound is not so great, sorry about that, this was a real improvisation at the very end of the French SynthFest. Real sound was far beyond what you hear. This synth has 8 real independent VCO (moog source based), each with its own analog LFO, step and event sequencer. All 8 voices can be the same, or play individual sound. Keyboard touch is great (Fatar TP8), and many tricks about modulation make this synth very, very expressive (velocity attack and release, independant LFOs…). The most impressive is that it includes the Triko, which is possibly one of the best stereo analog chorus: the sound is very, very large and impressive. There are still a few bugs/improvements to be fixed, but hardware is finalized. Pre Order are planned within 2 month for a first batch of 20 pieces, and about 6 month from the order to the delivery. Price, VAT included, is expected to be about 5000 euros. More info soon on http://www.baloran.com
Hmmm About $7-8k vs $25,000 for the Schmidt and it has more features….I’m sold.