Synthstrom Deluge Hands-On Workflow Tutorial

Synthstrom shared this hands-on demo that looks at workflow with the new Deluge sampler, synthesizer & sequencer.

The video features New Zealand producer, Peach Milk, talking through her process using the Deluge.

The Deluge is an all-in-one, stand-alone, portable synthesizer, sequencer and sampler designed for the creation, performance and improvisation of electronic music.



  • Full-featured internal synthesizer engine (subtractive and FM).
  • Polyphony limited only by CPU. Typically up to 48 synth voices or 64 unaffected sample voices may play.
  • Live adjustment of synth and effect parameters with two endless-turn encoders with LED level-meters.
    • Easy buttons to select the functions these control.
  • Parameter automation recording.
  • Arpeggiator
  • Dedicated volume and tempo knobs.
  • LFOs and envelopes on each synth / sample. Highly customizable modulation matrix.
  • Synthesizer engine features LPF / HPF, FM, arpeggiator, portamento, oscillator sync, ring modulation, unison detune, and more.
  • Four basic waveforms, or select any WAV file from the SD card.
  • FX including delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, bitcrushing, sidechain effect, live stutter, and more.
  • Keyboard mode, where the pads become a live instrument on a 2D grid.
  • Preset or custom scales, or chromatic mode.


  • Piano-roll-style sequencing on 128 full RGB pads (16×8) with scrolling and zooming.
  • Sequencing limited only by device RAM (many thousands of notes).
  • CC control and sequencing on all 16 MIDI channels
  • Advanced syncing capabilities. Non-standard time signatures supported.
  • Adjustable swing


  • Loads samples from SD card (up to 32GB SDHC).
  • 64MB of sample ram – work with up to 12 minutes (if mono) of CD-quality samples per song.
  • Time-stretching
  • 5mm mic, ¼” line inputs and microphone.


  • Two ¼” line outputs, and 3.5mm headphone output.
  • 2x CV outputs. 0 – 10V, individually configurable to between 0.01 and 2.00 volts per octave, or to hertz-per-volt.
  • 4x gate / trigger outputs individually configurable to v-trig or s-trig, with shared voltage switchable between 5V and 12V.
    • Trigger clock output configurable, up to 192 PPQN.
    • Trigger clock input, also with adjustable PPQN.
  • MIDI input and output via hardware connectors or USB. Syncing via MIDI beat clock as master or slave.
  • Simultaneously output separate sequences to all 16 MIDI channels, 2 CV / gate channels and 2 additional gate outputs, in addition to internal synthesizers / samples (limited only by CPU and RAM, as above).
  • Powered via USB or 9 – 12V centre-negative (pedal-style) power supply (500mA) (not included).
  • User-upgradeable firmware – expect updates from Synthstrom Audible.
  • Internal speaker, rechargeable Li-ion battery* (6+ hours of operation).
  • Printed manual of software 1.1.0 is included.
    *For international customers battery is not included. We will provide you details of where to buy, they cost around $5-20USD each, will last a few years (depending on a variety of factors).


  • Dimensions: 305mm x  208mm x 46mm (12 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches).
  • Weight: 1.5kg

Pricing and Availability

The Deluge is available to order now, priced starting at US $899.

15 thoughts on “Synthstrom Deluge Hands-On Workflow Tutorial

  1. mayne this is already more likeable than any of the competitors that are getting released these days just a few seconds into the video. awesome!!

  2. Kind of works like a jumbo Circuit, but with sampling and without the external editor for the synth parts. A great effort by a new player in the game. I’ll be watching them.

  3. Not impressed by the onboard synth abilities, very dull and lifeless. Almost kids toy sounding. But that might just be from this and other demos I’ve heard. Maybe it just needs more love to make a good sounding synth patch.. Like a DX-7… I like its functionality, will need to see more impressive demos or get hands on experience before I make any purchasing plans.

  4. the sequencer/grid UI is amazing and brilliant…

    but the sound design UI is ridiculous and obtuse

    and the 4 segment LED display certainly isnt helping, its almost like a cruel joke or some kind of meta-conceptual insult… absolutely no reason for LEDs on synths with matrix editing in 2017, other than intentional “irony” or something crazy like that

    1. then a MPC with touch screen might be the better choice for you.

      Others seem to be very happy with the DELUGE and make fantastic music with it,
      just as it is.

      1. these kinds of defensive non-responses are hilarious…

        dont worry buddy, its ok – you can like it if you want to

        1. speaking of hilarious:

          “cruel joke”
          “meta-conceptual insult”
          “intentional “irony” or something crazy like that”


          you see: i already saw the DELUGE in person (at an EU demo event). That’s why i can tell people to try it out, the concept is very thought through. The operation via shortcuts is fine,
          if you want more knobs hook it up to a small midi controller.

          it has some things some might like less but all in all it has a very good workflow, it sounds really fat and transparent, and the sequencer is worth the price alone.

          Now i guess you did NOT test it out for yourself, did you?

  5. finally a brilliant demo showing many of the great features (auto drone mode, variable sidechain destination etc ) and i also really like the the sounds.
    thanks for the demo !

  6. I like it. The price seems right too!
    Bonus cv and gate/trigger outputs.
    Another bonus: speakers and it runs on batteries too.

    1. drop the mediocre synth, realease it at $500 as a midi sequencer/controller, then it may be successful but at nearly the same price as a DM12, then this is already heading towards obscurity.

      1. you know the prices of Carbon, Cirklon, Schrittmacher, Pyramid?

        and the Deluge might have the best sequencer interface of them…

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