Analogue Solutions has introduced the Colossus, a new monster synth, inspired by the classic EMS Synthi 100.
Analogue Solutions describes the Colossus as “an exciting new mega-synth, with a design ethos truly from the dawn of analogue synths. It is more than a powerful analogue ‘workstation’ – it is also art, architecture, exquisite studio furniture.”
While the physical design of the Colosuss is inspired by the classic Synth 100, the circuit designs are original, based off of AS’s own Polymath, Telemark & Vostok.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
This synth is purely for those who want it just as it was in the 1970s – but new with parts still in production.
Colossus is large scale, featuring large knobs that control metal shaft potentiometers. VCOs have multi-turn verniers. The two enormous pin matrix panels dominate the horizontal panels – these are incredibly expensive Swiss made broadcast quality signal routers – 1 for CV and 1 for Audio.
There are two spring reverbs, touch keyboards, step sequencers, moving coil meters, joysticks and so much more. An immense expanse of jack sockets for additional patching within or without the system.
All the voice and modulation circuits are of course 100% analogue. We purposely steered away from digital, it doesn’t have MIDI or USB (there are plenty of MIDI converter boxes out there should you need that facility). This wasn’t designed to be the solution to your modern digital studio but rather a serious analogue power house of sound. There are of course digital elements to the sequencer control – that is unavoidable – even classic analogue sequencers like the ARP sequencer using digital logic chips. In fact the Synthi 100 features a digital sequencer.
There are no gimmicks – this is pure synthesiser. A huge sound enclosed in a solid metal case wrapped in solid hardwood. No expense has been spared to bring this incredible machine to life.
Synthesisers like this only come around once in a decade, or possibly a generation.
The Colossus you see here is the pre-production test unit and is currently 95% finished. You can see Colossus at SyntFest (UK) October the 5th, as well as other Analogue Solutions products like Impulse Command.
Pricing and Availability
The Colossus is being built to order, priced at £25K. See the Analogue Solutions site for details.