At the 2020 NAMM Show, Sonicware introduced their Liven 8-bit synthesizer – an affordable synth (about $165) that features an 8-bit waveform memory synthesizer with step sequencer, 32-bit effects and lots of hands-on control.
It’s portable, can run on battery power and has analog sync for working with devices like Korg Volcas.
We talked with Sonicware product specialist Kyle Kilpatrick, who gave us a demo of the Liven’s synth engines, sequencing capabilities and more.
- MIDI IN & OUT
- SYNC IN & OUT
- Built-in Speaker
- Stereo line output
- Stereo line input
- Headphone output
- 9V DC, 6 AA batteries
- Four 8bit wave memory synth engines ( WARP, ATTACK, MORPH, FM )
- Powerful voice mode( POLY, MONO, LEGATO, UNISON and ARPEGGIATORS )
- ADSR EG
- LPF, HPF, BPF
- Chorus, Flanger, Delay, Hall and Plate Effects
- 1xLFO ( for Pitch & Filter Freq)
- 128-patch memory
- 128-waveform memory
- 64-step Sequencer, 128 patterns, Real-time and step recording, Pattern chain, Metronome
- Octave shift
- Pitch bend
- Swing control
- Parameter automation
Pricing and Availability
The LIVEN 8bit Warps synthesizer is being funded via a Kickstarter project and is available to backers starting at about $165 USD.