Ampethron Portable Hardware Synthesizer Now Available To Preorder

Phasenetic Labs has launched a crowdfunding project to fund production of the Ampethron Portable Hardware Synthesizer, a new synth that they say is specially designed for live performance, but can also be used in the studio.

Ampethron FX+ Synth Features:

  • Filters
    • 2X Filters with variable Serial or Parallel routing
    • 1X Analog type „warm, soft and liquid sounding“ filter with cutoff and self resonance and tracking control
    • 1X Multifilter with 14 types of filters
    • Analog type Amplitude and Filter envelope
  • FX section
    • Ping-pong BPM synchronized delay
    • Device internal tempo / BPM control from 20 to 230 BPM
    • Chorus/Flanger with Rate, Depth, Pre-delay, Feedback, Mix control knobs
    • Sound characteristics / boosting – Sharp & Fat controls
    • Saturation and Output control
    • Output limiter with limiter release control and on/off
  • 4x Oscillators
    • 1x Wavedrawing feature – draw directly on touchscreen with finger or with usb mouse
    • 2x Wavetable oscillator – Special wavetable oscillator with Re-Synth-Remodulation algorithm with 65 different waveforms
    • 1x Classic virtual analog oscillator
    • Variable routing of every oscillator to Filter 1 or Filter 2
    • Oscillator phase knob for selected oscillators
    • FM synthesis (FM and Micro FM control)
    • De-Tuner with octave and 12 semitones control + fine tuning knob
  • Complex Modulation Matrix
    • 2x Free running analog type LFO (with Sine, Sawtooth, Triangle, Square, Noise waveforms) with Speed and Depth controls in a wide range of frequency
    • 1x Hand wavedrawing LFO (user can write his own LFO waveform with finger or pc mouse!) with Speed and Depth controls in a wide range of frequency LFO can act in Positive, Positive inverted or Bipolar mode
    • 1x Modulation envelope (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release and amount knob)
    • 1x Modulation Matrix with 1X1 power:
    • 4x Individual source or destination slots with 4x control knobs Sources: LFO1, LFO2, LFO3, None, Modulation envelope, Destinations: Filter 1 cutoff modulation, Filter 2 cutoff modulation, None, FM Modulation
    • 1x Modulation Matrix with 1X1000 power:
    • 3x Individual source/destination slots with 3x control knobs Sources: LFO1, LFO2, LFO3, None, Modulation envelope, Destinations: (OSC1, OSC2, OSC3, OSC4, None)
  • Main control section
    • External Midi device selector
    • External Sound device output selector
    • Preset manager with 9 default banks and more than 140+ default presets (you can create your own banks and presets for your liveacts
    • External controller: 4x very fast, responsive buttons to play notes (C3, C4, C5, C6) with very low latency – much easier to play notes in rhythm than with a piano (because of shorter path length of buttons)
    • 2x joysticks to control Filter cutoff and Pitch (up/down) and a digital control of joystick behavior (attack and release time of every joystick)
    • Preset browsing with left and right controls on external controller

System Specifications:

  • System
    • CPU: Quad core
    • CPU Base Frequency: 1.44 Ghz
    • CPU Burst Speed: 1.92 Ghz
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Storage: 32GB
  • Display
    • Dimension: 8.9″
    • Resolution: 1920×1080 Full HD
    • Touchscreen: capacitive 5-touch
  • I/O ports
    • Micro SD Slot: 1x
    • USB port: 4x Type A
    • Video Output: HDMI
    • Audio Output: 3.5mm Jack
  • Other
    • Power: AC 5V 2.5A
    • Material: Plastic + Metal
    • Dimensions: 217*147.5*60 mm (8.54*5.81*2.36 inches)
    • Weight: 630g (22.22 oz)
    • Package Content
    • Ampethron portable
    • AC Power supply
    • Controller
    • User Manual

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

The Ampethron is available to preorder for €369.

12 thoughts on “Ampethron Portable Hardware Synthesizer Now Available To Preorder

  1. In a time where we have more hardware synths available than ever before and where software synths on tablets and PCs can do just about anything you’d ever want to do and integrate with tons of external controllers, what does this product actually offer? It’s a tablet with an xbox controller – why would I get their version of that when I could do that very same thing with a laptop or tablet with more flexibility? If I saw this pop up on Kickstarter, I’d think it would never actually reach full funding – which must be why they are using an isolated crowdfunding platform.

    This honestly seems like an elaborate hoax.

  2. Surely there has to be better demos of this thing. They mostly sound like the inside of a vacuum cleaner. All of the demos seem to devolved into the same sound pretty quickly. I was gonna look at how to purchase it, just for kicks, but now I’ll wait.

      1. That’s hilarious. There’s a full-person-size version of this called the Electronic Philharmonic at EPCOT Imageworks from 1982.

        1. My National Electrophonic is cheaper, smaller and more avant grade.

          In 1982 I used joysticks and an atari computer for the 8 bit kind of the above box, sound routines coded with atari basic. Performed at the Washington Project for the Arts – 1982.

  3. Very underwhelming demo video and have to agree with the comments above. It looks like a scam even if it isn’t and unlike some Kickstarter funded synths I can’t see what this one offers at all.

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