Cre8audio East Beast Semi-Modular Synthesizer In-Depth Demo

Superbooth 2022: The latest Molten Music Technology video takes an in-depth look at the new Cre8audio East Beast monophonic semi-modular synthesizer.

Topics covered:

Intro and demos – 0:00
Closer look – 10:29
Oscillator waveforms – 12:46
Filter – 14:36
Envelope – 16:07
ARP and Sequencer – 17:45
Wave and filter randomisation – 22:27
Multifunction feature – 25:00
Conclusion – 34:06
Outtro – 39:22

The East Beast, a collaboration between Cre8audio and Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, is a new semi-modular desktop synthesizer and Eurorack module.

Features:

  • East coast style subtractive monophonic synthesize
  • Controllable via MIDI, CV, and integrated button keyboard
  • Fully patchable – use East Beast’s components as separate modules with external devices or reroute its internal patching. It’s like having 9 individual modules (Oscillator, filter, envelope, VCA, LFO, multi-mod tool, sequencer, MIDI to CV converter, and button keyboard).
  • 32 step sequencer with up to 13 presets
  • Generative sequencing mode
  • Clock-synced arpeggiator
  • Step sequencer can be manipulated & transposed via MIDI and the integrated button keyboard
  • Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer developed 100% analog oscillator
  • Oscillator waveforms – sine, triangle, saw, square, and pitched noise – Waveforms can be combined
  • Oscillator includes pulse-width modulation (PWM) and frequency modulation (FM)
  • Variable state, multi-mode PGH “No-Dead-Spots” filter (lowpass, bandpass, highpass, modes can be combined)
  • Analog envelope generator
  • Integrated VCA
  • Dual-range analog LFO with triangle wave output
  • Digital multi-mod tool – modulation control via CV, random generator, and extra LFO and envelope generator
  • Internal clock with tap tempo and can be clocked via an external source.
  • Built-in clock divider
  • Can be used standalone in its included case or removed and used as a eurorack format module
  • Specifications for when used as a eurorack module
  • Width when used as a module = 40hp
  • Depth when used as a module = 25mm
  • 213mA power draw when running +12V rail
  • 151mA power draw when running -12V
  • Input voltage range of oscillator = 0-10V

Pricing and Availability:

East Beast is available to pre-order now, with a street price of $249.99 / €249.99.

9 thoughts on “Cre8audio East Beast Semi-Modular Synthesizer In-Depth Demo

  1. Would love to see a West Coast-inspired monosynth using this same form factor and at roughly this price. The Pittsburgh LPG is a fine module, and I really liked the sound of the wavefolder on the Microvolt.

  2. it sounds lovely…no one can deny that…but for modular folks, so do a million other osc/filter/vca/ solutions. the audience for this, i have to assume, are the intersecting few who do not wish to dive headlong into modular. Honestly, as a lifelong devotee of said artform, i don’t understand the gaps this will fill.

    Again, I think it sounds absolutely beautiful! High mark.

    1. for me, the appeal is in combining these smaller patchbay-bearing synths with one another and discovering fun and unexpected ways they interact, while having an uncluttered UI for knob-tweaking and whatnot. when it comes to just sitting down and playing there’s a lot to say for the immediacy of a semi-modular.

    2. What if you skip all the extra bits and just see it as a single “absolutely beautiful” full synth voice? Would be really hard to match it, price-wise, imo.

  3. That is a ridiculous amount of synthesizer for $250. Plus the arp, cv keyboard, sequencer, MIDI and 19 patch points? Absurd.

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