Shut Up & Play: The Rare ArmonConcert Synthesizer

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Synthesist Alberto Napolioni shared this 100% blah-blah-blah free demo of the rare Armonconcert, a vintage Italian paraphonic synthesizer from 1974.

It’s not just a great demo of the possibilities of the Armonconcert, but also a great demo of the performance possibilities of paraphonic synths of the ’70s.

Timings:

0:00 Ice Waterfall
0:09 Creamy
0:17 Funky Clav
0:28 Rubber Piano
0:41 Chamber Strings
1:27 Stranger Feet
1:34 The Escape
2:06 Funky Brass
2:15 Purple Sunset
2:35 Jazzy Snippets
2:47 Ennio’s Pad
3:10 Plucked Beauty
3:37 Filter
3:49 Dance of Mosquito
4:38 Ascension
4:58 God is in da house
5:14 Say Goodbye
5:51 Brass Tinto
5:59 Permutations
6:04 Harpsichord Stairways

Technical details:

Some patches are dry and other with FX used on it:

OTO Bim delay
OTO Bam reverb

Behringer Intros UB-1 Spirit, A Oberheim-Inspired Minisynth

Behringer today introduced the UB-1, an Oberheim-inspired dual-oscillator paraphonic monophonic minisynth.

Features:

  • Programmable synthesizer with 2 DCOs and classic 4-pole filter
  • Built around clone of the CEM3396/3397 analog chip used in the Oberheim Matrix 6/1000
  • 16 touch-sensitive mini keys
  • 32 memory presets, expandable via SynthTribe app
  • Arpeggiator with 3 patterns and hold function
  • Individual envelopes for VCF and VCA for creative sound shaping
  • 2 LFOs to control filter and oscillator tuning
  • 6 functions buttons and OLED display for editing
  • USB Micro connector allows powering via smartphone, power bank or computer
  • USB/MIDI implementation (including NRPN/CC control of all parameters and bulk load/save)

Pricing and Availability

The Behringer UB-1 synthesizer is expected to be priced at $49 USD, with availability still to be announced based on component availability.

Behringer Intros $99 Saturn Soul Synthesizer, Based On Roland Jupiter-8 Synth Voice

Behringer today introduced the Saturn Soul Synthesizer, a paraphonic monosynth that they say is based on “the classic Jupiter synthesizer from the ‘80s”.

While the company describes the synth as an analog polyphonic synthesizer, many would categorize it as a paraphonic monosynth design, meaning that it’s a single synth voice, with individually controllable oscillators.

Behringer notes that they’re working on a full-size copy of the Jupiter-8, but this is designed to be an inexpensive mini-synth take on it.

Features:

  • Analog synthesizer based on “the classic Jupiter synthesizer from the ‘80s”
  • 27 touch-sensitive keys
  • Analog signal path
  • 3 VCOs, with 4 selectable saw, triangle, square and pulse waveforms
  • Pulse width modulation
  • Multi-mode filter with resonance
  • Filter switchable between 2- and 4-poles for additional sound options
  • Play modes include poly, unison and arpeggiator
  • 16-step motion sequencer with 8 memory slots and recording of knob movements
  • LFO with saw, triangle, square and random waves for vibrato, tremolo and wah-wah effects
  • Voltage Controller Amplifier with a dedicated ADSR envelope
  • Micro USB connector allows powering via smartphone, power bank or computer
  • Sync Input and Output to synchronize with other synthesizers or drum machines
  • Comprehensive MIDI implementation (including NRPN/CC control of all parameters and bulk load/save)

Pricing and Availability

Behringer says the release date for the Saturn Soul is to be determined, based on getting the required chips. The suggested price will be $99 USD.