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Macbeth Studio Systems M3

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    Description
    The M3 is a traditional hand-built three oscillator analogue synthesizer featuring a 24dB/octave, self oscillating transistor ladder filter.

    Great emphasis has been made to provide the user with a machine made from the highest grade parts in all circuits.

    The Oscillators feature rigid temperature stabilization for drift free operation and they span accurately, more than ten octaves.

    The frequency range is governed by the novel use of "ten-turn potentiometers", which act as fine and coarse tuning controls.

    An LED on each osc. provides a visual status indicator showing whether the osc. is working in low freq or audio mode.

    All oscillators cross modulate each other and they also modulate the filter too.

    Three wave forms are available-Sawtooth, Triangular and Rectangular.

    A separate White Noise source is available as is a Digital Ring Modulator/Multiplier whose inputs are derived from Osc1 and Osc2.

    Osc2 also can be hard synched to Osc1.

    The Filter section is controlled by a contour generator; variable wide range Keyboard Tracking and there is an external VCF control input on the rear of the unit.

    An external audio input to the filter is also provided.

    The filter contour generator can be made to sweep Osc2.

    The Loudness, or VCA section shares a similar independant contour generator which in both cases allows variable Attack, Decay, Sustain parameters and a switched in Release setting.

    Both contour generators feature LED status indicators.

    A Hold function is included.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 3
    Waveforms: Saw Up, Square, Triangle, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Ring Modulation
    Filters
    Filters: 1
    Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Notes:
    + Transistor ladder filter
    + Self oscillating
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Case
    Case: Rack
    Rack Size: 19", 5U
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Switches
    Display Type: LED
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Inputs: 1/4" input
    Pricing
    List: £750 UK pounds
    Production
    Released: 2000
    Discontinued: 2001
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