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Gotharman's anAmoNo X

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Description
anAmoNo X has a number of built-in "modules", like oscillators, filters, LFO's and so on. Every module has a number of modulation input connectors, and most modules also has a number of audio input connectors. For the modulation input connectors any modulation output from any other module can be connected. For the audio input connectors, any audio output from any other module can be connected. The 2 analog filters also appears as modules.

To make everything work as fast and effective as possible, anAmoNo X is not programmed behind any "OS". Everything is performed directly by the processor, and everything is programmed in assembly language, which is up to 30 times more effective than the C++ language, that most people program in, and it is programmed specificly for the anAmoNo X hardware.

1024 preset slots and 1024 song slots are available, all user programmable.

For each of the 5 oscillators, it is possible to select if it should act as an oscillator or a sampler.

In oscillator mode it generates a waveform that is morphable between sine, triangle, saw, pulse and feedback waves. Pulse width are adjustable for all waveform types. Each oscillator also has a suboscillator attached to them, that outputs a squarewave, one octave below the original pitch. The oscillators outputs both an audio range signal and a low frequency version of this at the same time, so the oscillators can function as both audio range sound/modulation and low frequency modulation, at the same time. Pitch, PW, wave and suboscillator level can be modulated. The oscillators can act as both audio and modulation sources.

In sampler mode it plays back any of the 476 storable samplings. Pitch, start point and length can be adjusted and modulated. Samples are chromatically tuned, and has a pitch range of 4 octaves above and 5 octaves below the original sample pitch. Loop mode can be set to Off, On or Free. In Free mode the sampling is constantly playing back, and is never re-trigged. So if you set it up to go through a VCA, and set this up to be opened by a trigger, a different portion of the sampling will be played back every time the VCA is opened. Samplings can act as both audio and modulation sources. Like the oscillators, the samples also outputs a low frequency version of itself, so samples can be used as low frequency modulation too.

Sampler modules can load and playback Little deFormer samples and use the chop points. It is also possible to create chop points in the anAmoNo X sample editor, and use these. Chops can be detected by level peaks or by single wavecycles. Single wavecycle chops are an easy way to make loops.

Both oscillators and samplers has a portamento control.

Noise Generator.

One Noise Generator is present. The parameters Shape, pulse width and mix (between pulse and voltage noise) can be adjusted and modulated. It outputs to both the audio and the modulation bus, and like the oscillators and samplers, this also outputs a slow version of itself. The rate of the slow wave can be adjusted.

Swappable Analog Filters.

Located in 2 slots, that becomes visible, when removing the left side panel. anAmoNo X will also work, without any analog filters installed.

Different types of analog filters will be available, to mount in the 2 slots. -See list below on this site.

The analog filters are used just like any other anAmoNo X module. It is possible to route any modulation sources and audio signals to them, and they outputs on both the audio bus and the modulation bus. Cutoff frequency, peaks (space between 2 cutoff frequencies), and resonance can be adjusted and modulated. If the mounted filter has analog feedback, this can also be adjusted and modulated. LPF, BPF and HPF filter modes can be switched on and off. Most filters has 2 audio outputs. The mix between these can be adjusted and modulated. On the first filters, an analog overdrive circuit is placed on output 2, so turning up the Out1/2 knob, will add analog overdrive to the filter sound. The analog filters also has a G-Ray digital/analog feedback circuit attached. This is described below.

G-Ray feedback circuits.

Located in the analog filters audio chains, the G-ray (Gotharman-Ray) circuits will add grit and noise to any analog filter. The G-ray circuits are placed on the anAmoNo X mainboard, so they will be present, no matter what analog filters you mount. Since this is always connected to an analog filter, audio inputs and modulations are routed through the filter. G-Ray intensity, mode, feedback and input source (Filter out 1,2 or mix) can be adjusted, and feedback can be modulated.

VCA's.

Audio signals can be mixed and routed to output 1 and 2 through these. Output can also be switched off, if you only want to use a VCA for internal audio level modulation. An ADSR envelope are attached to each of the VCA's. The VCA envelopes can either be in linear or logarithmic mode. A Drone parameter are available, for opening the VCA without the envelope needing to be trigged. VCA output level, attack, decay and release can be modulated. The VCA's only outputs to the audio bus. If you need VCA's for modulation signals, you should use a Ring VCA.

Connecting modules

Most modules has a "Mod" page and an "Inputs" page.

On the "Mod" page you can select any module output, to modulate the selected parameter, and adjust the modulation intensity.

On the "Inputs" page, you can select 4 audio outputs from any modules, to be mixed into the selected module. Mix levels can also be adjusted.

If you would like to use a modulation only sources in the audio chain, you must assign this to a Ring VCA input, and then select this Ring VCA as the audio input source.

On all modules, that has an input, the level of the input to the module is shown as a large VU-meter in the left side of the screen. The output of the module is shown as a large VU-meter in the right side of the screen. The state of the selected modulation sources or the level of the selected audio input sources, are shown as small VU-meters , next to the parameters.

It is as easy as that. No physical cables or computers needed :-)

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Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM, Sampling, Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 5
Waveforms: Pulse, Pulse Variable, ROM, Saw Up, Sine, Triangle
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO, Oscillator
Oscillator Notes:
+ Oscillators can play waveforms or samples
Sampling: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Sampling Notes:
+ Total recording time: 47 minutes mono. Bank A: 21 minutes, Bank B 27 minutes.
+ Single sampling max length: 27 minutes.
+ Max. 220 samplings in Bank A and 256 samplings in Bank B. Total 476 samplings.
+ Recording sources: Audio input, audio output, USB import of .wav files.
Envelopes
Envelopes: 8
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Sustain, Release
Envelope Notes::
+ 4 VCA envelopes
+ 4 modulation envelopes
Filters
Filters: 2
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO
LFO
LFO: 8
LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold
LFO Notes::
+ 4 LFOs
+ Random Generatorys
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches
Patches RAM: 1024
Storage: Internal, USB
Editing: MIDI, USB
Effects
+ Digital filter/EQ
+ Chorus
+ Pitch-Shifter
+ Stretcher
+ FM
+ Resonator
+ Distortion
+ Pitch Shaper
+ Glitch Shifter
+ Wave Shaper
+ Granulator
+ Variator
+ Delay
+ Roto Delay
+ Bright Delay
+ Bright Roto Delay
+ Reverb
Case
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs
Display Type: LCD, LED, TouchView, Backlit
Display Notes: 3.2" colour TFT Touch Screen
Dimensions (WxDxH): 23 x 16 x 6 cm
Weight: 1.3 KG
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2
Inputs: 1/4" mono
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
CV Ports: CV IN, Trigger In
DAC Bits: 24
DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
Power: 9Vdc, 2A, 2.1mm DC positive tup
Production
Year Released: 2016
Design Notes:

The most flexible Gotharman synthesizer ever!

I was really happy with the flexibility of my Eurorack system, but since I spend most of my time running Gotharman's, and do not have very much time for playing music, I was not really happy with the lack of preset storage on this. I always ended up spending a huge lot of time tweaking knobs and rearranging cables, and not really getting any tracks composed (inportant or not :-)). This actually became a bigger and bigger annoyance to me, and in my Christmas holidays 2015, I decided to do something about it.

At first I started to design a module with 32 audio inputs, 32 CV inputs, 32 audio outputs, 32 CV outputs, 64 knobs, a display and memory. The idea was to connect everything of all my eurorack modules to this (hmmm...actually I am not sure if this module would have had enough connections...), connect the modules via an internal cross-bay, and adjust all the CV and audio levels on the 64 knobs. It did though, pretty soon, become clear to me, that this module would be huge and really expensive to produce. On top of that, not all parameters are CV controllable on all modules, so it would require quite a bit of soldering to get this connected to everything.

So I took a few days of brainstorming with myself, and came up with a new idea: The most important sound shaping thing (to my opinion), is the filter. So if I just could scramble things a bit down, and make a box with oscillators, VCA's, modulation sources, and maybe some effect modules, and just made the filters replacable, it would theoretically give almost the same possibilities as my eurorack system, but with added patch storage. And if I one day got tired of its sound, I would just have to replace one or both of its filters, and then I would get new sounds, without having to design or purchase a completely new synth. The design of anAmoNo X began...
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Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.gotharman.dk
Pricing
MSRP List Price: 1,680 Euros - convert
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