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JoMox SunSyn

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What is the SUNSYN?

Besides being a box of nuts and bolts and capacitors, the SUNSYN is an extremely powerful analog synthesizer module. It has 8 analog multi-timbral voices, each of which can have their own sound and be controlled by midi in many mind-bending ways. You could look at the SUNSYN as if it were 8 monophonic synthesizers in one case, or one big 32-oscillator monster, or any combination in between. The sound creation is fully ”real“ analog right down to the fast envelopes and CV modulation paths. With the exception of the RCO’s (Ramp Controlled Oscillators) and LFO’s (Low Frequency Oscillators), all components of the sound engine and sound processing are made of classic discrete analog circuitry to make the sound as powerful, raw and animated as possible.

One of the truly interesting features of the SUNSYN is the inclusion of the RCO oscillators.
You have access to two of these per voice (16 in total) that contain digital wave files that can be manipulated much like wavetables, but in this case are driven by the analog oscillators for truly exotic sounds. Additionally, these RCOs have adjustable levels and one has the possibility to even load in their own waveforms! More on this later.

Another interesting feature, found only on the SUNSYN, is one of the most flexible and versatile filters on the planet. You have access to each of the four filters poles via dedicated knobs and can set individual low/high characteristics for each pole, thus enabling many different filter variations continously from 12dB to 18dB and 24dB. The filter is also switchable between 2 and four poles. Additionally, you are able to store 2 filters scenes (snapshots) per voice and to morph between these two settings in the analog domain. One such filter per voice!

The routing system consists of a very versatile CV modulation matrix that allows easy, flexible and saveable connections to be made between various analog components (including the digital RCOs and external sound sources). You are given 4 routing elements per voice (2 sources, 1 modifier and 1 destination each) in addition to the fixed routings. Many options and possibilities arise in this section, which should keep you tweaking into the wee hours of the night. Everything works of course in the analog domain. Therefore, no operation is limited by fixed-point calculation errors (as in DSPs), but instead offers the full dynamic-range for chaotic effects which appear on many modulations.

The SUNSYN has been conceived much like a classic modular system. The amount and structure of the individual modules is fixed nevertheless, but the connections and modulation possibilities between those individual modules can be made in a flexible and easy way allowing for gentle order or unrestrained chaos! In contrast to a classic analogue modular system, all parameters and modulations can be saved in the SUNSYN.

We also want to point out some peculiarities that are inevitable in a complex analogue synthesizer like the SUNSYN. Possibly you’ve only worked with digital (or virtual analogue)synthesizers up to now. Thereby, you’ve perhaps gotten used to the extraordinary noise floor or the lack of noise on digital machines. In an analog machine like the SUNSYN, you cannot always guarantee a perfectly ”clean“ or 100% noise-free signal (nor would you want to!). In spite of using the highest quality components and putting the highest efforts into the design of the electronic circuitry, the computer part (digital brain) of the synthesizer might add some noise to the audio signal.

Therefore, you might notice that there’s a bit more noise present than a digital synth might produce. When you optimise the level of the SUNSYN and the gain of your mixing desk, these side effects will not affect your productions in a negative way. Next to that, you’ll be rewarded with an outstanding amount of power and warmth of the sounds, as well as the huge sonic possibilities that analog has to offer. In case you’ve already worked with an old analogue classic synthesizer, you’ll be used to the peculiarities of such a machine and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its stability and the ”clean“ sound of the SUNSYN.

The SUNSYN has an extensive front panel with a multitude of buttons and knobs to facilitate easy programming. All important features can be accessed directly through their own specific button or knob. Some of the features have to be accessed through menus. Their structure and layout has been kept simple and efficient to make sure controlling and programming is as intuitive as possible. Almost every parameter can be controlled by Midi from within the sequencer and all knobs send midi controllers for recording movements externally. All sounds can be stored internally in the SUNSYN or on PCMCIA cards. Next to that, you can do SysEx dumps to a computer or to another SUNSYN.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Saw Up, Square
Osc Modulation: Continuous Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Sequencer, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
The RCO’s (Ramp Controlled Oscillators) and LFO’s (Low Frequency Oscillators) are digital, not analog.
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 0
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 350
Multipatches RAM: 150
Storage: Internal, PCMCIA
Editing: MIDI
The arpeggiator divides chords that were played on the keyboard into ascending or descending sequences. When the amount of played keys is higher than 8, the first played note will be replaced by the last one.
Case: Desktop, Module
Case Details: The SunSyn is housed in a solid metal case with wooden side panels. It can be used as desktop unit or can be installed in a 19" rack by swapping the metal side cheeks underneath the wooden panels.
Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Knobs, Tempo Knob, Velocity
Display Type: LCD
Display Count H: 2
Display Count V: 24
Display Notes: LCD
Weight: 8 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 11
Audio Output Notes: 1
Inputs: 1
Power: 220/110 V
Year Released: 2000
Year Discontinued: 2009
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.jomox.de
Used Price: 9350 - convert

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