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Metasonix PT-1 Phattytron

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    The Metasonix PT-1 Phattytron. The first commercial vacuum tube music synthesizer. Phattytron does not sound like conventional analog synthesizers. The electrical behavior of tube audio circuitry is fundamentally unlike that of solid-state circuits performing the same functions. This gives Phattytron a tonal palette utterly radical from, yet paralleling, that of the familiar tones of electronic music.

    As a comparison: if you've ever wondered about the sonic abilities of Oskar Sala's "Mixturtrautonium" (as used in famous movie soundtracks such as Hitchcock's "The Birds"), most of the basic circuits in Phattytron are very similar to those of the original Mixturtrautonium. (Of course, the Mixturtrautonium didn't have MIDI, modulation presets, and a voltage-tunable bandpass filter. So, Phattytron can do some of the sounds of Sala's instrument--and much, much more.)
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Saw Down
    Osc Modulation: Keyboard, Knob, LFO
    Oscillator Notes:
    + thyratron gas-filled tub
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: Band Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO
    Filter Notes:
    + Svetlana EF86 pentode tube
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Sine
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patches RAM: 4
    Storage: Internal
    Case: Rack
    Rack Size: 19", 2U, Full
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Switches, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pedal - Filter
    Display Type: LED, Backlit
    Display Count H: 5"
    Display Notes: Nixie" gas-discharge numeric display, orange, 0.5" high, displays currently selected MIDI preset.
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 484mm (19.0") wide, 88mm (3.5") high, 356mm (14") deep
    Weight: 15 kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    MIDI Ports: IN
    CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Trigger In
    Power: 120v or 240v AC, 50/60 Hz, 30 watts
    Year Released: 1999
    Year Discontinued: 2001
    Manuals & Documents
    MSRP List Price: $2,400 - convert
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