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Metasonix PT-1 Phattytron

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Description
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.)
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Saw Down
Osc Modulation: Keyboard, Knob, LFO
Oscillator Notes:
+ thyratron gas-filled tub
Envelopes
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: Band Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO
Filter Notes:
+ Svetlana EF86 pentode tube
LFO
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sine
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches
Patches RAM: 4
Storage: Internal
Case
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
Connections
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
Production
Year Released: 1999
Year Discontinued: 2001
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $2,400 - convert
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