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Metasonix S-1000 “Wretch Machine” vacuum tube monophonic synthesizer

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Welcome to the ranks of vacuum-tube synthesists! You hold in your hands the key to the beginning and the end of synthesized sounds. For the past 50 years, integrated circuits have ruled over synthesis with an iron glove, but now the tubes have risen up from their disregarded place as guitarists' butt toys and are taking back their place as the true creators, shapers, and dictators of the TRUE electrical sound.

The S-1000 Wretch Machine is the product of years of development, and years of neglect by the corporate masters of the western world. We are STRIKING BACK. Safe in their suburban homes and corporate megaplexes they've told us what sound is, what creativity is they have set edicts defining standard keys and scales and tones and usability. We will DESTROY THEM. This is open war, and you're on your way to the front lines. Tie your shoes. This is going to get scary, and quickly.

The signal path is ALL TUBES. The oscillators are tubes, the filter: tubes, the waveshaper: tubes. There's not a single chip in there making bleepy bloopy noises for your stupid 1980s videogame fetish. Videogames detract from the revolution, they poison the mind and make you pliable and weak.

Note that the S-1000 is more EXPERIMENTAL than most other analog synths. It may not always be stable or repeatable enough for "professional" stage use. If the user desires perfect "traditional" pitch and tracking, it may be more sensible and safer to use the S-1000 to generate sounds, then sample the sounds for use onstage or in a studio setting. While this may limit some "professionals" from using the S-1000 live, the true innovator will embrace the chaos. By harnessing the power of the ALL TUBE signal path you will unleash sounds never heard before. You can keep it locked in a safe studio environment, racked along with your virtual analogs, keeping it safe and shiny, or you can grow a pair and do something that actually matters for once in your miserable life. The choice is yours.


Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive, Wave Shaping
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Saw Up, Square, Sub Oscillator
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO, Sync Soft
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Release
Filters: 1
Types: Band Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Knob, LFO, Oscillator
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Envelope, Triangle, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches RAM: 1
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 6U, Full
Controls: Knobs, Mod - Wheel 2, Joy Stick, Modulation 1/4" Jacks
Display Type: LED
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 3
Inputs: 3
Power: 12 Volts
Year Released: 2006
Year Discontinued: 2012
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Retail Street Price: $2,325 - convert
Used Price: $2,500 - convert
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