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SAIC Sound Waldeck Sound Synthesizer

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The Waldeck Sound Synthesizer was created by Steven Waldeck at the Art Institute of Chicago in the mid-70s. The synthesizer began as a school project that later grew into a product made by "SAIC Sound".

The Waldek synthesizer design was inspired by the EMS Putney VCS3 . Sharing many of the configuration aspects such as 3 oscillators, combingation ENV+VCA, ring modulatpor, spring reverb and modularpatch - oddly enough, using RCA jacks instead of phone jacks. The synthesizer that was made in small quantities is said to have a "Sears" quality build with a less than good sound that is not indicative of the VCS3.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 3
Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Square, White Noise
Osc Modulation: Input, Knob, LFO, Oscillator
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Decay
Filters: 2
Types: Band Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Input, Knob, Oscillator
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Spring Reverb
Ring Modulator
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Switches
Display Type: LED, VU Meter
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
Inputs: 1
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out
Control Features: Modulation RCA Jacks
Year Released: 1978
Design Notes:

Designed by Steven Waldek

"My philosophy was to offer technical assistance to any students from any area of the school. As an interest in “sound” grew, and a school budget finally appeared for supplies, I bought a sound synthesizer called a Putney for my area. I also developed and built an electronic sound synthesizer of my own, called Waldeck.

Eventually, the interest in sound became too overwhelming for me to handle, so I asked Dean [Roger] Gilmore to consider hiring someone to handle this direction, and the SAIC Sound area was born. My area of kinetics also experimented in light and explored neon and holography, later to become separate entities. The Time Arts area was created at SAIC as a response to my written proposal sent to Dean Gilmore outlining and defining this conceptual area."
Used Price: $175 - $675 - convert
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