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Plankton Electronics Ants! Analog Semi-modular Synthesizer

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Description
Ants! is a semi-modular synthesizer in a desktop format. A powerful and deep electronic musical instrument. Explore, patch, tweak, enjoy and create your own music. Feel the power of an analog synth!

Ants! is:

+ Analog: true analog electronics and sound.

+ Semi-modular: connect the different parts and functions with standard 3.5mm pacth cords to create from classic to weird and new sounds.

+ Affordable: Ants! retail price will be 480€. Just a fraction of the cost of a basic eurorack modular system.
Compatible: 100% compatible with the eurorack voltage system and patching cords. It can be expanded it with most of the eurorack modules available in the market.

+ Portable: small size and desktop format.

+ Big: despite the small size Ants! have a lot of features which make it very powerful and versatile. Much more than a basic modular system.

Features:

4 Oscillators: yes, 4! V/Oct triangle-core oscillators. 2 of them switchable to LFO. Combining sinusoidal, triangle, saw, square and pulse with PWM. Play chords, detuned basses, octaved leads, drums, and frequency modulated sounds.

2 LFOs: 2 low frequency oscillators with triangle, square and pulse outputs.

VCF: switchable analog 12dB low-pass / 6db high-pass filter with resonance. At high input volumes it distort the signal. Self oscillating. It can sound crystal clear or really dirty.

2 A/R envelopes: 2 attack - release envelopes with manual and external controls. Working at different times.
Mixer: 3 input mixer. Mix oscillators, envelopes, noise or any other AC or DC signal.

2 VCAs: control the level of the signals with 2 analog VCAs.

Noise: a white noise source!

Sample and Hold: create random voltages, stepped sequences or dither your sounds or even your own voice.
AND gate: logic AND gate. Combine oscillators to create new waves, combine LFOs to create different patterns or mix your control signals to create complex modulations.

MIDI to CV: connect any MIDI keyboard, sequencer or computer and transform the digital signal to analog voltages for controlling the synth.

49 patch points, 28 potentiometers, 5 switches and 8 leds.

Normalized: Some connections are already made between some functions. Just connect your Midi or CV controller and play the synth without patching it. You can break any connection by plugging a patch cord to the normalized input.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 4
Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Sync Hard
Envelopes
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Input, Knob, LFO, Oscillator
Filter Notes:
+ 6db Hi-pass
+ 12 db low-pass
LFO
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Case
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel 2, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Switches
Display Type: LED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 222 x 132 x 45 mm
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out
Production
Year Released: 2017
Design Notes:

The idea of Ants! started while developing some new eurorack modules for Plankton Electronics. We realized that a lot of people love to play with modular synthesizers. Playing with it is fun and exciting. It involves logical, intuitve and creative minds and it's a great way to explore sounds and making music. But modular synths are expensive: a basic system will be in the order of thousands. So we decided to design an affordable but powerful analog machine. Something to start with but at the same time a musical intrument with its own character and sonic flavour. After the Plankton Noise #01: The Bumblebee, a small DIY synth, we make a more complete machine: Ants!

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.planktonelectronics.com
[+] www.kickstarter.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: €480 - convert
Retail Street Price: €460 - convert
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