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Red Sound Systems Darkstar 8 Voice Polyphonic Syhnthesizer

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The Analogue Synthesiser, mainstay of Seventies' and Eighties' music, is back, reinvented in a new, more reliable and flexible form. Physical modelling via powerful DSPs (Digital Signal Processors) allow all the warmth and control of the synthesizers of yesteryear without the problems of unstable tuning and unrepeatable sounds, and with modern benefits like realtime control and multitimbral access.

Welcome to Darkstar, an 8-voice polyphonic synthesiser with all the highlights of the analogue tradition, Pulse Width Modulation, Ring Mod, Resonant Filtering and ADSR Enveloping, combined with all the advantages of modern MIDI instruments like rock-solid tuning, perfect program recall, velocity response and 5 different timbres simultaneously available.

So whether your aim is to recreate 'classic' timbres like 70's Disco Bassline / Screaming PWM Lead, chart new sonic territory with realtime joystick manipulation of ring modulation and velocity controlled resonance, or even combine both approaches in the same MIDI sequence, DARKSTAR is the perfect tool for you.

In the future, DARKSTAR's capabilities will grow thanks to the ability to change its EPROM-based DSP algorithms. This will allow you to convert DARKSTAR into many different products such as a mega-mono synthesizer or vocoder.

But DARKSTAR already offers so much with its marriage of proven synthesis techniques and state-of-the-art control. Now it's time to unlock the potential of analogue-style synthesis with modern control techniques in your music. Be creative!

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Virtual Analog
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Pink Noise, Pulse, Saw Down, Saw Up, Square, White Noise
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO, Glide / Portamento, Velocity
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, LFO
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 5
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 64
Patches ROM: 64
Editing: MIDI
Auto-Panning, Tremolo, Ring Modulation, Fixed Filter Frequency
Case: Desktop
Case Details: metal casing
Controls: Aftertouch, Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Joy Stick, Knobs, Velocity
Display Type: Numeric, Backlit
Display Count H: 4
Display Notes: 4 segment alphanumeric display
Dimensions (WxDxH): 340x230x50mm (13.4x9x2 inches)
Weight: 2.35kg
Audio Output Connections: Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2
Audio Output Notes: 1
Inputs: 1
Power: External (9vDC 800mA minimum) output plug wired centre pin +.
Year Released: 1999
Manuals & Documents
Used Price: $370 - convert

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