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Formanta Mini

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Description
The Formanta Mini. is is a portable polyphonic 8-voiced analog\digital hybrid synthesizer with microprocessor made by soviet Formanta Factory in the 1980's. It features 32 unique and programmed timbres "presets". There is a vibrato effect with depth & frequency control & "unison" effect. You can can play 8 voices at one time. It features a unique set of electronic parts, reliable keyboard (41 notes C-E) made in magnetically controlled contacts; synthesis modules consist of independent boards, which is convenient for maintenance.

The Mini is designed for playing musical compositions of different genres. It can play timbres of wind and strings instruments. Besides, it can create different synthesized timbres. Using this instrument one can get the following sound effects: frequency vibrato with the continuous control in depth and in frequency, percussion with continuous control, continuous fading and rise of sound, glissando. This instrument provides for continuous and discrete volume control. The Mini is an eight-voice keyboard with finger-board. It is designed for playing musical compositions of different genres. It can play timbres of wind and strings instruments. Besides, it can create different synthesized timbres. Using this instrument one can get the following sound effects: frequency vibrato with the continuous control in depth and in frequency, percussion with continuous control, continuous fading and rise of sound, glissando. This instrument provides for continuous and discrete volume control.

Specifications:

Controls on the grip handle - 2 Sustain buttons, Vibrato, Solo button (doubles the volume)
Glissando Controller (1-2 semitone up\down pitch shift)

Keyboard's volume - 3 and 5/12 octave
Audible range - 4 and 5/12 octave
Number of fixed timbres - 32
The range of frequency vibrato control - 0,5:10Hz
Range of depth vibrato control - 0:6%
Power consumption - 6 W
Dimensions - 600x250x85 mm
Weight - 5 kg
Engineer: Alexander Reunov, designer: Andrey Petukhov, produced by Formanta Katchkanar radio plant.



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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog, Digital
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 1
Osc Modulation: Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento, Ribbon
Envelopes
Envelopes: 1
Filters
Filters: 1
Filter Modulation: Knob, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Unison
Patches
Patches RAM: 1
Case
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: Keytar style instrument
Keyboard: 37 keys
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch - Lever, Mod - Ribbon
Dimensions (WxDxH): 600 x 250 x 85 mm
Weight: 5 kg
Connections
Audio Output Connections: Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
Audio Output Notes: soviet 5-DIN
Power: 6 watts
Production
Year Released: 1988
Pricing
Used Price: $367-$400 - convert
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