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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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    Architecture
    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
    Manuals & Documents
    Pricing
    Used Price: $367-$400 - convert
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Carlo Mery

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groovy synth axe 

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