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Steiner Parker Micron

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Description
The Steiner Microcon is a complete synthesizer (less keyboard) in a single module. It has its own power supply, VCO, LFO, VCF and envelope generator, thereby combining all of the most needed parts of a synthesizer in one unit.

It can be used with synthesizer accessories such as sequencers, electronic valve instruments, guitar slave-drivers, pitch followers, or with a keyboard. Multiple units can be combined with a guitar controller to form full polyphonic synthesizers at a fraction of the cost normally expected. Combined with a regular synthesizer, it ads an extra 'voice' to your present system.

Oscillator stability and tracking are the best that state of the art will allow. Numerous inputs and outputs are available on the front and top of the unit. Other signals available inside can be brought out for special applications, and connected to other equipment in a variety of useful ways.

The Minicon truly packs alot of synthesizer into a small space (which looks to be about 4-inches by 6-inches. There are 8 knobs and 6 switches. The VCO has knobs for course and fine tuning and switches allowing selection of "three waveforms". The LFO has knobs for rate and level and a switch for beat and is available for vibrato. The VCF has knobs for frequency and gain, as well as a switch for resonance. The Envelop Generator has knobs for attack and decay, as well as a switches to enable damp (a quick release decay) and sustain. The VCA is described as a "trigger controlled audio gate". Connections include positive and negative trigger out, VC filter in, calibrated and uncalibrated voltage control ins, a signal out (which "can be paralleled"), and a trigger in. According to the product literature the "beat function causes the VCO to sound like to sound like two oscillators beating together.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Pulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Square
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Knob, LFO
Envelopes
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Sustain
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Input, Knob, LFO
LFO
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sine
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches
Patches RAM: 1
Case
Case: Desktop
Case Details: Desktop sized solid metal chassis
Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Buttons, Knobs, Switches
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Notes: 1
Inputs: 1
Production
Year Released: 1977
Year Discontinued: 1979
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $300 - convert
Used Price: $810 - convert
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