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Studio Electronics Omega 8

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Welcome to the Studio Electronics Omega series! The CODE Omega 8 OD is the world’s first completely programmable discrete analog synthesizer.

What to expect

Phat, Commanding, Dimension Building, TRUE ANALOG SOUND, in spine tingling stereo. For entire songs worth of processing, use each voice’s auto triggering external input; and each voice capable of having up to four selectable filters, that’s a lot of processing. Just the beginning. Heaps of modulation, a user loving operating system, arpeggiating, and multitimbrality.

About Tuning

For the Omega series, we developed a very accurate, but not perfect, software routine of computer corrected oscillator tuning. It looks at each note and corrects it to a pre-defined value. The goal was to keep all 16 oscillators in near perfect tune over the wide range of the keyboard but not so perfect as to eliminate the element of randomness, which is the nature, and beauty of analog synthesis. There is to be expected some tempering at the very low and high pitch ranges. Tune as needed.

The tuning of the filters is done in hardware and is not part of the accu-tune routine. You may
hear with each voice a very slight difference in timbre or tone; this is not wrong, or poor design.
On the contrary, we have chosen to be faithful and follow the chosen path blazed by our history
shaping predecessors, manufacturers of the classic mono/polyphonic analog synthesizers of the
past. It is precisely this slight variance from voice to voice that gives discrete and Curtis chip
based analog synthesizers their vibrancy and soul pleasing warm sound.

Voice Architecture

Discrete Analog Hardware Per Voice

Two voltage-controlled oscillators
Up to four selectable voltage controlled filters (standard units come with the classic Moog, and four mode Oberheim S.E.M.)
One dynamic gain stereo voltage controlled amplifier
One auto triggering external input

Software Generated Per Voice

3 multi stage exponential curve envelopes
3 low frequency oscillators
1 arpeggiator


8 REAL stereo panning analog synthesizers each with its own auto triggering external input
Multi-timbral for layering, splitting, and channelizing with up to 8 separate parts
Audio frequency modulation, oscillator sync, multiple triggering, envelope inverting
Up to 30+ simultaneous modulations, numerous continuous controller assignments
Exponential polyphonic glide and dynamic sensitive auto glide
Midi transmission of front panel knobs and switches
256 patches in ROM, 256 patches in RAM, 128 Multi patches

Operating System

The operating system of the Omega 8 is easy to use and simple to program. It gives the user complete control of the numerous functions and features quickly and efficiently. The front panel knobs give you instant access to all major parameters and the edit switches in each section allow access to over 30 on screen edit pages. However, with the Omega 8 you are never more than four button presses away from any edit page, quite unlike other synthesizers with multiple edit pages. This allows in depth patch programming without the tedious routine of continuously scrolling through on screen displays.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Saw Down, Saw Up, Square, Triangle
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Knob, LFO, Oscillator
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, Band Reject, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO
LFO: 3
LFO Parameters: Envelope, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 254
Patches ROM: 254
Multipatches RAM: 128
Multipatches ROM: 128
Storage: Internal
Editing: MIDI
One, parameters: tempo, direction, range, interval, midi sync.
Case: Rack
Case Details: 4 rack spaces, 15 inches deep.
Rack Size: 19", 4U
Controls: Modulation - Audio Input, Knobs, Switches
Display Type: LCD, Backlit
Display Count H: 16
Display Count V: 2
Display Notes: 16 x 2 back lit liquid crystal.
Dimensions (WxDxH): 4 rack spaces, 15 inches deep.
Weight: 20 lbs.
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 19
Audio Output Notes: 1
Inputs: 1
Power: 90 - 250 volts AC auto switching.
Year Released: 2000
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.studioelectronics.com
Retail Street Price: $5499 - convert

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