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A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby DrNomis » 25 Nov 2015, 21:46

Hey everyone, check out this youtube video of a new Analog Synthesizer called a Knifonium, this new Analog Synth uses.....wait for it.....Valves!!!....25 Valves in fact, to generate sounds electronically, this is not Digital, nor is it Analog Modelling, this is pure Analogue Subtractive Synthesis done with pure Analogue circuits, check out the sounds it can produce:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zf_d8tbhb8
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby rock soderstrom » 26 Nov 2015, 20:35

Hot stuff! :mrgreen:
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby DrNomis » 26 Nov 2015, 20:52

rock soderstrom wrote:Hot stuff! :mrgreen:




I agree, both literally and figuratively...... 8)
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby uncleboko » 26 Nov 2015, 23:30

Bloody awful noise.
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby drbob1 » 30 Nov 2015, 03:17

I think it sounds good. Not sure it's good enough to be worth the expense and hassle of running it on tubes... Heck, for way less than that you could find a Hammond Chord organ, which is essentially a tube synth, and circuit bend it!
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby andrej » 30 Nov 2015, 11:44

TBH, I'm not impressed.

It has a characteristic aggressive sound, somewhat reminiscent of a Polivox (but not as dry). I haven't tried it, but it seems from the demos that it's even less flexible than SH-1, Polivox,... Not that it has a lack of features, but it's just has a pervasive sound signature in every patch they demo.

Tube-only construction is impressive, but pretty much a gimmick. There are a lot of better-sounding and more flexible 2-osc monosynths you can build or buy for less money.
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby drbob1 » 02 Dec 2015, 22:55

If all you want is a good synth, all analog with great filters and lots of flexibility, get a used Studio Electronics SE-1X-a Minimoog with an extra osc, couple extra LFOs and envelopes and midi control. I paid $1100 for mine a couple of years ago, but used ones go for quite a bit less.
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby karul » 03 Dec 2015, 00:58

Reminded me of Hammond Novachord - containing 163 vacuum tubes

1938 Novachord #346 Presentation

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Theremin and Novachord

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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby DrNomis » 03 Dec 2015, 02:25

karul wrote:Reminded me of Hammond Novachord - containing 163 vacuum tubes

1938 Novachord #346 Presentation

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http://www.novachord.co.uk/audio.htm

Theremin and Novachord

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Those are cool video clips, the Theremin in the second clip sounds alot like a soprano singing...... :thumbsup
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Re: A new analog synthesizer called a Knifonium

Postby drbob1 » 09 Jan 2016, 17:04

I'd like to find one of those! Although that cabinet looks REALLY heavy (the chord organ I had was probably 200# for 2 1/2 octaves). Way more flexible and synth like than anything Hammond did later.
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