Manx has released version 2.0 of Bit-100, a synthesizer instrument for Windows based on the classic Crumar Bit-One analog polysynth.
Unfortunately, there are a few down sides to this machine – reliability, poor midi spec, missing features and an awkward programming interface are generally the most common grievances. Manx have cast those issues aside with the release of our Bit-100 software emulation of the original Bit One, which combines all of the punchy sound, plus the unique features of the Bit One (such as velocity control of pulse width), with all the advantages of a software implementation.
We’re not aware of any other synth which implements DCOs in quite the same way as the Crumar Bit range. In my opinion, they sound superb. Fortunately, they appear to lend themselves to digital emulation quite well.
Bit 100 v2 features
- 6 note polyphonic.
- Duophonic unison mode.
- MIDI learn for all parameters.
- Patch memory system with full library.
- Additional features byong the Bit One: PWM, Osc level, pitch bend range.
- Velocity sensitivity, assignable to PW & LFO rate as well as the more common destinations.
Bit-100 is available for purchase for the introductory price of $39 USD.
More information: Manx Synthesizers / Bit-100
Manx Synthesizers has released version 2.0 of Destiny, a duophonic synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Complex modulation facilities and excellent raw oscillators combine to make the original synth a unique, timeless classic. These qualities are brought to you by the Manx Destiny using the same technologies which feature across our entire range.
Version 2 has been updated to include our latest filter and envelope designs; other minor issues have been snagged and the default patch library has been completely updated to accommodate the version 2’s new dynamics.
Destiny v2.0 for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for the introductory price of $49 USD.
More information: Manx Synthesizers / Destiny
Manx has announced the release of SJ-2, a synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Of all the different kinds of vintage hardware synthesizers, our favourite has to be the wave of programmable polysynths which appeared during the eighties, such as the Jupiter 8 and the MJS-80 rack-mount. It wasn’t just the breakthroughs of polyphony & patch recall that made these instruments popular – they also have a distinctive sound which was quite magical. We’re very proud to present the SJ-2 as our own tribute to these awesome, IC based beasts!
It’s no accident that the SJ-2 sounds the way it does – it features several layers of audio processing ‘algorithms’ designed to reproduce subtle audio nuances that you’ll find in analog synthesisers. This ‘no stone left unturned’ approach is, of course, computationally expensive and depending on patch settings, your CPU may take a hammering. Rest assured that we have tried to minimize CPU use as much as possible, spending many hours on optimisation.
- 6 note polyphonic, with double and unison modes..
- Filter and envelope technologies exclusive to Manx.
- Midi Learn for all parameters.
- Patch memory system with full library.
- Independent PWM lfos, velocity sensitivity, generous modulation routings and much more…
SJ-2 for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD.
More information: Manx / SJ-2
Manx has released version 2.0 of the Gigmate free synthesizer instrument for Windows.
For version 2 we have totally redesigned the envelope and filter sections; control systems (such as the ‘auto env trigger’) have been improved upon and the patch library has been completely updated to accommodate the version 2’s new dynamics.
- Monosynth with Polyphonic ‘string’ section.
- Quirky features which first showed up on the 1981 Concertmate MG-1 are properly implemented.
- The GUI overlays complex audio processing ‘algorithms’ – unique to Manx & which have taken years to develop – in an effort to give the Gigmate a more authentic analog sound.
- Midi Learn for all parameters; Patch memory system with full library.
- Sample & Hold , Ring Modulation, Osc sync, audio frequency LFO, and more.
The plug-in is a free download for Windows (VST).
More information: Manx / Gigmate
Manx has released XS-3, an updated version of its XS-2 virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows.
With the XS-3, we’ve emulated DCO technology from the 1980’s. Whilst this does feature very stable pitch, DCO’s, none the less, exhibit many nuances in timbre according to frequency and several other influencing factors -all of this has been captured in the XS-3’s design.
In addition, this instrument can emulate all voices being run through a single filter (if you choose this option) – a cheap trick in the 1980’s, but it can provide interesting and unique sounds. Add to this, separate six- stage envelopes to each oscillator plus an analog chorus which has been very carefully reproduced and what you get is the perfect complement to our flagship Super-Jay & Bit100 polysynths.
- 8 note polyphonic.
- Three 6-stage envelope generators.
- Two oscillators, each can output up to 4 waveforms simultaneously.
- The filter section is switchable between polyphonic & mono.
- Midi automation.
The XS-3 plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $19 USD.
More information: Manx / XS-3
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