Analogue Solutions has released Nyborg-12, an Oberheim SEM-style monophonic synthesizer module with real analogue voice and modulation circuitry.

An analogue renaissance has ensured that the one-time state-of-the-art sounds of analogue synthesisers have long since become highly sought after again. Why? Well, many musicians realised that the convoluted menu-driven access systems deployed on many ‘modern-day’ digital synthesisers with weaker sounds bathed in built-in effects are no substitute for the hands-on immediacy of having access to a control per function at hand when it comes to speedy sculpting of ear-opening and often powerful electronic sounds suited to a variety of musical genres.

With more mainstream recording artists and producers than ever now relying on custom sounds as a result of this rising and renewed interest in analogue (subtractive) synthesis, is it any wonder, then, that yesteryear’s often wonderful-sounding (though not necessarily reliable) analogue classics are rapidly rising in value, pushing them out of reach of many musicians of more meagre means? Meeting this demand head on, more analogue synthesisers than ever before are available today from manufacturers both bigger and smaller.

Into this healthy and highly-competitive climate comes Analogue Solutions’ latest analogue offering, the Nyborg-12 SEM synthesiser — so-called on account of its 2-Pole 12dB/Octave MULTIMODE FILTER, the same flexible filter with LP (lowpass), BP (bandpass), HP (high pass), and NOTCH settings that is used on Analogue Solutions’ own Telemark SEM semi-modular synthesiser, similar (though not identical) to Tom Oberheim’s original 1974-vintage SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module®), much sought after itself.

Nyborg-12 features

  • Full rugged steel/aluminium case – no plastic mouldings.
  • Good quality smooth potentiometers, fully sealed against dust.
  • Good quality knobs with spun aluminium caps.
  • High grade double sided circuit board.
  • High Quality 16bit DAC for MIDI-CV conversion.
  • Very stable MIDI to CV.
  • Very stable analogue oscillators.
  • Hand built by humans.
  • True retro analogue voice and modulation circuits to give an authentic retro sound.

Nyborg-12 is available for purchase for £599 GBP. Optional rack ears are £19 GBP and wooden side panels are £39 GBP. Prices ex tax and delivery.

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