WNAMM12: Eowave KOMA - Bass Synth

Step back into the 80s with a touch of 2012      12/01/12

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We just got word from Eowave of their new Bass Synthesizer KOMA "inspired by classic synths from the 1980s".

The video above is of a prototype from last year.


Eowave have been making synths and effects for as long we've been visiting tradeshows, making what you might consider specialist analogue gear and triggering systems. KOMA looks like a real push into a more mainstream product. With memory and a 16 step sequencer it could be just the thing for the b-line your after. We'll be sure to catch up with Eowave at NAMM and see what its all about. In the meantime here are some sepcifications, lots of them:




Main VCO with 2 waveforms (square and saw), plus SUB (square) and NOISE
- The pulsewidth of the square waveform can be modulated by ENV2 or by the LFO.
- The main oscillator can be transposed up to 3 octaves
- The main oscillator frequency can be modulated by the LFO or by ENV3
- Glide
- Mix of the 4 waveforms

- sub (sub can be 1 or 2 octaves below the master freq).
- The DESYNC mode enables to desynchronize and detune the SUB from the main oscillator. 
- In the DESYNC mode, the SUB can be at the same frequency than the main oscillator or 1 octave below.

- 24dB resonant low-pass filter for a classical 80s sound
- Variable cutoff and resonance 
- The filter can be modulated by ENV2, KB, LFO. 
- External audio with a trimmer to feed the filter

- The LFO has 8 waveforms  (triangle, ramp up, ramp down, square, random, digital noise, staircase up, staircase down)
- Variable speed
- The LFO modulates the VCO, VCF or PWM
- External MIDI clock synchronization 

ENV1, ENV2 & ENV3 
- ENV1 & ENV2: these 2 envelopes ADSR modulate respectively the amplitude and the filter. 
- Attack goes from 2ms to 10 s. 
- ENV3:  envelope Attack/Decay modulates the VCO

- VCA is affected to ENV1

- 4 banks of 64 sound presets (SAV PRST, SAVE PAT)
- 4 banks of 64 patterns
- 256 sound presets
- 256 patterns

- 16 steps sequencer with 16 LED
- 4 sections: 1 section for gate and note and 3 sections freely assignable to any parameter of the front panel. 
- Random feature
- Adjustable tempo
- You can transpose the sequencer via an external MIDI keyboard. 
- Each line can have a different number of steps to create complex modulations
- Chain up to 8 sequences. 
- Shuffle feature
- External MIDI clock synchronization 

- Audio in
- Audio out
- MIDI in
- USB (for software update and MIDI in&out)




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