TB-303 And Beyond

Abstrakt Instruments introduces the Avalon Bassline with swappable filters      02/02/15

Buying Choices

Abstrakt Instruments describes the Avalon Bassline as a high quality analog bassline synthesizer and sequencer. They say that the core circuitry of the avalon is based on the revered Roland TB-303 bassline synthesizer, to which a new layer of analog and digital circuitry has been added to position the avalon as the premier bassline synthesizer. That new layer includes a cartridge slot enabling the use different filters. Here's the details in the company's own words:

• Core analog and digital circuitry based on TB-303
Incorporates layout and parts from the original bassline, including carbon film resistors, united chemi-con electrolytic capacitors, poly foil film capacitors, original IC's, and sanyo/on semi & mitsubishi transistors.

• Synth Cartridge System™
Compatible with the cartridge system in the form of filter plugin carts.

• Extensive Analog Control
In addition to the six analog controls of the original bassline, the avalon includes controls for sub osc/ext input level, filter tracking, accent decay time, vca decay (normal to full off), utility envelope attack & decay time, utility envelope to vfc and vca modulation depths, frequency response select (normal and full range.

•  Extensive Digital Control
In addition to backwards compatibility with the TB-303 pattern write pitch & time modes the avalon incorporates new progamming modes making extensive use of (16) step LED switches. Patterns can be up to 64 steps in length (up to 4 sections x 16 steps) and each pattern can have numerous scales including triplet modes. Real-time editing includes slide time select, utility envelope trigger mode, pattern step skipping, pattern reverse, rotate, random, & shuffle. There is also an arpeggiator that can be performed real-time or recorded directly into a pattern.

• MIDI & DIN Sync
Sync source can be selected as internal, MIDI, or Din Sync, and the avalon sends both MIDI & Din Sync.

• Audio inputs & Outputs
Includes main & headphone outputs, saw and square outputs (+/-5V), external input, and filter and vca outputs.

• CV Inputs & Outputs
Includes cv & gate input and output, filter cv Input, & accent sweep output.

This YouTube demo demo is Avalon and TR-909 straight to Steinberg MR-816x, no signal processing.

Pricing and Availability:
TBC

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