SONICWARE Aims To Reinvent The Synthesizer

ELZ_1 has various synthesis engines including FM, 8-bit wave memory and granular      18/01/18

SONICWARE Aims To Reinvent The Synthesizer

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SONICWARE says that their goal for the ELZ_1 was to create a synthesizer capable of producing unique sounds, so they developed synthesis engines, including FM, 8-bit wave memory and granular, from the ground up. The idea being that this variety of original synth engines will enable creation of new sounds, new performances and new music. Here's more details in their own words...

Become a sound adventurer with the ELZ_1
The ELZ_1 synthesizer engines, which were all developed from the ground up, include the FM SYNTH, the 8BIT WAVE MEMORY SYNTH that allows editing and morphing, the DNA Explorer that can work with waveforms from captured audio, and the SiGRINDER granular synthesizer.

Synthesizer engines

  • FM SYNTH (4 operators with 31 algorithms, feedback and detuning)
  • 8BIT WAVE MEMORY SYNTH (waveform editing and morphing with FM mode)
  • DNA EXPLORER (extract and generate waveforms from audio)
  • SiGRINDER (granular synthesizer engine)
  • STANDARD OSC (sign, square, triangle and saw waves)
  • LOW-BIT OSC (sign, square, triangle and saw waves)


Additional features

  • Envelopes: ADSR
  • Filters & EQ: LPF, HPF, BPF, Peaking EQ, LO EQ, HI EQ, Graphic EQ
  • Effects: Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Chorus, Vibrato, Phaser, Tremolo, Auto-pan, Delay, Tape Echo, Room, Hall, Arena, Spring, Plate
  • Arpeggiators: Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, Up&Down, Down&Up, Random
  • USB functions: Firmware updates, USB MIDI
  • Power: 4 AA batteries, 5V DC (center positive, 5.5mm (outer), 2.1mm (inner) jack)
  • Outputs: stereo line outputs (standard jacks), headphone output (stereo mini jack)
  • Speaker
  • AUX IN (stereo mini jack)
  • Compact: 399×130×47 mm (15.7"×05.2"×1.8"), about 1 kg (2.2 lbs.)


Whether playing live or recording, the ELZ_1 will back up your performances with unique sounds when you need them. Use battery power and the built-in speaker to play the ELZ_1 anywhere.

Expand possibilities and experience new sounds with USB. Connect the ELZ_1 to a PC or Mac to use it as a sound source.

The ELZ_1 synthesizer engines are evolving daily. Enhancements and other functions are planned through firmware updates.

Pricing and Availability:
Release date and price are still being finalized.The ELZ_1 synthesizer can be seen and heard at the 2018 NAMM Show (booth 1456 in Hall E).

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