Having since sold out of its previous built-to-order batches of between 25 and 27 instruments each, Schmidt-Synthesizer has announced that it has started shipping a fourth batch of its no-expense-spared Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer. They tell us that it is available in classic anthracite- or cool white-coloured configurations with visually improved hardware operation, courtesy of cosmetic colour changes to several key knobs, and feature-enhancing firmware, currently at version 3.6. Here's the story in their own words...
Starting shipment of the fourth (25-unit) batch of the still-sought-after Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer has taken time with time spent waiting while production partner e:m:c (electronic music components) successfully solved procurement problems relating to hard-to-source components. "Now nothing stands in the way of further construction of these unique instruments," says Schmidt- Synthesizer Product Manager Axel Fischer.
"From a hardware perspective, the new Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer is identical to the previous batches, save for the fact that 11 knobs have been changed to a grey colour, making for a more clearly arranged operational layout," Axel Fischer finally notes -- not before highlighting some welcomed additions: "It includes the current firmware, which adds an easy-to-use onboard polyphonic step sequencer capable of recording 40 steps with each step made up of up to six notes -- designed to be used as a live performance tool, and an arpeggiator."
Apart from that, the beautifully-built Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer's specifications as an eight-voice polyphonic, true analogue dream machine with digital control and preset memories -- 1,028 single sounds and 256 multi-sounds are available at any given time -- are as they were before. But bearing in mind that it includes almost everything subtractive synthesis is capable of, including some truly unique features -- for example, creating colder, wavetable-like sounds thanks to its chain of five ring modulators fed by six pulse-waves, each with different pulse-widths -- that have never before been implemented in an analogue synthesizer let alone an analogue programmable polysynth, those impressive specifications are well worth revisiting, as highlighted here: discrete sound generation circuitry -- no integrated oscillator/filter circuits on a single chip; dual and true multitimbral modes; separate audio outputs per voice, plus summing outputs and headphone output; 61 keys, semi-weighted with velocity and aftertouch; sophisticated glide/portamento capabilities; several realtime modifiers, fully programmable per preset; comprehensive MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) implementation with USB (Universal Serial Bus) port and DIN (Deutsches Institut fur Normung) connectivity; adjustable-angle capacious control panel with dedicated knobs and buttons for all sound programming functions; precise information on parameter names and current values via a large LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) with changeable colour background; multi-colour LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes); internal power supply; and, last but not least -- though there is clearly so much more besides, an included flight case.
As a case in point, the fourth batch of the no-expense-spared Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer surely epitomises the age-old adage: anything worth having is worth waiting for. Indeed, it has been well worth the wait. With e:m:c recently receiving a sizeable order from the only store it supplies, anyone interested in owning a premier league instrument that will be hand crafted in Germany to meet the highest possible production standards with a metal and wood -- carefully selected with a close eye on environmental sustainability -- casing that is as beautiful as it is sturdy should seriously consider placing an order directly with Schmidt-Synthesizer's production partner. After all, the Schmidt Eightvoice Analog Synthesizer is truly a subtractive synthesis world unto itself!
Pricing and Availability:
Within the EU (European Union) it is €21,900.00 EUR (including VAT) for one in classic anthracite, while white weighs in at €22,900.00 EUR (including VAT), with shipping costs not included. Outside of the EU it is €18,500.00 EUR (excluding VAT) for one in classic anthracite, while white weighs in at €19,300.00 EUR (excluding VAT), with customs and shipping costs not included. Interested parties should contact Schmidt-Synthesizer production partner e:m:c here.
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