Viper Synths has introduced ROBOTRON, a MIDI controller that they say looks and feel like an analog synthesizer. It is hand made in France and features Sapelli wood sides, Original Moog knobs, Sequential Circuits knobs and vintage-style buttons. Here's the details direct from the company...
Robotron has 26 potentiometers and 6 momentary switches. They are all assignable to any CC you desire. By default the layout of ROBOTRON gives you the essential commands of pretty much every synths that exist.
Robotron comes with a Max for Live plugin that allows you to map your virtual synths on the fly and save the mappings once and for all. You can download it here. A VST version of the plugin is coming in 2024.
Robotron has 9 sections. Oscillators, mixer, filter, 2 enveloppes, a volume, LFO, a MIDI channel selector and the free to assign knobs. Every knobs and buttons are assignable.
It works on all DAWs.
With its 16 MIDI channel selection directly available on its panel, you can quickly switch from one instrument to another, without touching your DAW. You can also control all your hardware synths using the MIDI OUT of your computer.
For those who work without no computer, a very small USB to MIDI DIN converter is coming in 2024.
The assign section has 6 aluminium knobs, the same found on Sequential Circuit synthesizers. The other knobs are made of Bakelite, an extremely solid plastic invented by Leo Baekeland in 1907. Bakelite can resist extreme temperatures and chemicals. Those knobs are the same found on Moog synths.
The top panel is made of anodised aluminium with a beautiful brushing effect to it. The wood sides are made of exotic Sapelli, often used on boats for its robustness and beautiful look. It is particularly prized for its lustrous iridescence. It is also used in the manufacture of furniture, luxury flooring, and musical instruments.
- 26 High Quality Potentiometers.
- 8 Switches.
- 100% Assignable.
- 16 MIDI Channel Selection.
- OLED Screen.
- USB MIDI Compliant Plug & Play.
David Jacopin aka Taho, creator of Viper Synths in 2022, had this to say...
"I've been looking for MIDI controllers that would feel like real synthesisers for years. I've tried many gears but I couldn't find anything that I could enjoy as much as a real synth. I like solid, beautiful, well finished, metal and wood cases, like it was made in the 70s and 80s. Inspired by legendary Moog, Oberheim, Roland and Sequential Circuits, I designed ROBOTRON, a beautiful USB MIDI controller that makes you feel virtual synths. I wanted a vintage look, something with a soul, so I selected the highest quality materials used back in the days. Something with a history like Bakelite plastic used on the Moog knobs. This material was invented by Leo Baekeland in 1907. Bakelite is an extremely solid plastic which can resist extreme temperatures and chemicals. It was widely used in aircraft engines but also jewellery for its beauty just to name a few applications. For the wood I chose exotic Sapelli, often used on boats for its robustness and beautiful look. It is particularly prized for its lustrous iridescence. It is also used in the manufacture of furniture, luxury flooring, and musical instruments. For the case I chose powder coated steel. Steel is a very strong material and powder coating makes it not only beautiful but very durable. As for the top panel, I wanted something special and I went with an anodized blue aluminium, brushed for a matt and detailed finish. The second product I've created is Harmony, a MIDI controller designed for Spitfire plugins and many other libraries. I hope you will enjoy the products I design as much as I do, and that they will inspire you."
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