It’s come to light that Analogue Solutions has something special lined up for Synthfest in Sheffield this year. I was under impression that they had two new products to reveal and it turns out one of them is called Colossus and it’s a huge console-like synthesizer of mega proportions.
Analogue Solutions Colossus
Colossus is a large scale analogue synthesizer in a solid metal case edged in hardwood. It has a flavour of the ARP 2500 and EMS Synthi 100 about it. Apparently none of the technology is borrowed from other manufacturers, it’s much more of an evolution from Analogue Solutions previous synths such as the Polymath, Telemark and Vostok.
Colossus has 12 oscillators with multi-turn vernier knobs, 12 VCAs, 8 filters (4 LPF, 4 multi-mode) with dedicated envelopes, dual 64-step sequencers, twin spring reverbs and ring modulators. It’s got moving coil VU meters and a sodding oscilloscope built-in. This is a monster.
On the control surface are twin horizontal Swiss-made broadcast-quality 31×31 pin matrixes, one for CV and one for audio routing, 2 joystick controllers, 6 channel audio mixer and 2 touch keyboards. The patching is all minijack so they haven’t gone full Moog with it.
This is something very different and comes with a suitably legendary price tag of £20,000. It’s 1700mm wide, 700mm deep and 650mm high and would take up the space of an upright piano. It looks amazing, but serious and understated and I notice it has an empty panel on the console just waiting for some kind of cherry on top.
What a remarkable instrument to manufacture. I can’t imagine they’ll make many but we can all dream of having one. Get yourself to Synthfest on the 5th October to see it and hear it for yourself.
- Analogue Solutions website.