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Erica Synths Steampipe

Erica Synths Steampipe  ·  Source: Erica Synths


Steampipe is a gorgeous-looking desktop machine that generates, reverberates and saturates up to 8 voices of physically modelled sounds.


Update: Video below! Good explanation from Girts and a short sound demo.


I’m immediately reminded of the ancient Steampipe synth in Native Instruments Reaktor, which follows very similar lines of physical modelling. Erica Synths designed this Steampipe with Dutch company 112.dB. It’s all about emulating the way sound is formed from wind instruments. We’re talking about the vibration produced by air moving across an embouchure or pipe edge. I have a feeling this is going to be astonishingly good!

Steampipe has three major sections, Steam, Pipe and Reverberator. In the Steam section, the focus is on the airflow. It’s a noise generator of sorts with an envelope to control the force of the air. You can replace this part with an external input. The Pipe section forms the pitch by pushing waves into feedback with control over shape and tuning. Finally, the Reverberator adds space and ambience to the sound.


Apparently, the Steampipe has been optimized for wind MIDI controllers but should work great with any MIDI keyboard. Also on board is a shapable LFO for modulation, a multi-mode Filter and Saturation. It will come with lots of interesting presets

While the look and surface of the Steampipe is very much Erica Synths, it feels like a different kind of product to what we usually expect from them. What’s missing at the time of writing is any video evidence of it in action. So, currently, I have no idea what it sounds like.

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One response to “Superbooth 23: Erica Synths Steampipe Physical Modelling Synthesizer”

    Gwugluud Barcher says:

    Devs who make only items on a temporary ( “only 28 will be made”, etc) basis are utterly useless. Always pricing their stuff higher than their much more well- known competition does provide a laugh, however.

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