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Future Sound Systems Portland

Future Sound Systems Portland  ·  Source: Future Sound Systems

The perfect accompaniment to their Brunswick naked synthesizer the Portland percussion synth combines all sorts of noise and resonators to produce a cool synthesizer of drums in a stripped down package.

Portland

I think the idea is that this is a 4-channel drum synthesizer but there’s so much going on that it’s not entirely clear. There’s certainly a kick drum provided by a semi-linear resonator, a snare drum output and some hi-hat dynamic shaping circuits. But otherwise it has two Twin-T resonators, a Ring generator formed from 6 XOR’d oscillators, a Noise generator, two decay envelopes, two VCAs and a four channel mixer with Baxandall tone circuit. Make of that what you will but I imagine you can make interesting percussive sounds however you wish.

The 32 point patch bay gives a lot of potential for external and internal control with trigger inputs, audio outputs and control inputs for the envelopes and VCAs.

It sounds pretty phenomenal:

Portland is currently a standalone battery-powered synth but they have a Eurorack adapter and front panel on the way along with a DC power option. It’s available now for £330 and there will be a kit version coming along in May.

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