DinSync (Paul Barker) is the DIY synthesizer genius behind the RE-303 replica of the Roland TB-303. Now he’s working on a synthesizer adorably called Gilbert. This is something of his own design but inspired by the classic Roland MC-202, SH-101 and SH-09 synthesizers.
The name doesn’t really give anything away. He says the idea is to create a small CV/Gate voice that you can build and run with the RE-303. Although it would work with any sequencer. Judging by the images of the prototype there’s nothing particularly small about it, especially when you consider the size of the Roland Boutique range. It has all those lovely sliders from the Roland synths and looks brilliantly playful.
All the Instagram images and videos are of the first prototype. It has some way to go before becoming a sellable product, but it sounds awesome. From left to right the layout is in classic SH-09 and SH-101 mode. Starting with an LFO, a single oscillator with modulation amount, pulse width and wave selection. No range knob, instead there’s a 3-way switch for low/mid/high. Then there’s a waveform mix with what looks like an auxillary input switch. And finally the filter, VCA and ADSR envelope.
Gilbert should become available as a kit as soon as Paul is happy with the build. Pricing is not yet known. It’s one to keep an eye on. And if the front panel of the RE-303 is anything to go by it should look fabulous.
DinSync Forum Gilbert page.