Coming to Kickstarter soon is the impressive-looking Implexus from Majella Audio that takes waveshaping and folding through an analogue signal path of East and West Coast-inspired synthesis.
You start off with sine waves and then you fold and shape and come out the other end with something quite complex. You then start adding harmonics in a West-Coast style. The folding can be modulated by a second wave generator that piles in at audio-rate. Then you can start bringing in the filter to satisfy our need for East-Coast subtraction. There’s a lot of interesting things going on in here.
In terms of modulation you have a pair of LFOs and a part of envelope generators and you can dial those into the oscillators and filter as desired. But what really stands out is the gorgeous glow of the half-halos around some of the knobs. I mean just look at it!
It’s also a fair-sized bigger than I first thought, it’s a good chunk of a synthesizer. But having a visual indication of modulation is something I find enormously helpful and it’s usually only found in software synthesizers. It’s totally brilliant although I’m not sure why it’s not also on the filter cutoff.
Implexus has MIDI, USB and CV ins and outs on the back for a little bit of Eurorack action but this is a standalone synth rather than modular.
It’s hitting Kickstarter soon when we should get a few more details and the all important pricing. For the moment we can enjoy these sound examples.
- Majella Audio website.