A couple of photos shared by Black Corporation’s Roman Filippov suggest that the ISE-NIN is about ready to go and looks incredible.
We first saw this Jupiter8 inspired synthesizer in May last year. Since then preorders have opened and you can get on the list for a deposit of $1,199 with the full price of $3749 payable before delivery. Black Corporation had hoped to ship in December 2021 but because of all the familiar problems, that’s been shifted to March 2022. The arrival of these photos, which shows completed panels and the DIY version getting a final test, is a clear indication that they are on track.
The ISE-NIN or イセーニン is clearly inspired by the classic Roland Jupiter-8 polysynth. It features eight voices consisting of 100% analog voltage-controlled oscillators. You can see the voice cards sticking out the back of the DIY version. The premade desktop version will be a lot more compact using surface mount technology.
Other features include an analog lowpass and highpass filter, noise generator, two ADSR envelopes, a VCA and an arpeggiator. You can stack up two 4-voice layers for blending sounds and each layer has its own velocity, aftertouch and MPE settings.
You can preorder the ISE-NIN on the website where you can also reserve yourself the $999 PCB kit for a $299 deposit. You’ll have to source the components yourself, but kits will probably become available from third-party suppliers if the Deckards Dream is anything to go by.