Baloran, the makers of The River analog polysynth is working on a new monster synthesizer they are called “The Machin”.
It’s very much a work in progress but Laurent Baloran can’t hide his delight in showing it to the world via YouTube. There is no other information on his website or social media and so all we can do is boggle at the size of this thing and contemplate the possibilities. The River is an enormous, boutique, premium analog polyphonic synthesizer and so you can imagine that The Machin will be an uncompromising beast of a synth.
What we can see is that it has 4 oscillators, 2 analog and 2 digital ones which pass into 4 filters where it can be modulated by 3 LFOs and 4 envelopes through a pair of VCAs. There’s enough there for a 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer. It has a huge colour touch-screen and a sequencer stacked vertically on the right side. A row of buttons to the bottom left indicates the play modes with includes Mono, Dual and Poly as well as Op1 and Op2 which is intriguingly FM sounding.
Laurent says in the description of one video that the front panel layout of the prototype gives him the chance to try out various configurations to get to the best ergonomics. He also mentions a bank of formant digital filters.
In this demo he says that only 1 voice card is working and yet it still sounds very impressive.
It’s an exciting looking project and I look forward to hearing more about it.