Uli Behringer invited people to send them ideas for future synthesizers. Andreas from Heinakroon took this on and the beautiful, fully-formed Positron 16 concept is the result.
While this is just a concept, a virtual rendering of possibility, it’s a well-thought-out and exciting synthesizer. Uli’s offer of turning a dream synthesizer into reality is a very enticing one that’s generated lots of ideas and a certain amount of ridiculousness. The Positron 16 however has a level of competence that makes you feel, yes, this could be awesome. It feels achievable, it looks amazing and sounds fantastic although, of course, it isn’t real so we don’t really know what it sounds like.
The design is based upon a pair of classic 3340 VCOs per voice with continuously variable morphing between 5 different wave shapes. They will also feature detuning, hard and soft sync, Ring Modulation with their own LFO and FM. All these sources are mixed with noise and a multi-waveform sub-oscillator before heading to the filters.
There will be two multi-mode filters, one based on the 3320 and one on the Moffatt solid-state design. Both filters can be controlled together with a global cutoff and offset control. The routing can be in series or parallel and has a vibe of the configuration in the Arturia PolyBrute.
Next, we reach the VCAs which route in stereo to the ample effects engine. A 16-slot modulation matrix offers versatile routing and sound design possibilities. There are 4 LFOs and 4 envelopes to keep everything moving.
Two key performance features are the ribbon controller and the Morpher Joystick with recordable movements and opportunities for macro control over parameters.
There’s an arpeggiator and step-sequencer along with a Dual Mode that lets you split and layer the keyboard to load two patches with morphing between them.
The icing on the cake is the visualisation of the controls. Every knob has an LED halo for indicating the current value and that’s quite a stunningly useful and good-looking feature that definitely adds to the pizazz of the synth.
For all the details check out the video below.
Andreas from Heinakroon has spoken to Uli about the concept and apparently, Uli is “cautiously optimistic” about the idea but it ultimately comes down to people wanting to buy it. So, if Andreas can drum up enough support for the Positron 16 then it may well become a reality. I’d recommend heading over the website and voting YES!
- Positron 16 website