Baloran The River polyphonic synthesizer front · Source: https://www.facebook.com/Baloran-413608092155683/?fref=ts
Baloran The River polyphonic synthesizer case · Source: https://www.facebook.com/Baloran-413608092155683/?fref=ts
Baloran The River polyphonic synthesizer side open · Source: https://www.facebook.com/Baloran-413608092155683/?fref=ts
Baloran The River polyphonic synthesizer primed · Source: https://www.facebook.com/Baloran-413608092155683/?fref=ts
The River is a polyphonic analog synthesizer project created by boutique analog effects manufacturer Baloran. Pictures of the development have appeared on Facebook over the last 6 months but a few more details have just been released by Sequencer.de that start pulling the whole thing together.
The emerging details are that it’s an 8 voice synthesizer with two VCO’s based upon those used in the Moog Source. The Source was the very colourful blue, orange and yellow synth with membrane buttons from 1981. The River couldn’t look more different. They’ve gone for a very vintage console look with the control panel angled up towards you above the keyboard. VCO modulation is available via LF), pulse-width and FM.
There’s a ladder VCF, two LFOs and envelopes plus a global, digital LFO. A modulation matrix is there for the routing. It says it’s 8 x multi-timbral which probably means that the 8 voices can be used by a single sound or up to 8 sounds on a single voice. There’s an arpeggiator and a sequencer per voice. The 5 octave Fatar keyboard supports both velocity and aftertouch. Baloran seem to have also built in their own analog TriChorus from their other products.
There’s a bunch of sound examples on SoundCloud to give you a good idea of what it’s capable of. It looks striking but somehow not lovely, although there’s plenty of time for refinement (or for me to get used to it!). Laurent from Baloran says that they imagine it will be available by the end of 2017 and will be built to order in return for a wad of cash.