Analogue Solutions has released an all-new Vostok. Taking the best bits from the V2 and V3 the Vostok 2020 brings the pin matrix back in a serious-looking, upright analogue power-synth.
They are calling it an “analogue power-synth” and it certainly is that. It’s a 3 oscillator monosynth with sawtooth and square waves with pulse width modulation. It has 3 sub-oscillators and ring modulation. There are 2 voltage-controlled LFOs with 4 wave shapes and 2 envelope generators with looping. You’ll also find some white noise, sample-and-hold, a mixer and a multi-mode voltage-controlled filter. So all the usual synthesizer bits are present and accounted for.
What’s more unusual is the joystick controller, the rather lovely moving coil signal meter and the pin matrix. They say that it’s like the one from the Colossus but with different circuits and a different sound, so really it’s like the one from the original Vostok. I guess with the release of the Colossus the presence of the matrix and the signal meter will draw instant comparisons. But the Vostok 2020 isn’t supposed to be a mini-Colossus, it’s very much its own thing.
Other features include both a CV sequencer and the MIDI sequencer like we find on other Analogue Solution synths, a reverb tank with 3 springs and everything appears to have a patch point.
The pin matrix is the thing that makes this a bit special and these seem to be making a bit of a return lately not only in the Colossus but in other synths too. Its purpose is to let you route audio signals and CV signals to all sorts of places without using patch cables. It theoretically allows you to run everything to everything else for an extraordinary amount of modulation and control or chaos depending on your approach.
It’s difficult to get a sense of the physical size of the synth – the Vostok was remarkably small – so I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing it in action.
The price is a rather serious £3200 and the first small run will be available by Christmas.