Argentina based GS Music has shared a preview of a cool looking synthesizer called Zeus. We had a sniff of this back in February but it now looks like it’s nearing completion. They say it’s multitimbral, polyphonic and completely analog in terms of sound generation.
It cuts quite a nice looking form. Old style wood housing a future-looking synthesizer panel and 4-octave keyboard. The layout looks simple and easy to navigate although you do tend to get drawn to the screen and data wheel in the middle which hints at some microprocessing going on behind the analog scenes for things such as the 8 “Preset” buttons. There appears to be 12 voices on offer with two oscillators per voice with waveform mixing, two envelops, a comprehensive filter section and three LFOs. Chorus and Delay round things off.
Quite how the multi-timbral side of things works is yet to be seen. It could be split into two 6-voice layers or maybe 12 monophonic synths. There are both Poly and Unison “Multi” modes available on the front panel. There’s also an ARP button near the central command display.
The demonstration is slightly underwhelming and a bit plonky – call me old fashioned but I like to see knobs being moved – but in the right hands it could get very interesting.
We saw their Apollo 1 monsynth this time last year which they’ve been selling direct from Argentina. I hope they move into the idea of distribution so that the Zeus could be a bit more obtainable. Price and full details yet to come but check out the website for a few more specs.
- GS Music Zeus webpage.