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Formanta | Faemi 1M


Faemi-1M was produced by Katchkanar radio equipment factory "Formanta", which is the manufacturer of such well-known makes of synthesizers like Polivoks. It bears the same logo on the package and retains some of its most impressive capabilities. A polyphonic analog synthesizer FAEMI-1M has a keyboard of 4 octaves. Main generator, infralow frequency generator, lowpass filter, amplifier are in the basis of the synthesis in this instrument. The control panel is divided into 5 sections: generator, timbre, vibrato, filter, amplifier. 

GENERATOR: release, tuning, glissando 
TIMBRE: piano, strings, claves, wind instruments 
VIBRATO (generator of pulse low frequency): frequency, depth, delay 
FILTER: attack, decay, sustain, release, frequency, resonance, modulation 

Faemi-1M is housed in a compact metal body with plastic sides. It has a 4-octave keyboard (from F to E; or from "Fa" to "Mi" in Russian; their combination gives "FaeMi"). Parameter control is performed with handy knob regulators graduated from 1 to 10. The synthesizer consists of four main sections: OSCILLATOR, TIMBRE, FILTER and AMPLIFIER. 

The OSCILLATOR section provides the following functions: RELEASE, FINE TUNING, GLISSANDO. The TIMBRE section (waveshape select) has four timbre volume controls - PIANO, STRING, CLAVE and BRASS. The VIBRATO(LFO) group includes the controls of vibrato RATE, vibrato DEPTH and time of vibrato DELAY. The vibrato RATE parameter is controlled by red-light indicator. The FILTER section (red button) passes the BRASS timbre through the filter (for the other timbres it is impossible) & includes the envelope group: ATTACK, DECAY, SUSTAIN, RELEASE. The parameters of the filter are CUTOFF, RESONANCE, and FILTER MODULATION. Section AMPLIFIER includes only a one control regulators - for global VOLUME.

On the front connection panel, the following connectors are situated: PEDAL input for volume control (5Din), PHONES (1/4 TRS "Jack"), main OUTPUT (1/4 TRS "Jack") and input for SUSTAIN pedal (5Din).Next the POWER connector, power ON/OFF, the FUSE are situated.

The sound of FAEMI-1M is very original & diverse, starting from slender & not loud retro piano & clavicine sounds, ending with huge futuristic synthesized strings in addition with brass+filter. Different combinations of all of them shapes the sound of this analog synth in general.
ModelFaemi 1M
Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)5
Engine Detailed1 Osc.
Filter (VCF)Low Pass, Resonance
Envelope (VCA)ADSR
Key typeKeys
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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