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MacBeth Studio Systems | Elements Synthesizer


Introducing Elements “ ...around about November of 2013, I began to realize some ideas that I'd been mulling over for some time the ideas that I was having to make larger sized modules, with larger sized controls built in to them as a set or series of modules that were not necessarily aimed at the tradition formats of 3u modular, or even 5u modular. It's tradtional for me to design synthesizers and now a tradition to design modules where the user gets more than just the original module function. On my X-Series dual oscillator for example I designed the oscillators first- then added ancillary functions such as attenuators, ring modulation and noise. In fact a full bodied, multiple sound source module with matched circuits to give 'that' sound. I'm not known for designing simple, plain functioning equipment. The dual oscillator and it's partner, the 'backend' filter broke the mold in the Eurorack Camp because while everyone else was making things smaller, it turned out that I was making things bigger. And of course, the reason for that was the control size on the panel...and ultimately the complex circuits built from the older, tradtional, larger parts.

The elements became an idea that i was fixed on. i wanted to make a real sized synthesizer panel that had top quality features in it and without sonic compromise. i bought some aluminium panels (which just happened to be 84 hp) and started work. during this time- i also thought that i'd like to go down the 'british look' style...from my very early days i had always like the looks of two British synthesizers of old- the dewtron synthesizer and the ems. Finding those and indeed, radio ham equipment were the traditional vernier dial- plus the availability of real cliff knobs...i set about making element one! element one is the first in a series of five elements modules- well, there has to be a fifth element!

While playing the element one module with the touch keyboard that i'd developed- it occurred to me- that both the module and the keyboard could be integrated together! and if they could be integrated together- why not go the whole way and make a full scale synth out of this! ideas came together...and fast.....i decided to add yet another oscillator for that full 3 oscillator sound...and also i felt that the inclusion of a fourth modulating oscillator had to be. and while i was at it- make that modulating oscillator a fully blown vco/lfo....born is the elements synthesizer! it's a lightweight, thin, compact synthesizer that take in external cv and gate, sends out cv and gate to external voltage controlled equipment, and when you don't need to use that dynamic touch keyboard- you can use midi to control it!
BrandMacBeth Studio Systems
ModelElements Synthesizer
Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)1
LFO1 Noise, Sample & Hold, Sine, Square, Triangle
Engine Detailed3 VCO, Pink Noise, Pulse, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Sub Oscillator, Triangle, White Noise
Filter (VCF)1 Low Pass, Resonance
Envelope (VCA)1 ADS
Key typeTouchplate
CV-gateCV/Gate I-O
Produced:2014 - 2017
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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