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Vermona | Mephisto


The Mephisto is a genuine analog synthesizer. The Mephisto comes from German synth company Vermona. It was going to be released by German music company Touched By Sound (who first previewed it earlier in 2000) via Nova Music and EMIS Music. The Mephisto was also going to be a limited edition analog synth (only about 500 made, possibly more). Unfortunately the Mephisto project is now defunct, and we may or may not ever see any beyond the prototypes debuted at musical instrument conventions during 2000.

Apparently the Mephisto follows up the classic Vermona Synthesizer of the eighties. However, Mephisto has several modern day features which recreate a vintage look and sound and stable modern analog synth! Mephisto offers 6 voices of polyphony and 3 VCOs using genuine analog oscillators. No samples and no analog emulation here. Both high and lowpass filtering is available. There are two ADSR envelope generators to shape your sounds. And there are two LFO's for modulating various parameters. Additionally there are pink/white noise generators, a ring modulator, glide, a stereo filter input with trigger possibility, CV/gate and MIDI control.

Some modern enhancements include an effects processor, an external memory card slot, update-able (OS), and more! With dozens of motorized control knobs (37) to tweak and synthesize your sounds you have all the parameter control you'd want and more from any other vintage analog polysynth. Finally, the Mephisto has a truly classic and sophisticated look with a solid wood panels and a full 61-note keyboard.

Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)6
LFO2 with Attack and Decay; sample-and-hold
Engine Detailed3 VCOs (+ white/pink noise generator)
Filter (VCF)Highpass and lowpass resonant analog filters; series or parallel configurations
Envelope (VCA)2 ADSR Envelope generators
Memory100 patches, plus external memory card slot
Key typeKeys
CV-gateCV, Trigger
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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