Music Live06: Spectralis Gets More Features

We bag a demo from techno artist LFO-ONE      07/11/06

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Music Live06: Spectralis Gets More Features
Jorg n Rico with Spectralis

The Spectralis is a monster of a synth, not only is it designed by ace boffin Jorg Schaaf, but its got the backing of Radikal Technologies, who are involved in the manufacture and distribution of the unit. They make rather fetching control surfaces and have leant some of their knobs and buttons to make it look just so. It’s become something of a custom to catch up with Jorg whenever we see him at a show for him to blow us away with another great demo of the Spectralis. This time, not only did we get a look at the new features, but we also got a hands on performance from German techno artist Rico, better known as LFO-One. New features we saw were the random patch generator, where elements are taken from sounds in memory and brought together. Theres also now the capability to add a MIDI layer to the sequencer so you have another 32 levels of MIDI control data to transmit to external gear. For those not familiar with what the Spectralis can do, we recommend viewing this footage – it’s pretty stunning. See below for a summary of the machines capabilities.

    Features The Spectralis is the first groove-oriented Instrument, which combines the LIVE usability of the latest digital technology with the best elements of proven analog technology. We also have thrown in some other cool features which give the synthesizer much more flexibility than anything seen before. While traditional Sequencers are limited to playing back rhythm patterns and tone sequences, the step Sequencer of the SPECTRALIS makes possible highly complex sound creations which opens up completely new worlds of sound when used in connection with the programmable FIXED FILTER BANK. In addition to its outstanding analog sound possibilities the SPECTRALIS also provides DSP based sound creation, which takes care of all the ancillary needs for drumsounds and polyphonic voices. This sound engine offers 32 stereo voices with multimode-filters, sample start point modulation and unison modes for killer drum sounds, creamy pads and a lot of other goodies.
The Spectralis is shipping now at $2499 US

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