Superbooth 2022: Erica Synths announces Syntrx II and LXR-02 Drum Machine Eurorack Module

 

Good news from Erica Synths, as it’ll be heading to Superbooth 2022 with two new products and a positive update on one of its previously announced ones.

 

The biggest ‘unveil’ is the Syntrx II, a spruced-up version of the original Syntrx that landed in 2020. This takes inspiration from the classic Synthi AKS synth, but is a “reminagination” rather than a direct clone. It features stable oscillators, new synthesis options, a digital patch matrix, patch recall, a built-in sequencer, effects and more.

 

The original Syntrx was good enough to get the thumbs-up from Synthi’s Peter Zinovieff, who demised last year, but its successor promises to be even better. Based on lessons learned during development of the first version, Syntrx II is said to represent “the culmination of Erica Synths’ analogue sound design circuits”, and features two main oscillators with waveshapers, a multimode filter, external instrument inputs with an envelope follower, a ring modulator, a recordable joystick, and a built-in piano roll sequencer.

 

What they say about it:

 

“Based on lessons learned from the SYNTRX, we decided to create an instrument which would integrate even deeper into contemporary electronic and experimental music setups and cover sonic territory from daunting drones to powerful basslines and glitched noisescapes.

 

The SYNTRX II is the culmination of our analogue sound design circuits – two perfectly stable main oscillators with waveshapers, a versatile multimode filter, supercharged external instrument inputs with an envelope follower, a unique, great sounding ringmodulator, a recordable joystick and built in piano roll sequencer, all arranged around our signature matrix mixer and topped off with powerful FX on our new DSP platform. Introducing The SYNTRX II – a new dark horse for experimental sonic rides.”

 

 

 

Features:

 

  • Two stable main oscillators with CV controlled waveforms
  • Modulation oscillator with variable waveforms
  • Highpass and Lowpass filters in series
  • Free running or gate synced sample and hold circuit
  • Multi-colour noise generator
  • DC coupled instrument inputs with signal inversion and envelope follower
  • Ringmodulator of unique design
  • Looping trapezoid envelope generator and VCA
  • Two output VCAs
  • Signal meter with a dedicated audio/CV output
  • FX section with great sounding Delay and Reverb
  • Recordable Joystick Analogue patch matrix with 3 attenuation levels in each patch point
  • 254 patch memory
  • Piano roll sequencer
  • Two CV inputs
  • Gate input
  • DIN5 MIDI Input (CV and Gate) and MIDI Thru
  • Two assignable outputs
  • Headphone output

 

There’s the obligatory matrix mixer, along with an FX section that’s running on a new DSP platform.

 

The Erica Synths Syntrx II will be available in the summer priced at €1,800 (VAT excl.) /$2,719.

 

 

The next new product of the Erica Synths rank is the LXR-02 Eurorack module – a digital drum box that can also be a source of bass sounds with an integrated sequencer by Sonic Potions and Erica Synths. It’s based on the sound engine from the LXR-02 drum machine, but adds assignable CV control over parameters.

 

You get a total of six drum/percussion voices, three of which can be used as basslines. Each voice has more than 30 adjustable parameters, and there’s an insert effects section.

 

Features:

 

  • 6 drum/percussion voices
  • 3 voices can be used as basslines
  • Powerful sound design engine
  • Over 30 adjustable parameters per voice
  • 5 assignable CV inputs with 1V/Oct tracking
  • Insert FX section
  • 4 assignable outputs
  • Kit memory
  • SD card for Kit exchange and easy FW updates
  • Kits compatible with the LXR-02
  • Module width – 28 HP

 

The LXR-02 Eurorack Module will be available in the summer, priced €410 plus VAT/$499.

 

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Lastly, we are pleased to be able to report that the delayed Perkons HD-01 drum machine is finally available for pre-order. Announced last year , but put on ice due to component shortages this eagerly anticipated device will ship in July priced at €1,650 (plus VAT)/$1,999.

 

You can find out more about all three products on the Erica Synths website.

 

 

 


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