The Swarm, New Compact Synthesizer Features Supersaw Oscillator, Onboard Effects + More

New synth company Artium Instruments has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of The Swarm, a polyphonic desktop synthesizer with built-in effects.

The compact synth features 8-note polyphony, onboard effects, per-knob control, plug-and-play connectivity and more.


  • Polyphonic Desktop Synth w/ Onboard Effects – The Swarm features a SuperSaw oscillator with 8-note polyphony, curated onboard effects, and a full-featured arpeggiator
  • Knob-For-Knob Functionality – Every feature of The Swarm is directly mapped to a knob, button, switch, or jack, ensuring effortless control. There’s no need for menu-diving or complex button presses to access features; everything is immediately accessible.
  • Onboard Effects – These are designed to complement the synth core, including freeze, delay, reverb & chorus. You can also use the onboard effects with other equipment, allowing you to route external audio through the inputs on the back.
  • Plug and Play Functionality – The Swarm utilizes a USB-C MIDI host for simplicity and ease of use. Most modern class-compliant MIDI controllers with USB functionality should plug in and work immediately with zero setup. Additionally, The Swarm provides power to your controller, streamlining your setup process. For older controllers that only have DIN connections, a USB to DIN converter can be used to ensure compatibility. (These converters typically cost $10-20)
  • Open Source Platform – Artium desktop synths use an open source platform known as Axoloti or Ksoloti for development and implementation of its products.

*Note: Crowdfunded projects involve risk. See the project site for details.

Production of The Swarm is being funded via a Kickstarter project. It’s available to project backers for $379.


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