MESSE 14: MacBeth Elements Synthesizer

March 15, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Ken MacBeth shows us his brand new Elements synth, complete with touch keyboard.

MacBeth Elements Synthesizer – A ‘No-Compromise’ Analog Synth

March 12, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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MacBeth shared this sneak preview of theMacBeth Elements Synthesizer – a new ‘no compromise synth’.

Specifications are still to come – but check out the images below for a preview of MacBeth’s latest analog sytnh.

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Check out the new MacBeth Bomber – compact modular

November 6, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Ken MacBeth has introduced a new synth, the MacBeth Bomber, a ‘compact modular’ that sounds like a monster synth. Here’s what MacBeth has to say about this tiny beast:

I call this minimal 3 module Macbeth Mk1 synthesizer the Bomber! Specifically put together to Bomb that Bass!

The single Mk1 Oscillator ‘B’ gives you 1 x Sawtooth, 2 x Pulse Width (Square) Waveforms, 2 x Sub Octaves, one below the other whi…ch all go into the discrete Mk1 Filter ‘B’ – State Variable Filter that loves Overdrive! Gated and controlled by the Mk1 Dual EGs with built in Utility VCA.

As a modification- there is a Noise Generator normalized into Audio Input 3 on that Filter!

…and remember- this is just one Oscillator!

 

More stuff from MacBeth: Micromac D Part Two: Oscillators

October 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is the second video aimed to demonstrate the diverse capabilities of the three oscillator desktop sized MacBeth X-Series Micromac-D analogue synthesizer. In this video, we get to hear what the Oscillator section does, plus a few extras! As always, when things get going- hows does one adequately show what the potential of this thing has? Watch on………..there’s some Trio-phony too!

Micromac D Part One: Introduction

October 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is the first video aimed to demonstrate the diverse capabilities of the three oscillator desktop sized MacBeth X-Series Micromac-D analogue synthesizer. In this video, I briefly explain the functionality of the unit.

In the lab with Mk1 Modular and Prophecy 1

September 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nice black and white studio capture featuring to classic machines, details below:

Here is (1 of 2) videos that I’ve made demostrating the MacBeth Mk1 Modular and two Korg Prophecy Synthesizers. The Mk1 Modular has 5 Oscillators and 2 Sub Octaves going into a Mk1 Low Pass Filter ‘A’…the Prophecies provide ambient sounds and Tenor Saxaphone sounds. The Tenor Sax is a reeds algorythm model………it all makes for a very interesting mix. I’ve tried to reproduce the kind of sound from the Bowie/Berlin seventies days! This is the first video…

Macbeth Micromac as a Drum machine

September 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Micromac-D by Ken MacBeth is a small and powerful, full analog standalone desktop synthesizer such as the eurorack module Micromac-R now including the Kenton MIDI-Interface and some extra features. Unlike his competitors it has three voltage controlled oscillators and a classic Moog lowpass filter, as a tiny desktop synth it could become indeed the bonsai-version of the M5 as the true MacBeth synthesizer!

The desktop version of the Micromac has not just CV and gate inputs to play the synth, but also a MIDI/CV interface from Kenton, who stand for very reliable and stable interfaces… and a few news with the additional LFOs.

3 VCOs: VCO1 and 2 have saw, pulse, triangle and sine waveforms and the pulse width can be voltage controlled by external CVs. A low frequency noise with level control is available as well. VCO 1 can hard sync VCO 2. VCO 3 can be used as a modulation oscillator and can be disconnected from the master CV. Modulation targets are filter cutoff frequency and/or pitch of VCOs 1 and 2. All VCOs have individual outputs, coarse and fine frequency controls, separate CV inputs for controlling frequency and pre-filter level controls.

The filter is a Moog 24dB lowpass filter. It´s input is a mixture of all three VCOs and noise. The cutoff frequency can be controlled by the first envelope generator as well as by an external CV. The filtertracking is switchable between off / half / full.

The envelopes are ADSRs with a switchable release parameter thats time is depending on the decay parameter, just like the Minimoog. The filter envelope can also be used to control VCO2´s pitch what sounds great when VCO2 is synchronised. Furthermore you can invert this envelope´s characteristic. The second envelope modulates the VCA. If an external CV is patched to the VCA the internal modulation is broken up. A momentary button allows manual triggering of the envelopes.

MacBeth: Pre-Factory Final Test – Touch Keyboard

July 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Seen here- Prototypes of MacBeth NEXUS and INFERNO synthesizers.

“On the left I am playing a 1 Octave final test Touch Keyboard Assembly. I have this setup to check everything! The repetative rhythmic sounds are coming from the INFERNO prototype- the more lead/wash is coming from the NEXUS!”

Kenton Retrofit for MacBeth M5N

July 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kenton Retrofit kit adds MIDI to the MacBeth M5N synthesiser

MacBeth: NEXUS Test #5

June 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Ken MacBeth tests out the prototype of his upcoming MacBeth Studio Systems Nexus touchpad synthesizer, details below:

As I finalize the design of the NEXUS synthesizer for production- I took it the prototype through to the work bench. Basically- the work/refinements are complete. This recording has no external effects- the only sounds are from the NEXUS itself! I’ve designed a synthesizer that has the type of sound, similar to that used on the David Bowie trilogy that was recorded in Berlin in the seventies- see what you think!

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