Kenton Retrofit kit adds MIDI to the MacBeth M5N synthesiser
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!
Well after 5 teaser videos from MacBeth on the Nexus it sure seems like the new synth is coming together nicely
“When I’m testing gear that I’m designing- it’s quite exciting!….sometime I have to record/vid. Here is three of the NEXUS (prototype) being driven by a Korg SQ-10 sequencer- the fourth osc is cross modding the higher pitched square wave osc. It’s great fun running a three track analogue sequencer into this thing! Spacey effects are as usual with this device- the Dual Tape Delay Simulators- no other effects! Today- on screen- I basically finished the synthesizer. I’m looking forward to submitting the data to manufacture next week…! This btw is basically two different experiments filmed at different times…”
People have asked that MacBeth do a video of the NEXUS prototype again- more features now added include Octave Switch for all 4 Oscillators. For Oscillators 1 and 3- seperate Pulse Width Modulators have been added- separate mening independant of each other and of the on board LFO. Fatten your sound up with a full on 4 Oscillators! Also featured on this synthesizer are a Dual State Variable Filter, 4 Envelope Generators, Dual Noise Generators, Dual VCAs and Dual Tape Delay Simulator circuits! NEXUS is a true stereo analogue synthesizer with touch plate keyboard! In the hands of a real musician- this thing will work wonders!
To give you a flavour of the 5 Oscillator/ 2 filter sound- MacBeth set up this on the M5X prototype. It’s pretty massive with hints of spring line reverb and cross modulation from one of the VC Modulators modulating as well as being audio! It’s a booming, massive sound!
An experiment here that I recorded to tape- using M5N circuits with some modification- now M5X. There’s a lot of resonant spring line reverb on this one!
Here’s an experiment with a new flagship product prototype!………..inferno? 6 oscillators, interchangable filters, interchangable touch keyboard with real keys, 2 ring modulators, dual tape delay simulators and more! As said- it’s a prototype- but fun to start with- a true stereo synthesizer!
The first of 3 short videos featuring a quartet of the up and coming MacBeth Micromac-D desktop analogue synthesizer.
“I called it The Sweep- two Micromac-D units having their filters swept in stereo! A third unit is doing the lead stuff- and the first one that you see/hear- effects…..”
Inspired by visits to Santa Monica, and always seeing the ‘turn right’ sign for a place called Slawson Avenue- I did this track whilst experimenting with the Micromac-D pre factory model. I’m also using a Korg Prophecy as a controller keyboard and a ‘scrapper’ SH101 as an analogue sequencer. There’s a Roland CR8000 on drums. My latest project Nexus 1 fits in here too! The Micromac series and the Nexus 1 basically complete my synth dream wishes!…I hope you enjoy…..Ken
Last Sunday, Paul Hartnoll from the great electronic band Orbital paid a visit for tea and a sandwich, and also to talk synths a play around with some new projects that I’m working on. Here we see him tweaking with the MacBeth NEXUS 1 prototype. All sounds are recorded to the camera mic, as opposed to the desk- so don’t expect high quality. It was a fun day and I was a guest in the evening for a fantastic gig that featured the MacBeth M5N played by a master!
Here’s an experiment that I did. I replaced one octave of touch keys that I’m working on on an old scrap SH101…..it works perfectly!….my next shot is to give the scrapper SH101 a full three octaves as opposed to the two and a half octave keybed. If this all works- the touch keyboard I’m going to do as a stand-alone will have this built is seq! The sequencer is driving the up and coming Micromac-D synthesizer and I also played here the prototype of the experimental NEXUS 1 analogue touch synthesizer!