Yet another promising video with updates from MacBeth, details below:
Life’s not all grim! Touch keyboards are real fun and they make you think in a completely different way about keyboard playing- odd at first- but the technique starts to change and grow. Here is me playing the MacBeth micromac-r unit and the olde ‘vaporware’ protoype unit with the mere 1 octave prototype job. To your right the planned three octave controller- now with now stylus, earthing yourself to ground or anything like that-0 it’s now ‘touch capacitative’ and pure analogue!
Yet another teaser from MacBeth, all looks good apparently
This is the first test that I have done of the micromac-r synthesizer since this test example came back from the assembly plant- all is good! It’s working perfectly! One hell of a lot of sound come from a very micro sized unit!
Here is the first demonstration video of the MacBeth micromac -r 3U Eurorack module. This short video will give you some idea of the smooth sound of this synthesizer! There is some interesting lead and bass going on here…I’m using a Korg Prophecy as a keyboard controller and a Kenton Pro4 to drive the micromac!
This is a demo of the touch keyboard that MacBeth is working on.
Gone is the physical stylus- now a finger with a small piece of foil is acting as the actuator! It’s fun and it works. The touch keyboard is playing the MacBeth micromac desktop unit via it’s CV inputs. I’m using a fair bit of sample and hold- LFO1 S&H is sampling the LFO2 Triangle wave- is sounds a little bit like sequences or arpeggios. I’m also usin the CV from the touch keyboard to control the speed of LFO1- at the very bottom of the keyboard- it’s 0 Volts- at the top it’s about 3 and half volts- so the LFO speeds up and slows down accordinly. I hope that you enjoy the product development!
More from MacBeth:
Here is a very short video fearuring a small two octave stylus control keyboard! The outputs are Glide 1 (1v/octave), Glide 2 (1V/Octave), Standard 1VOctave, Negative (reverse going) 1V/Octave and finaqly +5V gate. The keyboard is driving the soon to be released MacBeth micromac analogue synthesizer. It’s a handy accessory for any modular synthesizer user! The copper plate that I’m using is highly reflective!
Here’s what they have to say about it:
As we hit production of the micromac- her’s one of the last videos from the prototype units- this video features the desktop version doing baqss lines and the 3U format version doing some strange glide stuff! It’s been an interesting experiment- the keyboard controllers are 2 x Korg Prophecies doing the arpegiation thing at different timings! Apart from my own designs featured here- I’d highly recommend 2 x Prophecies as keyboard controllers! I guess all this sound coming from such small units….starts to erase the need for the massive modular…especially if you after this kind of sound! All played live….and yes, the video needs a touch of brightening slash contrast!
Here’s a short video where I am using both the 3U Eurorack version and the Desktop version of the up and coming MacBeth micromac! This is pretty standard stuff- but this morning I switched the gear on before work and came up with these rather vintage minimoog like sounds! The 3U Eurorack version is on the left side- the Desktop version on the right side!
Short info on the Micromac:
The long-awaited Micromac by MacBeth is a small and yet powerful, full analog standalone desktop synthesizer because unlike his competitors it has three voltage controlled oscillators and a classic Moog lowpass filter. Never before it was more affordable to purchases a true MacBeth synthesizer!
The desktop version of the Micromac has not only CV and gate inputs to play the synth but also a MIDI/CV interface from Kenton, who stand for very reliable and stable interfaces.
3VCOs: 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 VCO2. VCO3 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 VCOs1&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 (0%, 1V/oct and 1.5V/oct).
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 be also 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 for manual triggering of the envelopes
Here’s a video that I’ve just done of the micromac prototype loaded into a 3U Eurorack housing- Featured with it is the MacBeth X-Series Dual SV Filter- they make an interesting match! At times there is plenty of ‘ah yah ah yah ah yah’ sounds! Two oscillators were taken from the micromac and plugged into the Dual SV- the Vortex prototype pvides us with LFO modulation here!
Apologies for the indistinct talking through this one- toothache!! has set in! Anyway- I hope you enjoy this pure analogue example of synth stuff!
BRUNO ENDER LEE – “Spaceship” – performed live, March 3. 2012
MacBeth M5N, Doepfer MAQ-sequencer, ARP Odyssey, Synthesizers.com Studio-88, MiniMoog Voyager OS, Moog Little Phatty, Analogue Solutions Vostok, Roland Juno-60, Korg Delta, Korg Polysix, Korg MS 2000
(through 5 different stereo-panning-delays, 4 Behringer DD600 & 1 Boss ME-50)
composed, arranged & produced by Bruno Ender Lee; 2012 Velvet Voyage Productions
Here is a video tour of the up and coming MacBeth micromac! We get to see the front panel explained and also get to hear the sounds. NOTE this vid is just over a half hour in time- and sadly the software that I used to compress the file for upload contains one or to artifacts or ‘aliases’ It may come up as unwanted noise during the oscillator demo.