John Bowen Synth Design started the process of developing the Soalris synth some 7 years ago:
The general concept behind the Solaris synthesizer is to implement something like a giant wall-sized modular system entirely in software where you can select among several completely different types of oscillators and filters, exquisitely modelled after the components culled from a variety of legendary vintage synthesizers of yesteryear and even some current virtual analog innovations of today. With up to four oscillators, four filters, four amplifiers, four four-input mixers, six envelope generators, one looping envelope generator, five LFOs, two vector mixers and still more of these software modules available in each program, the Solaris synthesizer becomes absolutely unrivalled in terms of versatility and programmability.
Solaris is a synthesizer designed to live up to the idea of ‘no compromises’:
- Flexible as a modular system, but easier to use – with five 2 x 40 character display sections, one 240 x 64 graphic display, and 40 knobs, the Solaris is capable of great depth in sound manipulation, but designed to be as easy to use as the vintage synths of the past for which John Bowen is known.
- Sound quality is paramount – newly created synthesis algorithms provide unparalleled quality; signal processing handled by SHARC floating-point processors. Internal processing is done at 96 kHz; audio rate modulation provided with sample-accurate precision.
- The Solaris is a purchase which will last for years, through new algorithm “expansion packs” and OS updates.
More news from Munich
Munich 2010, Synth Meeting [Synthesizer Treffen], John Bowen talks about the Solaris”
Via Moogulator of http://sequencer.de/
You can see John’s talk at the PNW Synth Gathering in this post.
See the John Bowen label below for all posts including more video of the Solaris.
This is really a synthesizer to look out for!
For those who don’t know who John Bowen is, John was responsible for the original 40 factory programs of the Prophet 5, and as Sequential’s Product Specialist created 99% of all of the factory sounds and sequences (as well as most of the original Prophet VS waveshapes), also contributing to the User Interface (UI) design for the following Sequential products: Prophet 5, Prophet 10, Prophet 600, Prophet T-8, Prophet VS, Drumtraks, 6-Trak, MultiTrak, Tom, Max, Studio 440, and the Prophet 2000 and 3000 libraries.