THIS IS TOPIC IS PURELY FICTIONAL
My forwarding apologies if this topic is counterproductive or unwelcome, i don’t start topics much from a fear of breaking forums’ etiquettes. I know nothing about Intellijel’s future product release plans and don’t presume to interpret their artistic direction… Please just take this as a thread to put ideas out in the open and not as demanding anything from the synth-makers
I can’t be the only person who fantasizes about this… I’m constantly inspired by my Shapeshifter and Rainmaker… the sound in incredible, the control is unique, and the workflow is very easy, and they seem to be at the peak of musical technology. The poly synth market is saturated with so many mediocre price-point type synths that just don’t cut it for me. I typically don’t enjoy DCO synths, they seem too tame. Yes i know the new novation synth uses FPGA oscillators, but really the demos haven’t struck me nearly as well as the synth looks on paper or from what I hear out of my shapeshifter. The current market just really lacks general innovation in my opinion.
The basics I would envision… much of it relies on the idea of an internal mod-matrix
-6 voice digital FPGA synth, polyphonic, mono-timbral only (to maintain useful interface around the sound design)
-Desktop module enclosure (No Keyboard Attached), rack mountable, 5 or 6u
-All controls midi cc capable, however NOT semi-modular style as that would crowd the interface
-4 wavetable oscillators which in great Intellijel style act as the sound sources and also the lfos for a mod matrix depending how you route.
-Maybe said mod matrix could have a physical layout to have attenuators on all points? Such immediacy is welcome
-Oscillators can detune and ‘quantize ratio lock’ cascading down the line for cool sync fx and modulation
-Filter/Tone shaper of some kind? A departure from the norm would be cool
-2 ADSR envelopes with controls on the panel and routing in the mod matrix
-Keyboard Tracking in mod matrix. This is imperative on poly synths imo
-FX section? maybe reminiscent of a little brother to the rainmaker
-Sequencer? Step sequencer, polyphonic enabled with groove algorithms and parameter locking access to the mod matrix by level control of virtual wires
-1 or 2 aux inputs DC coupled for injecting external control signals into the mod matrix
-Preset system, for panel settings recall… however i like the ‘loose’ preset feel from the Cylonix modules.
-Lots of extra room open for the designer’s innovation of techniques that are far above my head
I would pay anywhere $1000-$2500 for a synth that was designed to perfection and built to last. I am not a fan of sacrificing sound quality or usability just to hit a low price point… i see this synth as a synth for synth enthusiasts, not beginners dipping their toes into music making. I see this synth as being proud of its digital nature and aiming at a refined sound with the finite tweak-ability and sweet spots of a classic vco synth.
Anyone else agree that this would blow away the current poly synth market by a longshot? Thanks for indulging my running mind. This post ended up being much longer than I first anticipated