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Cyclone Analogic BASS BOTT TT-303 V2

Cyclone Analogic BASS BOTT TT-303 V2

Specifications
Polyphony –
1 Voice
Oscillators –
1 VCO
Waveforms –
Saw Up, Square,
Filter Slopes –
24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
VCA/Envelopes –
1 VCA with Decay envelope
Controls –
MIDI In/Out, DIN, CV Out, Gate Out
Arpeggiator –
1 unique ARP mode
Memory –
432 Patches RAM / 108 Patches ROM

Naomi Bolton
Fri, 12/04/2020 – 08:52

As the name suggests, the BASS BOTT TT-303 V2 by Cycle Analogic is another synth that attempted to recreate the famous TB303. However, instead of being a straight-up clone, this synth actually attempted to add a few new features and improvements to the classic original. This is a good thing as the Roland TB-303 is without a doubt one of the most bits of hardware of all time. The TT-303 V2 is not the first time that Cycle Analogic has attempted to replicate the TB-303 either. It is the follow-up to the original TT-303 and some refinements have been made along the way. It’s also important to note that the TT-303 V3 is actually a hardware update, not to be confused with the V2 operating system update of the original TT-303.

The most obvious change is that Cycle Analogic redesigned the TT-303 giving it a more elegant and modern look compared to its predecessor. Not only does it have new pots and knobs, but it is also slightly larger and less of a direct clone in terms of the overall design. Another useful update is the ability to customize the colors of the LEDs for things like identifying your patterns.

The TT-303 features a sequencer with 432 user patterns and up to 64 steps per pattern. It also comes with more than one hundred preset patterns divided into nine different styles. In addition, the pattern lab allows for the creation of up to 108 user patterns. Since it uses non-volatile memory no batteries are required for this either. The swing and shuffle can be adjusted to add some extra groove to your productions and for more original bass lines it is also possible to adjust gate length and slide time. Cyclone Analogic also added MUTE and HAMMER features, which can be accessed in recording mode as well as in real-time. The former is designed to imitate the effect of a palm mute with a bass for shorter, less bright steps while the latter simulates a hammer-on or hammer-off action.

Other new features include the Loop Edit and Pattern lab, which is unique modes for creating and editing patterns. Using Loop Edit it is possible to create or edit a pattern while the sequencer is running while Pattern Lab offers extended control over the pattern generator. With it, you can create patterns for your particular style to match the modifiers you used or even your musical key. Finally, it has a unique ARP mode and advanced editing features.

In terms of technical specifications, the TT-303 V2 has one VCO, two waveforms, widely improved audio specifications, and noise floor compared to the original and added outputs. These include CV, GATE, ACCENT, DYN SYNC, Run – Stop, and VCO Out. Even with the large about of Roland TB-303 clones on the market, the TT-303 V2 stood out as a great alternative at a much more affordable price.

Year
2017

Musical genre

Synth type

Interface features

Sound types

Price range

Image
Bass Bott

Files
Type
Link

YouTube

Cyclone analogic TT-303 Quick Programming a Pattern in Loop Edit, with TT-606.

by

cyclone analogic webstore

User Rating
Texture
Monophonic instruments

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Lyra-8

Lyra-8

Specifications
Polyphony –
8 Voices
Multitimbral –
1 Part
Oscillators –
8
Waveforms –
Square, Triangle
LFO –
10
Effects –
Delay, Distortion

Naomi Bolton
Wed, 11/11/2020 – 08:57

The Lyra-8 is a 2016 synthesizer designed by Vlad Kreimer and released by SOMA Laboratory. The company is no stranger to releasing unique and experimental hardware with the Lyra-8 being no exception. They describe it as a unique “organismic” analog synthesizer due to the fact that it uses some of the same principles that lie in the base of living organisms. In simpler terms, it is an eight-voice analog synth that also features built-in distortion and delay. What is unique about the voices of this synth is the fact that they are not VCOs or even DCOs. Instead, they are essentially eight generators that have more in common with the tone generators in old electric organs than something you would expect to find in a modern synthesizer.

The voices of the Lyra-8 functions in electric organ mode or FM synthesis mode. In the latter, each voice and its envelope acts as a separate FM operator. This means that there is a bit of a learning curve involved with figuring out the Lyra-8, but that’s just one of the reasons why it is so exciting to use.

As one would expect from a synthesizer made in Russia, the Lyra-80 is a heavy, sturdy bit of gear. It features an all-metal case and the knobs, dials, and switches all have a quality look and feel to them. It might not be the prettiest synthesizer on the market, but it is very solid and features a practical layout.

The Lyra-80 features what SOMA calls a “Hyper LFO” which is two LFOs that cannot be accessed individually. Instead, the waveform from the HYPER LFO is synthesized by the summation or multiplication of the two frequencies. Modulation of the selected pairs of voices and the MOD DELAY is also possible with the LFO. Speaking of the MOD DELAY, it consists of two lines of delay with cross-feedback. There’s also resonance between the two lines and the delay time of each line can be modulated individually from different sources, including external ones. Self-modulation is also possible making it possible for the output signal to modulate the delay sample rate, which in turn creates unique effects. Finally, the Lyra-80 features distortion, which is last in the chain so that the delay can also influence its sound.

Overall, the Lyra-8 is a very unique and experimental synth that will probably not appeal to everyone. However, for those who are not afraid to try out something different it offers a world of opportunities.

Year
2016

Musical genre

Synth type

Interface features

Sound types

Price range

Image
Soma Lyra-8

Files
Type
File

Title
Lyra-8 English Manual

Description
Lyra-8 English Manual V2.1

YouTube

Soma Laboratory LYRA-8 Synthesizer Sonic Exploration // Demo

by

Datachrome

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Texture
Polyphonic instruments

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