I played with this for a good hour last night, and I like it a lot. I think it’s way cooler than the Abstract Avalon I once owned.
All my patches had the oscillator levels below the halfway point, and I really prefer how it sounds this way. It’s surprising how many different sounds this can make with its relatively simple architecture.
I particularly like using the wave shaper after the filter subtly to add a bit of tasteful “gnarly-ness”. I also really like using the delay on its < 30ms setting as a comb filter. It’s great being able to modulate it with the LFO (which can be set to retrigger whenever a note plays). I wish the wave shaper could be routed to the LFO as well, but at least it can be motion-sequenced.
I think the interface is really slick. You hit shift and one of the buttons to go into editing modes to adjust things like accent, and all the steps appear on the screen as little boxes that show you your settings. I was surprised you can set varying amounts of accent for different steps.
I’m very happy with the Manther, and it’s a ton of fun. It came with cool stickers too. Oddly, it doesn’t have any rubber feet; so you’ll have to get some unless you want to risk the paint on the bottom getting scuffed up by whatever surface you set it on. I have mine placed on a book until the rubber feet I ordered from Amazon arrive.