Mine arrived a few days ago so thought I’d offer some initial impressions. Overall, I’m really enjoying it although there are a few wee minor grumps I have. But they’re side issues I guess.
The main thing is that it sounds really good and you can get such a wide range of sounds. The interface is pretty well considered and it’s easy enough to get to grips with it. It uses two different shift functions to good effect in allowing so much control of the synth engine from the front panel. One wee minor annoyance is the blue shift is a toggle where the grey preset shift function is momentary. It’s most apparent when tweaking the Osc-Mod and then going filter cutoff but forgetting to de-toggle shift and accidentally adjusting Filter-EG instead. I’m sure muscle memory will build up quickly.
As I said, the range of sounds is huge when you take into consideration the oscillators having as many continually varying wavetables, loads of oscilltor mods, morphable filter, 2 lfo’s, 3 env’s and the well implemented spread function. Though it is a mono-synth the spread and osc detunes both snap to harmonically sensible values once swept far enough. The inbuilt delay and distortion are useful additions…
Given the complexity, if you want to do more in-depth targetted programming of sounds it’s better to connect to the ModalApp which works really well. That let’s you visualise what the waveshapes are like, which wavetables, osc mods etc etc much more easily. That said, for more free-form exploration and for stumbling on happy accidents using it stand alone is pretty cool too.
I’m sure some will be underwhelmed by the build quality as it’s not the sturdiest thing ever. That said, I knew what I was getting as I have a Skulpt and there much the same in this respect. For the price it is acceptable to me and the carry case it comes with is pretty good. My other slight gripe was the Kickstarter… it was well run but it felt a little like there was little benefit to backing it rather than waiting for it to hit the shops. There was little doubt it would be achieved and I paid the same price as someone who orders from a shop so the only benefit was that I got it a couple of days early and a free tshirt I doubt I’ll ever wear. It’s a bit of a putrid lilac colour and the design of the tshirt is just a bit rubbish. However, it is definitely worth the money so I won’t labour the point too much.