Ample, a new desktop monophonic analogue synthesiser from boutique UK synth manufacturer Analogue Solutions, has been said to contain “the best elements” of the company’s most recent offerings.
The sound elements from Fusebox, the jack patch points from Concussor Eurorack, the patch pin matrix from Vostok, the echo from Dr. Strangelove, and the sequencer and CV touchpads from Generator are all contained within the small body of the Ample.
The modulation system is a highlight. The gigantic Colossus or Vostok synths’ pin matrix is responsible for this work. Pins can be used to explore the semi-modularity of the synth instead of patching wires.
Three analogue oscillators in Ample each provide a number of modulation options. In addition to using VCO3 as an LFO with options for saw, triangle, and square waves, there is a single dedicated LFO with a triangle wave output. A four-pole, 24 dB/octave low pass filter is present for filtering. Next, there are two envelopes with conventional ADSR settings (or EGs, as Analogue Solutions refers to them).
Apart from the MIDI chip (which has to be digital), everything else is totally analogue using real transistors and op-amps,” Analogue Solutions say. “There are no CPU-stabilised and quantised circuits, no DCOs, no digital LFOs and no digital EGs as found on other so-called analogue synths.”
There is also a 16-step Patternator sequencer, touch panel Interval Generator, BBD analogue delay, VCS3-style pin matrix for internal routing and two patch socket sections for audio and control interfacing. There’s MIDI as well. You can even use Ample as an effects processor.
Ample is currently available for immediate shipping in a very limited run on the Analogue Solutions website for £1999.
Learn more at Analogue Solutions.