Seemingly out of nowhere, a new manufacturer called Ashun Sound Machines (or ASM) have just announced a new 8-voice, 49 key wavetable synth with *gasp* polyphonic aftertouch. In the age of crowd funding, it’s super unusual for a new company to simply pop up with an incredible looking product, let alone one that’s gone and put together their own custom designed keybed rather than an ‘off-the-rack’ Fatar number, but here we are.
Here’s the stand out features:
- ‘Poly Touch’ Keybed
- Ribbon Controller
- 8-voice polyphony
- 3 x Oscillators with 219 waveforms and wave-morphing between up to 8 assignable waves.
- 2 x ‘Mutators’ modules – multi function wave modifiers that include linear-FM, Hard Sync and a unison-style Wave Stack
- 2 x Filters with 11 models
- 5 x LFOs, each with 8-step sequencer
- 5 x DAHDSR envelopes
- 32 slot modulation matrix
- Arpeggiator with additional parameters like Rachet and Chance
- CV/Gate/Mod outputs for connection to Eurorack and analog gear
- Full range of FX — reverb, delay, chorus, overdrive, phaser etc.
No word on whether these will be making their way to Australia yet, but they’re available for pre-order from US sites for US$1299. Nick Batt, the darling of the YouTube synth-demo world, has got his hands on one, check it out.