Studio Electronics Hypes Boomstar SEM
Studio Electronics has announced the Boomstar SEM analog synthesizer. Boomstar is the latest desktop analog synthesizer from SE who are still somehow in business even after years of putting out synths with some of the slowest envelopes on the planet.
The synth is a collaboration between Tim Caswell, the St. Regis brothers, John Greczula, Geoff Farr and Drew Neumann. It contains four Models/Filter types: 4075-classic Arp 2600, 5089-classic Moog 24db ladder, SEM-classic Oberheim 12db, 303-classic Roland TB.
» Steel chassis, 31 pots, 2 rotary switches, 18 toggle switches––15 three way for expanded functionality, through hole circuit boards, AC power adaptor.
» Dimensions: Height: 2.05″ (52.07 mm) at front, 3.625″ (92.075 mm) at back, Width: 8.7 ” (220.98 mm), Depth: 7.05″ (179.07 mm).
» Oscillator 1: 6 position rotary range switch; Two center off toggle switches select combinations of sine, triangle, saw and square waveforms; Pulse width for square waveform; Sub oscillator with center off toggle switch for half and full level positions; Sync oscillator 2 to oscillator 1 switch.
» Oscillator 2: 6 position rotary range switch; Three position toggle switch to select triangle, saw or square waveform; Fine tune pot; Mod depth pot with center off toggle switch to select modulation by envelope 1 or 2; Keyboard tracking on-off switch.
» Filter / Envelope 1: Frequency and resonance pots; Center off toggle switch to select half and full keyboard tracking; Envelope mod depth pot; Additional mod depth pot with center off toggle to select modulation by oscillator 2 or the LFO. Envelope 1: Attack, decay, sustain, and release pots; Center off toggle switch to select envelope invert or envelope loop.
» Filter Types: 4075-classic Arp 2600, 5089-classic Moog 24db ladder, SEM-classic Oberheim 12db (full function, with LP to HP mix control), 303-classic Roland TB-303
» Envelope 2: Attack, decay, sustain, and release pots; Center off toggle switch to select envelope invert or LFO gate trigger; Single or multiple triggering switch; Center off toggle switch to select drone and envelope 1 as master. With master selected, envelope 2 is the modulator for both the amplifier and filter frequency. Envelope 1 remains active for oscillator 2 frequency and oscillator 1 pulse width modulation.
» XMod: Oscillator 2 mod depth pot with center off toggle switch to select modulation of oscillator 1 pulse width or oscillator 1 frequency.
» LFO: Rate pot; MIDI sync on-off switch; Waveform pot – sine, triangle, saw up, saw down, square, offset square 1 and 2, random and slew random waveforms; Mod depth pot with center off toggle switch to select oscillator 1 frequency or oscillator 1 pulse width; Mod depth pot with center off toggle switch to select oscillator 2 frequency or oscillator 2 pulse width.
» Amplifier: Center off toggle switch to select two levels of overdrive; Volume pot.
» Additional Tweaky Bits: Master tune pot; Bend range pot; Glide time pot: Dynamics to filter frequency pot; Envelope 1 to oscillator 1 pulse width pot.
» Mixer: Oscillator 1 level pot; Oscillator 2 level pot; Ring Modulator level pot; Noise level pot; Feedback pot.
» Front Panel I/O: CV in, Gate in; Filter frequency modulation in; Amplifier modulation in; Oscillator out; External signal in.
» Back Panel I/O: MIDI In, MIDI Out, 1/4″ Audio out, DC power input.
» Back Panel Switches: Learn switch: Select MIDI channel, note priority, aftertouch and mod wheel assignment; Tap tempo for LFO.
» Overflow Switch: For polyphonic “Boom-Starring” — Whatever that means…
The Studio Electronics Boomstar SEM costs $899.