Analogue Solutions, a small British analog synthesizer and sequencer manufacturer, has released the Nyborg-24, a Moog-style, 4-Pole, 24dB/Octave low pass filter equipped monophonic synthesizer module with true analog and modulation circuits.
The Nyborg-24 contains the same Moog-style, 4-Pole, 24dB/Octave low pass filter found in the company’s Leipzig-S analog monosynth/step sequencer and is housed in a steel/aluminum chassis. It features a quality 16-bit DAC (Digital-to- Analog Convertor) for MIDI to CV conversion. Each hand-built synth utilizes real transistors and op-amps; there are no CPU-stabilized and quantized circuits, DCOs, digital LFOs, or digital EGs contained within.
The Nyborg-24 contains quality potentiometers, fully sealed against dust intrusion, together with quality knobs with spun aluminum caps. Two stable VCOs (Voltage-Controlled Oscillators) — each providing a whole host of options and modulation sources — are available to tweak. Thereafter, Nyborg-24 continues to follow the traditional, well-trodden analog synthesizer signal path with its 4-Pole, 24dB/Octave filter; audio mixer (VCO 1, VCO 2, NOISE/SUB); LFO with triangle and square wave modulation signals and Mode switch to route CV2 (velocity control voltage) or S+H (Sample and Hold) signals to the filter or VCOs; VCA (Voltage-Controlled Amplifier), controllable from EG2 or GATE with BYPASS option (allowing Nyborg-24 to be used as an external effects processor) and CYCLE setting (so the envelope is constantly re-triggered by the LFO, allowing for hands-off sound effects); and ENVELOPE 1 (VCF) and ENVELOPE 2 (VCA).
The MIDI implementation consists of CUTOFF control of Nyborg-24’s filter via velocity or a MIDI controller — and external CV (Control Voltage) sockets for PITCH1 (VCO), PITCH2 (VCO), CUTOFF (filter), GATE (to trigger the EGs), and EXT (for feeding an external CV to various circuits), DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) integration or working with a step sequencer. In addition, simultaneous MIDI and CV operation is possible.
The Nyborg-24 can be user configured in various ways to save space to suit. Shipping as a vertically-orientated standalone monosynth module, it is possible to rotate Nyborg-24’s front panel so that it can be used horizontally as a desktop device. Optional wooden side panels can be screwed to a single Nyborg-24 or to two Nyborg-24s that have been married. It is also possible to rack-mount two Nyborg-24s that have been mated using the optional rack ears. Either way, Nyborg-24’s modified software allows two Nyborg-24s to be poly-chained together to play as a single two-voice polysynth. Four-voice polyphony is also available upon request.
Analogue Solutions’ Nyborg-24 is available now for £499. Options include: rack ears (£19) and wooden side panels (£39).