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The Saw Bench Synthesizer. A highly portable and affordable monosynth. MIDI-controlled, with a 100% analog signal path.
The Saw Bench Synthesizer. A highly portable and affordable monosynth. MIDI-controlled, with a 100% analog signal path.
The Saw Bench Synthesizer. A highly portable and affordable monosynth. MIDI-controlled, with a 100% analog signal path.
144 backers pledged €13,239 to help bring this project to life.

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The Saw Bench Synthesizer

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Introducing, The Saw Bench Synthesizer. 

A highly portable and affordable, MIDI-controlled mono synth, with a 100% analog signal path. It is intended as fun to use, for an entry-level price, yet having precision controls and featuring the authentic warm and fat analog sound. The unit is well-calibrated and accurately controllable via MIDI and, for its price point, enjoys very direct control of sound parameters.    

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Features:

  • Small and portable, yet very ergonomic. Focus on hands-on controls with good grouping and spacing.
  • A four-pole diode ladder VCF, with high resonance.
  • Frequency Modulation for very deep growling bass sounds.
  • Separate ADSR envelopes for VCA and VCF.
  • LFO with 3 waveforms, plus a random (sample and hold alike), for VCF.
  • Manual controls such for Env and LFO enable, waveform selection, ADSR mode / LFO switching.
  • MIDI controls of all digital features (envelopes, VCF cutoff, LFO, etc).
  • Extremely durable metal casing, at a very low price point...

Specifications:

  • VCO (saw, 4 Hz – 4 kHz) (LFO range - around the highest piano note)
  • VCF (four-pole low-pass, diode ladder)
  • VCA (80 dB)
  • Frequency Modulation
  • LFO (four wave forms, 100 mHz – 20 Hz)
  • 2 ADSR Envelopes
  • Direct control: 6 potentiometers, 2 buttons and 2 toggles
Overview Saw Bench
Overview Saw Bench

DIY or working out-of-the-box: your choice

Yes, we're doing everything: 

  • completely DIY: all components and PCB's, but no casing
  • DIY+metal casing
  • fully assembled, working straight out-of-the-box, ready to rock.

The DIY options are our ways to repay the synth DIY community, which we have actively been part of for the last couple of years. :) The fully assembled option is because the unit deserves it. :)

Why do we need your money?

The electronics and firmware are 100% complete. The second prototype already has a metal enclosure, is feature complete and has excellent performance. We now want to start mass-production. Some analog components are relatively expensive, and what's more the casing still needs to produced. Production of professional metal casings is only affordable from 100 units or up. That's why we're asking you to chip in and help us out to realize this baby!

Thanks!

Risks and challenges

In terms of electronics and software, the Saw Bench Synth is 100% complete. PCB and electronics assembly are relatively easy. We have a team of skilled people able to assemble the electronics for 100 units in about two weeks.

The casing, however, may require an additional iteration, before it meets the required quality. We're pretty sure about our coating, drilling, and engraving techniques. However, we're not sure about the right materials (thickness, nr of screws, folds) yet. Worst case, this could take us 2 weeks extra.

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    Your own customized Saw Bench, with your name engraved on the casing. You're welcome for a visit at Tasty Chips labs to first-hand witness the creation of our latest synths. Also, you'll have our eternal gratitude!

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