About this project
Phenol is a new synthesizer designed by Kilpatrick Audio. It brings the fun and creative potential of a modular analog synthesizer to more people by offering an attractive and approachable musical instrument that is small, portable and sounds amazing!
Phenol is 100% compatible with modular systems because it uses the same voltages and banana connectors as the Kilpatrick Format and similar modular synthesizers.
Whether you already love modular synthesizers and want a smaller instrument for portability, or whether you've heard about modular synths and want to get your feet wet, Phenol offers an amazing instrument at a great price. (Phenol will retail for $849 in stores.)
$100K REACHED! - Mini MIDI Sequencer / Looper - We will implement a tiny sequencer integrated with the MIDI to CV converter. With several little buttons you will be able to record, playback and loop short sequences from a MIDI keyboard. The MIDI port will be moved elsewhere as requested by a number of backers.
$150K - PHENOL Online Patch Lab - We will develop and deploy an awesome website allowing PHENOLISTS to share songs, patch ideas and sound clips and tips for using PHENOL! The PHENOL Patch Lab will be set up as a library, archive and educational resource.
UPDATE: New panel layout!
We have listened to backers and beta testers, and have done work based on the $100K stretch goal which was reached on Dec. 9. Check out the new proposed panel layout with following important changes:
- Moved MIDI port off to one side - The enclosure is too thin to allow it to fit on the back panel, but this new location should work well.
- Changed envelope mode controls - The biggest complaint from people beta testing PHENOL so far has been the confusing envelope mode selection knobs. We've replaced these with small pushbuttons so each of the three modes can be adjusted separately.
- Added tiny MIDI sequencer controls - The $100K stretch goal was reached so here is the panel with the sequencer control buttons and LEDs integrated! We are going to try packing as much functionality into this as possible while also making it easy to use. More info and a video demo should come once we have new prototypes ready.
- Moved ground jack to rear panel
Sneak peek at some specs:
- Banana patch system with colour-coded jacks and voltages compatible with Kilpatrick Format and other modular systems
- Two analog VCOs - triangle, ramp and pulse outputs
- Two analog filters (low pass and high pass)
- Two analog VCAs with level control
- Two envelope generator / LFO combos with many unique features
- An LFO with sine and random output
- Internal MIDI to CV converter with DIN and USB MIDI interfaces
- Compact mixer with digital delay with over 330ms of delay time
- Digital pulse divider - divide MIDI clock or LFO output to create 4 musical time divisions
- Buffered mixer / mult / inverter with level control
- External audio input allows a stereo input to be patched like an oscillator signal - process your drum machine or other source through the system
- Rear panel connections / controls:
- USB-B port for USB MIDI connection to a PC / Mac
- Headphone and line outputs (1/4" jacks)
- Power button
- DC power input - 2.1mm coax - centre positive 24VDC
- Ground banana jack
- External input (1/4" jacks)
- Designed and made in Canada using high quality parts
- Universal input power supply (100-240V) included (shipped with North American plug)
- Approx. dimensions: 15.8"W x 9.0"L x 2.5"H (including feet and knobs)
- Warranty: 1 year
Over the past six years of making music and audio products, Andrew has designed and manufactured over twenty products which are used by musicians all over the world. His products are carried by specialty musical instrument dealers in Canada, USA, the UK, Germany and Australia.
The Stereo Effect Project - Gate In
This demo was recorded entirely with PHENOL along with a Kawai R-100 drum machine. Multitracking was done on a Tascam DA-88 8-track recorder. No external effects were added. Thanks to Keith Murray for this awesome track!
Phenol Prototype - Jam 1
Phenol Prototype - Jam 2 (Random Transfer at the controls)
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing hardware is complex and expensive. Part availability, dealing with manufacturer timelines, and quality control are all challenges which are our responsibility to get right.
Kilpatrick Audio has historically worked on production schedule of only 6-8 weeks, but because of the added complexity of PHENOL and the larger production numbers, we've built extra time into the schedule to account for added challenges and delays. We are confident that the product can be produced and delivered within our estimated timeframe.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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