RAVEN is a 100% analog synth being developed by Birdkids, an independent Austrian outfit. According to the developers, the system-architectural idea was about going back to the basics of subtractive synthesis. They wanted to capture the raw, non-linearity and honesty of a 100% analog circuit. The main engineering challenge of RAVEN was consolidating a highly complex conglomerate of modular, discrete designs into a slim 3U/42HP (Eurorack) form-factor resulting in a uniquely sounding subtractive, semi-modular, high-performance, musical instrument.
RAVEN is comprised of:
- Dual, wide-range Voltage Controlled Oscillators.
- The original TheBateleur (Ⓡ pending) Voltage Controlled Filter.
- Two Voltage Controlled Amplifier outputs -
- A high-performance THAT2162 BlackmerⓇ VCA and an
- Optocoupler VCA reminiscent of legendary West-Coast designs.
"To us, analog is about texture, it’s about depth of emotion - it’s the beauty in imperfection. Those are human values, they're timeless, they enrich our everyday experiences. That is why we've developed RAVEN, a 100% analog, semi-modular, synthesizer voice.
RAVEN is the synthesizer we’ve always dreamed of making from day one. Building on a legacy of years of technological research, design and manufacturing as well as the tremendous success of our previous modular line, TheBateleur, we had quite a few challenges to face during the creation process."
RAVEN combines the simplicity of a performance-friendly, semi-modular synthesizer voice with fully-modular, infinitely flexible, workflow possibilities by assigning Control Voltage I/O’s at (almost) every point in the signal workflow. Each modular component can be seen as a standalone, self-sufficient entity.
The VCF can be bypassed to allow for a VCO (I+II Sum) to VCA operation and thus used as a standalone VCF or third voice in self-oscillation, perfectly tracking 1V/Oct by choice.
- 1V/Oct (Pitch tracking) relative and absolute options for both oscillators and VCF.
- FM (Linear Frequency Modulation) per VCO.
- PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) per VCO.
- SYNC per VCO.
- Crossfader between VCO’s.
- External Audio Signal Input.
- VCF Cutoff.
- VCF CV Input.
- VCF Resonance.
- VCA CV Input.
- Individual Waveform outs for each VCO (Saw, Triangle, Pulse / Square).
- Noise Output.
- Filter Output.
- Clean Out (Linear THAT2162 BlackmerⓇ VCA).
- Opto Out (Optocoupler VCA, West-Coast style response).
- Waveform selection toggle per VCO.
- PW position for VCO II.
- PWM amount either individually for VCO I or normalized for both.
- FM amount either individually for VCO I or normalized for both.
- Coarse Tune for VCO I (relative or absolute via jumper).
- Fine Tune for VCO II (relative).
- Crossfader position VCOs I/II.
- External Audio Signal Input Amount.
- VCA CV Amount / Initial VCA Gain.
- VCF Cutoff position.
- VCF Mode switch*
- VCF CV Amount.
- VCF Resonance position / CV Amount.
MSRP: 949 Eur. Numerous early bird deals and bundles available.
Available: end 2019
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