Malekko Manther – Analog CEM / SSM Synth

Malekko’s analog synthesizer Manther is a compact desktop groovebox with built-in 64-step sequencer and delay effect. The instrument is based on the Roland SH-101 synthesizer and retains – with exception of the traditional keyboard – all the essential features of the original synth. There’s even more: A comprehensive step sequencer, an array of CV connections and illuminated faders. That doesn’t sound bad.

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Features

  • 64-step sequencer
  • Keyboard with transpose controls
  • Onboard Delay with Time, Mix, Regenerate and Sync controls
  • Individual Outputs for Square, Saw and Triangle waveforms
  • Mixer for Square, Triangle, Saw, Sub and Noise
  • 4 banks of 16 presets each
  • Song Mode
  • Record automation of features per step for: LFO, VCO, DELAY, VCF, ADSR Envelope, Morph and Glide
  • Gate Probability, Gate Repeat, Gate Delay and Accent per step
  • Morph control over automation
  • Route LFO to modulate delay time
  • LFO Sync
  • Assign modulation of Pulsewidth to LFO, Manual or Envelope
  • Glide control per step
  • FWD, REV, PENDULUM and RANDOMIZE sequence directions
  • Tempo control
  • Switches for LFO shape and ramp
  • Switches for Envelope direction and VCA control
  • Range switch
  • Gate inputs and outputs
  • LFO output
  • CV inputs for VCO, VCF and VCA
  • MIDI in and out
  • Headphone Output
  • Rugged metal enclosure

Malekko-Manther-01 At the heart of the Manther Groovebox is the renowned CEM 3340-based VCO IC chip, complete with an analog filter based on the SSM2044 chip. This captures the essence of analog warmth and grit, resulting in a powerful yet refined sound.

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And the sound? Well, the Roland SH-101 sounds different. But that is not the point. As you can hear in the following video from Perfect Circuit Audio, the sound is powerful and decent:

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Malekko MANTHER

Price: 649 USD / ca. 630 Euros

Website: malekkoheavyindustry.com

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