LEM Bit-99 analog synthesizer

Ever seen the LEM Bit-99? It’s a rare version of the Crumar Bit-99. Technically completely identical, it has much better panel graphics and a slot for plastic sound lists. The clear layout of this instrument makes programming a lot easier.

LEM Bit-99 synthesizer

LEM Bit-99 synthesizer

LEM continued production of Bit-products after takeover of Crumar in 1986. The Bit-99, its rack-version Bit-01 and the master keyboard MMK were continued for several months. The white keyboard- and rack-version have been discontinued, though.

LEM Bit-99 synthesizer

LEM Bit-99 synthesizer

We believe the Bit-99 is one of the most underrated analog polyphonic synthesizers. It might come close to a Roland Juno-60 … and maybe even surpasses the Juno in important aspects.

But find out yourself. We attached some sound files – and there are more in the Listening Room …

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