Macbeth Micromac

On my morning RSS read through my favorite pro-audio sites Synthtopia re-posted some photos from Ken Macbeth’s Facebook page. The photos show Ken’s idea for a small synth to compete with the Doepfer Dark Energy, Vermona Lancet and other mini boutique desktop modules. Ken the man behind Macbeth Studio Systems created what could be the best synth of all time the Macbeth M5. I know it could be the best because I’ve played with one in Berlin and never heard anything as good before or after. He gets the core stuff right like the speed of the envelope’s, etc… So if this little box makes it into the world count me in.

“?…as well as the 5U stuff that I’m working on…..I play with the idea of designing some very small (42HP in 3U) midi driven analogue! Whay just have one oscillator and one envelope generator when you could have three oscs and two independant envelopes?!” – Ken Macbeth

I don’t follow synth makers on Facebook. Who else is worth friending there? Any recommendations?

For more info: macbethstudiosystems.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 10, 2010 at 3:56 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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5 Responses to “Macbeth Micromac”

  1. James Lewin says:

    Oliver

    MacBeth is definitely worth following on Facebook – he’s an interesting guy and his synths are fantastic. He’s always talking about a new module or sharing a video of himself knocking out a 70′s style prog solo.

    A few other active, interesting synth-related Facebook pages:

    Moogfest:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/MoogFest-2010/102637876455451?ref=sgm

    Ableton

    http://www.facebook.com/ableton?ref=sgm

    Eigenlabs

    http://www.facebook.com/eigenharp?ref=sgm

    Then there’s Synthtopia….

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Synthtopia/7136601955?ref=search&sid=691664393.779722959..1

    Thanks for the kind words for Synthtopia, too. We do what we can!

  2. Tom Jones says:

    Man, what are your thoughts on a desert island analog synth? Personally I don’t think I’d need something as in depth as a Virus or a Prophet, but I definitely like the organic-ness of analog. I just got a Monotron and am happier with it than I am with all of the plugins I have. The plugins sound pretty good, but nothing beats mangling the sound with your own bare hands.

    I’ve checked out the Dark Energy and it seems like a good candidate. This looks promising as well. Help me Oliver One Chinobi.

  3. Computer Controlled says:

    Ken is taking pre-orders for 100 units. Unfortunately, i can’t afford one =o[

  4. pulsn says:

    Wasn´t it Ken who once said:”Synth Makers…we are the Rockstars for the Rockstars.”

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