This new semi-modular analog synthesizer, Ants! has taken Kickstarter by storm thanks to its affordability, portability, beautiful design, and great sounds too. Here's a new video of it in action.
Just 7 days ago we showcased the Plankton Electronics Ants! semi-modular analog synthesizer on AskAudio. It had just gone on Kickstarter... and at time of writing now is only €600 odd Euros short of its funding goal with 21 days remaining.
Plankton Electronics have just today released a new video demo showcasing Ants! (The exclamation mark is part of the name, not me being overly enthusiastic ;)
In this video, the Ants! semi-modular is playing melodies and bass over a vinyl track (Eclipse & KO - Fractured Breaks). It's short. It's sweet. And it's still kind of sexy.
Alex Ballester, of Planktron Electronics, has told us they are currently recording a new in-depth video series for Ants! which will be available sometime next week.
Here's a reminder of the features:
- 4 Oscillators: yes, 4! V/Oct triangle-core oscillators. 2 of them switchable to LFO. Combining sinusoidal, triangle, saw, square and pulse with PWM. Play chords, detuned basses, octaved leads, drums, and frequency modulated sounds.
- 2 LFOs: 2 low frequency oscillators with triangle, square and pulse outputs.
- VCF: switchable analog 12dB low-pass / 6db high-pass filter with resonance. At high input volumes it distort the signal. Self oscillating. It can sound crystal clear or really dirty.
- 2 A/R envelopes: 2 attack - release envelopes with manual and external controls. Working at different times.
- Mixer: 3 input mixer. Mix oscillators, envelopes, noise or any other AC or DC signal.
- 2 VCAs: control the level of the signals with 2 analog VCAs.
- Noise: a white noise source!
- Sample and Hold: create random voltages, stepped sequences or dither your sounds or even your own voice.
- AND gate: logic AND gate. Combine oscillators to create new waves, combine LFOs to create different patterns or mix your control signals to create complex modulations.
- MIDI to CV: connect any MIDI keyboard, sequencer or computer and transform the digital signal to analog voltages for controlling the synth.
- 49 patch points, 28 potentiometers, 5 switches and 8 leds.
- Normalized: Some connections are already made between some functions. Just connect your Midi or CV controller and play the synth without patching it. You can break any connection by plugging a patch cord to the normalized input.