Soulsby Synthesizers. New + innovative electronic instruments.
Our first product, The Atmegatron, is a powerful 8-bit monophonic synth.
Soulsby Synthesizers Latest News
Only a few Atmegatrons left in stock!
It's been a crazy few months and we're now heading towards the end of the first batch. There's literally just a couple left! If you still haven't ordered your Atmegatron yet, head over to the shop.
A second batch of Atmegatrons will be made, but these won't be ready until later this year.
There are also some resellers that still have stock: Juno (UK), Analogue Haven (USA), Perfect Circuit Audio (USA) & Gizmo Music (Japan).
Pre-release version of Atpolytron software now available
Version 0.1 of the Atpolytron software is now available. It provides 4-note paraphonic polyphony to the Atmegatron. There will be some major changes to the software when the final version is released, such as longer waveforms and a different audio processing chain.
Also in the pipeline are:
- Delayertron (simple synth with tape delay fx).
- Envelopertron (not final name! Snappy logarithmic envelopes with envelope repeater).
And there's more that are just at the 'idea' stage, so watch this space!
miniAtmegatron development in progress
Here's a first look at the miniAtmegatron Arduino shield kit. It's at the prototype stage and is currently being debugged and tested.
The miniAtmegatron is designed for Arduino and electronics enthusiasts who want to build their own Atmegatron
It'll come with build instructions and also instructions on how to flash the Arduino to turn it into a USB MIDI device.
There are also plans to create a control interface with the Lemur iPad software.
Atmegadrum software released today
The Atmegadrum software is now available from the Soulsby Synths website. It turns the Atmegatron into a 16-part 16-step drum machine. It also features a global pitch LFO and individual instrument volumes and delay effects.
In the near future there will be software to allow users to upload their own drum samples to the Atmegadrum.
Latest Atmegatron Reviews
If you've still not got an Atmegatron and want to know more about it, be sure to check out some of these reviews:
- Sound On Sound (June). "Paul Soulsby’s debut product is a small synth of violently unrestrained character."
- Future Music (June). "The unit is certainly fun to use and sounds as gnarly and unrefined as you would expect."
- Palm Sounds. An audio interview with Paul Soulsby and demonstration video.
- Sounds and Gear. A highly in-depth video review.
Soulsby Synths at Games Britannia
Soulsby Synths will be at Games Britannia Live! in Sheffield on 28th and 29th June. It's a family friendly video gaming and coding festival.
During the day there will be Atmegatrons out for people to play and visitors will have the opportunity to try sampling their own voice into the Atmegatron.
During the evening there is a "Chiptune Gig In The Garden". Soulsby Synths and _ensnare_ have teamed up and will be performing live. Be sure not to miss this!!!
Atmegatron Complete back in stock soon!
A limited run of Atmegatron Completes will be available in the second week of June. If you would like one of these please email the waiting list, as these have nearly sold out already!
Development is well underway with the miniAtmegatron DIY kit and Eurorack project. I hope to have more news on these projects in the next few weeks.
Future Music review and demoThis months Future Music features a nice review of the Atmegatron (on page 94 to be precise!). There's also some great demos on the DVD. They demonstrate live sound creation on the Atmegatron, as well as providing a preview of some of the upcoming software versions.
Palm Sounds interviewI was recently interviewed by Ashley Elsdon from Palm Sounds. You can hear the interview here. It covers my own history with synthesizers and also the inspiration and development story behind the Atmegatron.
We also made a quick demonstration video of the Atmegatron, which will be available soon on the Palm Sounds YouTube channel.
Sounds and Gear reviewJK from Sounds and Gear recently did an amazing review of the Atmegatron. Check it out here. The YouTube video is really in-depth and covers pretty much everything there is to know about the Atmegatron.
What's new at Soulsby SynthesizersYou may have noticed that we are currently sold out of Atmegatron Completes. There will be limited stock available at the end of this month (May). Add your name to the waiting list, to be certain to get one.
More progress has been made with the miniAtmegatron kit and also a new exciting Eurorack project. Below is an enigmatic picture of the miniAtmegatron prototype working on my desk. The miniAtmegatron will eventually be in the form of an Arduino Uno shield that is a DIY kit.