Soulsby Synthesizers. Home of The Atmegatron, a powerful 8-bit synth andThe miniAtmegatron, a synth shield kit for the Arduino Uno.
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There's a new version of Easy Uploader on the downloads page. It now features buttons for loading and saving patches. The Odytron and Atmegatron factory sounds are also there for download. There aren't any factory patches for other software versions at present, although this may change. Submissions very welcome!!
London Synthesizer Expo 2016
KMR audio are organising a synthesizer expo. Soulsby Synths will be there, as will plenty of other synth manufacturers. And most importantly there's also drinks and nibbles!
Friday 13th May
KMR Audio, 1375 High Road, N20 9LN London, United Kingdom
Parking opposite and near Totteridge and Whetstone station on Northern line
Further details here
Noise Kitchen Synth Meeting 2
Soulsby Synths are returning to Brno! We can't wait for the return of Bastl's 2 day synth event. There will be synths, live music, parties and workshops. It's an excellent holiday (erm I mean business trip!) and I really recommend coming.
Friday 27th - Saturday 28th May
PRAHA / Fórum pro architekturu a média
Husova 18a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Further details here
Recent media coverageSynthlib podcast: provides a lot of background about product development and how the Atmegatron works.
Future Music review: there's a really in depth review of the Odytron Special Edition in this months Future Music. Available online and at all good newsagents!
DivKid Superbooth interview: I demo the upcoming Oscitron Eurorack module and the Strings audio engine for the Atmegatron (now available from the downloads page).
Strings: The first polyphonic engine for the Atmegatron
There are big changes on the Soulsby Synths Downloads page today, the first of which is a brand new Atmegatron software version called Strings. It is a 4-voice polyphonic audio engine packed with new and interesting features. Some of these are:
- 16 waveforms, which can be individually assigned to each voice
- Waveform Cycler
- Oscillator detune
- Pitch LFO and envelope
- ADSR envelope and gate mode
- 2 phasers
- monophonic mode
Check out this video to hear it in action. There are many clocked parameters such as Phaser, Arpeggiator and Wave Cycler, which when combined can create complex timbres. It is available from the downloads page.
The Easy Uploader: upload Atmegatron software with a couple of clicks!
The other big change on the download page is the new Easy Uploader for Mac and PC. This software allows different audio engines to be uploaded to the Atmegatron with a couple of mouse clicks via the FTDI programmer cable. No more need for installing the Arduino IDE, source code or libraries. The tutorial demonstrates the simple upload process.
Of course if you do want to hack the Atmegatron source code, it is still all available at the Soulsby Synths Github.
Last few Odytrons left
It won't be long now until the Odytron Special Edition has completely sold out, so place your order soon to guarantee one! The Odytron is a limited edition Atmegatron with Odytron artwork and software and presets preinstalled. They come bundled with 3 overlays and a programmer cable, so perfect for trying out the new Easy Uploader!
The Odytron is £225 (inc VAT) available from the web store and selected distributors
On Monday (7th March) I will be demoing the Atmegatron, Odytron, miniAtmegatron and new Oscitron modules at the Music Hackspace in Hackney. If you're London based, it'd lovely to meet you!
Date: March 7
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
I'll also give a short informal talk on the development of the Atmegatron and will have the original prototype there as well as some other synths in progress
New warm sounds from the 8-bit Atmegatron
The much anticipated Odytron Special Edition is released today. The Odytron is a limited edition Atmegatron, pre-loaded with the brand new Odytron software and factory presets, as well as having unique Odytron paintwork. Only 150 units have been manufactured.
The Odytron is £225 inc VAT (approx $339) and currently only available from the webstore.
The Odytron software simulates the specification of a classic analogue synth but in an 8-bit environment. The result is a fascinating combination of analogue warmth and 8-bit grit. Features include: 2 independent oscillators (duophonic), 2 filter algorithms + bypass, 2 envelopes, LFO, ring mod, wave sync and numerous modulation methods.
Despite the sound being radically different to the original Atmegatron software, the Odytron is 100% Atmegatron compatible and comes bundled with 3 overlays and a programmer cable. This means that it is essentially 4 synths for the price of one. The overlays for the alternative synth engines are: Atmegatron (the classic software), Atmegadrum (drum machine) & Delayertron (delay effects synth).
Odytron software now on downloads page
Existing Atmegatron owners can download the Odytron software from the downloads page for free and can also purchase optional extras: vinyl overlay, programmer cable and instructions.
Back from LA, after a very exciting first NAMM. Will do a proper post about it in a day or 2. The new stock of overlays have arrived. Normal service at the webstore can resume and I'll start dispatching orders tomorrow. Many thanks for your patience!
Odytrons will be start to be dispatched from 1st Feb. Software will also go online then too.