One of the most wonderful things that has occurred because of, or in response to, the rekindling of musicans’ love affair with hardware synthesizers is the plethora of small boutique manufacturers making quirky, unique, little (and also large) instruments.
Some of my personal favourites include the MicroGranny by Bastl Instruments and the Audiothingies MicroMonsta. I’ll need to amend that small list to include the Buzzy, a pocket sized box packed with a 4 Part polyphonic digital synth with multiple styles of synthesis, sequencing capabilities and a handful of effects. It looks very small and simple which I love for live use. It also sounds funky and dirty which I also love. The synth architecture sounds somewhat limited with something that reminds me of Elektron style “machines,” which if done properly are great for dialing in quick quality sounds. Chec out this great review by Loopop:
All in all I’m very interested in this. If and when I get one, I’ll be sure to post a review.
Here’s a breakdown penned by the creators themselves:
Good instruments don’t need to be convoluted.
Instead, they should provide musicians with confidence and astonishment.
Despite it’s simple appearance, Buzzzy! is an advanced 16 voice polysynth capable of a broad and beautiful range of tones. It is fast and immediate, ideal for use onstage and for instant music production.
For the oscillator, choose one of the many variations of Pulse tones, FM timbres, grainy Waves or filtered Noises. Then, adjust the amplifier envelope, pump-up the volume and top with some prime quality effects.
Buzzzy! features 4 powerful oscillator engines, 9 built-in audio effects (with reverbs, delays and filters), a fast arpeggiator and offers 16 save slots to store your multi configurations.
Coming with an extensive MIDIimplementation, Buzzzy! will be the perfect match with your hardware or mobile software sequencer.
—- Engines —-
Pulse produces waveforms with very sharp edges. It generates the square waves, thinner pulses, the alternative pulses (with richer bass content).
FM creates softer waveforms based on traditional linear phase modulation. It generates classic, round or distorted FM tones, using sinus, triangle or saw-tooth waves as both carrier and modulator.
Wave provides low resolution waveforms, as played directly from an external ROM chip, like in some early sound generators.
Noise produces in-harmonic waves using a pseudo colored noise source with different filtering options (LP and BP) and at different sampling rates. Pitched noises are also available.
—- Effects —-
Offers 3 reverberation-like algorithms:
“Fort” is an adjustable empty room. “Reservoir” is an heavily modulated room. “Abyss” is huge space with a very long tail.
Offers 3 delay-like algorithms:
“Mono” is an adjustable mono delay or comb filter. “Ping-pong” is an adjustable stereo delay or resonator. “Chorus / Flanger” is a stereo chorus with adjustable feedback and modulation amount.
The filter is a traditional 4 poles (24dB / octave) multi-mode (LP / BP / HP) filter with internal saturation. It has controllable cutoff and resonance parameters.
Check out the Kickstarter page for more info and to preorder here!