Crumar Bit 99

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The Bit 99 is one of the first synthesizers from which traditional knobs and sliders have been banned. The edit method is easy to understand. The Bit 99 can produce a wide variety of sounds but bass sounds are the best. With a polyphony of three notes, instead of six normally, you can have two sounds layered! Possibilities are almost unlimited and if the 99 patches are not enough you can save the data to tape and load it when you want! This synth was used by 808 State but the synth sounds a lot like Orbital's "In-sides" album. A rackmount version was also released, called the Bit-01.

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9 Visitor comments
November 12, 2010 @ 9:56 am
It is quite easy to do.
remove the three screws above the keyboard, and the upper screws on the sides (two on each side) and you can flip up the top panel.
The battery is located in the center part in the top panel. it is a regular cr2032 battery.
October 31, 2010 @ 8:54 pm
I could use some help on how to change the battery on the Bit 99. Can't seem to find an easy way of opening it up, and I don't know where to start and look for the battery in the first place.
simon redfern
October 28, 2009 @ 4:15 pm
I spent my first grant cheque on a new Bit One in the early eighties. That got stolen a few years later from a band flat in Hume. With the insurance I got the Bit 99 (in black rather than the silver shown). Its still working and is light enough to carry around. Kind of limited sounds and real time control - but nice enough to keep for 20 years or so! Oh, and I just recently paid off the credit card bill!
January 21, 2009 @ 10:36 pm
i own one, and i like it a lot! i programmed a bass-sound on it, that sounds exactly like the 'computerworld' bass...also i got some gary numan-like sounds out of it, but mostly it reminds me of a oberheim-matrix 6, with no complex routing-capabilities...
mine is really reliable, but i had a bit one many years ago, that was not working all the repairshop dared to fix it...!
perfect for electro or leadsounds...
the wheels couldn't be placed more useless..!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 DCOs per voice
  • LFO - 2 LFOs assignable to VCA, VCF, DCO1, DCO2
  • Filter - VCF: cutoff, resonance, tracking, invert (inverts VCF values), ADSR
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 full size keys, slightly weighted
  • Memory - 99 patches (75 single programs and from 76 to 99 for "split" or "double" modes)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985 - 86
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    Additional information provided by Telmo J. Portela.

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