FBT Electronica Synther-2000

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The Synther-2000 (introduced in 1973) was the first attempt from the Italian company FBT Electronica S.P.A. (founded by Bruno Baldoni and Vincio Tanoni in 1963, and mainly dedicated to the production of amplifiers and mix consoles) to introduce itself into the emergent market of synths. Later on, and also without much success, the same company would introduce the Synther-4000.

The Synther-2000 is a monophonic synth equipped with three VCOs (each with square and saw-tooth waveform generation) and based on the substractive synthesis method. It has also two simple filter & envelope sections. The filtering section is composed of a single filter with cutoff, a level control for each oscillator, and keyboard control, whilst the envelope control allows three different setups: AD (Attack/Decay), A (single Attack) and an interesting continuous attack (a rudimentary arpeggiator). It is also equipped with a noise generator for oscillators 2 and 3.

The Synther-2000 keyboard has 37 keys, but does not have pitch bend and modulation wheels. Instead, it has a slider for the continuous control of oscillator-1 frequency. In this respect, it does remind one of a Theremin sound. The Synther-2000 also possesses a sweep control that is very similar to the classic portamento effect.

Due to the small number of units made and their limited distribution area, at present it is really difficult to find one of these small pieces of vintage synth.

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4 Visitor comments
Peter Thomsen
February 11, 2012 @ 6:12 pm
I am a keyboard player from Denmark, and I owned the FBT synther 2000 from 77-79.
Unfortunately I sold it because it didn't have the Minimoog filters, which I never should have done.
I was not aware that, it sounded good itself. I still have some very good recordings with the band, which shows what possibilities it has. Yes this synth has some very good bass-sounds, because it had 3 oscillators.
I would try to buy another one perhaps, but it's a shame that I didn't kept it.
Because it could have been very usefull in the progressive band I played in.
JohnAntoine
February 1, 2012 @ 11:59 am
After a comment like that from Vince Clarke I would expect this synth to go up at least like 500$ in value! :P Never tried one of these, but here in Italy they pop up from time to time ;)
nigel
December 25, 2011 @ 3:16 pm
this seems to be an interesting synth, but how does it sound?
Vincent Clarke
November 17, 2011 @ 2:23 pm
I have one its simply awsome, the best bass synth ever made!

Check my web pages for mode info!

http://www.vinceclarkemusic.com/
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - monophonic
  • Oscillators - 3 VCOs (w/ sawtooth and square waveforms)
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - 1 VCF, 3 Filters
  • Effects - None
  • VCA - 1 VCA
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV
  • Date Produced - 1973
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  • Images from Valenti Adell

    Reviewed November 2007.

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