Jen Electronics SX-2000 Synthetone

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The SX-2000 Synthetone is an analog monophonic synthesizer designed for use with an organ (it was meant to sit on top of the organ). This type of late 1970's synthesizer design (with the knobs, sliders and switches in front of the keyboard) was also seen in the Roland SH-1000, SH-2000, Minitmoog and Elka Soloist. The SX-2000 has 7 presets which include: synthy, harpsichord, flute, clarinet, violin, trumpet and piano. Presets are selected via the red switches towards the left of the keyboard.

Luckily it has plenty of simple to tweak analog synth functions to manipulate those boring old preset sounds. It features a single VCO, switchable over four octaves and equipped with four waveforms (sawtooth, square, and two rectangular). The VCF is a simple low-pass filter with cut-off and resonance (emphasis) and can be modulated by the LFO or one of 3 preset envelope effects. The VCA can also be modulated by these 3 preset envelope effects which include: repeat (which constantly repeats AD envelope), ASR (with sustain), AD (without sustain). The LFO can modulate the oscillator or the filter with either square or triangle waveforms. Finally a Portamento effect is on-board for those elastic synth sounds. Nice wood end-cheeks and unique Italian sound make this rarity worth a look, if you happen to find one.

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Álvaro nunes de Sousa
January 18, 2009 @ 3:17 pm
Straightforward analog monophonic synth, designed to stay on top of an electronic organ... Great VCF/VCA/VOC features, unique repeat VCF function, expressive Envelope and Frequency controls... Very basic, though "editable" presets... some of the presets can be combined together or, even, with the OFF channel wich gives access to the fully editable controls... Quite intriguingly, very odd sounds can be produced turning off all presets and the OFF channel... I'd recomend it for some groovy cheesy bass rythm patterns and/or unique lead voices... Very reliable: mine has been working perfectly since 1982...
not in the same league as the moog, of course... still, one great underrated mono synths...
get one, if you can...
Álvaro Nunes de Sousa
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - One VCO (sawtooth, square, 2 rectangular waveforms); 4-octave range (32', 16', 8', 4')
  • LFO - Square or triangle waveforms; intensity and speed; can modulate VCO or VCF
  • Filter - 1 VCF with cut-off, emphasis; 3 preset envelope settings: Repeat, ASR, and AD.
  • VCA - 3 preset envelope settings: Repeat, ASR, and AD
  • Keyboard - 44 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1978 - 1982
  • Resources & Credits
  • Image from collection of Daniele Marziali found at the Jen Synth Pages.

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