Vermona Mephisto

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The Mephisto is a brand new and genuine analog synthesizer. Still unreleased as of this writing, the Mephisto comes from German synth company Vermona. It was going to be released by German music company Touched By Sound (who first previewed it earlier in 2000) via Nova Music and EMIS Music. The Mephisto was also going to be a limited edition analog synth (only about 500 made, possibly more). Unfortunately the Mephisto project is now defunct, and we may or may not ever see any beyond the prototypes debuted at musical instrument conventions during 2000.

Apparently the Mephisto follows up the classic Vermona Synthesizer of the eighties. However, Mephisto has several modern day features which recreate a vintage look and sound and stable modern analog synth! Mephisto offers 6 voices of polyphony and 3 VCOs using genuine analog oscillators. No samples and no analog emulation here. Both high and lowpass filtering is available. There are two ADSR envelope generators to shape your sounds. And there are two LFO's for modulating various parameters. Additionally there are pink/white noise generators, a ring modulator, glide, a stereo filter input with trigger possibility, CV/gate and MIDI control.

Some modern enhancements include an effects processor, an external memory card slot, update-able (OS), and more! With dozens of motorized control knobs (37) to tweak and synthesize your sounds you have all the parameter control you'd want and more from any other vintage analog polysynth. Finally, the Mephisto has a truly classic and sophisticated look with a solid wood panels and a full 61-note keyboard.

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Donald Mathewson
August 9, 2013 @ 2:57 pm
Some insaders believe it is close to release of this machine. Single voice boards were vastly improved and polished. It will be total killer ressembling early Prophet V releases and in the ballpark of OBX. Vermona struggles with pricing, trying to keep it below 7000 $.
Ed
January 24, 2012 @ 1:30 am
Yesterday, I personally contacted Vermona regarding the progress on Mephisto.

While I was pleased with how fast they replied, they claimed to have stopped working on the Mephisto project and have assured me that they have no plans of continuing it.

Most unfortunate. It looked like a wonderful system.
Peter
May 10, 2011 @ 5:29 am
I have heard the mono synth that came out and was based on one Mephisto voice. Nothing special. Would never have had any potential buyers. Price and sound needs to match up. Here you would just pay for motorpots and limited number made.
riz
July 25, 2010 @ 4:48 pm
I was glad to see this one at musikmesse 2000 or 2001...it was the polished chrome interface that attracted me...they said it will cost about 4000 Dollars and be 6voice polyphonic. This would have been one of the most beautiful instruments in the analog world....sad it never came to light. Why is it always the really good projects die? :(
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 3 VCOs (+ white/pink noise generator)
  • LFO - 2 with Attack and Decay; sample-and-hold
  • Filter - Highpass and lowpass resonant analog filters; series or parallel configurations
  • VCA - 2 ADSR Envelope generators
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with aftertouch
  • Memory - 100 patches, plus external memory card slot
  • Control - MIDI, CV, Trigger
  • Date Produced - Mid-2001

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