Steiner-Parker Synthacon

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The rare Steiner-Parker Synthacon is a portable 3-VCO monophonic analog synthesizer that rivals the popular Minimoog with its fat tone, durable construction and stable, stable tuning. The Synthacon has the same circuitry as the modular SynthaSystem. Interestingly, the Synthacon's filter can self-oscillate like the Minimoog, but has an opposite polarity so it doesn't lose any volume when resonance is increased as do the Minimoog and Odyssey's filters.

Each of the Synthacon's 3 oscillators can be modulated by a variety of sources: LFO, EG1, EG2, VCF, sample-and-hold, and other oscillators. White and Pink noise make for brilliant ocean/wind sounds. The filter is a multimode resonant beast switchable between high, band and lowpass filtering. It can be used to filter each of the oscillators and the noise gens. The shape of the filtering can be controlled by EG2, sample-and-hold, VCO3 or the keyboard. The voltage-controlled amp can control the oscillators, noise and filter. And there are (2) envelope generators which can control the VCA, oscillators, noise and filter.

Earlier models of the Synthacon had silver-faced front panels. Later a duophonic upgrade, the "Two Voice Synthacon" was released. The Synthacon has been used by Earth Wind and Fire, Joe Walsh, the Doors, Frank Zappa and John Paul Jones.

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9 Visitor comments
Kurt
April 21, 2009 @ 11:02 am
It has been used by Depeche Mode on their latest album.S.O.T.U
Micke
April 8, 2009 @ 1:38 pm
The Synthacon has also been used by Alex Cima (on LEM's "Machines" ('77) and his solo album "Cosmic connections" ('79), Shirley Walker (Apocalypse Now soundtrack / double Synthacon), Nyle Steiner, Suzanne Ciani and Stu Goldberg / Mahavishnu orchestra.

The synth part on Led Zeppelin's "In The Light" was done on an
EMS VCS3.
REwire
January 31, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
I don't think it measures up to the Minimoog for fat basses and thickness but it's filter is the crunchiest ever and amazing modulation routing. Hear my all Synthacon Demo at - http://www.rewiremusic.com/Audio/Demos/REwire_-_Synthacon_Demo.mp3
Andrew
October 10, 2008 @ 7:55 pm
Possibly the greatest portable analog synth next to the minimoog. Awsome instrument!!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 3 VCOS (VCO1: sawtooth, sine; VCO2, VCO3: sawtooth, square, or pulse.) plus a White and Pink Noise generator
  • Effects - Sample and Hold, Portamento
  • Filter - 2-pole resonant low/band/highpass VCF
  • VCA - ADSR, envelope generator, Trigger Generator
  • Keyboard - 49 keys w/ controls for Tune, Scale, Portamento, Range Select (8 octave range), and pitch bend
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV/Trigger
  • Date Produced - 1975-1979

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