Synton Syrinx

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The Syrinx is one of the few analog synths to come out of the Netherlands. It's a monophonic lead synth in the same category as the Minimoog, Arp Odyssey, and Roland SH-7. But the Syrinx is pretty rare, only a few hundred were produced from 1983 through 1984.

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The Syrinx uses seven Curtis chips for its VCO's, VCF's and envelopes. It has two analog VCO's, a sub-oscillator and three flexible voltage-controlled filters. You can switch between the three filters for either a 24 dB lowpass, or two bandpass filters, and they can be patched in four different ways (series/parallel). Additionally the Syrinx has two LFO's, FM, PWM, osc-sync, 2 ADSR envelopes, ring modulation, portamento and a cool touch-pad that can control various parameters from pitch-bending to the LFO rate. The Syrinx's Mixer section lets you adjust levels for each VCO and the sub-osc as well as the Noise Generator and Ring Modulator. Unfortunately, being released around 1983, the Syrinx just missed out on MIDI and patch memory options.

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They came in a variety of flavors over the years. Most were black, but a handful were blue, red, or white. Some later models had no keyboard and were mounted in a flight-case, and a mid-nineties re-issue was a very rare rack-mount version with MIDI and external audio in. The Syrinx has been used by Aphex Twin, Xpando, Air, Vince Clarke, Depeche Mode, and Electronic Dream Plant.

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DW
December 11, 2013 @ 3:35 pm
John McEntire of Tortoise has one of these at Soma Studios so no doubt it's ended up on a few Tortoise records. I couldn't say which songs though!

http://media.soundonsound.com/sos/mar11/images/Tortoise_06.jpg
plastikanimal
April 15, 2012 @ 1:52 am
Coil use this one on the song "The Avatars" from Astral Disaster.
Iliekoscs
February 22, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
My father had one of these, the prodigy used it too in "poison"
Kees
January 10, 2011 @ 6:47 am
This synth was produced in my hometown Breukelen, or at least the Synton company was situated there. This is one synth I would love to own.
eric
October 24, 2010 @ 10:30 am
This was my first synth.
I buy my syrinx in 1990 for 400 gulden (about 250 us dollar!!) in a music shop in Holland who had two syrinx synth's for sale used by a music school and like new.

(It was a time, end 80's begin 90's, where i find a lot of analog gear for sale because digital was the hype and analog out of fashion: the shop even had a prophet 10 for
sale.)

The unit was build well: 100% grey/black iron around. The sound was good. Great fx and lead sounds. I felt that the bender pad was not very handy in place: hidden behind the big lfo knobs.
There was a lot of parametering and sound possibilities but no memory to store all these sounds.
Adding the instable oscillators and only monophonic playing;
i lost my interest at the end and sell it after 3 years of use.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's (tri, saw, square, PWM) plus 1 sub-oscillator, ring modulation and noise gen.
  • LFO - 2
  • Filter - 2 Bandpass filters (Peak 1 & 2) and 1 Lowpass 24dB/oct filter. Individual cutoff and resonance controls, ADSR Envelope, Keyboard Tracking and LFO modulation
  • VCA - 2 ADSR filters (one can modulate the VCF)
  • Keyboard - 44-keys (3 1/2-octave, no velocity, low-note priority)
  • Arpeggiator - None
  • Sequencer - None
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV / Gate (Moog type). Touch 'N Bend Pad.
  • Date Produced - 1983/84

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