Sequential Circuits Six-Trak

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The Six-Trak is Sequential's beginner synth. It has typical Sequential sounds in an analog six oscillator, six voice synth. It is not fun to program, there is only one knob and you need to assign the parameter you wish to adjust to this knob. The assignment settings for the various parameters are listed in the center of the front panel. It does however feature MIDI with controllers for its parameters to make editing easier using a computer program such as Unisyn or other external MIDI controller.

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The Six-Trak features two operational modes: Polyphonic Mode and Unison Mode. In Unison mode, with all six oscillators, this baby gets fat, rich, creamy and wild making it an excellent stand-in for Moog-like sounds. Also, the Six-Trak is capable of interesting and complex sound effects, mostly thanks to useful cross modulation and the six oscillators. It also includes a simple 6-channel on-board sequencer (of little usefulness these days). Its biggest limitations were: shortest attack too slow for really percussive sounds, smallest vco frequency adjustment too big for Zawinul-style subtle frequency envelopes & LFO, and the lack of built-in chorus, which would have helped to thicken the rather thin sounds in Polyphonic mode. The SixTrak can be fun and cool but is overshadowed by its cousin - the Multi-Trak. It is used by Überzone and Cirrus.

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43 Visitor comments
sandman
March 20, 2009 @ 10:13 pm
I still have my original that I bought in 1984. This is a highly underrated keyboard. The stacks are massively fat, and when combined with a midi controller like the Evolution UC-33e, this thing becomes an analog monster. I still use it on tracks regularly. It's rock solid and with a little effort on the user's part it far exceeds it's modest price tag. It's the cheapest possible way to get an authentic Sequential sound.
Moe
December 12, 2008 @ 5:08 pm
There some PC editors out there too, to get a visual on all the parameters. Such as
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/2163/sixpat.html
Mark Duff
October 22, 2008 @ 8:28 am
Its got the classic Sequential sound without the knobs to twiddle but there are ways around that as it has midi and a flexible 6 part mode or a stacked 6 part mode for fat basslines. Still a great keyboard and you can get some nice sounds from it.
I use it in my music at myspace.com/duffkeys
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Voice Polyphony and 6 part Multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 6 VCO's (sawtooth, triangle, variable width)
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct lowpass w/ ADSR envelope
  • VCA - Standard ADSR
  • LFO - Yes
  • Keyboard - 48 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator (up/down) and 2-Track sequencer (up to 800 notes)
  • Control - MIDI (all parameters are midi controllable)
  • Date Produced - 1984
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