Electronic Dream Plant (EDP) Gnat

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The Gnat

Gnats are usually nothing but an annoyance, but in this case, we'll make an exception. EDP's Gnat is a single-oscillator version of the Wasp. It has one digital oscillator and analog circuitry with a basic lowpass resonant filter, an envelope with Attack and Decay controls, an LFO which can modulate the pitch or filter, and a built-in speaker. Like the Wasp, it has a very un-playable touch-sensitive keyboard with 25 flat mini-keys. The Gnat also has EDP's proprietary control interface that could be used to link the Gnat to a Wasp or other EDP gear.

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The Gnat Special

Like the Wasp, the Gnat also came in three versions. Besides the original, a Gnat Special (pictured above, released 1982) and Gnat Deluxe were released. They had wood panels and a few other changes but the Deluxe featured a standard 3-octave keyboard. The Gnat offers simple and traditional synthesis of analog bass, synth and other useful monophonic sounds. It's designer, Chris Hugget, also designed the Oxford Synthesizer Company's OSCar Synthesizer.

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Polyphony - Monophonic
Oscillators - 1 DCO (adjustable from 2' to 32'), switchable between ramp, square, enhance, and noise
LFO - one LFO with sine, ramp, sawtooth, square, and random waveforms
Filter - one low-pass 12dB/oct filter with resonance
Arpeg/Seq - None
Keyboard - 25 capacitive non-moving touch keys (or 37 standard keys on Deluxe model)
Memory - None
Control - EDP proprietary digital socket INPUT. MIDI retrofits and some MIDI-CV converters are able to provide control.
Date Produced - 1980 - 1983


Images from The Terry Synthesizer Collection.

Revised October 2009