Since it’s a monophonic (that is, one-voice) synth, it doesn’t have the ability to do Combos and so doesn’t have those controls. Many of an Evolver’s parameters can be controlled by MIDI continuous controller (CC) messages. These include a multi-tap stereo delay that is syncable to the clock, the LFOs, and the sequencer, a modelled distortion, a high-pass filter, tuned feedback, and “bit crushing.”. analog/digital hybrid synth. The Evolver’s strength is really in what it can do beyond purely analog sounds. Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator. As just one example of this, you could vary one LFO's speed using a second LFO whilst sweeping the depth of its effect with an envelope. We could not automagically find any related forum topics for this synth, but please. Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel. If complexity and near-modular connectivity appeals to you, the Evolver is a synth you shouldn't dismiss lightly. The 12-bit resolution of the ROM waves reflects the state of affairs on the original Prophet VS, but interestingly, the user waves may be up to 16-bit resolution. That is awesome! (plus 32 user wavetables, loaded via MIDI software editors such as Motu The analogue oscillators and filters perform well, and the digital side of the instrument really extends what you can achieve. digital oscillators feature FM synthesis, Ring Modulation and 96 Power supply for 110V – 240V AC operation (13-15 VDC, 700 mA). times as big. The combination of digital waveforms and a sequencer offers an unmissable opportunity to step through them automatically, for powerful wave-sequencing effects. With a three-character display, patches are numbered rather than named, so I found it vital to manually note thelocations of my favourite sounds to prevent overwriting them by mistake. The Mono Evolver Keyboard allows for easier performance due to the velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keyboard, as well as more knobs that expose parameters previously only accessible through menu-diving in the Evolver. I'd sum up by saying this synth represents one of the happiest marriages of analogue and digital technology I've encountered. Capstan Dirty after almost every playback - Tascam TSR-... One Synth Challenge V - The Filter Strikes Back. really bring the Mono Evolver to life with animated evolving sounds. Also Tempest. Step sequencer provides up to 16 steps per sequence and up to 4 tracks. with four oscillators - two analog DCOs and two digital - it's a true Four years after the Evolver was One low-pass analog Curtis filter per channel, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode), Three Delay + ADSR envelopes: filter, VCA, and Auxiliary envelope, Envelopes freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations. The innocently labelled 'Sequencer' button transforms all the knobs and matrix rows into a four-row-by-16-step sequencer; you can toggle between synth and sequencer operation at any time by pushing the button. True stereo signal path with separate Curtis analog low-pass filters in each channel. the Poly Evolver - twice as expensive but four As there are only eight knobs, you access values in the second half of the sequence by pushing the lower row button; the knobs then control steps 9-16. To keep costs down, the Evolver is currently available only from Dave Smith's web site — so aside from listening to the examples located there, there's no way to check it out before you buy one. Be sure to visit Dave Smith's Website! Massive doesn’t even begin to describe the sound of the Evolver. The All-New Behringer Keyboards 'n' Stuff Thread. In addition, they may be synchronised to the current sequencer speed in various clock divisions from one LFO cycle running over 32 steps (twice the maximum sequence length) right up to 16 LFO cycles per step. Oscillators 3 and 4, by contrast, are digital, although like their analogue counterparts, they are hardwired to the left and right internal busses. By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the processing of my data in order to receive emails. like two independent synths - one on the left and another on the right. Thus, Oscillators 1 and 3 pass through the left filter, 2 and 4 through the right filter. The Evolver’s strength is really in what it can do beyond purely analog sounds. We find out if he's still evolving... Photo: Mike CameronIt's no exaggeration to say that Dave Smith is one of the founders of music technology as we know it today. If you're lucky enough to live in the USA, you'll obviously avoid the customs situation, and the Evolver will cost you a slightly reduced $475, including US-wide shipping costs. The only other thing I'll say here is that the Evolver transmits its parameters via SysEx, not MIDI control changes. operation, two digital highpass filters and real analog VCAs. I just sold my little desktop mono, which is sort of disappointing, but it was under the strictest condition that the poly that my father owns won't be sold to anyone but me in the future. It's monophonic with four oscillators - two analog DCOs and two digital - it's a true analog/digital hybrid synth. Stereo audio Highly accessible sound control for easy, intuitive operation: 58 knobs—43 of them potentiometers—and 33 switches. Modulation Please check the fields highlighted in red. I hope you'll forgive my not listing all of these or trying to convince you of the pleasures to be had experimenting with them. 16 x 4 step sequencer really brings the Evolver to life with evolving “pseudo-polyphonic” sounds – you won’t believe it’s mono! I'm showing my age here, aren't I? And there are at least a couple of MIDI controllers/control surfaces capable of sending SysEx messages. Once you slide the appropriate prongs into the groove on the adaptor, the Evolver is ready to go. The voice architecture is identical to the Evolver, but it sports a 3-octave semi-weighted keyboard, pitch and mod wheels, a new built-in arpeggiator, and finally enough knobs and switches to put all the controls within easy reach. The latter set are the 'shifted' options and effectively double the number of parameters available. The preset waves exhibit all the characteristics that made the VS such fun. A handy signal diagram in the manual (shown below) explains the internal routing far better than it's possible to do in words, showing the paths of the oscillators through filters, delay lines, distortion blocks, and so on. Both filters may be audio-rate modulated by the oscillators that pass through them, which is ideal when you're searching for extra 'sizzle'. We recommend using a mixer to combine and balance the outputs of the instruments. Multiple Evolvers can be daisy-chained for increased polyphony. ), with the range between 8Hz and 261Hz selectable in discrete semitone steps. And there are at least a couple of MIDI controllers/control surfaces capable of sending SysEx messages. There are dedicated What is a "hybrid" audio interface anyway? Digital delays: 3 separate, syncable, stereo delay lines. I auditioned a few more sequences to get a feel for the range of sounds on offer, and found many of the factory patches to be grungy, distorted or downright intimidating. The other parameters include Patch and Bank Select, Volume, Transpose Amount, Tempo, MIDI Clock source, Input Gain and Tuning, plus MIDI Channel and Dump parameters. voice architecture is identical to the Evolver, but it sports a 3-octave