Cre8Audio’s East Beast is a $250 semi-modular synth a freaky side

Cre8Audio has made a reputation for itself by constructing dirt-cheap Eurorack gear, placing what has historically be a very costly endeavor — constructing modular synth — within the attain of mere mortals. Now it is branching out to self-contained semi-modular synthesizers with the East Beast.

Because the identify implies, the East Beast is an east coast model synthesizer, which means it includes a large sounding oscillator and a resonant filter for tone parameters. These two explicit elements had been constructed with assist of the analog weirdos over at Pittsburgh Modular. The filter is a multi-mode design with excessive, low and bandpass choices. The PGH filter can be lauded for its lack of “lifeless zones”. And the oscillator has sine, triangle, noticed, and sq. waves, together with pitched noise, that may be mixed.

In fact and filter and oscillator alone don’t make a synth. There’s additionally a VCA, an envelope generator, an LFO, a 32 step sequencer and a digital multi-mode device that may be an additional envelop, LFO or a random generator. It additionally has an arpeggiator and even a playable (however rudimentary) keyboard.

In fact, an analog synth with all these options is not that exceptional. What makes the East Beast thrilling is that it contains all of that, and a 20 level patch bay, for simply $250. With the ability to get one thing that, at the least on paper, looks as if a shrunken Moog Mom 32 for lower than half the worth is beautiful.

There are nonetheless lots of unanswered questions. However, contemplating that you would be able to additionally take the East Beast out of its case and slap it in a Eurorack case, means this one of the vital inexpensive methods to get into modular synthesis.

The Cre8Audio East Beast is out there to pre-order now and may begin delivery by the tip of Might.

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