Matthias Schmidt a.k.a. Curetronic will release his first stand-alone instrument soon. The Specht (German word for woodpecker) is a semi-modular synthesizer specialized in drum sounds. It comes equipped with an oscillator generating sine and square waves, a noise source plus a VCA. On the modulator side, there are pitch and volume envelopes as well as a LFO. Thanks to the semi-modular layout and thought-through routing options, it is not only possible to create kicks and snares, but a multitude of other drum and percussion elements as well. For instance, the LFO can be fed to the VCA for generating clap-like sounds. On top of that, the Specht is not only controllable via CV signals and MIDI, but directly via a built-in piezo element as well.
Curetronic’s Specht will be available this summer.