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Future Retro Vectra Hybrid Digital/Analogue Synth

Future Retro

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The Vectra is a unique hybrid synthesizer with a flexible architecture that allows many different forms of synthesis to be realized. It’s the best of both worlds… The Vectra utilizes digital oscillators, ring modulators, noise sources, vector mixer, LFO’s, complex envelopes, and modulation routings providing many capabilities that would be very difficult to produce with analog circuitry alone. This allows for accurate tuning, repeatability of complex patches, and patch storage. The Vectra also provides a multi-mode analog filter, VCA, and final output, as these provide the best sonic qualities.

The Vectra includes a powerful and fun sequencer and arpeggiator, with many new capabilities. Although the Vectra is a self contained instrument, MIDI can be used to interface with other devices.

The Vectra provides four oscillators, white and pink noise sources, four ring modulators, a four-channel mixer, five LFO’s, six morphing envelopes, six primary multimode analog filter types, a main analog VCA, and numerous internal modulation routings and VCA’s controlling modulation amounts.

It really is like having a powerful self-contained semi-modular synthesizer with approximately 500 internal signal routings, and around 256 storable sound parameters.

The synthesizer architecture is designed to allow the greatest flexibility in recreating multiple synthesis techniques of the past while introducing several new innovations. The sound section has been inspired by features of the greatest synthesizers ever made, while not focusing specifically on recreating any instrument in particular. The Vectra is in fact it’s own unique self-contained instrument.

The oscillators are digital as this provides the highest degree of tuning stability, while allowing both virtual analog and digital waveform generations. With features like oscillator Sync, PWM, our new waveform Phase Slice, and Fade features, independent glide times per oscillator, constant beat detuning, and paraphonic voice modes, not to mention FM, AM, ring-modulation, and dedicated LFO’s, envelopes, and VCA’s per oscillator really make these oscillators a power house.
The four-channel mixer is unique in that it provides an even balance when mixing multiple sources, either manually with the joystick, or applying automated vector mixing, or mixer modulation.

The five LFO’s provide 500+ waveforms to choose from, with their frequency spanning from sub-audio into the audio range. Their frequency can be stationary or track keyboard notes with glide. Waveforms can sync to any waveform phase at a note-on, and they can be frequency modulated as well. In short they can be used as LFO’s, complex envelopes, or audio rate oscillators.

The six morphing envelopes are really something else. With each envelope providing initial Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release, as well as a loop time when they are set to Repeat. Ultra precise and snappy they provide envelope times from 0ms to 14.7 seconds per each stage. Each envelope provides multiple envelope curve selections, and can be one-shot, normal envelope types, or looping.

And did you notice they can morph? Yes, that’s right! Envelopes can morph and modulate between two individual values per each envelope stage.

The analog multimode filter provides six primary filter types being: 4-pole low-pass, 2-pole low-pass, 1-pole low-pass, 2-pole band-pass, 2-pole high-pass, 2-pole notch, with some additional selections to define a filter’s self resonance response, and also to recreate a very unique characteristic of the EMS VCS type filter modulation. The filter can track notes played on the keyboard, has a dedicated LFO, Envelope, and one additional modulation source.

And finally the analog VCA before all those sweet sounds hit our ears. The Amplifier VCA has a dedicated morphing envelope as well.

This synthesizer covers so much sonic territory from analog to digital sounds, traditional to experimental, bass, leads, solos, percussion, effects, drones, ambient sounds, and those yet to be discovered.

Oscillators (1-4)

  • Frequency Range: <0.01 Hz to 20.00 kHz
  • Analog Modeled Waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Pulse Width Modulated
  • Pulse Width Range: 1% to 99%
  • Pulse Width Modulation Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Digital Waveforms: 500
  • Number of Digital Waveforms per Oscillator: 2
  • Waveform Modulation Types: PWM, Slice, Fade
  • Waveform Start: 0 to 255 samples
  • Waveform Modulation Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Waveform Modulation Amount: 0 to 100
  • Octave Range: -7 to +5
  • Pitch Tuning: Semitones
  • Fine Tuning: 128 steps per semitone
  • Constant Beat Detuning: -/+5.00Hz
  • Paraphonic Modes: 8 total
  • Sync: Off/On, 0-360 degrees
  • Glide Time per Oscillator: 0ms to 14.7 seconds
  • Key Tracking: On/Off

Oscillator frequency modulation (1-4)

  • Modulation 1 Source: LFO
  • Modulation 1 Control: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Source: Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Control: Off, Randon1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Modulation 3: Randon1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, Filter LFO, Filter Envelope, Amplifier Envelope
  • Total Modulation Range: 0.5 to 10 octaves
  • Individual Modulation Amounts: -99 to 100

LFO (1-4, Filter)

  • Analog Modeled Waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Ramp, Sawtooth, Square, Random
  • Digital Waveforms: 500
  • Waveform Start: 0 to 255 samples
  • Initial Frequency Range: 0.001 to 1001Hz (greater with key tracking and modulations)
  • Fine Tuning: 128 steps per semitone
  • Key Tracking: On/Off
  • Sync: Off/On, 0-360 degrees
  • Frequency Modulation Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope, Filter LFO
  • Total Modulation Range: 1 to 10 octaves
  • Modulation Amount: -99 to 100

Envelopes (1-4, Filter, Amplifier)

  • Initial Envelope Stages: Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release, Repeat/Loop
  • Modulated Envelope Stages: Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release, Repeat/Loop
  • Normal Envelope Contours: 5
  • One-Shot Envelope Contours: 4
  • Looping: On/Off with repeat time
  • Envelope Times per Stage: 0ms to 14.7 seconds
  • Sustain Level: 0 to 100%
  • Key Sync: on/off (retriggering)
  • Attack Reset: Off/On
  • Time Modulation Sources: Off, Random1, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y

Mixer

  • Channels: 4
  • Audio Sources:
    • Oscillator (1-4)
    • Oscillator (1-4) controlled by Envelope (1-4)
    • Oscillator (1-4) controlled by LFO (1-4)
    • Ring-Modulation of Osc 1&2, Osc 2&3, Osc 3&4, Osc 4&1
    • White-Noise
    • White-Noise controlled by Envelope (1-4)
    • Pink-Noise
    • Pink-Noise controlled by Envelope (1-4)
  • Mixer Types: Manual, Envelope, One-Shot, Key-Synced, Free-Running, Modulated
  • Automix X:Y Location Stages: 4
  • Automix Stage Times: 0ms to 14.7 seconds
  • Mod Mix X:Y Location Stages: 2
  • Mod Mix Control Sources: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Mod Mix Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope, Filter Envelope
  • Mod Mix Amount: 0 to 100
  • Output Gain: 1.00x to 5.00x

Analog filter

  • Primary Filter Types: 4p low-pass, 2p low-pass, 1p low-pass, 2p band-pass, 2p high-pass, 2p notch
  • Filter Frequency Range: approximately 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Resonance: 0 to 100
  • Key Tracking: Off/On
  • Modulation 1 Source: LFO
  • Modulation 1 Control: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO-4, Filter Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Source: Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Control: Off, Randon1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO-4, Envelope-4
  • Modulation 3: Randon1/2, Key1, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, DC+, Mix-1, Mix-2, Mix-3, Mix-4, LFO-1, Env-1, Amplifier Envelope
  • Individual Modulation Amounts: -99 to 100
  • Analog amplifier (see also Envelope parameters)
  • Additional Envelope Type: Drone
  • Envelope Amplitude Modulation Control: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, ModWheel, Stick X/Y, LFO-4, Envelope-4

Keyboard/sequencer

  • Keys: 29
  • Scales: 29
  • Linear Transpose: -12 to +16
  • Scale Transpose: -12 to +16 notes
  • Octave Reiterations: -3 to +3
  • Tempo: 10 to 250 BPM
  • Swing: 50% to 75%
  • Sequencer Modes: Play, Arpeggiate, Fill, Edit, Real-time, Auto
  • Max Steps per Sequence: 16
  • Sequencer Parts: Pitch, Velocity, Rhythm (Note-On/Off, Glide, Sustain)
  • Time Signatures: 1-4, 2-4, 3-4, 4-4, 6-4, 8-4
  • Directions: Down, Up/Down, Up, Random, (plus 25 complex directions)
  • Loop Point: 1 to 16 steps

Memory

  • Max Number of Sounds and Sequences: 999
  • Global Parameters Saved: Output level, MIDI Channel, Fine Tuning, Screen Saver Time, Last File

MIDI

  • Channels: 1-16
  • MIDI Messages Supported: Note-Pitch, Note-On/Off, Velocity, Aftertouch, Pitch-Bend, Mod-Wheel
  • MIDI Sync: Clock, Start, Stop
  • Input/output: 15V DC input (center-pin positive), MIDI (IN/THRU/OUT), 1/4” unbalanced Audio Out
  • Dimensions: 18.25” x 11.0” x 3.5”
  • Weight: 5.0lbs

Product Overview

The Vectra is a unique hybrid synthesizer with a flexible architecture that allows many different forms of synthesis to be realized. It’s the best of both worlds… The Vectra utilizes digital oscillators, ring modulators, noise sources, vector mixer, LFO’s, complex envelopes, and modulation routings providing many capabilities that would be very difficult to produce with analog circuitry alone. This allows for accurate tuning, repeatability of complex patches, and patch storage. The Vectra also provides a multi-mode analog filter, VCA, and final output, as these provide the best sonic qualities.

The Vectra includes a powerful and fun sequencer and arpeggiator, with many new capabilities. Although the Vectra is a self contained instrument, MIDI can be used to interface with other devices.

The Vectra provides four oscillators, white and pink noise sources, four ring modulators, a four-channel mixer, five LFO’s, six morphing envelopes, six primary multimode analog filter types, a main analog VCA, and numerous internal modulation routings and VCA’s controlling modulation amounts.

It really is like having a powerful self-contained semi-modular synthesizer with approximately 500 internal signal routings, and around 256 storable sound parameters.

The synthesizer architecture is designed to allow the greatest flexibility in recreating multiple synthesis techniques of the past while introducing several new innovations. The sound section has been inspired by features of the greatest synthesizers ever made, while not focusing specifically on recreating any instrument in particular. The Vectra is in fact it’s own unique self-contained instrument.

The oscillators are digital as this provides the highest degree of tuning stability, while allowing both virtual analog and digital waveform generations. With features like oscillator Sync, PWM, our new waveform Phase Slice, and Fade features, independent glide times per oscillator, constant beat detuning, and paraphonic voice modes, not to mention FM, AM, ring-modulation, and dedicated LFO’s, envelopes, and VCA’s per oscillator really make these oscillators a power house.
The four-channel mixer is unique in that it provides an even balance when mixing multiple sources, either manually with the joystick, or applying automated vector mixing, or mixer modulation.

The five LFO’s provide 500+ waveforms to choose from, with their frequency spanning from sub-audio into the audio range. Their frequency can be stationary or track keyboard notes with glide. Waveforms can sync to any waveform phase at a note-on, and they can be frequency modulated as well. In short they can be used as LFO’s, complex envelopes, or audio rate oscillators.

The six morphing envelopes are really something else. With each envelope providing initial Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release, as well as a loop time when they are set to Repeat. Ultra precise and snappy they provide envelope times from 0ms to 14.7 seconds per each stage. Each envelope provides multiple envelope curve selections, and can be one-shot, normal envelope types, or looping.

And did you notice they can morph? Yes, that’s right! Envelopes can morph and modulate between two individual values per each envelope stage.

The analog multimode filter provides six primary filter types being: 4-pole low-pass, 2-pole low-pass, 1-pole low-pass, 2-pole band-pass, 2-pole high-pass, 2-pole notch, with some additional selections to define a filter’s self resonance response, and also to recreate a very unique characteristic of the EMS VCS type filter modulation. The filter can track notes played on the keyboard, has a dedicated LFO, Envelope, and one additional modulation source.

And finally the analog VCA before all those sweet sounds hit our ears. The Amplifier VCA has a dedicated morphing envelope as well.

This synthesizer covers so much sonic territory from analog to digital sounds, traditional to experimental, bass, leads, solos, percussion, effects, drones, ambient sounds, and those yet to be discovered.

Oscillators (1-4)

  • Frequency Range: <0.01 Hz to 20.00 kHz
  • Analog Modeled Waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Pulse Width Modulated
  • Pulse Width Range: 1% to 99%
  • Pulse Width Modulation Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Digital Waveforms: 500
  • Number of Digital Waveforms per Oscillator: 2
  • Waveform Modulation Types: PWM, Slice, Fade
  • Waveform Start: 0 to 255 samples
  • Waveform Modulation Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Waveform Modulation Amount: 0 to 100
  • Octave Range: -7 to +5
  • Pitch Tuning: Semitones
  • Fine Tuning: 128 steps per semitone
  • Constant Beat Detuning: -/+5.00Hz
  • Paraphonic Modes: 8 total
  • Sync: Off/On, 0-360 degrees
  • Glide Time per Oscillator: 0ms to 14.7 seconds
  • Key Tracking: On/Off

Oscillator frequency modulation (1-4)

  • Modulation 1 Source: LFO
  • Modulation 1 Control: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Source: Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Control: Off, Randon1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Modulation 3: Randon1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, Filter LFO, Filter Envelope, Amplifier Envelope
  • Total Modulation Range: 0.5 to 10 octaves
  • Individual Modulation Amounts: -99 to 100

LFO (1-4, Filter)

  • Analog Modeled Waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Ramp, Sawtooth, Square, Random
  • Digital Waveforms: 500
  • Waveform Start: 0 to 255 samples
  • Initial Frequency Range: 0.001 to 1001Hz (greater with key tracking and modulations)
  • Fine Tuning: 128 steps per semitone
  • Key Tracking: On/Off
  • Sync: Off/On, 0-360 degrees
  • Frequency Modulation Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope, Filter LFO
  • Total Modulation Range: 1 to 10 octaves
  • Modulation Amount: -99 to 100

Envelopes (1-4, Filter, Amplifier)

  • Initial Envelope Stages: Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release, Repeat/Loop
  • Modulated Envelope Stages: Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release, Repeat/Loop
  • Normal Envelope Contours: 5
  • One-Shot Envelope Contours: 4
  • Looping: On/Off with repeat time
  • Envelope Times per Stage: 0ms to 14.7 seconds
  • Sustain Level: 0 to 100%
  • Key Sync: on/off (retriggering)
  • Attack Reset: Off/On
  • Time Modulation Sources: Off, Random1, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y

Mixer

  • Channels: 4
  • Audio Sources:
    • Oscillator (1-4)
    • Oscillator (1-4) controlled by Envelope (1-4)
    • Oscillator (1-4) controlled by LFO (1-4)
    • Ring-Modulation of Osc 1&2, Osc 2&3, Osc 3&4, Osc 4&1
    • White-Noise
    • White-Noise controlled by Envelope (1-4)
    • Pink-Noise
    • Pink-Noise controlled by Envelope (1-4)
  • Mixer Types: Manual, Envelope, One-Shot, Key-Synced, Free-Running, Modulated
  • Automix X:Y Location Stages: 4
  • Automix Stage Times: 0ms to 14.7 seconds
  • Mod Mix X:Y Location Stages: 2
  • Mod Mix Control Sources: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope
  • Mod Mix Sources: Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO, Envelope, Filter Envelope
  • Mod Mix Amount: 0 to 100
  • Output Gain: 1.00x to 5.00x

Analog filter

  • Primary Filter Types: 4p low-pass, 2p low-pass, 1p low-pass, 2p band-pass, 2p high-pass, 2p notch
  • Filter Frequency Range: approximately 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Resonance: 0 to 100
  • Key Tracking: Off/On
  • Modulation 1 Source: LFO
  • Modulation 1 Control: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO-4, Filter Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Source: Envelope
  • Modulation 2 Control: Off, Randon1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, LFO-4, Envelope-4
  • Modulation 3: Randon1/2, Key1, Velocity, Aftertouch, Mod-Wheel, Stick X/Y, DC+, Mix-1, Mix-2, Mix-3, Mix-4, LFO-1, Env-1, Amplifier Envelope
  • Individual Modulation Amounts: -99 to 100
  • Analog amplifier (see also Envelope parameters)
  • Additional Envelope Type: Drone
  • Envelope Amplitude Modulation Control: Off, Random1/2, Key1/2, Velocity, Aftertouch, ModWheel, Stick X/Y, LFO-4, Envelope-4

Keyboard/sequencer

  • Keys: 29
  • Scales: 29
  • Linear Transpose: -12 to +16
  • Scale Transpose: -12 to +16 notes
  • Octave Reiterations: -3 to +3
  • Tempo: 10 to 250 BPM
  • Swing: 50% to 75%
  • Sequencer Modes: Play, Arpeggiate, Fill, Edit, Real-time, Auto
  • Max Steps per Sequence: 16
  • Sequencer Parts: Pitch, Velocity, Rhythm (Note-On/Off, Glide, Sustain)
  • Time Signatures: 1-4, 2-4, 3-4, 4-4, 6-4, 8-4
  • Directions: Down, Up/Down, Up, Random, (plus 25 complex directions)
  • Loop Point: 1 to 16 steps

Memory

  • Max Number of Sounds and Sequences: 999
  • Global Parameters Saved: Output level, MIDI Channel, Fine Tuning, Screen Saver Time, Last File

MIDI

  • Channels: 1-16
  • MIDI Messages Supported: Note-Pitch, Note-On/Off, Velocity, Aftertouch, Pitch-Bend, Mod-Wheel
  • MIDI Sync: Clock, Start, Stop