Digital/analog hybrid platform for microtonal sonic exploration

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The successor to the widely acclaimed Elmyra, Elmyra 2 is a 4-voice digital/analog hybrid drone synthesizer and platform for microtonal sonic exploration, capable of creating anything from lush ambient soundscapes to gritty droning textures and shrieking noises, available as a 42 HP Eurorack module or semi-modular desktop synth. With 31 modulation targets, 4 polymetric sequencers, delay, additional per-voice effects, a choice of various filters, as well as onboard LFOs and utilities, it is essentially a purpose-built small modular system in itself. A set of preset cards (included) or electronic components like capacitors or diodes can be plugged into the front panel in order to change the sound character.

Feature overview (firmware v2.2.1):

  • 4 independent voices activated by touch or CV
  • wavetable-based complex oscillator engine, up to 12 oscillators in total, 1V/octave compatible
  • chromatic mode makes chords and harmonic sounds possible, microtonal scales supported
  • 41 patch points
  • 31 modulation targets
  • touchpads with analog envelopes that can be used as modulation sources
  • filter switchable between:
    • boomy and aggressive multimode 2-pole state variable filter (low-pass, band-pass, high-pass)
    • creamy 4-pole low-pass ladder filter
    • high-pass and low-pass in series or parallel
    • base-width filter as bandpass or notch
  • delay with unhealthy amounts of feedback
  • lo-fi reverb
  • analog OUCH circuit: a unique combination of destructive distortion, waveshaping and filtering
  • sonic character can be customised by using special preset cards (set of 4 included) or components like diodes that can be plugged into the front panel
  • preset cards can be used with other Neutral Labs modules
  • external audio can be processed via audio input
  • 10 per-voice modulations and effects:
    • unison detune
    • dual sub-oscillators
    • chord mode
    • waveshaper
    • saturation
    • bitmangler
    • sample rate reduction
    • noise
    • high-pass filter
    • low-pass filter
  • 2 complex LFOs that also work in sample&hold or sample&glide mode
  • 4 sequencers with arbitrary step length per voice (up to 128), allows polymetric structures
  • delay time and LFOs can be clock-synced or unsynced (tap tempo is also possible)
  • utilities
    • dual attenuator/buffered multiple/voltage generator
    • CV summing circuit
  • case made of plant-based bioplastic and oak (black version) or mahogany (white version) wood sides
  • boutique synth handmade in Germany

Elmyra 2 is available in black/oak or white/mahogany as an assembled synth or Eurorack module, as well as a DIY kit. You can see more videos and photos on Instagram.

Note: For sustainability reasons, the desktop version does not come with a USB power supply, just a USB-A to USB-C cable. You will need a 5V supply with a USB-A socket, such as a phone charger, power bank or laptop.

Note: Since this gets asked a lot, yes, the desktop version has a Eurorack power header and can be placed into a Eurorack. The desktop case however has 5V USB power and no Eurorack rails, you cannot use it as a 42 HP rack without modifications.

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