#SUPERBOOTH18: IK Multimedia unveils UNO Synth – its first hardware synthesizer

The wait is over. After teasing a “paradigm shifting” new product in a series of photos and videos over the past week, IK Multimedia has unveiled its first foray into synthesizer hardware – the UNO Synth.

Designed for “everyone interested in rich, true analog sound”, this new monophonic synth offers a wide sound palette and easy programmability in an ultra-portable, battery-powered format for on-the-go music creation, live performance or studio recording.

IK Multimedia combined its more than two decades of experience in software and hardware development with the expertise of Italian boutique synthesizer maker Soundmachines and IK’s synth guru Erik Norlander (one of the brains behind acclaimed synth designs including the Alesis Andromeda). The result is a no-compromise instrument that delivers massive analog sound along with hands-on programmability and advanced features.

The UNO Synth features a powerful synth engine with professional sound and a full analog audio path. It includes:

– An all-analog audio path with 2 VCOs, noise generator, resonant multimode VCF and VCA

– 2 independent VCOs with Saw, Triangle and Pulse waveforms with continuously variable shape including PWM of the square wave plus a separate white noise generator

– A 2-pole OTA-based analog resonant sweepable multimode filter (LP/HP/BP) with overdrive

– 7 LFO waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Square, Up Saw, Down Saw, Random and Sample-and-Hold) to modulate Pitch, Filter, Amp and continuous oscillator wave shapes including PWM

UNO Synth’s ultra-compact dimensions make it among the smallest monophonic synths available. It’s light weight, at only 400g, and can be either battery powered (4xAA included) or powered via USB.

On its own, UNO Synth can be used to make music whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. The built-in audio input also allows for daisy chaining other external audio devices (like drum machines) with no additional mixer, for a small footprint and extreme portability.

MIDI IN and OUT enables connection to a master keyboard or any MIDI gear for use in a live or studio rig as a sound module. Via USB MIDI, UNO Synth also conveniently integrates directly with a DAW running on Mac/PC computers or mobile devices, without additional hardware interfaces.

UNO Synth is available now for pre-order with free shipping from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorised dealers worldwide at $/€199.99, with shipping scheduled for July 2018.

IK Multimedia will be at SUPERBOOTH18 form May 3rd–5th on stand W430 in the new Westwing, where visitors can get hands-on with all its latest products.

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