A little known boutique electronics manufacturer from Wellington, New Zealand has built an all-in-one, stand-alone, portable synthesizer, sequencer and sampler that looks almost like a beefed up version of Novation's Circuit.
The unit is jammed with features, with the 128 RGB pads being the most obvious. There's also a built in Subtractive and FM synth, an SD card slot, CV and Gate, MIDI I/O, USB and line and mic inputs for sampling. Synthstrom Audible claim polyphony is only limited by the unit's CPU and typically that means 48 synth voices or around 64 unaffected sample voices. Overall if you head over to the website and read the spec on the website, it's a feature packed product that could potentially tempt people away from the big brands.
There's currently a two-hour challenge running on YouTube for users to make a track in just two-hours of having the Deluge. This could certainly be a great option for those looking for a robust alternative to using a laptop and having something more tactile for stage and studio. Pre orders have all shipped, so you'll have to add yourself to the waitlist for another batch to be produced.
The first batch was costing £640 plus £45 shipping to the UK which isn't too bad when you consider the boutique nature of the product and the big brand competitors offering many fewer features for not much less cash.
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