The boutique brand’s unique take on the acid groovebox format is due to arrive next month. Plus: a note on Juno shipping as normal.
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Latvian boutique synth brand Erica Synths has announced that its Bassline DB-01 synth will be shipping from April. The fully analogue groovebox was unveiled at this January’s NAMM trade show in California.
The combination of a bass-focused synth with a step sequencer is a popular one, but many of the currently available options are heavily inspired by the classic Roland TB-303. That’s not to say they’re not good instruments in their own right, but most of our favourites – like the Cyclone Analogic TT-303 BassBot and Roland TB-03 – are designed to sound as close as possible to the old Roland classic.
The DB-01 does things a bit differently. It’s based around a single oscillator and the brilliant low-pass/band-pass filter taken from the brand’s Acidbox synth, teamed with independent envelopes for amplitude, filter cutoff and pitch. There’s a sub-oscillator generator, syncable LFO, 64-step sequencer and a detune effect based around a bucket-brigade device (a kind of analogue delay chip). All of which makes it a seriously meaty bass synth, as the early sound clips clearly demonstrate.
The DB-01 will be available in April, priced at £476. You can check out full details here, including adding it to your wishlist or requesting an email notification when it comes into stock.
Scroll down for a sound demo of the synth and videos of some of the brand’s other synths and modules.