Elektor Formant synthesizer

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The Formant analog modular synthesizer, designed by C. Chapman and published in 1977/78 as a series of articles in the European magazine Elektor. The articles were later compiled into a book and a year later there was another book, (not in English) with additions and extensions by M. Aigner. The Formant is a modular synthesizer, utilising the 1V/octave control.[1]

Magazine articles

Issue Month Year Article name Author PPNo Comments Corrections
025 May 1977 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (1) C. Chapman 5-14 Formant Synth – Part 1
026 Jun 1977 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (2) C. Chapman 6-14 Formant Synth – Part 2
029 Sep 1977 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (3) C. Chapman 9-42 Formant Synth – Part 3 Mar 78, 3-07
030 Oct 1977 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (4) C. Chapman 10-40 Formant Synth – Part 4 Jan 78, 1-31
031 Nov 1977 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (5) C. Chapman 11-41 Formant Synth – Part 5 Jan 78, 1-31
032 Dec 1977 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (6) C. Chapman 12-27 Formant Synth – Part 6 Feb 78, 2-16
033 Jan 1978 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (7) C. Chapman 1-34 Formant Synth – Part 7
034 Feb 1978 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (8) C. Chapman 2-10 Formant Synth – Part 8
035 Mar 1978 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (9) C. Chapman 3-26 Formant Synth – Part 9
036 Apr 1978 Formant – the Elektor Music Synthesiser (10) C. Chapman 4-33 Formant Synth – Part 10
041 Sep 1978 24dB VCF C. Chapman 9-43 Formant Synth – Part 11
042 Oct 1978 Resonance Filter Unit Not Given 10-12 Formant Synth – Part 12
046 Feb 1979 Formant – An invitation for our readers Not Given 2-39
058 Feb 1980 FET Opamps in the Formant Not Given 2-09
063/064 Jul/Aug 1980 Legato gate interface for Formant M. Bertuch 7-15 Summer Circuits 20
087/088 Jul/Aug 1982 Output unit and keysoft for polyformant Not Given 7-92 Polyphonic Synthesiser Sep 82, 9-53
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Further reading

  • Formant-Pro - Modulares Sound-System MSS 2000 by Hans-Joachim Helmstedt, Elektor-Verlag, 2000, ISBN 3895760994[3] - "don't buy, cheap-quick-and-dirty approach"[4][5]

References

  1. ^ Rick's electronic-music projects, Formant by Rick Jansen
  2. ^ Compiled by Mike Gorman from the original magazines
  3. ^ FYI: new Elektor Formant book, Synth-DIY email list, 25 Oct 2000
  4. ^ new Formant book arrived, Synth-DIY email list, 6 Nov 2000
  5. ^ Customer reviews, Amazon.de

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