Analogue Solutions Nyborg 24 is a precision electronic musical instrument. It combines all needed music electronic circuitry to make a music synthesizer in one compact module. No compromise has been made with the construction of Nyborg and no cheaper part options have been used.
What’s So Special?
Nyborg is a compact true analog mono synth in a neat, smart, small package. The entire audio patch and all modulation is entirely analog using circuits based on awesome sounding vintage 1970s designs. There circuits are not locked down by CPUs, controls are quantized and read by CPUs. With exception of the MIDI to CV circuit, which by its nature must have a digital element, Nyborg really is analog and the sound benefit is immediately apparent!
The modulation choices and range of sounds produced have all been carefully thought out and quickly give you the sounds you want: huge bass, synth leads, percussion, effects, modular style sounds.
NYBORG: SYNTH – PERCUSSION – AUDIO PROCESSOR
Nyborg is a compact analog synthesizer. Analog – as in really analog. Aside from the MIDI chip (which has to be digital), everything else is totally analog using real transistors and op-amps. There are no CPU stabilized and quantized circuits, no DCOs, no digital LFOs and no digital EGs, as found on other so-called analog synths. The circuitry is based on designs dating back to the mid-1970s. Nyborg has a genuine old sound.
Nyborg is for use any time you need analog sound effects, fat basses, screaming leads, beeps, tones, zaps, and all the other crazy sounds associated with analog synthesis. Use in place of your boring digital synths and DSP soft synths.
Nyborg has an audio input socket, so you can feed external sounds through the on-board analog filters for analog processing.
Nyborg is able to produce electronic percussion – kick, snare, hi-hats, cymbal, etc.
Nyborg is pre-patched – but has such a wide range of modulation routing possibilities that it is almost as versatile as a modular and can produce the same types of sounds, without the mess and confusion of cables. It has some patch sockets that enable you to connect it to an external modular.
MIDI (DAW Use) or CV & Gate?
This unit can be used with a MIDI keyboard (or DAW, or sequencer) or you can use it with an analog sequencer, such as Oberkorn. It can also be used by MIDI and CV at the same time! So you could have an analog step sequencer such as Oberkorn playing a little melody, then using a MIDI keyboard (or MIDI sequencer) transpose the Oberkorn sequence.
There are two VCOs – each providing a wealth of features and modulation choices. Controls include: TUNE, OCTAVE, MODULATION depth and destination, MOD. SOURCE (EGs, VCO audio, External CV, LFO), manual pulse WIDTH, VCO Sync
Low Frequency Oscillator
The LFO has triangle and Square wave modulation signals. The MODE switch can also be used to route Sample And Hold or CV2 (velocity) signals to the VCF and VCOs.
Nyborg uses a 2 pole 12 dB per octave multimode filter. What does this mean? It uses the same filter as the legendary Telemark synth, which is similar (but not the same, having its own character) to the old Oberheim SEM. The filter is actually four types in one. Low pass, Band pass, High pass and Notch filters. Controls include: CUTOFF, RESONANCE, MODULATION depth (- and +), MOS.SOURCE (EG, LFO, VCO audio, External CV), KEY voltage, CV2 voltage (velocity), NOTCH high/low, FILTER TYPE (high, low, band, notch).
Audio choices are the Saw or Square wave of each VCO, Noise or, for added fatness, Sub-Oscillator.
The VCA can be controlled from Gate or Envelope. It can be set to BYPASS so it is always ‘open’. This allows Nyborg to be used as an effects processor. Finally there is a CYCLE option. This sets the envelope to be constantly re-triggered by the LFO allowing for hands-off sound effects.
There are two EGs – each having control over ATTACK, SUSTAIN, and combined DECAY/RELEASE.
Great thought has been placed into modulation route choices, allowing a wide range of sounds to be produced, including percussion and ‘modular’ style sounds.
MIDI is intentionally kept simple – so you can concentrate on making new sounds and making music – not getting tied up with SYSEX programming. You get the all important control over filter cut-off using MIDI Velocity (or a MIDI controller).
External CV Control Sockets
Nyborg can be controlled via an external analog sequencer, such as Oberkorn, using the top panel CV sockets. There are pitch CV sockets for each VCO PITCH1 and PITCH2, filter CUTOFF, GATE (to trigger the EGs), EXT (to feed an external CV to various circuits). Also, on the rear panel are two spare 6.35 mm big jack sockets. Using these you can route external audio through the filter. Set the VCA to BYPASS and use Nyborg as an effects processor!
- Full rugged steel/aluminum case – no plastic moldings
- Good quality smooth potentiometers, fully sealed against dust
- Good quality knobs with spun aluminum caps
- High grade double sided circuit board
- High Quality 16bit DAC for MIDI-CV conversion
- Very stable MIDI to CV
- Very stable analog oscillators
- Hand-built by humans
- True retro analog voice and modulation circuits to give an authentic retro sound