nyborg is a compact analogue synthesizer. analogue – as in really analogue. aside from the midi chip (which has to be digital), everything else is totally analogue using real transistors and op-amps. there
are no cpu stabilised and quantised circuits, no dcos, no digital lfos and no digital egs, as found on other so called analogue synths. the circuitry is based on designs dating back to the mid-1970s. so
nyborg has a genuine old sound.
audio applications mono synthesiser
nyborg is for use any time you need analogue sound effects, fat basses, screaming leads, beeps, tones, zaps, and all the other crazy sounds associated with analogue 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 analogue filters for analogue processing.
nyborg is able to produce electronic percussion – kick, snare, hihats, 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 analogue sequencer, such as oberkorn. it can also be used by midi and cv at the same time! so you could have an
analogue step sequencer such as oberkorn playing a little melody, then using a midi keyboard (or midi sequencer) transpose the oberkorn sequence.
circuits included oscillators
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 12bb 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 analogue 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 6.35mm 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!
nyborg can be orientated and configured in several ways;
vertical (tall): as standard, it comes as a vertical desktop unit just like it's big brother telemark.
horizontal (flat): it is possible to reconfigure it so that it is a flat table top unit, like its cousin leipzig-s is. this requires some minor screwdriver work.
with wood sides: in either of the above two configurations, optional wood side panels can be fitted. these screw on from the inside of the unit, so no ugly screws will be visible on the beautiful wood.
two (or more!) side by side: two (or more!) units can be bolted side by side. and of course you can also fit the optional wood sides to these, or, reconfigure them to be horizontal flat units.
two units racked: two units can be bolted together (like above) and then you can also fit the optional rack ear brackets, and rack mount the whole assembly.
full rugged steel/aluminium case – no plastic mouldings
good quality smooth potentiometers, fully sealed against dust
good quality knobs with spun aluminium caps
high grade double sided circuit board
high quality 16bit dac for midi-cv conversion
very stable midi to cv
very stable analogue oscillators
hand built by humans
true retro analogue voice and modulation circuits to give an authentic retro sound
vco1: tune, octave, pw mod, fm mod, manual pw, mod source, saw out, pulse out, sync, free run
vco2: tune, octave, pw mod, fm mod, manual pw, mod source, saw out, pulse out, sync, wide range
vcf: low pass filter, high pass filter, band pass filter, notch filter, variable notch filter. cut-off, resonance, modulation amount, mod source, midi mod, resonance boost
eg1: asr envelope with trigger led
eg2: asr envelope with trigger led
lfo: speed, output mode (square, triangle, velocity cv, s+h)
noise generator: white noise
sub osc: minus one octave, taken from vco1
sample & hold: for random modulation effects
midi to cv converter: 16 bit high resolution with auxiliary controller cv2 output
rotary controls, rotary switches and push buttonsledsjack socketsmidi sockets: 229143x 6.35mm, 5x 3.5mm2
power: external ac mains supply
accesories: mains adaptor
midi: in, thru
audio / cv connections: audio out, ext1 (cv or audio), ext2 (cv or audio), ac power in, midi in, midi thru