ANTS! is an analog patchable synthesizer. It is designed to work as a modular synth, connecting patch cables to generate sounds, but at the same time it can work without the use of cables.

These pre-patched connections (normalled connections) make the synth an (almost) ready to play standard analog mono-synth. However by plugging a patch cable into a normalled input, the normalled connection is broken so you can then experiment with new and intricate sounds, basses, leads, drums, pads, self-generative patches and happy accidents.

ANTS! is transparent: there are no layers, no double functions, no storing. The only hidden aspect is the internal routing of the machine, otherwise everything is in front of the user and it is very simple to use: you just need to connect the outputs to the inputs. At the same time the 51 patch points and the 25 potentiometers give you the option to design complex patches and sounds. The possibilities are endless – utilising the architecture of an analog modular synth at a fraction of the cost.

Features:

MODULES

  • 4 Oscs (2 Switchable To Lfo)
  • 2 Lfos
  • Midi To Cv, AND Logic Gate, Sample & Hold
  • White Noise Generator, Lp/Hp Voltage Controlled Filter
  • 1 Triggered A/D Envelope, 1 Gated A/S/R Envelope
  • 2 Vcas, 1 Mixer With Attenuverters

OSCILLATORS

  • 1V/Oct Inputs
  • +/-4V Outputs, Triangle Core Design
  • Triangle, Sine, Square, Sawtooth & PW Waves
  • ‘Sync In’ Osc·Y
  • 2 Switchable To Lfo
  • PWM In On Xtosc·X, PWM Knob On Xtosc·Y

LFOs

  • +/-4V Outputs, Triangle Core Design
  • Triangle, Sine And Square Waves
  • Range: 19Sec – 30Hz
  • ‘Sync In’ On Lfo·X

ENVELOPES

  • AD Env1 – Triggered Envelope, Manual Control, ‘Trig In’, Attack: 0.9ms – 1s, Decay: 3ms – 5s
  • ASR Env2 – Gated Envelope, Manual Control, ‘Gate In’, Attack: 5ms – 10s, Release: 1ms – 4s

FILTER

  • Resonant Analog Filter, Voltage Controlled Cutoff
  • High Pass / Low Pass
  • 2 Input Mixer With Distortion

OTHER

  • Mixer – 3 Input, 2 Attenuverters
  • VCAs – ‘Base’ And ‘Volume’ On VCA1
  • AND Gate – 2 Input Logic Gate, 0 To 5V
  • Materials – Rolled Steel Case, Plastic Side Covers, Fr4 Panel, Soft-Touch Knobs
  • Power – 12Vac 1A (Included Power Supply)
  • Midi To Cv – 1-8 Channel Select, Gate Out (Note On), Cv (Note) Out, Cv2 Out (2Nd Note Or Velocity)
  • 27 Inputs, 24 Outputs
  • Analog Circuitry, Eurorack Voltage Friendly

PLEASE NOTE: This version of ANTS! is supplied with 3 ninja stars + 10 patch cables + a 3.5mm connector to the standard MIDI DIN connector – so it’s ready to facilitate complex patching and midi contrøl straight out of the box.

AUDIO DEMOS



VIDEO DEMOS


SPECIFICATIONS

MAIN
27 INPUTS, 24 OUTPUTS
ANALOG CIRCUITRY
EURORACK FRIENDLY (VOLTAGE)
MODULES
2 LFOs
4 OSCs (2 Switchable To LFO)
MIDI TO CV
AND LOGIC GATE
SAMPLE AND HOLD
2 VCAs
WHITE NOISE GENERATOR
LP/HP VOLTAGE CONTROLLED FILTER
1 TRIGGERED A/D ENVELOPE
1 GATED A/S/R ENVELOPE
1 MIXER WITH ATTENUVERTERS
POWER
12Vac 1A
INCLUDED POWER SUPPLY

MATERIALS
ROLLED STEEL CASE
PLASTIC SIDE COVERS
FR4 PANEL
SOFT-TOUCH KNOBS

LFOS
+/-4V OUTPUTS
TRIANGLE CORE
TRIANGLE, SINE AND SQUARE WAVES
RANGE: 19SEC – 30HZ
‘SYNC IN’ ON LFO·X
OSCILLATORS
V/OCT INPUTS
+/-4V OUTPUTS
TRIANGLE CORE
TRIANGLE, SINE, SQUARE, SAWTOOTH
AND PW WAVES
‘SYNC IN’ OSC·Y
2 SWITCHABLE TO LFO
PWM IN ON XTOSC·X
PWM KNOB ON XTOSC·Y
MIXER
3 INPUT
2 ATTENUVERTERS
AD ENV1
TRIGGERED ENVELOPE
MANUAL CONTROL
‘TRIG IN’
ATTACK: 0.9msec – 1sec
DECAY: 3msec – 5ec
ASR ENV2
GATED ENVELOPE
MANUAL CONTROL
‘GATE IN’
ATTACK: 5msec – 10sec
RELEASE: 1msec – 4Sec

MIDI TO CV
1-8 CHANNEL SELECT
GATE OUT (NOTE ON)
CV (NOTE) OUT
CV2 OUT (2nd NOTE OR VELOCITY)

VCF
RESONANT ANALOG FILTER
HIGH PASS / LOW PASS
2 INPUT MIXER WITH DISTORTION
VOLTAGE CONTROLLED FREQUENCY
VCAS
2 Voltage Controlled Amplifiers
‘BASE’ And ‘VOLUME’ ON VCA1
AND GATE
2 INPUT LOGIC GATE
0 TO 5V