Erica Synths’ SYNTRX is undoubtedly an interesting instrument. But one of the most unique things about it is definitely the patchwork matrix. It is a digital reimagining of the pin-based patch system located on classic the classic EMS Synthi. People were obviously so in love with the matrix that the company now offers it as a standalone product called the Matrix Mixer.
As you would expect, the Matrix Mixer is a mixer. It has 16 3.5 mm inputs and 16 3.5 mm outputs along the X and Y axes that you can use to combine audio or control voltage signals. The actual interface for combining them is the same as SYNTRX: a 16×16 LED grid that you navigate with a couple of buttons just like you drew in the Etch A sketch. Pressing the encoders allows a connection, and then you can go through different levels of attenuation, from 100 up to 70 and then 30 percent.
This allows you to quickly and easily connect a bunch of different modules and synthetics without a rat cable socket. You can even connect multiple sources or destinations to the same patch point without special stacking cables.
Before this version of Matrix Mixer, even before SYNTRX, Erica Synths made a Eurorack module called the Matrix Mixer. The basic idea was the same, but it had fewer inputs and outputs, relied on a small touchscreen for controls, and was limited to Eurorack connections. This new version easily integrates other sources such as guitar or synthesizer using 1/4-inch inputs and outputs on the back. You can even patch the Buchla Music Stafel using special adapter cards.
Matrix Mixer can even store preset settings, allowing you to quickly recall certain patches, although you will have to manually set all the parameters on your modules.
Erica Synths brought one of the best features of SYNTRX to a wider audience and expanded its flexibility. But it’s not cheap. It is currently available in pre-sale at a price of 490 euros or $ 599, and delivery is expected to be available on July 26.
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