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The Return of Vacuum Tube Musical Instruments

Metasonix tube synth
Vacuum Tubes continue to sneak into everything. It has reached the point where I'm expecting Apple to introduce a tube version of the iPod at January's MacWorld.

Createdigitalmusic is reporting that Metasonix has put together an all-tube analog music synthesizer. The direly named "Wretch Machine" sells for a cool $2500 and produces a single note of tube-enhanced sound, albeit with two independently tunable oscillators. Their specification sheet exuberantly claims that each of the signal processors (voltage controlled oscillators, waveshaper, and so-on) is "Made entirely of vacuum tubes," although I suspect there are a few miles of wire, circuit boards and discrete components tucked inside the box as well.

Expect to pay another $300 for a MIDI interface if you're planning to connect this instrument to a computer of digital synth.

Metasonix Wretch Machine (createdigitalmusic)

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