DS-2

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NAME: Crumar DS-2

TYPE: Synthesizer

MANUFACTURER: Crumar

YEAR: 1978

DAY RATE: 85

WEEKLY RATE: 250

 

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NAME: Crumar DS-2

TYPE: Synthesizer

MANUFACTURER: Crumar

YEAR: 1978

DAY RATE: 85

WEEKLY RATE: 250

 

Story


The DS-2 is basically a monosynth with an added 44-voice polyphonic strings section. The DS-2 was one of the first synthesizers to use DCOs (digitally controlled osc.) making it stable in tune but maybe not as fat as VCO synthesizers. That isn’t to say it can’t sound fat…it can. Especially if you use the polyphonic string section and apply some slow LFO modulation to the pitch. This is a very big and good looking synth with a lot of knobs for instant hands-on control. And you don’t need a hardcase, it’s built into one. Just lift the cover and there it is (smart!).

It has two nice LFOs, one with S&H and staircase waveforms. You can use either or both LFOs for modulation of Osc 1, Osc 2, VCF and the VCA. Pulse-width can be set manually or modulated by either LFO. The VCF is killer, it has a nice Moog sound in it that fattens up the sound. The two ADSRs are very fast so there’s no problem making bass and drum sounds with it. It has an external input for processing other sounds through its lovely filter too. It is used by Cirrus, the Cardigans, Tambourine Studio, and Sun Ra.

 

Specifications


Polyphony – Monophonic synthesizer section; 44 voice polyphonic string section
Oscillators – 2 DCOs
LFO – 2 LFOs; LFO 2 has Sample&hold and Staircase waveforms
Filter – 1 4-pole LPF with Cutoff, Resonance, ADSR and ENV-amount
VCA – ADSR
Keyboard – 44 keys
Memory – None
Control – Gate

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