Ambika is a monster hybrid polysynth. Its design consists of a motherboard and voicecards from #1 to #6, each of them carrying a turbocharged version of the Shruthi hybrid synthesizer (digital waveform synthesis through analog VCF/VCAs). Whether you want to use this as six monosynths, a six-voice polysynth, or anything in-between is up to you: MIDI channels/keyboard range/patches/voices are distinct concepts, allowing complex layered, split, multitimbral setups. In addition, each voice has a switched individual output.Build your own Ambika setup in few simply steps:
- choose motherboard,
- pick a six voicecard (please note that Ambika motherboard needs at least one voicecard to play), some demos with voicecard comparison:
- Power supply, make sure you choose right oneYou can also buy only case or power supply, or even only one voicecard.If you are not sure and need some help feel free to ask.Ambika is a multi-voice hybrid synthesizer. You can play it as a 6-voice polysynth, an ensemble of 6 monosynths, or anything inbetween due to its easily configurable voicing architecture.The sound generation is hybrid, combining the warmth and sonic character of a true 4-pole analog filter, with the large array of waveforms offered by digital wavetables, fm and phase modulation. The digital control of the analogue filter and VCA also means a very large palette of modulation possibilities.Some of the key features of Ambika include:
- 6 voices with individual outputs.
- 2 digital oscillators per voice, with 36 oscillator algorithms/wavetables.
- 1 sub-oscillator, also configurable as a transient generator.
- Pre-filter overdrive and bit-crushing effect.
- Analog 4-pole filter (or 2-pole multimode filter depending on the type of voicecard used) and VCA.
- 3 ADSR envelopes, 3 patch-level LFOs, 1 voice-level LFO.
- Modulation matrix with 14 slots and 4 modulation modifiers.
- 1 arpeggiator, 1 note sequencer and 2 step sequencers per part.
- Flexible mapping of the 6 voices. A single patch with 6 voice-polyphony, 6 independent mono parts, 2 layered patches with 3-voices polyphony, a 3-voice unison bass line on the lower half of the keyboard with a 3-voice unison lead on the upper half… all are possible!
- SD-card storage allows the storing of a life-long of patches, programs and multis, along with the history of editing operations for undo/redo.Full specifications can be found here: http://mutable-instruments.net/ambika/manual