oscillators, filter, sample and hold, noise generator and VCA
for authentic analogue sound.
1 x Logarithmic Voltage-Controlled Oscillator, with
square, ramp, triangle and sine outputs, and PWM control of
square wave. Square wave shape can be manually set to give pulse
waveforms. The comprehensive range of frequency modulation
sources includes 2 x LFO, Sample & Hold, ADSR contour, and
external input. Switchable keyboard pitch range (normal, +1
octave and -1 octave), plus tuning control and pitch bend control.
1 x 24dB/octave, 4-pole Lowpass Filter, log response.
Plenty of modulation inputs including ADSR sweep (for the
typical filter automatic "wah" effect each time a note
is played), LFO 2 (for repeat wah, bubbling effects, etc.), Sample
& Hold, MIDI Velocity and external input. Re-create all
those classic synth filter effects, or discover new ones of your
own. Self-oscillation feature means that the filter can be used
as an extra playable oscillator if required. Switchable keyboard
2 x Triangle and Square Wave Low Frequency Oscillators,
with frequency and wave shape controls (much like those on the
Korg MS-10 and MS-20), for vibrato and extreme modulation
effects. Adjustable to give ramp, sawtooth, and pulse outputs in
addition to the triangle and square waves.
1 x Built-in MIDI to CV Unit, with 5V gate and velocity
output, 1V/octave CV response (can also drive external analogue
gear). Fully variable glide (portamento) control, giving mild to
extreme swoops of pitch when playing the keyboard, or when
receiving external MIDI note information.
1 x Sample & Hold, giving crazy, random note effects
and unpredictable filter modulation!
1 x White Noise Generator, can be used to add edge to
imitative sound like flutes and whistles, or for rain, surf,
thunder effects etc.
1 x ADSR Envelope Generator, drives VCA and VCF, with
HIGH and LOW range switch. Bright yellow LED monitor and bypass
switch for easy set-up. Useful ADSR repeat feature, driven by
1 x Linear Voltage-Controlled Amplifier with built-in germanium diode
overdrive stage, for massive distortion effects - perfect for
filthy solos and grungy basslines!
it in Action:
Track courtesy Javier Aregger
Electronic Music for Everyone
The Trax RetroWave
desktop monosynth was designed for musicians who want the warmth
and power of classic analogue synthesizer sound, created by a
real analogue instrument, as opposed to a digital system. It is
equally at home on stage, or in the amateur or professional
Use it to recreate those classic synth sounds once made by Moogs,
Korgs, VCS-3s, ARPs, etc., or make your own unique sound patches
that are perfect for today's music.
Using the RetroWave is very intuitive - just turn knobs and flip
switches to get the sounds you want. Unlike a digital keyboard,
you are not stuck with a set of presets to limit your
Keyboard or Computer Control
Play soaring lead lines and powerful basslines in real time, or
use your computer programs and a USB to MIDI converter cable, to
achieve stunning, intricate sound patterns.
Connect any keyboard or sequencer with a 5-pin DIN MIDI out
socket to the R-1's MIDI input socket, and you have an complete
analogue synthesizer system for live gigs and recording - no
MIDI setup to worry about, just plug in, select a channel and
You can also use it free-standing to create your own electronic
sound effects for TV, video, DJ events, stage plays, etc., or to
expand your existing analogue synth system.
RetroWave's comprehensive "pot and switch" patching system lets
you to set up sounds without recourse to endless menu screens.
This way, you create electronic music from scratch - the way Carlos, Tomita,
Jarre, Perrey and all the other pioneers did in the early days
of sound synthesis.
The rear panel has inputs
for 24V dc power supply, MIDI (via 5-pin DIN socket), gate, VCO CV
(control voltage), VCO PWM (pulse width modulation), VCF CV, VCA CV
and external audio (all 1/4" jack sockets). Output jacks are also
provided for CV, gate +5V, velocity and audio.
The jack sockets can also be used in conjunction with the supplied
patch leads, for extra interconnections between modules that are not
catered for by the internal patching arrangement.
Supply and Accessories
unit is supplied complete with a universal 24V dc power unit
that will work on any mains supply from 100 to 240V ac,. There
are three interchangeable plug tops - just attach the plug pin
assembly that matches your local power supply socket.
long 1/4" (6.35mm) mono jack to jack output lead is
supplied, for connection to an external audio amplifier.
short patch leads are also included, for making extra
connections between internal sections as described above.
Case and Controls
retro-styled steel case has a powder-coated, black and white paint
finish. The construction is solid and robust, making the unit ideal for live performance use.
controls and switches are laid out as ergonomically as possible, with plenty of space around the control knobs, making
programming rapid and easy.
We deliberately avoided putting any sockets on the front panel, to keep the unit neat and uncluttered when in use - let's face it, nobody needs a tangle of patch leads getting in the way when trying to set up sounds!
All potentiometers are robust, full-size
units, and all switches are good quality toggle type, as opposed to fragile and unreliable slide switches.
width modulation and frequency modulation of VCO, via continuously
ADSR envelope controls, for full control over Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release of sounds.
View of rear panel - 1/4" jack sockets for signal and control inputs/outputs
Comprehensive audio mixer feeds the VCF input.
Features an external high-level line input, for processing the outputs of other electronic instruments such as organs and pianos, or recorded content such as voices, music and sound effects.
VCF modulation from four internal sources, and an external source.
Two Low-Frequency Oscillators, giving
plenty of modulation possibilities
Supplied with manual,
universal power supply, patch and output leads
MIDI-controlled, monophonic analog synthesizer.
MIDI channels: 12, selected by rotary switch.
Power supply: 24V dc. from universal mains adapter (100-240V ac).
VCO (Voltage-Controlled Oscillator): square, ramp, triangle and
sine outputs, with PWM control of square wave. Control characteristic:
VCF (Voltage-Controlled filter) control characteristic:
1V/octave, logarithmic. Type: 24dB per octave, 4-pole lowpass.
VCA type: linear, with germanium diode overdrive stage.
LFO x 2: square and triangle outputs. Variable wave shape
controls, two frequency ranges (LOW and HIGH) providing sub-audio to
audio frequency output. Output level 10V p/p each waveform.
Gate input range: 2 - 10V.
Gate output from MIDI: 5V.
Glide control: variable rate from 0 sec. to approx 1 sec./octave.
Velocity output from MIDI: 0 - 10V nominal.
Audio output level: 0 - 3V p/p, variable
Dims: 440 x 230 x 100mm overall
Weight: 2kg approx.
Place of manufacture: hand built in the UK in small production runs