Fred’s Lab announced ZeKit

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Fred’s Lab announced ZeKit, a 4 voice paraphonic microsynth, featuring a simple step sequencer, various digital waveforms, an analog VCF, VCA and two AR analog envelopes.
The instrument can be controlled using MIDI (notes & clock) and has both a sync and audio inputs. External audio sources can be mixed in or be processed through the VCF / VCA.

ZeKit is available in two versions:

  • DIY KIT version – requires soldering
  • Fully assembled version

Technical aspects
All Fred’s Lab instruments are manually assembled in Germany.
ZeKit is an ultra-compact paraphonic monotimbral hybrid synth with 4 voices.

These are the detailed technical specifications of the machine.

Sound Engine

  • Digital part
    • Additive sawtooth synthesis
    • 8 mono waveforms / 8 para waveforms
    • Filter tracking and glide modes
    • 16bit / 250 kHz DAC
  • Analog part
    • 12dB / Oct low & band-pass VCF
    • 2 resonance level chill / acid
    • Optocoupler VCA
    • Analog A/D & A/R envelopes
    • Envelope looping and re-triggering

Sequencer

  • 96 step sequencer, with up to 4 notes per step
  • External sync – MIDI clock or Sync (+ start / stop) over 3.5mm jack
  • 16 user programmable patterns
  • Live pitch transposition and transition of the patterns

Controls

  • 6 knobs – Cutoff, Attack, Decay, Accent, Release and Level
  • 3 toggles – LP/BP, CHILL/ACID, VCF/MIX
  • 7 switches – Wave, Options, Motifs, Sequencer controls

Connectivity

  • MIDI input – DIN5
  • Power input – 2.1mm jack 5V to 9V DC
  • Line / Headphones output – 6.35mm TRS jack
  • Clock & Sync input – 3.5mm TRS jack
  • Audio input – 3.5mm TRS jack

Mechanics

  • Dimensions: 127 x 92 x 56 mm – (w x d x h)
  • Weight: 315 grams
  • Power: 350 mW
  • AAA Battery holder (optional)

Price
ZeKit will be available from the 01/10/21
Kit Prices: 129.00€
Assembled Prices: 179.00€

More info here: Fred’s Lab | ZeKit

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