MeeBlip Anode

 

£110, meeblip.com

MEEBLIP ANODE, new digital synth

The Anode isn’t strictly an entirely digital synth. (Send your complaints to the usual address – we make the rules around here, so we’ll break them however we want.) Why does it get included on the list? Because despite the presence of an analogue filter at the end of the chain, 90% of the signal path in this desktop module is digital, making the Anode a hybrid that leans much more toward digital than analogue.

What’s most clever about the Anode’s design is that the synth has been programmed to sound different depending on what you try to do with it. Play bass notes and the digital oscillators generate waveforms in real time, complete with aliasing for a dirtier, more aggressive sound. At higher frequencies, the oscillators switch to a wavetable mode with clean, anti-aliased waves for a more precise sound.

The monophonic Anode is the successor to the first-generation MeeBlip. Like its predecessor, it’s an open source synth, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for the tech heads (as with so many other open source synth projects that sometimes seem to require soldering ability, programming skills and a basic working knowledge of quantum physics to get a sound out of the thing). The Anode comes ready to use straight out of the box and there’s absolutely no need to dig into the more complex mods – but that option’s still there for those who want it, making it a particularly attractive option to those taking first tentative steps into the world of digital synth DIY.

What do you get for your money? A small, simple synth with a huge, dirty sound. The Anode excels at nasty bass but it’s also more than capable of doing leads and FX. The recently released version 2.0 firmware also adds a wealth of options including new oscillator wavetables and much more extensive LFO options.

At just £110 ($130), the Anode is one of the best value synths on the market.

29th January, 2015

Comments

  • Ploytec is on the table behind the Bass Station 2… What do I win?

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  • Is that it behind his monitor controller??? or ai or whatev

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  • My next synth is definitly in that list!

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  • i think it not good the MICROGRANNY 2.1 . is supper

    als the The Critter & Guitari Bolsa Bass is dupper

    more supper synth,s on http://www.errorinstruments.com

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  • Was the Elektron Monomachine just too expensive to be included, or too old?

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  • @Clay – I’d personally say that’s it too old to make the list, the Monomachine MK2 came out 5-ish years ago now. That said, I just bought a new one from Elektron and it’s probably my favourite digital synth EVER (though the Machinedrum is probably parallel to that as well, yeh I’m a fanboy)

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  • We love the Monomachine but here we’re just focusing on more recent releases.

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  • I highly recommend the Audiothingies P6, it sounds more ‘analogue’ than modern analogue synths I’ve used, I’d take it over a load of more expensive synths any day.
    Strong filter with lovely sqidgy resonance, snappy envelopes and a good mod matrix, this is a very flexible instrument with a very wide sweet spot.
    Here’s a demo I made recently showing a wide range of sounds, I’ll be posting another one soon as well:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glZbjmJMHNU

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