Cre8audio today announced East Beast, a new semi-modular desktop synthesizer. Designed and developed in partnership with Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, East Beast is a powerful monophonic full voice with many unique sound-shaping tools and deep performance capabilities.
Beware the beast!
East Beast’s massive sound has been heavily influenced by Pittsburgh’s highly successful SV-1 and SV-1b synthesizers.
At its core, you’ll find its 100% analog, Pittsburgh-designed oscillator. The oscillator features sine, saw, triangle, and square waveforms that can also be used in combinations. Rounding out its sonic core is FM and pulse width modulation (PWM).
To shape the sound, East Beast includes an analog envelope generator, VCA, LFOs, and a Pittsburgh “Zero Dead Spot” multi-mode filter. The “Zero Dead Spot” filter is the product of years of research into analog filter design by Pittsburgh’s founder Richard Nicol, and Chief of R&D Michael Johnsen. Unlike more traditional ladder filters, the PGH “Zero Dead Spot” filter does not distort as readily and features no sonic dead spots. The result is a fully sweepable frequency range that produces a rich velvety sound throughout each of its lowpass, high-pass, and bandpass modes.
In addition to the analog sound-shaping tools mentioned previously, East Beast also includes a deep new digital multi-mod /multi-function tool concept to add more options. The multi-mod lets the user select between an additional envelope, clock synced LFO, MIDI CC control, and random voltage generator modes.
A semi-modular synthesizer, East Beast has basically 9 different patchable modules (Oscillator, filter, envelope, VCA, LFO, multi-mod tool, sequencer, MIDI to CV converter, and button keyboard) with a whopping 18 Eurorack compatible patch points to plug into itself and your other gear. As a starting point, East Beast comes intuitively patched internally to create a bold and flexible full synth voice. Using the patch points enables the users to reroute internal signal flow as well as use with external eurorack format modules and synthesizers. To help facilitate experimentation, Cre8audio has included a set of premium Nazca Noodles patch cables.
East Beast’s playing and performance capabilities are as strong as its powerful sonic core. East Beast can be controlled via MIDI, control voltage (CV/Gate), and its function keys double as a keyboard controller. Additionally, included is an integrated sequencer & arpeggiator that can also be controlled via MIDI and is externally clockable.
East coast style subtractive monophonic synthesize
Controllable via MIDI, CV, and integrated button keyboard
Fully patchable – use East Beast’s components as separate modules with external devices or reroute its internal patching. It’s like having 9 individual modules (Oscillator, filter, envelope, VCA, LFO, multi-mod tool, sequencer, MIDI to CV converter, and button keyboard).
32 step sequencer with up to 13 presets
Generative sequencing mode
Step sequencer can be manipulated & transposed via MIDI and the integrated button keyboard
Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer developed 100% analog oscillator
Oscillator waveforms – sine, triangle, saw, square, and pitched noise – Waveforms can be combined
Oscillator includes pulse-width modulation (PWM) and frequency modulation (FM)
Variable state, multi-mode PGH “No-Dead-Spots” filter (lowpass, bandpass, highpass, modes can be combined)
Analog envelope generator
Dual-range analog LFO with triangle wave output
Digital multi-mod tool – modulation control via CV, random generator, and extra LFO and envelope generator
Internal clock with tap tempo and can be clocked via an external source.
Built-in clock divider
Can be used standalone in its included case or removed and used as a eurorack format module
East Beast is available imminently with an estimated street price of $249.99 / €249.99. find a list of dealers, and/or just learn more, please visit Cre8audio.com/eastbeast