Deluge offers a synth, sampler and sequencer and runs standalone

Does Deluge push your buttons?
Does Deluge push your buttons?

Most of us will have a synth, sampler and sequencer in our setup, but do you have all of these in one box that can be used without a computer? That's what you're being offered in Deluge, the first product from New Zealand-based boutique manufacturer Synthstrom Audible.

Sequencing is done in a piano roll style across 128 full RGB pads, while the built -n synth has both subtractive and FM engines. There's 64MB of sample RAM, which equates to 12 minutes' worth of mono CD-quality sounds, while synth and effect parameters can be adjusted live using the endless-turn encoders.

A price has yet to be confirmed, but we know that Deluge will be unveiled at a launch party in Auckland on Saturday (22 October) followed by a web reveal on the Synthstrom Audible website on 25 October. We'll bring you more details then.

Synthstrom Audible Deluge features

  • Piano-roll-style sequencing on 128 full RGB pads (16x8) with scrolling and zooming
  • Full-featured Internal synthesizer engine (subtractive and FM)
  • Plays samples from SD card (up to 32GB SDHC)
  • Sequencing limited only by device RAM (many thousands of notes)
  • Polyphony limited only by CPU. Typically around 48 synth voices or 64 unaffected sample voices may play
  • 64MB of sample ram - work with up to 12 minutes (if mono) of CD-quality samples at once
  • Live adjustment of synth and effect parameters with two endless-turn encoders with LED level-meters. Easy buttons to select the functions these control
  • Advanced syncing capabilities. Weird time signatures supported. Adjustable swing
  • Dedicated volume and tempo knobs
  • LFOs and envelopes on each synth / sample. Highly customizable patching matrix
  • Synthesizer engine features LPF / HPF, arpeggiator, portamento, oscillator sync, ring modulation, unison detune, and more. Four basic waveforms, or select any WAV file from the SD card
  • FX including delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, bitcrushing, sidechain effect, live stutter, and more
  • Keyboard mode, where the pads become a live instrument on a 2d grid
  • Internal speaker, rechargeable Li-ion battery, and microphone
  • Mic and line inputs
  • Two 1/4-inch line outputs, and 3.5mm headphone output
  • 2x CV outputs. 0 - 10V, individually configurable to 1, 1.2, 0.26 or 0.32 volts per octave, or to hertz per volt
  • 4x gate / trigger outputs individually configurable to v-trig or s-trig, with shared voltage switchable between 5V and 12V. Trigger clock output configurable, up to 192 PPQN
  • Trigger clock input, also with adjustable PPQN
  • MIDI input and output via hardware connectors or USB
  • Powered via USB or 9 - 12V centre-negative (pedal-style) power supply (500mA) (not included)
  • User-upgradeable firmware - expect updates from Synthstrom Audible
  • Dimensions: 305mm x 208mm x 46mm (12 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches)
Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.