New Kickstarter analog synth project gives you a taste of modular madness

They call it Phenol--a new semi-modular analog synthesizer that is currently in the works and has already been successfully funded over at Kickstarter.

The project will feature some heavyweight synthesis capabilities that havent been seen in too many desktop analog semi-modulars this size or smaller.  Here are some "preview" specs:

  • Banana patch system with colour-coded jacks and voltages compatible with Kilpatrick Format and other modular systems - Phenol Preliminary Panel Layout
  • Two analog VCOs - triangle, ramp and pulse outputs
  • Two analog filters (low pass and high pass)
  • Two analog VCAs with level control
  • Two envelope generator / LFO combos with many unique features
  • An LFO with sine and random output
  • Internal MIDI to CV converter with DIN and USB MIDI interfaces
  • Compact mixer with digital delay with over 330ms of delay time
  • Digital pulse divider - divide MIDI clock or LFO output to create 4 musical time divisions
  • Buffered mixer / mult / inverter with level control
  • External audio input allows a stereo input to be patched like an oscillator signal - process your drum machine or other source through the system
  • Rear panel connections / controls:
    • USB-B port for USB MIDI connection to a PC / Mac
    • Headphone and line outputs (1/4" jacks)
    • Power button
    • DC power input - 2.1mm coax - centre positive 24VDC
    • Ground banana jack
    • External input (1/4" jacks)
  • Approx. dimensions: 15.8"W x 8.8"L x 2.5"H (including feet and knobs)
  • Designed and made in Canada using high quality parts
  • Warranty: 1 year

The developer has also promised to add an on-board sequencer after having surpassed one of their pledge goals--more information on the sequencer coming soon over at the kickstarter page.

The Phenol will retail for $849 CAD sometime after August 2015, but if you want to be one of the first ones to get your hands on this beast you can pledge at the kickstarter page until later this month and you will receive a limited edition unit with a special serial number as early as June 2015.

SynthMode will be receiving one Phenol from the first batch so check back here in June for a full review!

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Submitted by Pedro Pinto (not verified) on
Hello. My name is Pedro. I am a Portuguese musician. I'm very interested in your modular synth. How can i contribute and how can i get one to myself. Thank you. Kind regards, Pedro Pinto (

Submitted by admin on

Hi Pedro,
The campaign is over (and also, this isn't my creation!) but they will be selling these directly at stores.  If you visit the website's "dealers" section you will find a lot of stores that will carry them... I'm not sure how soon they'll have them, but I don't think it'll be too long.  Here's the link:

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