September 29, 2022
Artisan Iliad

Artisan Iliad

Supply: Artisan Digital Devices

Primarily based on Artisan Digital’s Nucleus voice card, the Iliad is a customized synthesizer providing 4 to sixteen hybrid analog and digital waveform voices.


Just like the epic story of Troy, the Iliad synthesizer hides voice playing cards inside its powerful shell that can burst out and kill you as quickly as you convey it to security in your studio. Or so the legend goes. However there isn’t any doubting Artisan Digital’s deep love for making synthesizers. Regardless of final yr’s unsuccessful Kickstarter marketing campaign to push the Nucleus monosynthesis to wider manufacturing, we are able to now get our first have a look at the polyphonic model featured at Knobcon through the video from SonicState (under).


The Iliad is predicated on a voice map from Nucleus. It is an fascinating hybrid voice with a few analog and digital oscillators. Analog oscillators have numerous waveforms, pulse width modulation and built-in wave construction. There’s an extra oscillator with its personal PWM, which sounds humorous. Many modulations can be found to regulate each side of every oscillator.

Every voice additionally has an 8-pole multi-mode filter, 4 LFOs and 4 envelopes. The concept is that Artisan can stack as much as 16 of those playing cards right into a customized keyboard synthesizer. The essential polyphonic instrument “Iliad”, introduced within the demo, has 4 voices and is housed in a physique with 49 keys. The controls have been prolonged from the unique Nucleus to supply one thing like one knob per perform. There are additionally macro knobs and efficiency options. Every voice might be addressed individually with multi-timbral operation and separate outputs.

There’s a 24-bit DSP digital results part with reverb, refrain, delay and phaser. We are able to additionally see the Drive knob and FX modulation there.


Artisan Digital Devices is all about modulation and as a lot performance as doable. There are 68 sources and 45 instructions of modulated marvel. There’s a whole math and logic part inbuilt to additional broaden the modulation prospects. But when you’ll find the parameter, then you’ll be able to modulate it.


The Iliad might be made to order, and Artisan says they estimate they’ll produce 20 machines a yr. A primary Iliad with 4 voices will value round £3,400 and extra voices will value $400 per voice. For the time being there are not any demo movies and it’s nonetheless beneath improvement. The mission appears very bold to me, particularly given what occurred with Nucleus. Although you’ll be able to’t doubt the keenness of Artisan’s Michael Bachman. All it takes is a number of spectacular sounding movies and no matter else can occur.

The idea of the Iliad is nice; it has a military of issues inside ready to be launched, and it has the potential to be a really fascinating synth.

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