X Audio Systems BEATS FM, an experimental desktop “radio” Synthesizer and stereo sound processor coming soon to Indiegogo.
Update: the BEATS FM experimental radio Synthesizer is now on Indiegogo
A Synthesizer that processes radio signals instead of oscillators? The is certainly a special kind of sound generator. One that constantly outputs different content.
The Eurorack manufacturer Schlappi Engineering has already taken up this concept in its Interstellar Radio module. A signal processor and noise generator that simulates the process of modulating and demodulating a signal for radio. The Italian developer X Audio Systems is about to launch a Synthesizer and stereo processor on IndieGogo that is completely based on this.
X Audio Systems BEATS FM
Meet BEATS FM, “the Ultimate Noise Machine”. BEATS FM is an experimental Synthesizer and sound processor consisting of an integrated FM/AM/SW radio with manual and LFO modulating tuning. Instead of classic oscillators, it uses radio signals as a sound generator. Alternatively, you can route audio via the external stereo input inside the box.
Then, it hosts a pair of analog lowpass and high pass filters with a modulation option via the built-in LFO. From the filter, it goes into a stereo delay with up to 4 seconds of delay time. A mixer gives you independent signal control over the filtered and delayed signal.
BEATS FM also has a modulation section that has a feature-rich LFO with 16 waveforms that can be bent and manipulated via the wave bender knob. Plus, you get a multiplier knob to reach a wide range of frequencies and sync functionality. With tap tempo, audio clicks, or clock pulses, it gives you a lot of flexibility on how to keep the LFO and delay in sync.
A very wild, experimental sound design instrument that can be pre-ordered soon. The name is a bit confusing because “Beats FM” could refer to an FM drum machine but that’s not the case here. It is a special noise machine that certainly infuses new sound- and noisescapes in any classic Synthesizer studio.
I find it exciting that radio signals serve as a sound generator here. I can imagine that the device is a lot of fun, especially when you love experimenting with new sounds.
X Audio Systems BEATS FM is available now for pre-order on Indiegogo for 725€/749€. Shipping starts in December 2022.