Dave Smith’s last analog polyphonic Synthesizer, the Sequential Trigon-6, is now available as a compact desktop module.
In November 2022, Sequential released the Trigon-6, an analog polyphonic Synthesizer based on the same hardware platform as the Prophet-6 and OB-6. Here with three oscillators and a ladder filter.
Special about this synth is that it’s Dave Smith’s last analog polysynth that he was actively involved in developing. Sequential says it’s a testament to DS’s legacy and innovation. All modern Sequential synths have one thing in common: they are available as keyboard and desktop modules. The Trigon-6 so far not, but Sequential has today corrected this with a new desktop version.
Sequential Trigon-6 Desktop Module
The Trigon-6 desktop module version hosts the same sound features as the regular Trigon-6 minus the keyboard. In addition, it is significantly more compact, and portable and has a tighter interface. Perfect for working on the desk.
Like the T-6 keyboard, it features three multi-wave oscillators per voice, sync, and a 2-/4-pole ladder filter with a dedicated drive and feedback control. This makes it easy to go from silky and smooth to bold and crunchy with the twist of a knob. The new desktop version also includes a new firmware that introduces the MPE (MIDI polyphonic expression capabilities. CEO David Gibbons says:
We spent a little extra time on MIDI polyphonic expression capabilities as we finalized this one, in anticipation of people pairing it up with some of the awesome MPE-capable controllers on the market. We’re looking forward to hearing what people will do with it!”
More About MPE
Now Trigon-6 lets you shape every note with MPE. MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is an extension of MIDI that allows compatible devices to control multiple parameters of individual notes within MPE-enabled synths.
This provides for more expressive instrumental performances, as each note can have its own pitch bend, filter cutoff, amplitude, and other modulations. You will be able to bend, slide, vibrato, swell, and morph your sounds with unprecedented feeling and subtlety.
Then, it also a global LFO, a second via the third oscillator, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and a dual effect processor with chorus, ring modulation, flanger, phaser, delay, and reverb effects.
Everything on the back is the same as on the keyboard. It’s a pity that you didn’t implement a USB host with which you can quickly connect MIDI controller keyboards.
I made a video about the Trigon-6 with Chris Calcutt from Focusrite on SynthFest France in April. In this, I had already spoken of a possible Trigon-6 desktop, but Chris didn’t confirm a future release. He couldn’t because it was probably sitting nicely on his desk already.
Absolutely no surprise that we now see the Trigon-6 as a desktop. Sequential usually releases a desktop module a year after the keyboard. This release was in the air and I think it’s good because many musicians often don’t have much space in their studio for big keyboards.
Sequential Trigon-6 is available for pre-order now, with a US MASP price of $2499/2799€. It starts shipping worldwide in August.
More information here: Sequential
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