Intellijel Atlantix, the popular Atlantis SH-101-style synth voice taken to the next level

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Intellijel Atlantix is the successor to the popular Atlantis synth voice (Roland SH-101) for Eurorack, and its new design elevates it to the next level.

The easiest way to take your first steps into the Eurorack world is with synth voices. They combine all the basic functions (VCO, VCF, VCA, envelope…) to form a voice. A big advantage is that you do not need to buy individual modules. 

One of the most popular synth voices in Eurorack of the past years is the Intellijel Atlantis, based on the legendary Roland SH-101 analog Synthesizer. After the Metropolis sequencer has been completely redesigned, it is time for the Atlantis. Say hello to Atlantix. 

Intellijel Atlantix

Intellijel Atlantix

Atlantix is the successor to the Intellijel Atlantis module, with many new features ready to be explored. The basis is still the Roland SH-101 but massively expanded so you can go behind the classic sound.

The module offers two VCOs, a mixer, a multimode filter, an envelope generator, an LFO, and a patchable sample and hold. Let’s start where the sound is generated. 

Atlantix’s core consists of two versatile triangle core-based multiwave VCOs, each with a different feature set. Both oscillators can be operated on the left side. VCO A has PWM, Thru-Zero FM, and hard/soft sync, while oscillator B has only hard sync and linear FM. 

Oscillator B can also operate as a multi-wave LFO. Both oscillators offer dedicated pitch control and octave switches.

Then, you can bring the sound together in a slider-based mixer. In this, you can also work with a sub-oscillator with three modes spanning two octaves and a white/pink noise generator.

Intellijel Atlantix


Flexible Routing & Modulation

Plus, you get two AUX inputs with switched normals with sources from VCO A and B for quick paraphonic play without patching. Clever, you can route AUX 2 to post-VCF or pre-VCA, giving you more flexible patching options.

From here, it goes straight into the new cascaded 4-pole multimode filter with lowpass (LP2, LP4), bandpass (BP2, BP4), highpass (HP4), and phaser modes.

An analog ADSR envelope with three time ranges still forms the modulation. However, many small internal connections allow more modulation options. You can flip VCO 2 into an LFO, use noise as the mod source, patch an S&H, or work with feedback without patching. 

Intellijel makes it easy in Atlantix via the two mod (X/Y) buses with polarity and level-shifting switches, allowing for quick modulation routings.

Further on the output stage, you have a distortion effect with asymmetric and symmetric modes to add extra spice to your sounds.

Atlantix is ​​semi-modular and modular in one. It works semi-modular without patch cables. Using the 32 patch sockets, you can use the synth voice modularly. 

Intellijel Atlantix

Intellijel Atlantix – Atlx Expander

If that’s not enough, there is an Atlx expander that brings 16 additional jacks to the table, including individual outs for the waveforms, and filters. On top, it has a ring modulator. 

And like the original Atlantis, the new Atlantis is also super hands-on. It comes with 20 sliders, four knobs, 27 toggles, and two rotary switches. 

First Impression

At first glance, Atlantix looks like a successful further development of Atlantis. I like the many internal routing options as they make a lot possible. For example, you can pass the VCOs directly to the VCA or use filter feedback to make harsher sounds.

Intellijel Atlantix is available soon for $699/799€ and the Atlx Expander for $59/65€. 

More information here: Intellijel 

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