You kids know about this thing? From Anyware Instruments of Germany, this is a 2-VCO patchable analog, in the same neck of the woods as an Oberheim SEM module (hence the name, I suppose.) It has a whole slew of MIDI->CV stuff, and doesn't sound half bad, according to the samples on the website.
It is apparently 1200?, and I'm pretty sure I could get at least one real SEM for that, but then what do I know? Vishay pots, Neutrik & Switchcraft connectors, and there is at least one in actual existence.
UPDATE: one of the creators of this critter wrote to tell me the following: "uhm, the semtex is not a "SEM", it is more a modular system based on a SEM plus lots of things.. like
the semtex has 2 Vcos plus 2 Subs and 3 very fast envs..
(the SEM has no subOSCs, the semtex has 2 of them)" Apologies, but I call 'em like I see 'em. A two-vco tabletop synth with the name "semtex" is gonna be compared to a SEM module by a lot more people than me.
On a personal note, unless I've counted wrong, this is the 67th album to be released with my name on it as either producer or artist (or, in this case, both.) That's getting up there. I remember sitting in Chris Connelly's apartment in Chicago a dozen or so years ago over a bottle of mediocre red, and I asked him how many records he was on. He answered "oh, fuck. I don't know. Seventy?" That seemed like a fuck of a lot of records at the time, and I thought I'd do pretty well if I appeared on a third of that during my entire career.
Funny how things work out.
Plus, my iBook (on which I'm typing this very missive) is on its last legs. So Early Adoption it is. At least you guys will have me as a guinea pig, so you can watch me swear and rant before you have to plunk down the cash yourselves.
The next problem we ran in to is that there are a _lot_ of filters in the Bi-Phase. We've modelled all of them, but it took longer than we expected to accurately tune them all to reproduce the Bi-Phase's distinctive character. There are filters on the input and output, and obviously a 6-stage phaser has six filters (and the Bi-Phase has two 6-stage phasers; hence the name), and there are filters in the feedback path for each phaser. So it took quite a bit of measurement, trial, and many errors to get it right.
So, the GUI part has been done for some time (as you no doubt saw on my last update.) That was grafted on to the VST itself yesterday, and I now have in my VST folder a fully working Phase Two with GUI. So what's left to do? Gotta get the MIDI stuff working (in lieu of the pedal, we've allowed the user to assign a MIDI CC to fill that role), gotta get the presets working, gotta _write_ the presets, then it gets ported to OSX VST, then finally to OSX AU.
So, I'm sorry to say that Phase Two will not be our last product of '05, but rather our first product of '06. Everything that is left to do is well-worn territory for us; nothing has to be invented, so it should go pretty quickly. I don't want to give an estimated date yet, but if I was a betting man, I'd bet on mid-January.
In other news, if you're in the Portland, Oregon area, Positron! Records (the parent company of this site) is throwing a release party for our Scanalyzer album, which will be out next week. The party is at Noir, it's tonight (Saturday, the 10th) and I'll be the DJ for a while. That's always amusing because it is, in effect, a goth/industrial club, but I can't be bothered to figure out all the bullshit synthipop that passes for industrial these days, so you can expect to hear none of that. So I'll spend a couple hours getting scowled at by fat chicks in black spandex while I pointedly play Shriekback and Iggy Pop songs.