Erica Synths PICO System III – A cartridge-loaded modular synth
Introducing the Erica Synths PICO System III – The all-analog compact modular synth which uses cartridges for patch recall.
The core philosophy behind the Erica Synths Pico series is affordability, of course with modular synthesizers there are all sorts of other costs to factor in, so costs can accumulate very quickly when putting together a beginner system.
Enter the new Erica Synths PICO System III, a full-analog compact modular synthesizer in a single enclosure. It features all of the modules on could possibly need for modular synth experimentation or live performances, in a solid, sleek and compact chassis.
The synth features a basic sequencer, two VCOs (one with PWM and other with a unique Waveshaper), a VCO Control (extra VCA), a modulator capable of analog and digital signal mangling, three unique mixers, two envelope generators, two low-pass gates (with VCA mode, LPF mode and self-oscillation), and a BBD-style delay.
A very nifty feature on the new Erica Synths PICO System III is the cartridge slot, this allows you to load “presets” by simply inserting the cartridge of your choice.
The synth comes with a variety of factory presets, but also included are a set of DIY cartridges which allow you to create your own presets by soldering points together – you can even use resistors to attenuate the signal. The synth will ship with five factory cartridges and five DIY cartridges.
Erica Synths have designed the new all-in-one synth in two form factors, you can either grab it as a completely standalone unit or as a Eurorack module.
The desktop version is set to retail at EUR €450 (Around R7500 excl. duties) and it will include the PSU, voice cards and patch cables. The Eurorack version is set to retail at EUR €400 (Around R6600 excl. duties).
For more information check out the Erica Synths website here.