Find of the Week: A Wooden Vector Synth?

Today's Find of the Week looks less like a synthesizer and more like an artifact found in ancient ruins. What's more fascinating: we can barely find much else about this synth than what the seller has already shared.

What we know for sure is that this is the Osage Vector Synthesizer, made by Missouri-based Ellitone Instruments. According to the seller, Aloha Synths, it's probably the only one ever made—while we can’t confirm that, we can confirm this is the only one available for sale anywhere on the internet.

Osage Vector Synthesizer

So what is the Osage Vector Synth? It’s a digital wavetable that uses vector synthesis, in which the harmonics move and crossfade between four sound sources to create complex tones and waveforms.

The Osage uses vectors to create two chord engines that function as two independent voices, allowing you to mix and layer these engines together for interesting patches using its wave-blend slider.

Osage takes off when you create motion between waveshapes by using its vector modulation LFO on each separate vector engine, combining the two for tones that breathe and morph into each other. The interface is even more intriguing: in the center, you'll find 15 wooden keys arranged in semitones with a “soft touch” keybed.

Osage Vector Synthesizer Demo

The Hawaii-based Aloha Synths shop has a few other interesting synthesizers to check out in their shop, and they're open to offers on most of their listings—including this one. Check out the video above to hear the Osage in action.

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