An orange colossus from Analog Solutions

Analog Solutions Fusebox X

An orange colossus from Analog Solutions

Christof Baer
Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
January 26, 2022
 and first floated it on 
January 20, 2022
Analog Solutions Fusebox X

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An Orange Orchestra of Oscillators

Following in the foot steps of Analog Solutions Fusebox, British boutique synth creator Analogue Solutions announced the availability of its Fusebox X. Featuring the same 3 VCO + multi-mode filter as the original, the X factor not only comes from the bright orange front panel. No, now Fusebox X is 3 not polyphonic.

The striking orange enclosure is made from steel and aluminium, eschewing plastics as befits such a premium brand, and associated price tag. But who buys synths just to look pretty? Well, apart from all those miming bands on TV who pretend to play their Nord keyboard. 😄

No, real enthusiasts are all about the sound, right? The teaser video sounds promising, with the usual bleeps and squelches coming out of your loudspeakers. For the purists among us, and true to the company's name, Fusebox X isn't a digital version of Fusebox. Aside from the MIDI-to-CV circuit, all circuits that create sound are 100% analogue. Specifically, this means the Fusebox X uses real transistors and op-amps, avoiding CPUs (Central Processing Units), DCOs (Digitally-Controlled Oscillators), and digital EGs (Envelope Generators). With a circuitry stemming from designs dating back to the 70s, Fusebox X claims to bring that sought after vintage sound. A sound that The Human League made famous, who are users of Analog Solutions products.

Orange panel with lots of knobs of Analog Solutions Fusebox X synthesizer.
Analog Solutions Fusebox X is going to stand out on stage and in your home

So what are the main differences to the original Fusebox?

  1. Now tri-phonic (three-note polyphonic) instead of monophonic
  2. More mini-jack input and output sockets
  3. Internal performance tweaks

Designed by Analog Solutions founder Tom Carpenter, this orange orchestra of oscillators has a technical specification that gets analog aficionados drooling:

Oscillators

  • Waveforms: Sawtooth and square waveforms
  • CV inputs: PITCH, PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), manual PW (Pulse Width) controls.
  • VCO 1: OCT (octave) and XMOD (cross modulation) FROM VCO2 switches
  • VCO 2: WIDE TUNE switch (reaching into low frequency territory), oscillator SYNC FROM VCO 1 switch, switchable to LFO mode
  • VCO 3: WIDE TUNE switch, MIDI PITCH switch control, switchable to LFO mode

Filter

  • 12dB MULTIMODE VCF (Voltage-Controlled Filter): LP (Low Pass), HP (High Pass), BP (Band Pass), NOTCH filters, and associated patch points

Other Sections

  • Mixing Section
  • VCA (Voltage-Controlled Amplifier): allowing for EG 2 and THRU (bypass) switching
  • Modulation: FADE IN (delay)-featured LFO; CONTOURING section with two envelope generators
  • Interval Generator: pitch transposer to set six different pitches to each of the switches
  • Patternator and Sequencing sections
  • Tuner: 440 Hz

Our View

The company certainly has some pedigree to inject into Fusebox X. Its epic Colossus super synth not only featured 12 VCOs (Voltage-Controlled Oscillators). It also has a price tag of a premium car. While Fusebox X is not cheap, and competition is now vast for a 3 voice analog synth, the small improvements, in particular 3 note polyphony and extra modulation options, should keep any knob twiddler happy for hours.

Pricing

Analog Solutions Fusebox X

  • £1,350 (excluding VAT)

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