At a glance
- Eight voice analogue synthesiser inspired by the Roland Jupiter-8
- Two VCOs per voice
- Non-resonant highpass filter
- Resonant lowpass VCF with selectable two or four-pole slope
- Onboard LFO and dual ADSR envelope generators
- Extensive MPE and micro tuning support
- 10 banks of 128 presets each
The Black Corporation's ISE-NIN is a desktop analogue synthesiser inspired by the iconic Roland Jupiter-8, complete with genuine analogue VCOs and velvety lowpass and highpass filters, as well as sliders and bright orange labelling reminiscent of the 1980s.
Black Corporation's ISE-NIN boasts two oscillators per voice, allowing synthesists to create rich textures reminiscent of the golden era of analogue synthesisers and the flexibility to freely mix and match waveforms (or noise on VCO-2). The LFO or one of the ADSR envelope generators may modulate one or both VCOs, including vibrato or other specific pitch effects, into patches. Simultaneously, VCO-1 supports VCO-2 cross-modulation, and VCO-2 may sync to oscillator one. Both VCOs are combined in a crossfade level control before reaching the filter, enabling one oscillator to provide a patch's harmonic, melodious basis. At the same time, the other may be dialled into a relatively tiny amount for added grit, bite, or unique effect.
The low-end frequencies are cleaned using a non-resonant high-pass filter. Furthermore, the lowpass VCF with selectable 12 or 24dB/Oct slope, resonance up to self-oscillation, key-tracking, velocity and aftertouch control, and more- provides the ability to create the audio spectrum freely. Dual ADSR envelope generators round out the onboard modulation possibilities, but the ISE- NIN's deeper menu settings and external control features set it apart.
Like the other Black Corporation instruments, the ISE-NIN is MPE compatible, which means that combining it with a compatible DAW or controller, such as the QuNexus or Linnstrument, unlocks the wonder of per-note pitch bend and expression, polyphonic aftertouch, and more. If that isn't enough, ISE-NIN can simultaneously split, or layer two presets, limiting polyphony to four voices per patch. However, the melodic potential much overcomes the polyphonic constraints. Combine this with the integrated arpeggiator and comprehensive micro-tuning possibilities compatible with ODD Sound's MTS-ESP, and you have a synth that pushes analogue sounds into uncharted territory.