Lowdown recreates the super-fat, room-rattling lowdown sounds of the most legendary dual-oscillator bass pedal synth ever made. From the dual “constant-beat” oscillators to the girthy ladder filter, DSP wizard Mark Barton (MRB) has modeled every aspect of the original with exceptional accuracy.
Outside of a handful of organ-oriented instruments, the original instrument was the first dedicated foot-controlled bass synthesizer, and with its enormously girthy tone, unquestionably the best sounding. It was used by some of the top acts of 70s and 80s, including Rush, Yes, Genesis, U2, and The Police (check out the intro of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" or Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore.")
The original design used a Hz/V oscillator scaling (as opposed to the more conventional volts/oct oscillator scaling) that allows oscillator detuning amount to remain constant across the keyboard by minimizing the phase cancellation that can happen when two oscillators play simultaneously. Along with a couple of other engineering tricks, this contributes to its beefy sound.
In order to create Cherry Audio Lowdown, DSP and synthesis legend Mark Barton carefully analyzed the original's synthesis circuits and precisely recreated them for a massive virtual bass experience like no other. We're simply thrilled with the outcome of this fun and easy-to-use earth-moving bass experience and we hope you love it as much as we do!
This manual will detail each section of Lowdown; the order of the chapters follows the signal flow (as opposed to the physical layout of the front panel).
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