The Crumar Spirit was a monosynth, released as digital was taking off.
There’s a few synths that have earned their place as holy grail pieces, and a lot of what Bob Moog created sits itself comfortably amongst those hallowed halls. One such synth, the Spirit by Crumar, was designed by Bob Moog, received praise despite being criminally overlooked around its release in 1983, will be re-issued.
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The Crumar Spirit was a monosynth, released as digital was taking off and was unfortunately swept up in the new world of digital processing, consumers and the industry deviating from analogue entirely, leaving incredible sounding tools like the Spirit in the dust. The Spirit from Crumar was pushing the envelope in 1983, and as technology has advanced throughout the last forty years, it’ll surely yield a more stable, usable but equally creative tool for the studio.
Finished in oh-so-80s wood panelling, the Spirit housed a super complicated signal path, under the hood were two analogue oscillators, each with unique settings, Oberheim-style SEM and Moog-style Ladder sections, as well as overdrive, bandpass, highpass and off modes. The Spirit had two separate signal paths, one with a ring modulator, 6dB/octave lowpass filter and a VCA (voltage controlled amplifier). While details on what the re-issue will look, feel and sound like, it’ll surely carry with it the sound and, pardon the pun, spirit of the original from Crumar.
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