IK Multimedia's UNO packs a surprisingly capable analogue monosynth into an attractively priced and eminently portable box.
The UNO is the first hardware synth from IK Multimedia, best known for their iOS friendly controllers, interfaces and plug-ins. It's a super-portable analogue monosynth with patch memory, app control and a tempting price tag.
I was immediately intrigued by the UNO: small, self-contained synthy things with batteries are a personal weakness. But I had the same initial scepticism I had with the Pioneer/DSI Toraiz AS-1, with which the UNO has quite a lot in common. Can people warm to an analogue synth with a limited set of panel controls and a touch keyboard? And IK Multimedia can't boast the synth track record of Dave Smith. On this count, IK were not starting from scratch: for the UNO they employed the talents of synth designer Erik Norlander, and worked with fellow Italians Soundmachines on the hardware engineering. Among other things Soundmachines make the Modulör114, a self-contained Eurorack workstation with USB that's been high on my gearlust list for the last year.
The UNO is certainly one of the...
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