Schmidt Polyphonic Synthesizer

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No compromise!

Almost every product in our world of today – also an electronic musical instrument – has been optimized in terms of commercial viability and market value. Inevitably, the resulting product is more or less just that -- nothing but a widely accepted compromise. Schmidt is totally unlike that! Schmidt has been created without any compromise whatsoever in mind.


Schmidt is the dream come true of an engineer dedicated to sound. A synthesizer, conceived and perfected in close collaboration with musicians and music producers, brought to life in the most uncompromising way imaginable.


Perfection is not just a word: The sound of Schmidt is simply unique, as are its user interface and build quality – a bold statement against the fast-paced and superficial age we live in.


Schmidt is a thoroughbred analog eight-voice polyphonic synthesizer with unison and true multitimbrality mode. It sports full MIDI implementation with USB port and complete programmability. The signal path is fully analog with precise digital control.

Schmidt´s sound generation engine features virtually everything that subtractive synthesis is endowed with – and even more: Schmidt gives you truly unique features that have never been implemented in an analog synthesizer before, not to speak of polyphonic units! Think of Multi-PWM and Multi-Ring Modulation.


Every single parameter – even for the most complex modulation routings you might envisage – can be accessed directly using dedicated frontpanel controls and switches. No more browsing through mind-boggling and confusing menues.


Thanks to programmable high-quality realtime controls (pitch and modulation wheel, stick controller, and aftertouch, as well as several inputs for footswitches and expression pedals), Schmidt has become a real performance synthesizer that feels as good as it sounds.


Schmidt is made to match the highest production standards – it has entirely been hand-crafted in Germany. The casing, made of metal and carefully selected wood, keeping a close eye on enviromental sustainability, is as beautiful as it is sturdy and robust.

General Specifications:

  • eight-voice polyphonic, true analog synthesizer with digital control and preset memories
  • discrete sound generation circuitry (no integrated oscillator / filter circuits on one single chip)
  • You want Schmidt to sound like an entire orchestra? Have a go at Schmidt's eight-part multimode. Simply select the desired preset sound, voice allocation, keyboard mapping, MIDI channel, controller-assignment, tuning, volume, panning, and output routing for each multimode part in an easy-to-survey LCD screen. Enjoy sounds as complex and dynamic as you never would have expected from one single instrument.
  • separate audio outputs for each voice, plus summing outputs and headphone out
  • 1,028 single sound presets
  • 256 multi sound presets
  • 61 keys, semi-weighted, with velocity and aftertouch
  • sophisticated glide/portamento capabilities
  • several realtime modifiers fully programmable per preset (modwheel, stick controller, keyboard-aftertouch, four foot switches, four expression pedals)
  • complete MIDI implementation, MIDI via USB port and DIN sockets
  • all sound programming functions with dedicated frontpanel controls and switches
  • precise information on parameter names and current values via large LC-display
  • multi-color LEDs
  • control panel with adjustable angle
  • internal universal power supply
  • flightcase included

Sound Generation Specifications:

Signalweg:
Schmidt's signalpath has a lot of unique features. Here you will see a (very) brief overview. Please click into the graphics for detailed information on every section.

Sound

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Service/Support

Please download the User Manual here.
Please download the User Manual Update Addendum here.
Please download Firmware Version 1.22 here.

More About Schmidt

Die Schmidts

Let's turn back the clock to the 1990s. Techno music is taking the world by storm, and, at the same time, analog vintage synthesizers are witnessing their return from the graveyard. Instrument designer Stefan Schmidt and his company MAM, located in the south of Germany, grasp the sign of the times and introduce the MB-33 – a great-sounding TB-303 clone, becoming one of the most successful synthesizers of this era.


Its successor, a clone of the legendary Moog Taurus bass pedals, remains a prototype only. Instead, Stefan starts thinking about an analog synthesizer without any compromises. From the primordial cell of the projected Taurus-clone, one of the most ambitious synthesizer projects of all time is growing during the upcoming decade.


To turn this dream into reality, Stefan is supported by his co-developer Achim Jerominek as well as the sales expert Stefan Hund and his company EMC that has operated and co-ordinated the project successfully over its entire life span.


In 2013, Schmidt's first prototype was delivered to Hollywood-based composer celebrity Hans Zimmer. The rest is history, so to speak…

Contact/How To Purchase Your Schmidt Sythesizer

Since Schmidt is hand-made in fairly small quantities, it is sold exclusively and directly through EMC and a handful of selected dealers.

Please place your order via this form. As soon as we have received your inquiry, we will get back to you with information on current availability and delivery times.