Artisan Electronic Instruments Nucleus Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

Artisan Electronic Instruments – the creator of the Ottava hybrid synthesizer and the Baroque analog synthesizer – has shared a sneak preview of Nucleus, a new analog hybrid desktop synthesizer:

The Nucleus promises to offer a wide range of sonic possibilities, with three oscillator types:

  • Osc 1: Analog Saw Core with Wave-folding & PWM, Sub Osc 1 with its own Low Pass VCF
  • Osc 2: AnalogSaw Core with PWM, Sync and and FM
  • Osc 3: Digital wavetable + Noise Source

Other features:

  • 3 input Digital Ring Modulator
  • 8 Pole Multi-Mode Dual Peak Filter
  • VCA with soft and hard clipping distortion
  • 4 ADAHSR Envelopes with variable shape
  • 3 LFO with key-sync and delay
  • Modulation Adders, multipliers, lag, contouring….
  • Full MIDI interface
  • User selectable CV In and Out
  • 100 user patches and built-in standard patches
  • Over 60 Modulation sources
  • Over 35 Destinations (all simultaneous)

The Nucleus will initially be available in as a Eurorack/Desktop module (prototype shown above).

But Artisan also plans a keyboard version:

The keyboard version will be available in 4- and 8-voice versions. It uses the voice card of the Nucleus module, so offers the same synthesis capabilities, but with more controls.


  • 4 to 8 voices
  • 5 Octave FATAR keyboard with Aftertouch
  • 64 step 2 channel sequencer can act as a modulation source to over 100 parameters!
  • Additional knobs and switches for more direct live control.
  • Inboard power supply.
  • Built in Digital Effects

Details on pricing and availability are still to be announced. See the Artisan site for more information.