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NAMM 2020: Sonicware’s Liven 8bit Warps does more than retro chiptune sounds

NAMM 2020: Sonicware has debuted Liven 8bit Warps – a portable synth based on the design of the older ELZ-1.

The 27-key Liven 8bit Warps is primarily designed for retro chiptune sounds, although the Sonicware claims that the synth is versatile enough to handle a wide variety of electronic music genres. The synth also comes with a built-in step sequencer and four wave memory synth engines. Users can select from either Poly, Mono, Legato or Unison modes, along with arpeggiators.

A 16-knob front panel layout provides plenty of control over each parameter. The sequencer also goes one step further to offer parametric locks for each step, while connectivity options include MIDI, sync I/O and stereo audio I/O. Other features include a looper, 128-patch and waveform memory, octave shift, pitch blend, swing control and a built-in speaker.

With a price tag of only $200, the Liven 8bit Warps’ value is impressive. A total weight of 790g also makes the synth a good pick for musicians on the go. It accepts power from either 9V DC or 6 AA batteries, allowing musicians to go cord-free if they so wish.

The Sonicware Liven 8bit Warps is currently open for funding on Kickstarter. For more information, click here.

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