Deluge – The Portable Synth, Sequencer And Sampler Is Almost Here

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deluge-bannerAt MusicTechFest this year we were particularly impressed by a new electronic instrument called Deluge, created by the New Zealand-based Rohan Hill (see our MTF 2016 impressions).
We’re now glad to announce that this portable all-in-one ‘beast’ (Deluge is a synthesizer, sequencer and sampler!) is ready for preorder.

Why it matters

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The Deluge has the potential to be the inspiring modern instrument that many electronic and DAWless musicians (a.k.a. those who create and perform without a computer) need.

According to Rohan “the Deluge has been designed from the ground up without influence from any other hardware device to present a totally unique, intuitive and simple interface – one that a user can immediately begin creating amazing pieces of music.”
Ok, maybe the ‘without influence’ part is a bit of a stretch (monome, anyone?) but you know how these things go 😉

We’re really looking forward to checking the Deluge out. Its feature list is mind-blowing – pads, SD card for samples, polyphonic, FX section, microphone, speaker, battery, CV outputs and much more (see below) – and if the designer nailed the usability, we’re all in for a treat!


  • Piano-roll-style sequencing on 128 full RGB pads (16×8) with scrolling and zooming.
  • Full-featured Internal synthesizer engine (subtractive and FM).
  • Plays samples from SD card (up to 32GB SDHC).
  • Sequencing limited only by device RAM (many thousands of notes).
  • Polyphony limited only by CPU. Typically around 48 synth voices or 64 unaffected sample voices may play.
  • 64MB of sample ram – work with up to 12 minutes (if mono) of CD-quality samples at once.
  • Live adjustment of synth and effect parameters with two endless-turn encoders with LED level-meters. Easy buttons to select the functions these control.
  • Advanced syncing capabilities. Weird time signatures supported. Adjustable swing.
  • Dedicated volume and tempo knobs.
  • LFOs and envelopes on each synth / sample. Highly customizable patching matrix.
  • Synthesizer engine features LPF / HPF, arpeggiator, portamento, oscillator sync, ring modulation, unison detune, and more. Four basic waveforms, or select any WAV file from the SD card.
  • FX including delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, bitcrushing, sidechain effect, live stutter, and more.
  • Keyboard mode, where the pads become a live instrument on a 2d grid.
  • Internal speaker, rechargeable Li-ion battery, and microphone.
  • Mic and line inputs.
  • Two ¼” line outputs, and 3.5mm headphone output.
  • 2x CV outputs. 0 – 10V, individually configurable to 1, 1.2, 0.26 or 0.32 volts per octave, or to hertz per volt.
  • 4x gate / trigger outputs individually configurable to v-trig or s-trig, with shared voltage switchable between 5V and 12V. Trigger clock output configurable, up to 192 PPQN.
  • Trigger clock input, also with adjustable PPQN.
  • MIDI input and output via hardware connectors or USB.
  • Powered via USB or 9 – 12V centre-negative (pedal-style) power supply (500mA) (not included).
  • User-upgradeable firmware – expect updates from Synthstrom Audible.
  • Dimensions: 305mm x 208mm x 46mm (12 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches).

Price and Availability
UPDATE: Deluge is now available for preorder.
You must pay before November 25th, 2016 to lock in this price.
Your Deluge will take four months (plus shipping) from November 25th.

USA: $780 USD + $55USD shipping
You won’t be required to pay any local taxes as this amount comes under the threshold.

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EUROPE: €720 + local taxes + €50 Shipping

UK: £640 + local taxes + £45 Shipping

For European users worrying about VAT, the company is offering a special deal: if you photograph your Deluge with your receipt for your taxes, they will reimburse you 50% of those costs!*
* To Paypal accounts only.

AUSTRALIA: $990 AUD + $70AUD Shipping
You won’t be required to pay any local taxes as this amount comes under the threshold.

NEW ZEALAND: $1050 NZD includes GST and courier.

REST OF THE WORLD: $780 USD + $55USD shipping

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