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Old 15th September 2021
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PWM Malevolent





Malevolent is a semi-modular analog monosynth from the company PWM.

2 VCOs, 12 db/oct multi-mode filter, 19 patchable inputs & outputs, mini keys with arpeggiator.

580€ / Β£500

Official site with full specs: https://www.1pwm.com/malevolent
Old 15th September 2021
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Looks and sounds good in an MS-20 vein, but could also do with a different name.
Old 15th September 2021
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I quite like the name.
Old 15th September 2021
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Interesting video about the company.

Designer has pedigree, worked on Peak amongst many other things.


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I quite like the name.
sounds like a submarine. the HMS Malevolent
Old 15th September 2021
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It looks like a Soviet-era monosynth that went through the laundry and shrank.

It sounds nice, but so do a lot of monos. Looking at the specs, nothing jumps out at me as being particularly innovative compared to other semi modular synths.

Other than it being 12db LP/BP/HP, anything known about the filter design?
Old 15th September 2021
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I'm also interested in the filter implementation. You choose the filter type by patching into its input, so could you run them in parallel with their outputs mixed? Not sure how interesting that would be in normal synth used with the shared cutoff & resonance controls, but it could be fun feeding a different input signal into each filter.
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I'm also interested in the filter implementation. You choose the filter type by patching into its input, so could you run them in parallel with their outputs mixed? Not sure how interesting that would be in normal synth used with the shared cutoff & resonance controls, but it could be fun feeding a different input signal into each filter.
That's interesting. That would mean there's separate filters, since usually a multimode filter has one input and separate (or switched/mixed) outputs.

That opens up the possibility of running one VCO into the LPF and the other into the HPF or BPF, or patching into the LPF and HPF to get a notch, etc.

The LFO is as minimalistic as they get. No sync (tempo or key), only tri and square. Probably analog. Not even a CV in for rate.

The oscillator configuration is interesting too. There's separate saw, tri and pulse outputs, and buttons to select the waveform(s) to reach the regular osc out, and then there's the shape and shape mod controls/CV ins. So shape isn't crossfading between the waveforms, but some kind of shaping within the waveform, surely PWM for the pulse wave, but I wonder if it shapes the tri and saw waves too.

No oscillator sync at all? Oh well, Minimoogs didn't either.

It's a shame they didn't stick any utility modules on the panel, like mults, CV mixers, or attenuators/attenuverters.

Last edited by kpatz; 15th September 2021 at 04:53 PM..
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Sallen-Key filter mentioned at 4:15. Sounds quite aggressive, I believe the Steiner-Parker filter used by Arturia is also based on Sallen-Key topology.
Old 15th September 2021
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PWM Malevolent

New semi modular synth

https://www.musicradar.com/news/pwm-...analogue-synth
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Thread here: PWM Malevolent
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Sallen-Key filter mentioned at 4:15. Sounds quite aggressive, I believe the Steiner-Parker filter used by Arturia is also based on Sallen-Key topology.
Pittsburgh modular use it in their stuff too.. my microvolt and the voltage lab both use some variant of it.. thru have some modules too with it.
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I love this Synth, I’m getting at least 1 of them…
Old 15th September 2021
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Sounds pretty cool!
Old 15th September 2021
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That sounded quite SH2 ish to me on first brief impressions (yes I know the actual differences). At that price it has to be a winner. Love the joystick and individual implementation there. With a good keybed at a similar price bracket I’d probably find it difficult to say no. Another UK company. Just wow really
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Are the MS-20 and Microbrute's filter both varients of the Sallen Key?
https://www.timstinchcombe.co.uk/synth/MS20_study.pdf
Old 16th September 2021
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I quite like the styling. It reminds me of the styling of Pre SH-01 Roland SH series.
Great name by the way.

Last edited by Sapro; 16th September 2021 at 10:31 AM.. Reason: Added name text
Old 16th September 2021
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On paper, it seems to me like the Behringer Neutron has almost all of the same specs apart from:
* USB powered (not a huge deal)
* Keyboard (can see how some might like that, but for some it's a negative)
* MIDI to CV out (Neutron's is hard wired to oscs and I don't believe it has a pitch CV out (does have gate))
...... But the Neutron also does a whole lot more that the Malevolent does not.

It's of course always good to have more options and new companies.

But I cannot understand why anyone with €580 to blow would spend it on this, when for the same price you could today buy a Neutron + K2 + Boog for that price in your local classifieds.

[I do realise I'm comparing new prices to used here, which may seem unfair, but that's a legitimate choice faced by a buyer today: €580 to join a pre-order list for the Malevolent, or 3x commonly available used synths today. If you wanted to compare new for new, you could still have a Neutron + K2 for the same price.]

I'm not trolling; genuine question - I feel like I must be missing something here, what is it?
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Interesting video about the company.

Designer has pedigree, worked on Peak amongst many other things.


So he made a LOT of midi controllers that's for sure
The brainchild behind peak was and remains CHris Hugget .
Maybe he is sugarcoating it a bit , no ?
Old 18th January 2022
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What's different is they made this to be a performance oriented synth, at least that's what their pushing and were probably sincerely going for. Its probably also worth mentioning that (unless I misheard) they said the MSRP of this synth should have been 500e and they hoped it would sell for less (sonic state video). Maybe transistor crisis stuff is happening here. Gaz interview is enjoyable as usual:



I have to say I quite like the sound of it, would like to see more. But maybe its just not well placed in this market with so many great and affordable monos.
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Old 2nd February 2022
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This does not sound like a VST in a box, quirky circuitry doing its own thing. Nice!

I do have a OG MS20, which covers these type of sounds, but hmmm why not also get this? :-)
I also like that it has USB-C connection for power & tweak ability.

Tempting.
Old 3rd February 2022
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I want a PWM Malevolent badly. Talk about being up my alley. Hopefully these become widely available soon.
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I want a PWM Malevolent badly. Talk about being up my alley. Hopefully these become widely available soon.
I like the sounds a lot as well!
Old 4th February 2022
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This would make a nice gateway into semi modular/modular synthesis. If I didn't have a Neutron (and a pile of other monos) already I'd be tempted.
Old 16th February 2022
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Regular price appears to be around Β£479 new, which seems reasonable.
Some stores also have some B-stock for less, such as BAX.
Probably going to try one at Superbooth before taking a dip myself.
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I love this little powerhouse. Check out those magnetic end caps, cool!!
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I've got to say, this synth sounded HUGE when I tried it at Superbooth.
Really really big and fat.
Love the patching capabilities too..
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This guy knows what good sounds like too, very passionate about synths..
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