CUK signs with Japan’s Sonicware for new digital Synth

CUK signs with Japan’s Sonicware for new digital Synth

Distributor CUK has signed exclusive UK distribution rights for the Japanese designed and made Sonicware ELZ_1 Digital Synthesiser.

CUK’s Steve Barton explains that Sonicware is the brainchild of Dr. Yu Endo, synthesist and inventor. The company is based in Tokyo, where all products are hand made by a small team.

‘Endo-san is passionate about digital music and creating accessible, fun products for music makers and sonic explorers. The ELZ_1 is the first production model and due to ship to dealers in May this year,’ Barton says.

Despite its boutique pedigree, the ELZ_1 is likely to sell for just £499. CUK says the first 50 units will have limited edition padded carry pouch included and that it is taking pre-orders now.

ELZ_1 Key Specifications

8 Synthesiser Engines with 6 note polyphony:

FM SYNTH (4 operators with feedback & detuning)

8BIT WAVE MEMORY SYNTH (waveform editing & morphing with FM


DNA EXPLORER (extract & generate waveforms from imported audio)

SiGRINDER (granular synth engine)

STANDARD OSC (sin, square, triangle & saw waves)

LOW-BIT OSC (sin, square, triangle & saw waves)


MASKED NOISE (noise synth)

SAND FLUTE (noise synth)

Stereo line outputs & mini headphone jack

Stereo mini jack AUX input

USB MIDI & updateable firmware

9 different filter types

8 Arpeggiator types

17 Effect types

Full colour graphic display screen (with


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