Key Telemark Features
- Semi Modular Analogue monosynth.
- Hand built in Great Britain.
- Pure analogue voice & modulation circuitry.
- Sub-Oscillator / Divider – for more beef.
- Ring Modulation.
- Patch points to allow more sound types, and to cross-patch with your modular synth’s.
- SEM type sound.
- Similar SEM layout.
- More features than the original SEM such as Sample and Hold, LFO Square wave, Noise, extra inputs, many more signal modulation options via rotary switches.
- Plenty of modulation possibilities.
- Rugged steel construction.
- MIDI In for software sequencer / keyboard control.
|Specification and Modulations Possibilities…|
|VCO1||FINE TUNE, TUNE, MODULATION, MOD.SOURCE,
PULSE WIDTH, SYNC
|PW by EG1, EXT1, LFO, VCO2 audio,
Manual, SYNC from VCO2
|Pitch by EG1, EXT1, LFO, VCO2 audio|
|VCO2||FINE TUNE, TUNE, MODULATION, MOD.SOURCE,
PULSE WIDTH, SYNC
|PW by EG2, EXT2, LFO, VCO2 audio, Manual|
|Pitch by EG2, EXT2, LFO, VCO2 audio,
SYNC from VCO1/LFO
|EG1||ATTACK, DECAY, SUSTAIN|
|EG2||ATTACK, DECAY, SUSTAIN|
|FILTER||FREQUENCY, RESONANCE, MOD.SOURCE, MOD
LEVEL, MIDI MOD LEVEL, NOTCH, FILTER TYPE
|Cutoff by EG1(+/-), LFO(+/-)VCO2 audio,
EXT2(+/-), MIDI Note, MIDI Controller
|FILTER TYPE: LP, BP, HP, Notch|
|LFO||SPEED, MODE||MODE: Square, Triangle, MIDI Controller
(CV2), Sample and Hold
|MIXER||VCO1 Saw/Pulse, VCO2 Saw/Pulse, Noise /
|VCA||MODE, VOLUME||VCA Level by EG2, EG2+MIDI Controller,
GATE, ON (bypass)
|MIDI||IN, THRU||Channels 1-16, MIDI controller or
|AUDIO / CV CONNECTIONS||AUDIO OUT, EXT1 (CV or audio), EXT2 (CV
or audio), AC power in, MIDI IN, MIDI THRU
Telemark is a 100% analogue synth using circuits that date back to the 1970s and 1980s – these give it a really old sound that is rich and full of character.
The circuits are not stabilized and sanitised by CPUs and the controls or not read by CPUs and quantised.
Telemark has a huge sound, especially when used for bass (something it excels at!), a fact often commented to us by our customers with great excitement!
Though a master at big bass sounds, Telemark is exceptionally good at making electronic percussion.
As well as bass and percussion, Telemark will produce leads, effects, modular style and other sounds equally well.
Telemark is extremely powerful. Don’t be fool by the ‘simple’ looking front panel. The synth has been designed to be easy to use, ideal for beginners, but still have the depth and versatility to enable many years of service.
Many of the controls can route more than one signal to a destination. There are many modulation choices on the rotary select switches. All signal choices have been carefully chosen.
Telemark was designed by a musician of electronic music, and used in many of the music production. We like to think we know what makes a good synth and that is reflected in the design of Telemark.
So Telemark is ideal for both beginners, and more advanced synthesists and musicians. Use anywhere you want big analogue sounds that have a true vintage sounds. Ideal also if you have the budget for just one analogue synth since this synth covers so many bases (and basses!).
Telemark is a self-contained TRUE analogue synthesiser. The voice and modulation circuitry are entirely analogue, using all discrete and op-amp components.
Telemark has a similar sound and specification to the classic Oberheim SEM, but with many additional features such as MIDI, Noise, sample and hold and more modulation choices. Note however, Telemark is not intended to be and is not a clone of the SEM. If you want a true SEM sound, buy a SEM!
Telemark is for use any time you need analogue sound effects, fat basses, screaming leads, beeps, tones, zaps, and all the other crazy sounds associated with analogue synthesis. Use in place of your boring digital synths and DSP soft synths.
Telemark has an audio input socket, so you can feed external sounds into the on-board analogue filters for analogue processing.
Telemark is more than capable of creating electronic percussion such as kicks, snares and hats. Record one track at a time in your DAW and build up the percussion.
What are the Differences Between Nyborg-12 and Telemark?
They essentially share the same circuits, so will sound similar. The main differences are outlined below:
Nyborg12 Advantages / Additions
- Octave switches on the VCO.
- ‘Free run’ setting – disconnects VCO from MIDI pitch. Good for effects or using the VCO as a modulator.
- Wide setting – allowing the VCO Tune knob to have a super wide range – good for when the VCO is used as a modulator.
- Q Boost on the filter – to make resonance go insane.
- VCO Sub Osc is hard wired to the Mixer – for super convenience.
- Much smaller than Telemark – for those with limited space.
- Lower price point.
- Two Nyborgs can be racked side by side using the optional rack kit.
Telemark Advantages / Additions
Plenty of signal patch points! Telemark can be more fully integrated into an existing modular system. Cross patching between the two is possible.
The patch points enable additional modulation, effects and sounds that cannot be done with the switches alone.
The Sub Osc is not hard wired. This means it can be patched up in other ways, like a clock divider, or to half the rate of the LFO square wave.
So in summary – which to choose?
Main points are
- Do you want the advantages the extra sockets give?
There are points personal to your situation!
If price and size are not an issue – then
Nyborg – the fact it has Sub Osc hard wired allows a wider range of sounds to be made without patching.
Telemark – it will do far more, but requires the work of patching.
So the summary here is Telemark will do much more than Nyborg but requires the extra effort (some patching). Nyborg will do more than an un-patched Telemark.