Michigan Synth Works Intros Xena, The Warrior Synthess, The Reincarnation Of Mutable Instrument’s Ambika


Michigan Synth Works has introduced Xena, a new version of the rare Mutable Instruments Ambika DIY synthesizer.

The Ambika was originally introduced in 2012 as a DIY project. The open source design is 6-voice hybrid polysynth that pairs the flexible digital oscillators (digital wavetables, FM and phase modulation) with a 4-pole analog filter.

Xena is fully machine-assembled, with an updated layout and an improved modern power supply. It is available with all ordinal 3 voice cards and compatible with 3rd party operating systems.


  • 6 voices with individual outputs.
  • 2 digital oscillators per voice, with 36 oscillator algorithms/wavetables.
  • 1 sub-oscillator, also configurable as a transient generator.
  • Pre-filter overdrive and bit-crushing effect.
  • Analog 4-pole filter (or 2-pole multimode filter depending on the type of voicecard used) and VCA.
  • 3 ADSR envelopes, 3 patch-level LFOs, 1 voice-level LFO.
  • Modulation matrix with 14 slots and 4 modulation modifiers.
  • 1 arpeggiator, 1 note sequencer and 2 step sequencers per part.
  • Flexible mapping of the 6 voices. A single patch with 6 voice-polyphony, 6 independent mono parts, 2 layered patches with 3-voices polyphony, a 3-voice unison bass line on the lower half of the keyboard with a 3-voice unison lead on the upper half… all are possible!
  • MicroSD storage allows the storing of a life-long of patches, programs and multis, along with the history of editing operations for undo/redo.
  • Easy to change voice cards

Here’s a video demo of the Ambika by Midera:

Pricing and Availability

Xena is available now for $400 USD.


via Sonic State


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