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Donner Essential B1 Bass Synthesizer Major Firmware Update Updating to V1.1.0 brings SONG MODE and More features


[Los Angeles, August 15, 2023] – Chinese musical instrument manufacturer Donner today announced the release of the latest firmware update, V1.1.0, for the Essential B1 Bass Synthesizer, their first analog bassline synthesizer with sequencer. This major update brings a host of exciting new features, enhancements, and bug fixes, making the Essential B1 even more versatile and user-friendly.

SONG MODE Unleashes Infinite Creativity

With the V1.1.0 firmware update and the introduction of SONG MODE, a powerful feature that extends the sequencer from 16 steps to an astounding 256 steps, users can now chain up to 16 patterns, creating seamless transitions and expanding the possibilities of music creation. The new SONG MODE can be switched automatically or manually using the 16 designated buttons, providing quick access to 16 favorite patterns.


“SONG MODE is an outcome after the discussion and feedbacks I had with our users on Gearspace. Simply double tap the PATTERN button to enter the SONG MODE, you can program, choose, and chain up to 16 patterns from the 128 stored patterns.” Says Logan Torres, product manager for the synthesizer product line of Donner, “We are deeply grateful for the valuable feedback from our users, who have continuously driven us to unlock the full potential of the Essential B1 Bass Synthesizer.” Logan added.


Other Updates from the V1.1.0

In addition to the groundbreaking SONG MODE, the V1.1.0 firmware update brings several enhancements and bug fixes, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable user experience.

  • Firmware Version Display

Upon power on, the LED screen now displays the firmware version for easy reference.

  • Improved Step Editing

The back-lit keypads now indicate the pitch of each step during REC/EDIT mode, facilitating precise adjustments.

  • Streamlined Parameter Adjustment

Adjusting OCT, GATE LENGTH, and RATCHET for each step is now faster and more intuitive by holding the corresponding button and pressing the↑/ ↓ buttons.

  • Smart Save Indicator

Whenever unsaved changes are present in the sequence, the SAVE button will light up, and when switching patterns without saving, the SAVE button will flash briefly for confirmation.

  • Enhanced Random Note Generator Access

The Random Note Generator is now accessible via PLAY/STOP + REC/EDIT, simplifying the process during sequence playback.

  • Improved Clear/Rest Function

To clear the pending pattern, use PLAY/STOP + CLEAR/REST instead of PATTERN + CLEAR/REST.


To ensure the Essential B1 operates flawlessly, the V1.1.0 update also addresses some minor bugs fixes including fixes for Sequence Edit Glitch and Slide issue.


Users can now access to the latest firmware via Donner Control software. For a detailed walkthrough of the new SONG MODE and all the exciting features in the V1.1.0 firmware update, please check out Donnermusic.com. Full media kit here


About Donner Essential B1 Bass Synthesizer

Released in 2022, the Donner B1 synthesizer is an excellent option for individuals seeking a versatile and contemporary synthesizer that blends classic features with a user-friendly design. It includes a built-in distortion/saturation feature to infuse diversity into your sounds, along with a tape delay effect that can be toggled using a switch. The synthesizer boasts a 26-note silicon keyboard with colored backlights, as well as a built-in 16-step sequencer offering 128 factory presets and 128 slots for user presets. Additionally, it comes equipped with an arpeggiator featuring a hold function and can also be controlled via MIDI.


About Donner

Donner is a leading manufacturer of innovative and high-quality music equipment, catering to musicians and music lovers around the world. With a commitment to innovation, craftsmanship, and playability, Donner continues to produce a diverse range of music gear, from synthesizers and effects pedals to guitars and audio interfaces.