Digitana Electronics started out with producing interfaces and expansion units for the classic EMS synthesizers Synthi A, AKS and VCS3. At Superbooth17, the company presented its first stand-alone instrument, the SX-1. It was derived from the Digitana Synthi AKS KS Expander and developed in collaboration with The Future Sound of London. The synthesizer features two analog VCOs, slew limiter and octave shift sections, a sample and hold LFO plus dual AD envelope based VCAs. Furthermore, the unit contains two 4-pole resonant filters, a voltage controlled slope generator as well as echo and distortion effects.
Furthermore, Digitana showed an early prototype of a digital instrument called Halia. It is based on two ARM micro controllers with separate stereo ADC / DAC audio sections and can be used as a pocket synth or Eurorack module. There is very little information on the Halia at this point. Digitana just mentioned that it will be capable of creating multi-oscillator drones, FM- and Buchla-style sounds. – We hope to have more information on this nifty little machine soon.
SPECIAL EVENT on APRIL 25th / 6pm : @ schneidersladen showroom
Talk / Concert / Workshop with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe:
IN DIALOGUE WITH MODULAR –(SOLO) IMPROVISATIONAL STRATEGIES with Eurorack
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a master when it comes to exploring the possibilities that lie within modular synths-
As a solo artist or in countless collaborations. Most often he engages in hypnotic drone like textures, also integrating his voice.
As a regular guest to our showroom whenever he is in Berlin, he is also of invaluable help when it comes to novel patching techniques and hidden aspects of modules.
For this event we present you with the opportunity to experience Rob Lowe diving into the depths of a patch and also having the possibility to engage in a fruitful discussion – (meanwhile/and/or afterwards.)
As you know every eurorack system is unique and everybody will develop a unique approach to patching. This event is about sharing our ideas, impressions, thoughts on modular music and opinions on favorite modules.
>>>April 25th / 6pm / schneidersladen showroom / 7EUR admission!<<<
>>>drop us a mail under: firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to come<<<
We are looking forward to see you The schneidersladen showroom team
In addition to the modules A-135-4A/B VC Performance Mixer and A-135-4C VCPM Quad Envelope Follower, which became available a few days ago, Dieter Doepfer showed several fresh ideas at Superbooth17.
First in line is the A-111-4 Quad VCO, which is composed of four oscillators emitting triangle, saw and pulse waves. Each audio generator features a tune potentiometer with variable range, a CV connector plus attenuator for FM and PWM as well as a hard / soft sync input. As with the A-111-1 High-End-VCO, the quad oscillator is playable over a range of ten octaves.
Additionally, Doepfer also presented the final version of the A-190-5, a polyphonic USB / MIDI to CV / Gate interface with four voices. It comes equipped with note, gate and two CV outputs per channel. Voice management options allow users two switch between monophonic, duophonic, paraphonic, polyphonic and unison modes.
Dieter Doepfer also showed the A-173-1 and A-173-2. Together, the modules form a button keyboard setup, meant for transposing sequences and so forth. Furthermore, visitors of the Superbooth17 were able to take a look at the A-138s Mini Stereo Mixer with four channels, the A-180-9 multicore adapter module, the A-150-8 Octal Manual / Voltage Controlled Programmable Switches plus the A-100LCM9 / A-100LCMB low-cost monster cases.
Matthias Schmidt a.k.a. Curetronic will release his first stand-alone instrument soon. The Specht (German word for woodpecker) is a semi-modular synthesizer specialized in drum sounds. It comes equipped with an oscillator generating sine and square waves, a noise source plus a VCA. On the modulator side, there are pitch and volume envelopes as well as a LFO. Thanks to the semi-modular layout and thought-through routing options, it is not only possible to create kicks and snares, but a multitude of other drum and percussion elements as well. For instance, the LFO can be fed to the VCA for generating clap-like sounds. On top of that, the Specht is not only controllable via CV signals and MIDI, but directly via a built-in piezo element as well.
Curetronic’s Specht will be available this summer.
Sonic Potions announced at Superbooth17, that the Moiré dual phase modulation oscillator, the Manifold time and space machine as well as the Malaclypse fractal noise will be available soon.
Moiré features two digital oscillators based on sine cores. Audio material can be processed via saw and rectangle shapers as well as a wave folder. Each oscillator is able to modulate the phase of the other instance for Yamaha-style FM synthesis.
Manifold is a delay and reverb processor, featuring a wide range of algorithms, extensive editing options and sync functions. The module works with a resolution of 16 Bit and 48 kHz. When synchronized to an oscillator, it is possible to create Karplus Strong effects. Manifold comes equipped with the following algorithms:
- Basic delay
- Granular pitch shifting delay
- Tape delay with moving tape head and variable tape speed
- Granular glitch delay
- Multitap delay
- Double delay
- BBD delay
- Two reverb algorithms
- Chorus / Ensemble / Flanger
Malaclypse is a random module, which can be used as an oscillator, a noise generator or a CV source. It is composed of an analog noise circuit and an interpolator. The latter is able to process external signals as well. Four modes of operation are available, in detail:
- No interpolation (Results are similar to the staircase signals emitted by sample-and-hold-stages)
- Linear interpolation with or without resonance
- Cubic interpolation
- Threshold mode for generating vinyl-style cracks and pops
Up to ten octaves of random signals can be stacked with variable volume ratio. A Similarity potentiometer allows users to create drifting or repeating voltages. Other features include polarity and sync options as well as a 1 V per octave input.
After releasing the ER-100 Summing Mixer, the ER-110 Stereo Parametric Equalizer and the ER-130 VC Mid-Side Unit, Arrel Audio developed a high-end power supply for modular systems. Two versions will be available, each is composed of a module plus bus boards. Their technical specifications are identical. Both come equipped with short circuit as well as overheating protection and deliver up to 3 A at +12 V, 1 A at -12 V and 1 A at +5 V. The noise floor is very low.
What separates the two systems is the module design. While the ER-160 is only 4 HP wide and comes with just a power connector plus LEDs to check for proper operation, the 10 HP wide ER-150 features a big VU meter that shows the current drawn by the modular system. – A very nice idea. Additionally, the ER-150 has an output for feeding power to a second rack.
Furthermore, Arrel Audio designed an expander for the ER-100 Summing Mixer, the ER-140 Summute. It is composed of two sections, each featuring four channels with input, mute switch and output. Additionally, there is a mix output plus gain potentiometer and saturation LED per group.
Vermona presented a voltage controllable mixer with eight inputs, which is also usable as a multichannel attenuator, a CV generator and even as a step sequencer. The development is still in a rather early stage, meaning there will be some additional features, which weren’t announced yet.
Furthermore, visitors of the Superbooth17 were able to take a first look at Vermona’s complex envelope generator. The module features four segments to create linear respectively exponential attack or decay curves with variable length. Using patch cables, several stages can be linked plus there are looping options.
Additionally, Vermona showed advanced prototypes of Random Rhythm, Twin CV Filter plus Expander, Unicycle oscillator and the Quadropol. All modules will become available within the next months.
The guys from Kilpatrick Audio showed an early prototype of their mobile music production system Tungsten at Superbooth17. It is an open source, Linux based device that can run a multitude of applications. One of the first programs, which are currently in development, is a tracker-style sequencer.
The Tungsten comes equipped with an OLED display and 25 buttons, line and mic inputs plus a headphone output. For communicating with external gear like synthesizers, controllers or an audio interface, there are MIDI and USB connectors.
Jörg Schaaf shows his RT-1701 Effexx module at Superbooth17, a great sounding multi effect with a multitude of sound processing options. It is composed of a stereo gain stage with overdrive, an equalizer respectively filter section, two DSP effects and a reverb. Thanks to the module’s routing options, users can link components in various ways. The multi effects offer two types of echo, chorus, phaser and flanger as well as rotary, pitch shifter and Karplus Strong algorithms. Configurations can be saved as so-called snapshots. A morph function makes it possible to crossfade smoothly from one memory slot to another via an internal LFO or an external CV signal. While doing this, the module interpolates between the parameter settings of both data sets. The RT-1701 Effexx is expected to come out within the next weeks. It can be pre-ordered here.
Additionally, Mr Schaaf presented a prototype of his Pre-GTX module. – It features an input for connecting a guitar, a shaper section for re-creating the sound of classic amplifiers and an equalizer with two semi-parametric (high / low) and a parametric band (mid). Audio signals can be tapped off a raw and a shaped connector. Furthermore, there is a gate output.
The American hardware manufacturer WMD shows its latest modules at Superbooth17, all of which will be available at SchneidersLaden within the next days / weeks. First in line is the Arpitecht, a quantizer and rhythmic arpeggiator, as well as the chord generator Arpitecht Triad. Shortly thereafter, the DJ-style stereo filter Overseer will arrive at the shop. The freshly developed MSCL stereo compressor and the Modbox module are available already, by the way.
Additionally, visitors of the Superbooth17 can have a look at WMD’s Advanced Trigger Sequencer and a drum module, for now simply called the Tambourine. Both products are still in development, they will come out in spring 2018.