Month: January 2016

Back home from Namm

all the people of Doepfer, Alex4, Endorphin, Frap Tools, Birdkids and (not on this picture:) Haken, MFB, Vermona, Tegeler Audio Manufaktur,  SchneidersLaden and Superbooth are back to their homes now to go ahead working on your topics starting tomorrow. They reported a lot from there and we all are looking forward seeing you again in not just two months on berlins first SUPERBOOTH. Please dont miss to read the following NAMM news by Paul and Carlo...

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NAMM 16 – Sputnik Modular

Unstoppable, lilac-colored Roman Filipov aka Sputnik Modular has a number of new stuff – he hasn’t yet decided which will go into production first. The 16-step voltage source is like the small 5-step but way bigger. Dual Multisegment Function Generator and Multistage Voltage Source are both really complex digital sequencer modules, especially the first one is pretty incredible. Roman licensed late Jürgen Haible’s all-analog Frequency Shifter circuit! The booth was noisy so we couldn’t really tell how good it sounds but it’s really promising. The Sequential Filter design resembles an existing 200e Buchla module. It comprises of three identical filters which feature frequency, resonance and level control. The eight-step sequencer saves all three parameters into one sequence and eight sequences can be stored. Proceed from step to step and from sequence to sequence with clocks. Look at one self-oscillating filter as a sine oscillator with VCA – the module can be used as a triple synth voice with sequencer as well! The Dual Envelope & Gate combines the envelope and lopass gate functions of other Sputnik modules to one compact...

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NAMM 16 – mixed news

In WMD’s big collective booth a lot of manufacturers were displaying a massive amount of gear so you had to look closely to get all news. Here is a mixed overwiev of things we discovered. Soulsby Synths presented the Oscitron, a voltage controllable Eurorack version of their 8-Bit synthesizer Atmegatron. It features more wavetables, allows for recording your own wavetables and it has 128 samples resolution instead of 32. Price will be 299€ and release is in April ’16.   Synthrotek’s new MIDI/CV interface offers something unique: it can be used in opposite direction, too so you can use it as a Clock-to-MIDI/USB interface. Imagine synchronizing your DAW to your modular’s clock – exactly this is possible! Cost is $199 and it seems to be available now An expander will add arpeggiator functionality to the MIDI/CV interface for $150. The Expressor module is a dual foot controller with a twist: each of the two channels having a pedal-controlled VCA allows for direct volume control by foot. Adjustments to the CV characteristic can be made as well.       Pittsburgh Modular have a new line of rather heavy yet really beautiful wooden flightcase enclosures and two modules from the new Lifeforms line: The sv-1 is a new synth voice, bigger and more flexible than the Synthblock modules from the past. $699. The kb-1 will be really interesting for users...

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Namm 16 Tiptop Audio

Gur from Tiptop Audio introduces – his 104 HP white lightweight Case – which will be available this spring for around 339 $. Further the 909 drum module family will have 2 more kids – a 909 Snaredrum and 909 Rimshot modul should come between spring and summer 2016. 4 more Cards for the Z-DSP will come too …. this will be – Chorus / Clockdelay / Spring wave ( emulates a real spring) & Multi Taps based on an eventide Reverb....

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NAMM 16 – Make Noise

Make Noise leavin’ the past and are ready for the future . Rob demonstrates for us the new Make Noise desktop synth O-COAST A little well designed analog stand alone semi-modular unit, merging west- and east-coast philosophies into a powerful synth with unusual sounds and routing possibilities and an incredible warm low Bass. No filter needed – a harmonic generator and a wave multiplier are used to shape the sound. It should be ready in ~3 months for less than $500. On the eurorack side they anounced their allready orderable modul TEMPI – a 6-channel, polyphonic time-shifting clock module. It provides an intuitive method for creation and recall of complex clocking arrangements within a modular synthesizer system. Using HUMAN and/ or MACHINE programming you could re-create most classic Clock Divider and Multiplier arrangements and then continue on to create new ones. Store up to 64 for later recall and Select them using control signals from within your system or the Select Bus.The price will be 269 $. And we are glad to see them at Superbooth in berlin end of...

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