Author: Timm

Rossum Trident – NAMM 2019 News

Dave Rossum presents his new Trident module at the NAMM show 2019. It features three fully analog VCOs, which allow you to create complex, highly dynamic timbral textures. One of the oscillators is meant as the carrier. It emits three waveforms simultaneously. In detail, there are outputs for triangle, sawtooth and pulse with variable width. The other VCOs offer the same waveforms, but come equipped with just one output and a selector button. Here, while the triangle wave is selected, you can morph from saw to triangle to ramp via Symmetry knobs and CV inputs. With sawtooth active, it is possible to give the waveform a kink in the middle. Thanks to separate 1V / octave inputs as well as coarse and fine tune control elements, you may use all oscillators separately. One of the audio generators even has a phase potentiometer and control voltage input. Thus, layering all three audio signals can be quite fun. However, the real magic starts when the VCOs are interconnected. Besides the symmetry CV channel, there are sync, linear and exponential FM as well as PW inputs. Most of them feature bipolar attenuators. Furthermore, a “Zing” modulation circuit was implemented on both the modulation oscillators. – “Zing” is kind of a ring modulator, but due to synchronization, it can output complex, yet purely harmonic overtone spectra. By combining all these features, highly dynamic...

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Make Noise QPAS – NAMM 2019 News

QPAS stands for Quad Peak Animated System. That IS a very accurate description of the new Makenoise module. In terms we all are a bit more used to: It is a quad (!) stereo (!!) multimode (HP/BP/LP…SP?) filter. In just 18 HP! Since the four filters are being run parallel it is very easy to obtain vocal-like sounds. The closest things in our store would hence also be, what we sometimes call “Formant” filters. Like (of course) the Grendel Formant Filter, the Mannequins Three Sisters, the Cwejman RES-4 /QMMF-4 and to some extent the Rossum Morpheus. But this being a Make Noise module, you can expect an unconventional, yet very clever and playful approach. Some of you might prefer the precise editing of single filters or wish for quickly dialing in accurate formants (aka A-E-I-O-U sounds) . In that case one of the modules mentioned above might be the right one for you. The QPAS however wants you to move away from all these abstract concepts of/and control and trust your ears and experiment. It has a simplified, but effective interface. You can control the master cutoff of all filters. Resonance creates peaks, but never reaches to selfoscillation. However you can ping it very well. To facilitate this there is a (stereo) VCA before the filters. Not after the filters like in a “normal” voice. That way the VCA...

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Intellijel Scales & Steppy in 3U – NAMM 2019 News

  Intellijel is presenting two rather small modules. But please do not underestimate them. New module No1 is the 3u version of the already popular 4-track/64-step programmable gate sequencer Steppy. Until now only available in 1U. Meaning it is restricted to the ones with one of these Intellijel 4U/7U cases. Steppy itself can be seen as the continuation of the old uStep. But then again…it is much, much more than that! Doubling the track count to four and allowing for up to 64 steps now is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost every wish you might have for a compact programmable gate sequencer is fulfilled here. Per track you now have: Individual track length from 1-step to 64-step, gate length, clock divider, swing, delay, step-probability and shift/rotate. Performance features for muting and on the fly looping are furthermore nicely integrated into this highly useful module. Polyrhythm-offbeat-shuffle-madness…here we come!   Strike No2 is also based on an old acquaintance: To much disappointment of our customers, the uScale quantizer has been discontinued as of 2018. But now…voila: Scales! Where uScale admittedly had some hard-to-remember shift combinations, Scale has been …scaled to meet the demands of those in need of an easy and fast to use fully dual (if you want) quantizer. Trigger on quantize – a feature that we love e.g. from the indestructible Doepfer A-156 can now also be...

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Frap Tools Falistri – NAMM 2019 News

Frap Tools – an Italian manufacturer very dear to our hearts has finally finished the Falistri. And it is already available! Also called “movement manager”. Ok…these are both not really telling names! So what is it? Falistri is a fully featured, nicely structured dual envelope generator / (low frequency) oscillator featuring a ringmodulator for combining any of its multitude of outputs plus a flip-flop / clock divider for generating more complex patterns. It definitely is a strong competitor to another module with a confusing name – the Makenoise Maths. Fully featured means that it has – unlike the Maths – uni- and bipolar outputs, as well as end of rise (EOR) and end of fall (EOF) outputs readily available. Per stage! Another big feature is the mentioned ringmodulator / vca for mixing any two of the many outs. But the really big thing is that you can alter the shape of the envelopes independently of the overall time! That is a feature rarely seen and mostly done digital. The Falistri however is analog through and through. No DSPs here. Also the flip-flop is (just) CMOS based. Even given this rough description, we guess you can see the potential of this module and its myriads of possible patching...

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Moffenzeef Intensifies – NAMM 2019 News

After their drone synth Stargazer left quite some impression on us, American manufacturer Moffenzeef is back with the Intensifies. Even to us Intensifies is a somewhat alien concept and mixture. The company claims: „No! It’s not a guitar pedal!“ But what is it, exactly? Not sure if we can discuss that within these columns exhaustively, but let us have a look at the ingredients:  A line level Input with hefty gain stage and distortion, a sample and hold based “sample rate reducer” , a square based modulation oscillator and two photocells. And a noise synth with dedicated out on the side! The input signal serves as carrier and can be distorted and crushed, while the modulator waveform (square) controls the amplitude of the carrier. Both carrier and modulator AND the noise synth can be controlled by the photocells. So besides twisting knobs you can perform in mid air…maybe playing air guitar!?! Noise Synth and FX section could be used independently, but soundwise the Intensifies really lends itself to “texturisation” of the input signal and improvising with the noise synth on the side. Intensifies can be heard and experienced also in our showroom...

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