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Superbooth17 – Kilpatrick Audio

Kilpatrick Audio Tungsten

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.

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Superbooth17 – Radikal Technologies

 Radikal RT1701

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.

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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.

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Superbooth17 – WMD

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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.

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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.

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Superbooth17 – XOR-Electronics

Nerdsynth

XOR-Electronics presents the Nerdseq at Superbooth17, a composition tool with ten tracks. Notes and additional commands are entered via buttons into a tracker-style user interface. Patterns can have a length of up to 64 steps. The first six tracks come equipped with configurable CV, trigger and mod outputs. For processing patterns, there are quantize, glide, re-trigger and groove options. Parameter automations are possible as well. Track seven to ten are sample channels. Audio material can be fed to the module via a Micro SD card. Internally, samples can be reversed and processed with effects. – Per step, of course. The Micro SD card is also used to save projects. One file can hold enough data for several songs. Other features include four user assignable inputs, clock and reset connectors as well as (wave-)table functions.

The Nerdseq can be expanded via an I/O module. It adds a MIDI DIN input and output plus a connector for Sega gamepads to the sequencer.

Furthermore, a module called NSR-Expander will become available shortly after the Nerdseq. This circuit adds a cartridge slot to the system, which can be used to tie-in synthesizer voices. Up to four expanders are connectable to the Nerdseq. At Superbooth17, visitors can already take a look at Meeblip, Ploytec PL2, AT Megatron and DSP-GI cartridges.

The Nerdseq is expected to be released this summer.

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Superbooth17 – Winter Modular

Eloquencer

There is a new player in town! – Winter Modular presents the Eloquencer at Superbooth17, a flexible sequencer with eight CV / Gate / Accent channels. Pattern lengths can be set independently for each track. Gate and CV probability functions let the user create complex random sequences. Other features include ratcheting, shuffle and quantization options, mute and LFO functions plus there are several step and fill modes. Two internally routable CV inputs make it possible to modulate a multitude of parameters. The Eloquencer is an open source module, it can be reprogrammed via USB.

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Superbooth17 – MFB

MFB 1At MFB’s exhibition space, visitors of this year’s Superbooth can take a first glance at the Dominion Club, a compact desktop version of the Dominion 1 keyboard synthesizer. It features two analog oscillators, a digital wave generator with morphing waveforms, two sub oscillators, a noise source plus XOR and Sync functions. For processing audio material, a 24 dB multimode filter is built-in. Furthermore, there are two ADSR envelopes, two LFOs with one-shot and reset options, an arpeggiator and a step-sequencer. Filter and low frequency oscillators are equipped with morph functions as well. MIDI-DIN and USB ports as well as an M-Bus interface allow users to control the instrument via other gear.

MFB also developed a Eurorack version of the Nanozwerg synthesizer, the Nanozwerg Pro. It comes equipped with one VCO plus sub oscillator, a 12 dB multimode filter, a LFO and two ADSR envelopes. The module can be played via control voltages or MIDI messages plus it is compatible with the M-Bus protocol. CV inputs allow users to modulate six parameters. Signals generated by the Nanozwerg’s modulators can be tapped off from three outputs.

Furthermore, MFB presents a new delay module with freeze function at the Superbooth17.

All products will become available this summer.

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Superbooth17 – Befaco

Befaco

Befaco presents four new modules at Superbooth17. Hexmix is a mixer with six channels, each audio path features a pan potentiometer, an equalizer with three bands as well as mute (momentary / toggle) and solo options. The module can be expanded by the Hexpander, which adds three aux sends with stereo return channels. Very clever: All aux sends are equipped with pre and post fader outputs.

The Hex Mix VCA is kind of an expansion as well, but can also be used on its own. The module features six attenuators with level potentiometers. The response characteristic can be crossfaded between logarithmic, linear and exponential curve.

Last but not least, Befaco showed the prototype of a burst generator with some nifty features.

The Hex modules will become available in June. A release date for the burst generator isn’t determined yet.

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Superbooth17 – GRP

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The Italian hardware manufacturer GRP not only shows its analog synthesizers A2 and A4 plus the R24 step sequencer at Superbooth17, but a range of Eurorack modules as well. In detail, visitors can take a look at…

  • A VCO with sine, triangle, saw, pulse and sub octave (-1 / -2) outputs. Furthermore, the module features linear and exponential FM inputs, hard sync and PW / PWM options.
  • A low pass filter with transistor ladder design and built-in distortion. Its slope is switchable between -6 dB and -24 dB per octave. CV inputs allow users to not only modulate the cutoff frequency, but the resonance as well. A 1V per octave connector makes it possible to employ the filter as a sine wave oscillator.
  • A state variable filter with two inputs and five outputs. (12 dB low and high pass / 6 dB band pass / notch / auxiliary select out) Two FM connectors enable users to modulate the cutoff frequency plus there is a 1V per octave input. A distortion is built-in as well.
  • A fixed filter bank with high pass, low pass and twelve band pass filters.
  • A VCA with switchable response characteristic. (Linear / exponential)
  • A stereo output module with four channel mixer, pan options and two phone options. – Plus two very cool looking VU meters.
  • A sample and hold module with integrated noise generator. In detail, the module emits white, pink and low frequency noise.
  • A three channel mixer
  • A dual LFO with outputs for ramp-triangle-saw and pulse-square waveforms.
  • An envelope follower, which can be fed with line or mic signals.
  • An ADSR envelope with three time ranges plus normal and inverted outputs.
  • A multiple

The modules will be available by the end of 2017.

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Superbooth17 – Jomox

Jomox Alpha Base

Jürgen Michaelis presents his new Alpha Base at Superbooth17. The drum machine features a hybrid design with eleven instruments, sampling capabilities and sequencer.

Kick and snare circuits of the Alpha Base are fully analog. The latter is a complete MBrane voice, meaning it can also be used to create percussion hits, cow bells, claves, toms and so forth. Six other instrument channels produce sound with the help of sample players plus metallic noise generators. Results are fed into analog filters and VCAs for processing. Two of these drum voices feature VCFs especially designed for sculpting hi hats. The other instances come equipped with multimode filters. (Low pass, band pass and high pass modes / -12 dB per octave).

Additionally, there are two completely digital instrument channels. Again, samples are used to generate sound. – It is even possible to record short audio snippets of up to four seconds directly into these channels (WAV / AIFF format, 16 Bit / 48 kHz). Results can be allocated to other sample based drum voices. For storing data, a SD card slot was implemented.

Last but not least, the Alpha Base features a FM Synth with four operators. Thanks to its six note polyphony, users can not only create wicked percussion sounds, but chords and melodies as well. All instrument channels possess a comprehensive set of editing options and modulators. For refining sounds, delay and reverb effects were implemented.

The Alpha’s sequencer offers eleven tracks, pattern can have a length of up to 64 steps. Besides notes, it is also possible to record parameter changes. The last step of a pattern is definable per track. (Great for polyrhythmic beats.) Shuffle and micro step options, roll and flam functions plus parameter locks give beats a nice, groovy touch. A chaining mode allows users to link patterns.

For external control and synchronization, the Alpha Base was equipped with MIDI-DIN, USB and DIN-Sync connectors.

More information on the Alpha Base can be found at the Jomox website.

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Superbooth 17 – Kids playing live friday 21th

Modulworkshop Wien 3-721f0cdbKids playing live on modulars w Gammon  –  Friday 21.04.2017 (12:20 pm – 12:40 pm) at the Audit –   This workshop explains the way of getting musically interesting sounds from simple electronic oscillations like sine or saw waves and how to play live electronic music. A modular synthesizer is built from almost independent building blocks on which the participants will be working in small groups. This way they will be directly involved in forming the sounds and responsible for the individual expression of the sounds. The workshop provides basic knowledge in a straight and “hands-on” process.

The results of this process are the basis for a composition that will be played live.