Tag: analogue systems

A look at the new Analogue Systems RS-650 Echo Reverb

Here we have a new module by Analogue Systems. With a long history of building analog and digital delay, reverb and chorus effects Analogue Systems now created a module that blends easily between echo and reverb sounds – the RS-650 is now available!

RS-650 is an echo/reverb module based on the two Analogue Systems classics RS-310 and RS-440 – it can be used as a delay or reverb, with delay times from 70 mb to 200 ms and 2.5 ms to 150 ms in reverb mode. The circuit is based on a bucket brigade device with six parallel delay tabs with different levels and delay times. The summation of the six tabs creates the dense reverb. Due to the traditional design of the circuit, the clock frequency in the delay is audible in the output signal. Therefore it is recommended to use a lowpass filter after the RS-650 to reduce the clock noise.

All in all the RS 650 brings a great vintage bucket brigade sound to the table. If you want it to, the RS 650 can strongly color the sound that you feed it with, here is a video to give you an idea about its sound.

What about… some modern classics?

Oldie but Goldie? There are certainly some modules that drifted out of focus, especially to new users of modular synthesizers. Today we will be retrospecting on modules that have been around for a long time and are still available. Looking back at the beginning of the eurorack format,  it was quite easy to keep track of new developments – there was Doepfer from Germany and there was Analogue Systems from the UK. Both are still around and offer most of the modules they produced until today. And now it is even possible to put AS modules into a Doepfer System (the now “standard” eurorack) without buying an extra adapter, because AS modules are now available with compatible bus connectors – the Dual-Bus.

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There is the great sounding RS95e – a VCO that is always a good choice for thick vintage sound, an excellent choice for an oscillator with lots of character. Other often recommended modules by AS are: The Analogue Systems RS-510e which is based on the legendary EMS Trapezoid Generator and the excellent sounding RS-110 Multimode Filter – both great analog designs with a special twist! The RS-110 for example offers an open feedback-loop! The socket Res-Out and Res-In act like an insert i.e. they allow you to process the audio signal in the feedback loop by other audio processors like filters, distortions, delays, frequency shifters etc.

Doepfer

Doepfer also offers great filters, often very affordable compared to competitors and always real workhorses. For example the A-124 Wasp and A-106-5 SEM filter are not only two of the cheapest filters available, but also great sounding choices. They are based on vintage designs (obviously) and really do a lot of things right – these will most likely never leave your rack again, they are great sounding multimode-filters, cheap and small, while not being too fiddly. The Wasp is a great dirty and unstable design that gives your sound a lot of liveliness and power. The SEM is a smooth sounding and vibrant filter that works great (not only) for basslines.

WMD

And there are more manufacturers that have been around for a while – for example WMD. Ever heard of the micro-Hadron-Collider, Synchrodyne or Geiger Counter – great names and great modules! All by WMD. These three modules have been available for several years now and all offer something special. What sets the uHC – a dual state-variable-filter – apart from most other VCFs is the integrated voltage controlled mixer. It can be used to create different and new filter modes – Wide Notch, Dual Bandpass, etc. It is also great for blending separate sounds together using both filters split and it allows cool frequency modulation of the mixed signals. The Synchrodyne is very interesting due to a combination of building blocks, which no other manufacturer packed together into one module. It contains most parts of a traditional synth-voice, but it goes a much different way. There is an analog sawtooth wave oscillator with a waveshaper, a “switched capacitor” filter and a PLL circuit which drives the cutoff frequency of the filter. HERE is a video of one (of many) possible uses of the Syncrodyne, this is so unusual that I had to add it. The WMD Geiger Counter is… another thing of its own…I wanted to say, but then there are about 5(?) different incarnations of this bit-crusher design! Only one of them is a eurorack module though. What they all share is a modern high gain preamp that drives an 8 bit computer, creating sounds which range from nice to unbelievably alien. Give. It. A. Try.

Lots of normalizations and patch-points are typical for WMD modules, resulting in very complex, powerful and – in the end – rewarding designs. There are of cause more manufacturers and modules that deserve to be in this post, but let’s keep some for next time.

 


This is by no means a complete overview of the available modules or a full review of the modules discussed. The What about… texts are here to give you new ideas and maybe another perspective on things. All these modules offer more features than we have talked about in this post. For further information please click the provided links or – even better – visit the shop and ask the SchneidersLaden experts in the showroom.

Analogue Systems

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The guys from Alex 4 present new versions of some classic Analogue Systems modules at Superbooth 2018.

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The circuits remain unchanged. New features include overhauled front panels and dual power connectors, making the modules compatible with cases in the Analogue Systems as well as Doepfer format. Besides the extremely beefy sounding oscillator RS-95N, a modern version of the Modulator RS-380N and the (audio) Processor RS-35N are shown. Next in line for an upgrade are the EMS-style modules, followed by other classic circuits.

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Modular Promotions

dsc_0034To explain the idea of modulars and let more people understand the possibilities of such instruments to make music, to learn about maths, frequencies sounds and moods over low voltages and to meet old and new friends we are often on the roads in europe visiting festivals, synth meetings, musical instrument shows and other retail stores over years already.
Yesterday evening I stood in the berlin based schneidersLaden showroom and reflected that at the same time Patrick Detampel is on his way to Munich to explain the latest news of the Doepfer black magic there while Holger Zapf is on the ferry to the UK to explain the source of eurorack on two festivals this weekend. So if you would like to learn more about what we do over here dont hesitate to ask for help, we could be around.

Next Workshop at SchneidersLaden: (?) Dec, 1st or 8th
Workshops in Munich (bei Just Music)  .. and learn
more about Analogue Systems in the UK on the
sines and squares festival in Manchester now.

Morton Subotnick Live and Preview: I Dream Of Wires

wiresI Dream Of Wires – SCREENING
+ Morton Subotnick – LIVE A/V
+ Modular workshop / Verbos +X

28.07.2015 | 8PM, Berlin, Babylon Mitte
purchasing tickets in advance is recommended @..
Yapsody: https://wires.yapsody.com
 .. presale/20€ @ the Door/ 25€  w/DVD +10€

To celebrate the August VOD/DVD release of I DREAM OF WIRES, the definitive and acclaimed electronic music documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the modular synthesizer, MONODUO FILMS and MOBILE KINO presents a very special screening and electronic music event in Berlin.
On Tuesday July, 28th, following last year’s festival premiere, I DREAM OF WIRES will receive it’s first public screening in Berlin, followed by a live performance by the legendary Morton Subotnick. Taking place at Babylon Kino Berlin, Morton Subotnick, accompanied by his frequent collaborator, video artist Lillevan, presents FROM SILVER APPLES OF THE MOON TO A SKY OF CLOUDLESS SULFUR REVISITED: VI, marking Subotnick’s first live appearance in Germany since 2011.
The film will be introduced by I DREAM OF WIRES’ director Robert Fantinatto, who will also join Morton Subotnick for a post-screening Q&A. This event is more than just a celebration of the modular synthesizers; it’s an opportunity to learn and experience historical roots of electronic music.

Getting started now!

NVpw5fZ6PvMa0kI6LJaV5jKfL6xeY_hjR8i702b942MOn Friday this week (June, 19th) we will have
a workshop
for people interested in modular
synthesis – and especially beginners that are
on the verge of taking the plunge into
the “modular world”.

With the aid of the Doepfer eurorack starter system our product specialist Thomas K. will demonstrate basic patching ideas and going from there we will try to patch up the whole showroom into one jam session snazzystand.
The goal is not to present music theory but for you to experience the fun of successfully programming a modular synthesizer and to connect to other people.  The workshop will start at 6pm. Please send an email to tc@schneidersladen.de as the workshop is limited to 10 people, thank you.

19. June 2015, 6pm @ SchneidersLaden,
Am Kotti überm Kaisers, Berlin.

Analogue Systems?

Bob-WilliamsAccording to Mr. Bob Williams originally idea, his brand and product line – the integrator modular system a.k.a. analogue systems – will be sold in ready to go casings and wooden cabints again. They will come – just completely mounted up the way you want them – with a full five years warranty from now on.

After having had too much trouble from circuitries damaged with wrong or misused connector cabels, with (others) power supplies that did not serve enough ampere for some of the high class functionalities, or selfmade casings, where the modules has been returned once they did not fit, taking this excellent products out of the mixed systems is indeed a bad decision for the idea of the common eurorack, but a good one for the position of analogue systems.

aorsThe integrator system can be configurated on a comfortable modular planner and should be coming from the production to your retail store within a month now. For any kind of questions please get back to your modular stores over europe.

NEW Modules by Doepfer ..

Tomorrow Friday, 5th after 6pm Thomas K. will make another modular workshop at SchneidersLaden showing and introducing several smaller systems including the most prototypes of the brandnew Doepfer  A-100 modules to be released on the upcoming NAMM show in January. If you want to be informed about these updates, if you think about starting another small project with a modular system, register for a place in tomorrows workshop with a simple email to Thomas K., its free and we will have a beer, coffee or a water included.

The workshop will probably be done in time to still be able to see the gig as follows..

Another workshop @ SL, now !

workshoppic1Especially for  new customers we will have a workshop again just on and about a eurorack starter system for lower 1500 EUROn July, 18th (2014)- next Friday – our product specialist Thomas K. will share his knowledge about such with you (once you confirmed your participation). The workshop is limited to seven people and will start once the showroom closed at 6pm. To make your first own patch and have a good time, please calculate with roundabout two to three hours time and send your confimation to tc@schneidersladen directly now.

Analogue Systems..

.. Analogue Systems by Bob Williams is a eurorack modular that has started as one of the first in this size with the idea of making it a high quality system in a smaller size. Nowadays other europeans such as Doepfer and in between also many young americans like tiptop audio, make noise etc. are well known and quite popular for the eurorack A-100 compatible system but still this mother of systems – the “RS integrator” – is made in Cornwall and still available worldwide in a very good quality.  In the upcoming november issue of the Sound on Sound a report about Bob Williams as “the most successful british synthesizer manufacturer of all time” will be released.

special prices..

To get rid of some elderly demo units and/or to remember you to some good products could not attract your interest for a while (perhaps we have too much?) sometimes we put things on our special prices list in Schneidersladen. A week ago we had Eobodys Persephone there for a much better price and there was many demand. Now we could get the very very last one from our showroom in the UK here and nobody takes it .. so please give us your price and buy the persephone now and also take the brilliant Vermona Action  Filter and some rare Analogue Systems modules and have a good christmas!

Analogue Systems

dsc_0034To get our hands on Analogue Systems stuff is still hard as a reseller because of their very special distributional solutions. It makes the system a bit more unattractive in addition to its technical complications such as the other bus system and their mounting wholes half a TE apart from all others – unfortunately. Still their modules are of outstanding quality and mostly very inspiring!

Rogers Bigcities music..

sbmeetswmdRoger Cordell alias Big city music had a smaller stand upstairs that was totally crowded with stuff from our friends from jomox, sherman, Eric Barbour, Eowave, the surfin step sequencer, the tetra sequencer, racks with analogue systems only, several mellotrones, a lot of stomp boxes and interesting small stuff. With all those manufacturers standing in front of their units it was totally crowded mostly but a bit lost in between all those software sellers next to them.
Here we met the symphatic young guys of WMD alias William Matthewson, Eric Barbour, many friends from europe and the inventor of the 4ms modules and pedals called Dann Green. Definitely we will go with them soon after such a symphatic chat we had there.

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