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NAMM 2021 – Believe in Music Week with Alex4

Visit the virtual Alex4 NAMM booth!

NAMM Believe in Music week is starting on Monday and registration is open now. Get signed up for one of the biggest virtual fairs for musical instruments yet, and then stop by the Alex4 NAMM booth to see news and session videos by Doepfer, Buchla, Neuzeit Instruments, Animal Factory Amplification and many more.

As the NAMM show usually is a members-only event, you’ll have to be registered for the show. The good news is, this year anyone can register for free to be part of Believe in Music Week. The links below only work if you are registered and logged in.

Here is an overview about some interesting live sessions (all in CET):

Endorphin.es – Modular Techno Live: Julia Bondar

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Buchla Easel Command Overview & Music Easel Announcement

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM

EOWAVE: Domino, Fluctuations Magnétiques, Quadrantid Swarm

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Neuzeit Instruments – Orbit

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Doepfer: The Polyphonic System

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

AJH Synth: Wave Swarm, Next Phase, Entropic Doom, Lunar Module

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM

TouellSkouarn: Eurorack Modules And Pedals

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM

UDO: Super 6 – polyphonic synthesizer

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Animal Factory Amplification: Orobas & Tannhauser Gate

Thursday, January 21, 2021 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Humble Audio: Quad Operator & Algo

Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Supercritical Synthesizers – Neutron Flux

The new stereo multi-mode-multi-character filter from Finland showed up a couple of weeks ago – we took it for a test ride! Check out the video!

The filter features an analog core with digital control, this allows the core to be shaped almost endlessly, taking on the character of almost any classic filter and providing the ability to explore sounds that are not common and extend the sound palette of your system!

Obviously the Neutron Flux can be used to master the everyday tasks in a modular system, but it is especially useful to filter stereo sound sources such as drum machines or VA synths and add some serious drive! It is possible to change the filter slopes of each character (Fat, Crisp, Liquid, Sour and Mean) on the fly, allowing for very complex filter sweeps and sheer endless possibilities.

In this video we paired the Neutron Flux with the Demon Core Oscillator and Demon Expander to create a complete monophonic / paraphonic stereo synth voice!

Video: The new Doepfer A-174-4 3D Joystick

Since its announcement at NAMM 2020, Doepfer’s new module has already generated quite a lot of attention, and rightly so. An exciting module with 10 CV outputs and one gate output that can set an entire system in motion.

The Doepfer A-174-4 is an innovative 3D Joystick featuring three axis. It allows to control three control voltages at once (X, Y, Z). The joystick offers the classic X and Y axis, as well as a third axis (Z), the rotation of the joystick. The button on top activates a gate.

The module outputs normal and inverted CV, including offset adjustment for each inverted output. Additionally it features four quadrant outputs (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) with adjustable overlap. A quadrant voltage becomes positive when the joystick is positioned in the quadrant in question.

The 3D joystick allows physical control of any Eurorack module with CV inputs. In this video, we show various patch examples where we use all three CV outputs from the Doepfer A-174-4 to control parameters of Doepfer modules (oscillators, filter and phaser), Cwejman Res-4 or SM-1.

Tokyo Festival of Modular – live November 14th 12pm

The TFoM2020 takes place this year on November 14th as an online event, streaming from the TFoM YouTube channel. It will include exclusive interviews with Richard Devine and Anthony Baldino for example and Dieter Doepfer will show some of his latest modules with a video message from his workbench! Also there is a rare interview announced with Émilie Gillet from Mutable Instruments.

Lots of things to look forward to! Watch the live-stream on YouTube or directly here:

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.

Video: Noise Lab – Eurorack Modules from Stockholm

Noise Lab is a newly founded synthesizer company based in Stockholm, Sweden. They are starting with six modules forming an interesting synthesizer voice with lots of tricks up its sleeve. Besides the standard modules VCO, VCF, VCA Noise Lab also offers a spectral mixer a very versatile Wave Shaper and a super-fast envelope. At the end of this page you’ll find a video featuring all Noise Lab modules. First, here is a short overview about the new Noise Lab products. 

Prime Mover is an advanced and versatile Voltage Controlled Oscillator based on the renowned 3340 chip. Four primary sound outputs generate Saw, Triangle, Pulse and Sine while individual wave shapers, one for each waveform, expands the sonic possibilities even further.

The Wrinkler consists of a primary wave folder circuit and a secondary “creaser”, both controllable via knobs and CV. Generally, wave folders only work with low harmonic content such as Sine or Triangle waves but this one comes with circuitry which can fold and wrinkle ANY waveform you feed into it, including square waves!

The Beautifier is a flexible OTA based filter, featuring a lowpass/bandpass switch and a selectable slope of 24db and 12dB.

Augmentor features two independent amplifiers with linear response, can also be employed as a signal splitter and works great to create ring-modulator sounds as well with CV control over both audio and CV signals.

Contourist is a general purpose Envelope Generator with three outputs (one inverted) and three time ranges. From short and snappy (50 msec) to several minutes long contour curves.

The Fourcaster is a unique 4-channel analog crossfader a.k.a. interpolating scanner. Once you start working with it, you’ll soon discover how you can create very complex sounds simply by fading between sources.

In this video we’ll have a look at the whole product line by Noise Lab and have the chance to hear the modules in a musical context.

Eowave – Fluctuations Magnétiques

Looking at the Eowave Fluctuations Magnétiques you quite quickly realize that this module has a lot of functionality to offer that you wouldn’t usually expect in a filter module. By offering four identical multimode-filters and numerous ways to sync and route, you have a big sonic playground right at your fingertips.

The Eowave FM is composed of four filters arranged in pairs (A/B and C/D). The circuits feature high-pass, band-pass and low-pass modes with a slope of -12 dB per octave. Routing options allow serial or parallel operation. Level potentiometers at the input stages make it possible to generate asymmetrical distortion, which really expands the palette of possible sounds. By connecting several of the VCFs in series, users can create filter types with a slope of up to -48 dB per octave. For modulations, there are several CV inputs.


The basic character of the module is gentle and very musical. However, with high input level settings, it is also possible to achieve beefy, rather rough results. The circuits can’t self-oscillate, unless the user patches a feedback loop, but it is possible to ping the filters for some very nice percussive sounds, some f them can be heard in the video below. In this video we explore various scenarios, from classic filter duties to fourfold filter pings!

A look at the new Vermona MeloDICER

With the MeloDICER Vermona created a sequencer concept that inspires and invites you to interact with your modular. It is Vermona‘s vision of a sequencer with the perfect balance between stochastic and deterministic creation of rhythm and melody. Its algorithms generate random values, following the rules you set with the controls. This combination of determined and undetermined conditions results in an inspiring and intuitive experience.

The melody sequencer offers twelve faders for setting the note probability (from C to B), and two faders to set the range (lowest and highest note). The rhythm is controlled by the four knobs. The two DICE buttons allow to randomly change the melody and the rhythmic structure on each press.

In the first video we get an impression of the basic functions of the sequencer in DICE mode. It controls the Doepfer A-111-3 Micro Precision VCO paired with the A-106-5 SEM Filter.

The second video takes a closer look at MeloDICERs generative abilities, where it generates melodies continuously.

New workshop video: Shakmat!

Here we have Francois from Shakmat with an excellent performance and workshop about his modules. During the workshop he puts a special focus on how to integrate his modules in a live performance.

The SchneidersLaden for-sale selection just got an update.

It got hot in Berlin and we need some more fresh air in the warehouse – so there are some nice things in our for-sale-selection. Check it out, there are modules from AJH Synth, Erica Synths, Delptronics, Kilpatrick, Recovery Effects, Make Noise and some other manufacturers!

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In addition, there are three particularly good offers of polyphonic synthesizers that you can’t find in the online shop. We were able to buy a few exhibits of Dave Smith at SUPERBOOTH19 and want to pass them on to you at a very good price. All synthesizers are like new and have full warranty!


Click here for more information: Sooper-Sale

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 doesn’t interrupt the ringing of the filters! Radiate L & R lets the peaks of the single filters move away from each other. For animating Left and Right channel independently. With the associated pot being turned clockwise the filters move from unison to further and further apart. The two inputs labelled “!!¡¡” are left intentionally vague. What is said is that they are both different, both associated with several parameters and that you can connect ANY signal to them: LFOs, audio(rate)-signals, gates…Since QPAS is not a vactrol design and the filter response is exponential, it will never be sluggish and responds exceptionally well and deep to audio rate modulations.  Something you really should try when the Quad Peak Animated System arrives at our showroom (and store)!

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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 applications!

Video: KITMUN – live performance at SchneidersLaden

Kitmun is a Berlin based duo of modular music and video artists. They play electronic music ranging from ambient to techno and combine this with live visuals from a dedicated eurorack synthesizer. Both, visuals and music are all created live on the spot and are therefor unique to the specific event and performance.

Kitmun played this exceptional performance for our guests at SchneidersLaden and afterwards talked about their workflow, setup, gear and everything else that is important if you plan to do modular live music.

The evening came to an end on the terrace at SchneidersLaden after hours of conversation and some drinks with the very interested audience.

We want to thank everyone for coming and hope to see you soon again at one of our weekly workshops or during the opening hours of the SchneidersLaden showrooms.

Strange Science but great filter!

Strange Science Instruments has so far flown under the radar of most people – which is hard to believe, because they offer a quality of craftsmanship comparable to that of Cwejman. The modules by Strange Science are professional tools with a lot of character and lots of functionality.

Here is how you make the F-1 Stereo Lowpass Filter “scratch” over a simple drum beat!

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Here is an overview of the filter by it’s makers:

 

And here DivKid is explaining what can be done with the M-4 Advanced Stereo Mixer:

 

HerrSchneiders statement on current developments in the Eurorack market

HerrSchneider posted a statement on the current situation of the Eurorack market on his schneidersbuero website – as this statement is in german here is a translation:

Attention, commercial break:

You asked for it: Due to the increased demand for Eurorack modules in Europe, even the large retailers for musical instruments are now filling the last corners of their warehouses and buying complete production runs from manufacturers and everything else they can get. Some manufacturers might be happy about this, but the flooding of the market already leads to a significant drop in prices here and there, some modules are already available with a 30% discount on the original calculated price and yet were still quite hot the other day!

As SchneidersLaden we have decided to go along with this development and of course offer corresponding products for the same price to our customers, although most of them have already bought them when the goods were still fresh and crisp! We’re almost a little sorry about that, but hopefully the hits are already produced and the music career is up and running? Nevertheless, sorry – but the decision for this way lies with the manufacturer and was not our recommendation!

By the way… we don’t advertise with moneyback-warranty… we’ve always practiced it. But please: get advice first, then buy – like in the good old days. Because it’s better to talk to your specialist retailer – we know what we are selling. And by the way: We do free shipping throughout Europe and there are Thursdays on that we are in the shop until nine o’clock in the evening …and real CHAOS serves creativity.

That had to be said – end of commercial break.

Why is this statement necessary? Basically SchneidersLaden and other specialist shops and distribution companies contributed largely in the positive, innovative development of the Eurorack market in the recent years. What you might not know is that SchneidersLaden is supporting small manufacturers with knowledge about legal requirements for the licensing of electronic products, business development and the knowledge about what customers are searching for. As a link between customers and manufacturers Schneidersladen has helped to promote innovation, brought together artists and the right tools for their art and has been working on creating a supportive culture among the users of electronic musical instruments and especially Eurorack modular synthesizers in Europe. With prices falling by 30% there will be less manufacturers, less innovation and less room for supportive activities throughout the whole scene. And yes: What you learn from the capitalist paradigm – competition is good and the market regulates the price. While this is somehow true if you are looking for cheap mass-produced products of (often) questionable quality. In Eurorack it means we are losing diversity and the non-competitive culture that has been so significant for almost anyone participating in this market. SchneidersLaden will continue its way, while having to compete on pricing with the big players. And yes, you can benefit from this development and save a few Euros – but take a second and think about what the future of Eurorack should look like. You are a part of this and your personal decisions matter.

Thank you for taking the time to read this – now go make some music, connect with other artists and keep supporting this unique scene.

 

Distortion with Animal Factory Amplification – Workshop Video @SchneidersLaden

Animal Factory Amplification is an innovative Indian guitar pedal manufacturer that is even adapting its circuits for eurorack modular! Not many manufacturers in the music tech industry come from India and if you listen to the fascinating story of AFA (Animal Factory Amplification) you get an idea why. Aditya – founder, developer and engineer of AFA gave an insight into his story, from being a teenager in India building distortion pedals from the rare electronic parts he could get his hands on – to these present days where he shares a stage at SUPERBOOTH18 together with Alexander Hacke from Einstürzende Neubauten to present his products -watch the video from Superbooth here!

This workshop at SchneidersLaden gives a very detailed overview about different distortion techniques and the differences these make sound-wise. Learn not only about the impressive circuits Aditya developed, but also about the ideas and history behind these and get some tips and tricks for the use of these machines and how to get the best results.

The best of the whole story is that Aditya bringing his circuits to the eurorack format. The Baron Samedi and Pit Viper are already available! With CV control these modules bring another creative dimension to the table.

What about … Multi Effect Modules for Eurorack

Effect units are as common in recording studios and on stages as instruments are. Usually there are specialist units that excel at one specific task and multi effects units that are capable of providing several effects. These units often combine reverb, delay and technically related effects like chorus and flanger. In eurorack it is also possible to find these versatile digital effects units that open up new dimensions of sound – because you can control them with CV, other than their predecessor. But why are there (mostly) the same few effects in most units? Why is it harder to find an effects unit with compressor, saturation, reverb, delay and ring-modulation? Well, there certainly are effect units, mostly outside of eurorack format, that feature all these effects in one housing. But if you are looking, for example at distortion and compressor effects, there might be a simple reason for making them analog – it is easier to make and sounds better. This is not supposed to be a discussion about analog or digital, only a description of what seems to be a common thing – reverbs and delays can be designed more diverse and versatile on a digital basis. And analog designs excel at effects like distortion and compression. This definitely is a simplification and generalization – that said, there are of cause brilliant analog delays and reverbs – maybe even the most iconic delays are analog, and there are perfect digital compressors.

So why does it make sense to combine reverb, chorus, flanger and delay effects in one unit? Maybe it is because they are all time based effects. This means that they somehow take small bits of audio and play them back delayed in a certain way that is determined by a specialized algorithm. Because the basic idea behind these effects is basically the same they can be combined more easily and share the same user interface.

Actually, all this is only guessed and not important, the sound is important. And the little small extra bits of thought that went into the development of a module, which sets one model apart from the others. And these are the things we are looking at now. Therefor we will discuss four different stereo multi effect units in eurorack format.

 

Radikal Technologies – RT-1701 EFFEXX

We are starting with a real monster. The RT-1701 is big – due to the different effect sections and one special feature. For the different sections can be set to different combinations, which changes the signal flow. In general you get an input section with a dedicated overdrive circuit, then two effect processors with reverb, several delays, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Rotor, String Filter and a Pitch Shifter. And as if this was not enough, you can utilize the String Filter as a Karpulus Strong oscillator that tracks 1v/oct; all you need to add is noise, an envelope and a VCA.

The overall effects quality is superb. The algorithms can compete with high class rack units, are widely adjustable and with the flexible routing you get a variety of possibilities for sound design. A specialty of this module is the so called snap-shot function. The big knob in the middle of the module and the eight LEDs around it represent the effect algorithms and eight memory slots for snap-shots. First it seems like these are only memory slots for your favorite settings, but the magic happens when you start blending from one snap-shot to another. Take a saturated delay and slowly transform it to a mild phaser – and by transform I don’t mean one effect fades out while the other fades in. It is more a morphing from one to the other – and that with up to eight different effect settings in a row – controllable with CV. Put some of the excellent reverb on top and you are most likely creating something lively and gorgeous.

Flame – FX16-CV

The Flame FX16CV is a more simple effects module with a significant smaller footprint and price. It features 16 effects with CV-able effect selection. This alone makes the Flame module interesting and versatile, but you also get three CV-able parameters with each effect. Lots of fun for a good price. And different Flame FX modules are on the market for some time now and have constantly been updated with new functions – the FX16-CV is the most advanced so far. At first glance it seems like you can only use one effect at a time, a closer look reveals this is not really true as most of the effect programs use at least two different effects in a combination with each other. Most feature an additionally reverb or filter effect that adds to the chorus, flanger, tremolo or the other effect types. These combinations make the FX16-CV so powerful. Most times you are using it, it will sound like more than one effects unit and you will soon begin to appreciate the predetermined effect combinations.

Erica Synths – Black Hole DSP

The Black Hole by Erica Synths follows a similar approach, it is a digital stereo effect processor with 16 custom effects. These are split up into two banks. The different effect programs are called patches, because there is mostly more going on than in a simple delay or reverb. Most of the patch programs come in preconfigured effect combinations, like a delay into a flanger or a high-pass filter with saturator into a reverb. Or they are more complex algorithms, like a granular delay for example. These combinations lead to very expressive results and always provide you with interesting results, especially when modulated! Because it is important to note that every knob on the front panel has a dedicated CV input. And if you like the Black Hole DSP but can’t find room in your rack, there is also the Pico DSP – a 3 hp effect module inspired be the Black Hole DSP.

1010 Music – FXBox

The FXBox is a beats of it’s own. The huge touch screen is a good indicator for where the strong point of this module lays. It is instant fun to play with the different effects just by touching it. It is easy, fast and intuitive. You can activate different effects at different times during a sequence, just like you program a step sequencer. Or activate one or more effects continuously or momentarily while you press the respective area on the touch screen. This might be the most “hands-on” module of the ones we are talking about here. The effects are combinable at will. Each algorithm features up to four parameters, which can be adjusted via the module’s rotary encoders or the touch display. It is even possible to edit several values at once. And once you get bored of the effects (don’t expect that to happen!) you can change the firmware of the FXBox and transform it to a sampler – the Bitbox!

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.

 

Amsterdam Dance Event ADE – 2017

Amsterdam Damce Event is a big event – really big… This year, in the 22nd edition there were with 395,000 visitors a new record. ADE is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres. Not everything happens in one place, of course. More or less the whole (inner) city of Amsterdam was turned into the festival ground, eye-catching banners with the ADE logo in black and yellow point the way to events and locations. These events can be anything, from parties at night to talks, exhibitions, perfomances and workshops during the day.

During daytime the events are more focused on equipment, for example The Sound Lab. Last year, the Sound Lab took place at the Compagnietheater and had its own Modularsynth section, the Modular Maze. For this year’s Sound Lab, the Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond was the venue. In addition to Pioneer’s omnipresence, the brands Ableton, Elektron and Roland were shown and heard at the Gear Test Lab G10, while Novation, Amptec, Splice, SAE, Serato and KV331 were included in the Gear Test Lab G5.

Modular Maze? Unfortunately not this year. Almost… BUT Sound Lab 2016 was too good to not being back, so Alex4 was there to represent ACL, Vermona, Doepfer, Verbos and E-RM: Not in the 2 aforementioned rooms which had lots of colorful and plastic devices on display, but in the corridor in between, next to the entrance to the main stage and the stairs to the workshops.

Systems on site:

  • ACL Demo Case 2x84TE, complete System
  • Doepfer A-100PB+P9 incl. news like A-111-4 Quad VCO
  • E-RM Multiclock
  • Verbos Electronics incl. Bark Filter configuration in Vermona Case
  • Vermona im Vermona Case incl. RandomRhythm and Quad-Env prototypes

Quite often large crowds of people formed and surrounded the 4 modular systems. Mostly young people who wanted to know how to produce electronic music. Almost no one had previous experience with modular synthesizers, but there were no reservations, but lots of curiosity. And so the reactions were very open and positive because people realized that they were just offered new perspectives on music making.

The situation in the building was characterized by a professional, friendly and very competent organization. All in all a nice event. Hopefully there will be a Sound Lab next year!

 

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What about… low-pass gates?

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The low-pass-gate is a traditional Buchla design that has some mysterious qualities to it. For decades it has mostly been seen in Buchla synthesizers and luckily is now available in various forms, formats and styles. But what is a low-pass-gate? It is an electrical circuit that combines elements of amplifiers and low-pass filters. Therefor it will be used to determine the amplitude of a sound and its sonic complexity.

Due to its technical structure it is possible to just send trigger to the CV inputs of low-pass gates and still get envelope-shaped results. This is because low-pass gates usually use vactrols –  photoresistive opto-isolators, or or opto-couplers. What is that? Basically vactrols are light-emitting diodes (LED) or another light-emitting component and a semiconductor-based photoresistor. With these two components you have a source of light and a detector of light, both sitting in a closed housing, electrically isolated from each other. When you send a voltage into a vactrol – the light-emitting part – will emit light and the detector will receive this light = this opens the gate. And because this special construction is some kind of slow, it has a special natural sound to it. And as the light received by the detector is opening the VCA and controlling the filter cutoff at the same time sounds   at low amplitude will sound duller. And this is where the magic happens, this behavior in combination with the “natural” respond of vactrols make low-pass gates sound so nice.

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Make Noise – Optomix (Rev.2)

All time classic: The Optomix is might be THE module people think of first when talking about low-pass gates in eurorack. It has been around for years and has built a large fan base. The Optomix by Make Noise actually features two low-pass-gates utilizing 4 vactrols to provide simultaneous voltage control over amplitude and frequency content of a signal. In Rev. 2 the damp circuit was updated to accept audio as well as CV for patching side-chain compression. Additionally Optomix offers a summing stage complete with an AUXiliary IN allowing for the chaining of multiple units to create larger mixes.

Rabid Elephant – Natural Gate

The Natural Gate might be the most advanced low-pass gate when it comes to engineering complexity. Due to this it has some unique features exceptional sound design capabilities. For example, it is possible to choose between three “material characteristics”, each of them responding differently to excitation signals. As the trigger frequency increases, the low-pass gates open up more and more. Additionally the decay varies depending on the pitch of incoming audio material. Thanks to this behavior Natural Gate has a very pleasant sound and a very natural sound. Its two channels also featuring ducking compressor, wave shaper or envelope functionality.

Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol Lowpass Gate

The Doepfer A-101-2 Vactrol Lowpass Gate is a single low-pass gate with the ability to also be used as VCA or low-pass filter – and it features resonance control that not many low-pass gates provide. It has a rather aggressive sound, especially with lots of resonance. What also sets the Doepfer apart from others is that you can set the mode of operation not only manually but also via gates, which is the reason for two gate inputs; this is very interesting in combination with clock dividers or trigger sequencers.

  • Gate 1 high & gate 2 low = low pass mode
  • Gate 1 low & gate 2 high = VCA mode
  • both Gate 1 & 2 high = combo mode

Metasonix RK5 Dual Low Pass Gate

The Metasonix RK5 Dual Low Pass Gate is a very special module. It takes the concept of a low-pass gate, invented in the 1970s and uses technical solutions from the 1950s – vacuum tube audio circuits. The module offers a very special warm and gently distorted sound with a rather long decay. It is the perfect module for those who want to explore “new” low-pass gate timbres and want to create unique, somewhat dirty Buchla Bongos and other percussive sounds.

Verbos Electronics – Amplitude & Tone Controller

The Verbos Amplitude & Tone Conroller consist of a entirely discrete VCA combined with a vactrol controlled low-pass filter. The input stage lets you dial in a very pleasant distortion if you want it to. The sound is gorgeous somewhere between wood and acid. As all Verbos modules this is a very high quality module with a classy vintage sound. And you don’t only get the sound but also the look – how beautiful it is!

Make Noise – DynaMix

The DynaMix is the second Make Noise module in this overview, as Make Noise is constantly developing new modules featuring vactrols and keep exploring what low-pass gates can be. It is also as a two-channel low-pass gate with integrated mixer. Instead of vactrols, transistor circuits are used to control the integrated filters and VCAs. This results in a harsher and faster responds than with an integrated vactrol. Its sound is comparatively hard, but nonetheless very musical and the circuit is capable to gently distort the sound when you want it.

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.

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Modulars and physical modelling

How to bring physical modelling into your synthesizer

First of all, what is physical modelling?

“Physical modelling synthesis refers to sound synthesis methods in which the waveform of the sound to be generated is computed using a mathematical model, a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound, usually a musical instrument.” Wikipedia

To mimic acoustic musical instruments within a modular synthesizer is a special challenge. Nonetheless, there are some modules that accept this challenge and bring physical modelling to eurorack. As the computing power is increasing steadily it is no surprise that manufacturers started developing more complex digital voice modules. These modules can do things that only plugins could do a few years back, but now with CV controllable parameters.

What choices do you have in eurorack?

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Plonk

One of the most recent developments is the Intellijel Plonk. This module takes all the advantages of modern computing on small space and adds a nice OLED screen for operating the numerous possibilities the module gives you. Plonk is the result of a collaboration between Intellijel and Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS). It features two virtual exciters, which can be used individually or in combination. The first one is a mallet simulation with variable stiffness. The other exciter is a white noise source with variable clock rate. Its signals can be shaped via a low-pass, a high-pass filter plus an AD respectively AHD envelope. The resonator can be a string, one of two blocks, a circular respectively rectangular membrane or a plate. Its properties are definable via decay, tone and inharmonicity parameters, a high pass filter plus a pitch envelope. As a result, it is possible to simulate materials like wood, metal or plastic. Furthermore, users can determine where the exciter signal is applied to the resonator.

 

Elements & Rings

Two modules, that set the bar for physical modelling in eurorack – at the time they were released, are Elements and Rings by Mutable Instruments. Elements features two separate sections, on the left side you can find the exciter and on the right side the resonator. Elements is based on modal synthesis, an under-appreciated form of physical modeling. It combines an exciter synthesis section for raw and noise sounds with the characteristics of a bowed, blown or struck instrument with a modal filter bank consisting of 64 tuned band pass filters. This filter bank simulates the behavior of resonant structures. Brightness and damping can be adjusted and a stereo reverb adds room to the sound. One interesting thing about Elements is that you can use the resonator part independently, so you basically can use any signal as an exciter.

Rings is somehow based on the resonator part of Elements, with some adjustments, updated features and a four voice fake-polyphony. Two outputs are available, each playing different harmonic structures or different notes in polyphonic mode. As expected from a resonator it is possible to process audio signals but Rings can also be played exclusively via CVs as it can excite and play sounds by itself. Sound wise there is more than just nylon string imitation but singing tones, cold strings and also very experimental and extreme sounds.

 

At this point we have already captured the most versatile physical modelling modules available for eurorack. But there are some more that focus on a special variety of physical modelling: Karplus Strong Synthesis.

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The Proton is Audio Damages take on this interesting synthesis method. The digital module offers a tuned delay line with very short time settings – a basic requirement for Karplus Strong. A noise burst impulse excites the delay core and can be shaped for different sonic results, especially when combined with open damping it produces interesting noisy, metallic sounds. Karplus-Strong loses amplitude in the low frequency range for which reason Proton features SUB, a sine wave tuned to the fundamental which can be mixed with the physical modeling sound. The audio input makes it possible to use the module as a digital delay or to mix the generated sound with external.

 

Delay1022 MK2

Another Karplus Strong module is the CG Products Delay1022 Mk2 – the only full analogue module in this list. The 1022 is a very clear and short delay module, it can delay in audio rate and at high feedback setting it provides very interesting sound sculpting possibilities. The module is perfectly suited for Karplus-Strong synthesis. The 1022 can process external audio or be fed with just a trigger, then it will create percussive plucked sounds, strings and drums at high feedback settings. The delay time controls the frequency, feedback amount controls decay time. A highly recommended module with a unique deep sound.

 

Mysteron

And there is the Make Noise Mysteron. A digital waveguide synthesis module. …yes me too, I don’t know what this is. And the people at Make Noise are so kind, to not leave us alone with this feeling: “The Mysteron is a voltage controlled Dual Digital Waveguide algorithm that is a bit of a mystery even to those of us involved in its design.” (makenoisemusic.com)

But it sounds great, so why bother. The Mysteron is a unique module and pushes the sonic boundaries of modular synthesizers even further.

 

So as you can see there are quite some diverse options available and the choice is up to you. If you can’t decide on your own, come to the showroom and ask the SchneidersLaden team.

This is by no means a complete overview of available modules nor a full review of the discussed modules. The what about… text 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.

 

SchneidersLaden Showroom: For Sale Rack // 20% or 50%

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The attentive visitor to our showroom will not have missed it: There is a rack with reduced modules, with 20% and  50 % discount! Single items, demo devices, returns etc.

For you this is a nice way to save a few Euros! BUT: The modules are only available in the SchneidersLaden Showroom! No exceptions. So, come by and pick out a module, test it extensively and take it home with you.

 

It’s that simple.

 

>>> Here is a non-binding overview of what is currently on sale: >>>Sale Rack May<<<

 

 

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MIXERS: Arrel, Doepfer, Endorphin.es, Frap Tools …

In eurorack it is often overlooked that you can go way beyond simply mixing audio signals, but with the right mixer you can do so much more. Nowadays there is a huge variety of mixing solutions available. The range of mixer products for eurorack goes from simple some-input-one-output solutions, to mixers with stereo channels and Aux-send/return, to mixers with built in effects, CV-control of amplitude pannnig … and so on. It is therefore important to think about what you really want from a mixer. Even if you only need to mix two or three different waveforms there are plenty decisions to make:

Do you just need different and variable levels? Then the classic Doepfer A-138b seems suitable. If you know you simply want to mix three waveforms and save some of your valuable rack-space, you might choose the Doepfer Micro Mixer. But what if you want more? Mixing three waveforms in a small space with the extra bit of saturation when you push it? Then the Manhattan Analog DTM might be the right choice.

Need more advice?

There are even more things to consider. Do you have stereo signals to process? Do you need a separate headphone out? Do you want your mixer to be another tool for sound design? Is the mixer the last device before the audio signal hits your audio interface or tape machine? So below you will find a short list of some interesting mixer modules that could not be more different.

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And we are starting big! Not only in regard to hp, but also in regard to sound. The first module on this short list is the Arrel ER-100:

Arrel Audio ER-100: High-end stereo mixer – really this is high-end! If one of your main concerns when looking at a mixer is sound quality, look no further – eight channels, panning, two aux inputs, two insert, sends and returns, two main and two monitor outputs and a stereo headphone connector. Due to outstanding sound and built quality the module plays in the same league as professional summing units, well … it is a professional summing unit. And you can connect the ER-100 directly to your studio equipment, there’s no need for an output module. It won’t get any better, this thing completely convinced us!

Doepfer A-138 Series: The Doepfer mixer family offers solutions for pretty much any situation, they are simple, reliable and affordable. From a simple 2×3 Micro Mixer, to an expandable Performance Mixer system, to the Matrix Mixer and many more – Doepfer has all grounds covered.

Endorphin.es Cockpit: More than just a mixer – The Cockpit can not only be used to sum up mono and stereo signals with modular or line level, but also as an effects insert for smartphones and tablets. Additionally, the module offers a ducking compressor plus sidechain input. The Cockpit packs a lot into its 6 hp, but you must keep in mind that you need to use special cables to take advantage of all its possibilities.

Hexinverter – Hot Glue: The modular hot-melt glue gun is a four-channel bus mixer with a number of different outputs, FX-Send as well as a soft-knee compressor in studio quality and a voltage controlled analog distortion. Both distortion and compressor are normalized to the mixer but can be used individually. For what it costs the Hot Glue is a very interesting versatile solution for pretty much any system.

TouellSkouarn – Sonveskan: This is a three-channel mixer, which was built using discrete components like germanium transistors. All in all – lots of gain, voltage controlled feedback, a mute switch and a direct output. By combining several channel strips, it is possible to create very(!) wild effects. The mixer’s main channel features an equalizer with two bands and another gain stage delivering more distortion. – A great module for people who like it rough!

Verbos Electronics – Scan + Pan: Four channels with voltage control of level and panorama position may be usual features, but an extraordinary one is the voltage controlled scanning between the channels. Verbos always surprises with solutions you won’t find in many other modules and keep convincing us with the creative opportunities you get from their modules.

Not found a suitable solution yet?

Then go through all mixers here, or configure your own mixer with Frap Tools CGM:

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Frap Tools – CGM: The Frap Tools CGM System lets you combine input channels with summing modules for groups and output modules. The modules offer direct-outs, several aux sends and solo, mute and PFL buttons. Pretty much everything you know from your stand-alone mixer, but due to the flexibility of its modular-modular design you can built the perfectly suitable mixer for your rack – in your rack. And the CGM offers very good build and audio quality across the entire mixer range.

 

This is by no means a complete overview of available modules nor a full review of the discussed modules. The what about… text 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.

SNAZZY FX at SCHNEIDERSBUERO and SUPERBOOTH

Here and now, as promised the video with Dan “Danny” Snazelle aka SNAZZY FX. Dan Snazzelle was on tour throughout Europe introducing five new modules in Barcelona, Berlin, Netherlands and Czech Republic stopping over at SchneidersBuero to talk about the presentations on Superbooth. In this talk the themes are: the new modules, Dan’s possible move (You are very welcome to move to Berlin Dan!) and the beauty of classic synthesizer schematics.

Also included is the beautiful looking and sounding – and often overlooked Analogue Systems modular system. There is a little teaser featured in this video by Clifton Cameron at SUPERBOOTH17 introducing the Analogue Systems Cabinet.

Freqs of Nature now

Freqs_festival_impressionsOn 2016th Freqs of Nature SchneidersLaden was already present with half of the staff, so it is kind of clear that this time we will be there with some more cases using even more than just some Bastl units. Feel free to find Patrick offstage somewhere doing workshops explaining ways of modulars, see ZV_K or Kabelstecker and plenty others onstage as one of the uncounted good examples of modular music now.

Freqs of Nature, Festival: July, 5th – 11th in 14913 Niedergörsdorf gutes Wetter!

You can find our short story on Freqs of nature here.

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NAMM AFtershow..

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAttAAAAJGFmYjIxNGM5LWYwZjktNGM3Ni04ZTQ2LWVjYjRiMzJjMjJlYQThe view from amerika onto some european modular makers is quite interesting stating out here that we care for features and sound quality in not just high end but higher end modules, so .. thank you for the flowers and ..  what’s going on with the products of our american collueges then? Read the whole article here and join www.superbooth.com for deeper knowledge not just on this.

NAMM 17 – AJH Synths

AJH 2AJH 1AJH 3Allan J. Hall added some new modules to his well received MiniMod product line. The Dual LFO + VCA is composed of two low frequency oscillators with two outputs each. In detail, one of those connectors emits a triangle waveform, which can be morphed into saw or ramp waves. The other jack sends out pulse signals with variable width. Both LFOs are equipped with rate potentiometers. Additionally, the first one has a slow switch to adjust the control range. Furthermore, it can be synchronized to external modules using a clock signal. The second LFO is normalized to the CV controllable VCA, meaning it is possible to influence the modulation strength with components like the modulation wheel of a keyboard. Of course, the amplifier can be used standalone as well.

AJHs second new module is the DH-ADSR Envelope, a modulator featuring a design similar to the EMS Trapezoid Generator. It offers delay, attack, decay, sustain value plus hold time and release parameters. Therefore, by combining it with a normal ADSR envelope, users are able to create complex modulation curves. A retrigger switch makes the circuit oscillate. The range of the time values can be altered. There are normal and inverted outputs.

The third module in the bunch of fresh products is called CV Mix – Offset – VCA. As the name states already, this circuit is specialized in mixing up to four control voltages. Its level potentiometers are bipolar. If no cable is plugged in, the first three inputs are normalized to fixed voltages. Their values vary from channel to channel. The fourth input comes equipped with an offset generator. Furthermore, there is a CV controllable VCA built-in.

NAMM2017 started today

IMG_4738.. and there are plenty of modular manufacturers getting together again. Elektron released an update on their drummachine in a new casing, Pittsburgh shows his passion for slotmachines and Harvestman is offering a huge synth together with Malekko? This is just the little impression that I got from yesterdays look down thru the links on twitter. The biggest news today will be the funny new president (sorry, not funny) but still there will be other news n stuff to be shown over here in pictures and links… btw we learned to make pictures available in big again, so please feel free to just clic on the small ones..
lets make truth big again?
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IMG_0468Running around on NAMM there are Carlo Krug, Sebastian Baumann and Henning Schonvogel for SchneidersLaden with the job to buy. For the Alex4 distribution company there are Rene Margraff and Jan Mueller with the job to sell, there are plenty of manufacturers themselves around them with the passion to play and finally there is Patrick Detampel with the passion to explain.
So if you have questions regarding the upcoming SUPERBOOTH17 end of april probably Patrick could help you best.

Please have a good time all together, be a peaceful and constructive community to get together again very soon here in berlin, europe for a warm welcome of our spring. I am very much looking forward to welcome YOU on board making the wonderful ride on the river again. And there is plenty of other reasons to participate again.
With warmest regards, HerrSchneider, Berlin

DOEPFER FAEHRT AB

Anzeige_Vintage_LokomotiveNot just their best VCOs ever but also a complete Mixer system with smart black frontplates and nicer knobs are now available by our most classic european eurorack brand DOEPFER. All their lastest news and products can be seen and tested on the NAMM show in Anaheim (CA) now, visit booth #4911 (Alex4).

ALEX4 has Moved

ALEX4You mostly dont have to take care about this, but the doepfer and others-general distributor ALEX4 moved to a new adress in the north of berlin where they have a bigger stock room and a nicer office to let our musical instrument shops over europe get the stuff they need from. But even there .. you can not find them next week because they will all be on NAMM showing the modular world to those freaks in the Los Angeles area who are not moving to washington to celebrate their new president at the same time. So if you are one of those living in the US and meet us in Anaheim near Disneyland to check for the latest news of AJH Synth, Audio Damage, Birdkids, Doepfer, E-RM, Endorphines, Frap Tools, Haken, Kenton, Sherman, Verbos, Vermona and others .. see you.

ERICA SYNTHS: PATCHES, TUBES & DRINKS Workshop NOV 17th 6pm

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Come to Schneidersladen on Thursday November, 17th for a workshop with Girts Ozolins and Voldemars Johansons from Erica Synths. In this workshop we will cover a lot of topics ranging from designing tube modules, drone music, bbd delays, shift registers to generative patching. As this is really a lot, we will divide the workshop in three sections:

Part One: On the peculiarities of tube design. With an in depth presentation of the new tube FUSION SERIES by Girts. Part Two: also very helpful for creativity: Refreshments. Girts will hand out the praised Riga Black Balsam Liqueur. Part Three: Turning randomness into music.

A different view on patching a modular synth aka Analog Computers. Self generating patches by Voldemars Johansons on soon to be released PICO SERIES modules. More info about erica http://ericasynths.lv/ and Voldemar: http://johansons.info/.

The workshop will take place in our showroom at kottbusser tor above kaisers Nov, 17th 6pm for free, but .. please write an email to Thomas for registration – its limited to 15 participants-  (tc@schneidersladen.de)
Looking forward seeing you here !! the schneidersladen showroom team

Friday afternoon..

After his gig in Berlin Jean-Michel Jarre visited our showoroom in SchneidersLaden and met Boris Blank from the Band Yello here. Boris was looking for some modulars picking up a black Doepfer System and the TomOberheim Twovoice Synth for his shows in Berlins Kraftwerk.

Workshop /Oct 27th. 6pm: Eurorack – what’s coming!?!

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Dear Modularists,

wow – 2016 is almost over and many(many!) new manufacturers appeared on the scene; a vivid live scene gets us excited, a larger market is developing… an excellent time to talk about the present and the future of eurorack .. about you and us?
.. as an open discussion on ongoing and coming developments, good and bad ones, the ones we wish for and those we already wish they never happened?

Just drop us a line per mail so we know how many of you are coming.  Write to Thomas : tc@schneidersladen.de and join: Thursday Oct 27th / 6pm in Schneidersladen showroom. really looking forward seeing you!

the schneidersladen showroom team

HAETTE, HEATTE, FAHRRADKETTE

If you dont own a modular so far and IF you would like to know about it and IF you understand the german language, here is the latest issue of an intensive introduction on how do I get this started.. with Patrick Detampel as a guest of Non-Eric alias Muso-Talk ..

TODAY: VERBOS WORKSHOP AT SL

verbosWe don t need many words to introduce our guest:  Mark Verbos – creator of the Harmonic Oscillator, the Voltage Multistage and so many other good modules will be our guest for this special workshop at a special date (Sept. 1st). We will talk about his design philosophy, the approach of making (LIVE)Music with the modular he takes and maybe … gossip (?).Workshop is limited to 15 people; please write a short mail to Thomas tc@schneidersladen.de for registration.
Free entry – as always. Beer and Gummibears provided. We  will start at 6PM at our newly arranged showroom (Kotti above Kaisers). See you!

the schneidersladen showroom team.

workshops on a regular base at SL

Workshops_schneidersLadenSynthesizer-Workshops am Eurorack-Modularsystem machen wir jetzt regelmäßig monatlich für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene in SchneidersLaden. die genauen Termine und Themen erfahrt Ihr hier oder auf Anfrageper email von Thomas.

Synthesizer workshops for newbees and runaways will be held on eurorack modular systems monthly from now now. The exact dates and further infos can be found here or on demand per email from Thomas.

Doepfer A-100 goes Vintage

The most popular Doepfer A-100 modules are being released in a Vintage Edition, having a black anodized faceplate with black legending and old-school knobs that have been custom-made for Doepfer.

Constantly new ones are added to the line but so far following modules are in stock at Schneiders Laden:

EDIT: new ones came in on April 19th:

Synthesis Technology on the way

Good news from Synthesis Technology: Not less than 30kg of modules are en route to SchneidersLaden since yesterday:

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Finally we will receive the first shipment of the E950 Circuit Bent VCO, few modules are still available so hurry up if you want one.

What else:

Finally back in stock at Schneiders

Yo, time for an update regarding products which have been out of stock for a while or are so popular that they sold out quickly. Most products have been completely reserved for a longer time but just to let you know^^

Cwejman:
Good news: The MX-4S, BLD, FSH-1 and DMF-2 just were delivered today.
Bad News: Unfortunately Cwejman had to rise prices due to the higher US-Dollar exchange rate making electronic components pricey.

The Harvestman sent a couple of modules as well, some Polivoks stuff as well as the Double Andore Mk2.  Too bad the Stillson Hammer Mk2 was not included – be patient, please.

Then we also received goods from Mannequins and Grendel‘s Drone Commander 2 Eurorack module plus a few expanders – all of these are available from stock

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.

sputnik-16stepseq The 16-step voltage source is like the small 5-step but way bigger.

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Dual Multisegment Function Generator and Multistage Voltage Source are both really complex digital sequencer modules, especially the first one is pretty incredible.

sputnik-freqshifter 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.

sputnik-seqfilter 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!

sputnik-dualegLPG The Dual Envelope & Gate combines the envelope and lopass gate functions of other Sputnik modules to one compact module.

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 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-midicv-expressor 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-lifefoms   WP_20160124_19_53_59_Raw  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 who like to have a touch plate keyboard but dislike the size and/or price of the existing ones. This one will cost $499, it is pressure sensitive, has an arpeggiator, one octave, four adjustable preset plates and two manual trigger generator plates.

 

No picture of Harvestman here but we were told his killer über-sequencer Stilton Hammer II will be available late February.

NAMM 16 – Make Noise

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Make Noise leavin’ the past and are ready for the future .

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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.

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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 March.

NAMM 2016 – Audio Damage

The funny buddies from Audio Damage had a very nice illuminated rack full of their modules. Two new ones draw our attention, both drum voices yet entirely different:

  • Boomtschak, a super flexible analog drum voice with excellent layout, an oscillator, envelopes and a filtered noise. From bass drums, toms, percussions and snares pretty every analog drum sound is possible except cymbals. BLD module, watch out!
  • Neuron, a crispy and aggressive, digital FX drum voice.

Boomtschak needs several weeks and will cost around 450, but the Neuron is available and goes for $325.

Audio Damage Boomtschak and Neuron
Audio Damage Boomtschak and Neuron

NAMM 16 – Mordax DATA

Eventually we managed to check out the DATA module by Mordax in person and it is a really impressive tool with four channels; easy to use with several buttons and a pretty big display.

Mordax Data NAMM 2016

Besides visualization and metering functions (oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, spectrograph, tuner and voltage monitor) it might as well be used as a generator! Use it either as LFOs/VCOs or as a 4-channel clock generator with plenty division settings, swing and voltage control over parameters.

Release date is late may and the price 385 USD.

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Here some fotos taken from the neighbours’ booth around ours:

Moog’s Mother Island

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Roland & Malekko showing the 500 Series and Roland’s new Case / Desktop Synths & their  MIDI controller.

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Korg’s new Polysynth & the Odyssey

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and some good guys

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Strymon generalissimo

‌strymonStrymon well known for their amazing sounding boutigue Effect pedals introducing their first Eurorack modul , Generalissimo a digital 4 head Tape Echo. And what should i say its absolutly Earblowin’ – the sound is just fantastic, from normal echo to old vintage Bandsalat and wouw & flutter effects everything is possible  – and it has some very nice features as well – each head can give a clock signal out and in the S.O.S mode (sound on sound) it works like a looper – it can be tapped as well and the head spacing can be even / uneven or triplet. Another great feature is the spring reverb section which can be used with the effect or standalone. The module should be available this summer and we promise to stay in touch with them.

Find us on NAMM..

Source_of_Eurorackunder this banner .. 🙂

On NAMM16 we show the Doepfer presentation and many other european brands making EUROrack modulars and other stuff.
Our stand # 5014 is also the meeting point for people of the SUPERBOOTH, Schneidersladen and the ALEX4 distribution company. Tegeler Audio Manufaktur is with us and (the american) Dr. Lippold Haken: he declared his german roots to be accepted as a foreigner with us. But as you probably know, the germans are quite friendly with foreigners so, visit us, youre welcome.

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ABOUT STROMKULT


STROMKULT is our platform for updates and news on SCHNEIDERSLADEN and SUPERBOOTH, selected electronic musical instruments and events related to modular synthesizers, sequencers, competent drum machines, analog modular systems, midi tools, controllers, converters and related products of all kinds. You can find all kinds of events related to these topic in our EVENT CALENDAR. Also on this site you will find lots of videos from SUPERBOOTH – the world’s largest trade fair for electronic musical instruments, news about events and workshops at SCHNEIDERSLADEN.

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