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Intellijel Scales & Steppy in 3U – NAMM 2019 News

 

Intellijel is presenting two rather small modules. But please do not underestimate them.

New module No1 is the 3u version of the already popular 4-track/64-step programmable gate sequencer Steppy. Until now only available in 1U. Meaning it is restricted to the ones with one of these Intellijel 4U/7U cases. Steppy itself can be seen as the continuation of the old uStep. But then again…it is much, much more than that!

Doubling the track count to four and allowing for up to 64 steps now is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost every wish you might have for a compact programmable gate sequencer is fulfilled here.

Per track you now have: Individual track length from 1-step to 64-step, gate length, clock divider, swing, delay, step-probability and shift/rotate. Performance features for muting and on the fly looping are furthermore nicely integrated into this highly useful module. Polyrhythm-offbeat-shuffle-madness…here we come!

 

Strike No2 is also based on an old acquaintance:

To much disappointment of our customers, the uScale quantizer has been discontinued as of 2018. But now…voila: Scales!

Where uScale admittedly had some hard-to-remember shift combinations, Scale has been …scaled to meet the demands of those in need of an easy and fast to use fully dual (if you want) quantizer.

Trigger on quantize – a feature that we love e.g. from the indestructible Doepfer A-156 can now also be found here. That way you can turn LFOs into arpeggios or your Pressure Points (or Doepfer A-155) finally into a full and chromatically tuned note sequencer.

The additional Shift CV-input enables you to conveniently transpose output A and/or B or change scales or the root note or even use it as a second quantizer input! Yeah!

Since Scales has its own (micro)keyboard it was logical for Intellijel to also add a sequencer mode. Output A is then your “normal” quantizer out, while B plus the Trig-out fire sequences on the fly or from one of the 35 patterns in storage!

With Metropolis, Shifty and now Steppy and Scales, Intellijel has a serious sequencing package to offer. Not to mention what would happen if you were to add a Planar 2 to all of this!

What’s new?

 

A few words on new arrivals and product updates. + a reminder for the Livestock Electronics Workshop on Thursday!

  • The long awaited update to the powerful Rubicon VCO by Intellijel is now available – the Rubicon 2! A huge amount of possible waveforms with dedicated outputs and the great FM capabilities make this VCO one of the most versatile analog oscillators on the eurorack market.
  • Also available now – the incredibel useful CG Products – Noise VCA! The Noise VCA not only consists of a noise generator and a VCA, but an analog multimode filter as well. In combination with one or two external envelopes, you get a full-blown drum and percussion voice. Add an VCO and you have a full synthesizer voice! Christian Günther presented his elegant analog designs in a worksopshop at SchneidersLaden last week.
  • The first delivery of Retro Mechanical Labs units is getting closer to being shipped. We got an update on the manufacturing process this morning. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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  • More and more videos of concerts at SUPERBOOTH18 are released! The latest addition is the headlining concert by Blotter Trax together with Lillevan from the first day of this years Superbooth. Find this and all other SUPERBOOTH18 videos on the SUPERBOOOTH18 page.

And in case you didn’t notice yet: We have cut shipping costs! For orders from schneidersladen.com the shipping costs are omitted from May. This applies to all orders above 200 Euro* within Germany and from 500 Euro* within the EU, to Norway and Switzerland. Subsequent deliveries are generally free of charge.     * incl. VAT

More News: Have you been to our new event room? In Schneiders VideoTheke workshops, concerts and presentations of manufacturers, artists and friends of SchneidersLaden will take place every Thursday. Next one is a workshop with Livestock Electronics on Thursday 14th of June. Find out more here.

 

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At Superbooth18, Wes and Danjel from Intellijel introduced some additions to their 1U product line. They expanded it with a new module called System Link. It is similar to the doepfer A-180-9 Multicore, to which it is compatible – a balanced link of up to eight audio and cv connections through ethernet cable.

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Another addition is a 1U four track gate sequencer. Each track has following options: gate length, clock division, swing and …sequence length!

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Now for „big“ news: Intellijel showed the new versions of the Planar and the Rubicon, which were announced already a few months ago.

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The most obvious new feature of the Planar2, is the addition of a motion recorder for the joystick. It can be clocked and scrubbed. A gate track can be recorded separately. Under the hood, the analog VCA circuitry has been reworked. Don’t forget that this module is not only a CV Joystick, but also a mixing device, which can be used for vector synthesis, blending the waveforms of one or more oscillators.

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The Rubicon has been totally reworked from its core to improve the tracking. It features three new inputs: Warp, X and Squish, which is a wavefolder circuit. Self-pachting to one of these inputs shows already rewarding sonic results. With the Rubicon2 you will be able to create absolutely clear and „modern“ sounds with unheard timbral shifts.

Planar2 and Rubicon2 will be available soon at SchneidersLaden!

 

NAMM 2018 – Intellijel

After releasing mostly digital modules over the last couple of months, Intellijel now overhauled three of their analog classics: Planar, Rubicon and Korgasmatron 2. The basic concepts are the same as before. However, due to some clever additions, all modules are now even more powerful. Take the performance oriented joystick controller Planar, for example. It now features a digital control layer, making it possible to record, overdub and play back joystick movements. Additionally, the quality of the control element was enhanced. – The new version feels great! On top of that, the panel layout has been rearranged, so you aren’t blocked by cables anymore while going nuts with the joystick.
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The successor of the Korgasmatron 2 is called Morgasmatron. – Makes sense, as the new circuit is far more than just a clone of the MS-20 filter circuit. Its potentiometer ranges have been optimized, resonance and Xfade parameters are now voltage controllable. On top of that, there is a new distortion circuit, which makes the Morgasmatron’s sound even more beefy than before.
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Rubicon 2 features a new Warp stage, which combines the dialed-in pulse wave with either one of the sub-oscillators or another waveform. – It is even possible to use signals coming from external modules. The results often extend the range of 10 Vpp. To limit them, the so-called Squish circuit can be activated, a wave folder with fixed thresholds. Another new feature: Rubicon 2 can be used with linear FM or Thru Zero FM.

Morgasmatron will be available in a couple of days. The MSRP is 399 USD. Rubicon 2 will follow in February. Its MSRP will be 390 USD. Details about the release of Planar have yet to be announced.

What about…Voice-Modules for eurorack

 

It is one of the best things about modular synthesizers – you can mix and match all elements of your instrument. Your dream is to combine a wavetable oscillator with a classic Moog-design filter and a tube-VCA? – No problem, go for it! But sometimes all you want is another simple analog subtractive voice. Or maybe you have something like 30hp of space left in your case, so why not throw a complete analog mono synthesizer in there? And often these modules are the perfect entry point for the mysterious land of modular synthesis, not only because you have everything on hand that you need to start making music – but also you can be sure that the single components work well together. With single modules you sometimes happen to combine modules that are not the perfect companions as a filter might expect 10V to fully open the cutoff, but your envelope only produces 8V…and so on. So with full voice-modules you can prevent some of the typical modular synth trouble shooting. Therefor a synth-voice module is often a good starting point for beginners and an easy and pleasing thing for experts to add another voice to their system. Just add a sequencer of your taste to the module and you are good to go! Here are some thoughts on typical analog mono-synths in eurorack format.


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Acidlab – M303

Sometimes all you need is a bass synthesizer – and the most famous one might the Roland TB-303. So why not put something like a TB-303 in your rack? This is where the Acidlab M303 comes into play. A good sounding, affordable all in one bass synthesizer that reminds of a TB-303 sound wise. All you need to do is add a sequencer and you’re good to go – ACID! And the M303 offers a lot more flexibility than a standalone version. With inputs for its filter and VCA you are able to process totally different sound sources than the original saw- and sqaurewave, if you want to.

 

Eowave – Domino (Module)

This miniature synthesizer is also often referred to as a kind of 303 inspired synth. But is has more of its own sound, a pure analog, rough and strong sound that can go into 303 territories but is way more flexible…with 12 patch points, when it comes to integrating it into more complex patches. And have you seen the size of it?  – To have a full analog mono synthesizer in ->10hp<- ! is kind of ridiculous – in a good way. It features saw- and square waves just like the M303 but lets you blend between the two and the filter is different as it is a -24db ladder design.

 

MFB – Nanozwerg Pro

This little analog synthesizer features a sub-oscillator and noise circuit that the M303 and Domino are missing. It also features a multimode filter and additionally two ADSRs and an LFO – and it is the cheapest in this series. This is a challenge that MFB has mastered many times before – building incredibly affordable instruments with lots of functionality. And often they are surprisingly good sounding, as the Nanozwerg Pro proves. It makes no compromises: Noise, Sub, LP- BP- HP- Notch-Filter, Saw, Square, Triangle and Pulse waveforms, 2 x ADSRs, LFO, octave switch AND MIDI-input! You are missing something? Well, good news is: you will have saved a lot of money by buying the Nanozwerg Pro, so there will be something left for whatever you feel is missing.

 

Intellijel Designs – Atlantis

The most sophisticated of the modules we are discussing here is the Atlantis by Intellijel. With 27 patch points, noise and a loopable envelope this is not only the best equipped of the four modules discussed here but also the most flexible. The Atlantis comes close to a synth voice that is built from separate modules when it comes to the feature list and patch points. Additionally pretty much any function of the Atlantis can be used independently, which contributes to the feel of using separate modules when working with the Atlantis. And what about the sound? The architecture of this module is inspired by the SH-101. And it sounds close in particular settings. The Atlantis is a great mono-synth and can sound huge.

 

Doepfer – A-111-5v Synthesizer

Only 100 units will be available of the module A-111-5v Mini Synthesizer Voice. This special edition is only possible since Dieter Doepfer found 100 of the special-IC CEM3394. This module features a VCO, a 24dB-Lowpass filter, a VCA, an ADSR-envelope generator and two LFOs. The special thing about this module is its linear filter FM. The A-111-5v can be seen as the eurorack version of the Dark Energy MK I! And it features the CEM-chip that is responsible for the powerful and pleasant sound of the original Dark Energy. Now Doepfer is doing a limited run of A-111-5 Synthesizer Voices with this legendary chip.


In the end it is a matter of taste whether you rate one above the other, at least most of the time. When only having a few hp left in your live rig the Domino or M303 might be a good choice. On the other hand you might have ended up with a rack full of digital modules that you want to complement it with a more veratile analog voice, then the Intellijel or Doepfer might be the right module for you. Whatever your considerations are, this article has hopefully given you some insights in a few of the available options.

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?

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.

NEARLY INVISIBLE

intellijelmodulmixIntellijel Design has send us finally their little helpers that are so small and tiny that you will have no problems to find a gap for them in your systems. A multiple with just 2 HP and/or a buffered multiple and/or and AND/OR module as well as spok and more is now available from stock ex Berlin.

Please ignore if you can not find these or others on the existing Schneidersbuero-Site, we are busy working on an update. Thank you for some patience and have a nice day.

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