Tag: Microvolt 3900

The first NAMM announcements are arriving!

The NAMM show in January promised a lot of exciting new products to be released this year. Although not every highlight shown at the show is already available, the first newcomers are arriving at our shop and others can already be preordered!

Already available is the Intellijel Designs – Morgasmatron. It is much more than “just” a dual MS-20 filter clone. The successor of the Korgasmatron 2 features even more precisely tuned multimode circuits, expanded Xfade functionality, overhauled soft-clipping and Q-drive sections, a new overdrive design as well as ring modulation capabilities. Its sound repertoire is gigantic. This is not just a filter, it really is a sound design tool. Planar 2 and Rubicon 2 still need some time.

The Pittsburg Modular stand-alone synthesizer Microvolt 3900 for example will still take some time before it arrives, but everything is set for pre-ordering. All specs and the price are fixed, so all we are waiting for is to get our hands on the first production units! The Microvolt 3900 combines East Coast and West Coast synthesis philosophies in an unprecedented way. Besides standards, the oscillator offers foldable waves. It has a modern, powerful sound that really surprised us at NAMM.

One of the most awaited new entries into the eurorack market has been by Strymon Engineering. With their first module StrymonMagneto they have managed to draw a lot of attention. The module is a classic band-echo and spring reverb combination, psychedelic special effect, looper, phrase sampler or chaotic drone-oscillator. The digital module not only meticulously emulates the character traits analog recording and repro heads plus tape material, but goes far beyond a real tape system in many respects. Results can sound clean and modern, warm and fuzzy or dirty and distorted. It is not here yet, but it can be pre-ordered now!

Vermona worked some time on one of the most hands on rhythm generators on the market. At NAMM they showed the final version of the Random Rhythm and it is already available! Random Rhythm is a random generator specialized in producing beat structures. The module features two channels with outputs for quarter, eighth, sixteenth and triplet events. The probability with which trigger signals are produced can be influenced via sliders. Dice and real-time modes influence the behavior of the module even further. The results are surprisingly danceable.


More new modules and other stuff seen at NAMM 2018 will be available soon. Keep an eye on Schneiderladens new stuff section to be the first to know!

NAMM 2018 – Pittsburgh Modular

Pittsburgh Modular came to the NAMM show with a huge (yet compact) surprise: A semi-modular desktop synthesizer named Microvolt 3900. Its concept is somewhat similar to the Make Noise 0-Coast, as it combines east coast and west coast philosophies. In detail, however, the two instruments differ significantly from each other.

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The Microvolt’s VCO generates four waveforms. Besides a saw-tooth and a pulse with variable width, there are two kinds of sine waves. One of them is editable via button. In detail, the negative half-wave can be inverted into the positive range. This results in a slightly richer and warmer sound. The second sine wave is transformable via a wave folder. Using a slow LFO, it was very easy for us to achieve subtle to lively sound variations. All of the oscillator’s waveforms are usable in combination. An external signal can be added to the mix as well. For processing audio material, there is a binary filter and a dynamic amplifier. They can work as a VCF/ VCA combination or in a low-pass gate mode. The filter’s sound character can be varied using the stable / unstable button. The resonance of the NAMM prototypes was quite harsh in both modes. Thanks to transistor based circuits, the LPG behavior can be adjusted to taste.

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As for modulators, there is a LFO / random generator combination, a function generator and an ADSR envelope. Thanks to the Microvolt’s 39 patch points, the circuits can be used very flexibly. Other features include a MIDI / CV interface with arpeggiator and an inverting mixer / splitter / offset section.

The Microvolt 3900 will be available in two to three month. The MSRP will be 629 USD.


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