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 Strymon – Magneto 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!