Tag: NAMM 2018

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 – Doepfer (Modular)

Doepfer goes polyphonic! – After releasing the A-111-4 Quad VCO a couple of months ago, Dieter Doepfer now presents four-voice filter, VCA and envelope modules. By combining the circuits, you can set up a full-blown polyphonic synthesizer within your Eurorack setup. While the A-111-4 has separate knobs and switches for each of its oscillators, the voices of the new modules share a set of control elements. Therefore, it is very easy to produce even results.

The A-105-4 Quad SSM VCF is a four-voice low-pass filter with an edge steepness of -24 dB per octave. As the name suggests, the module is based on the SSM 2044. – The same chip that was used in vintage instruments like Korg’s Polysix and Mono/Poly, the Fairlight II, several PPG synthesizers, early Prophets and EMU’s SP1200 sampler. The A-105-4’s sound character is thus classic and powerful. High resonance settings make the circuit self-oscillate. The module’s input level is adjustable. Hot signals result in beefy distortion. Besides an audio input and output, there is a FM socket (plus global attenuator) per voice. – Perfect for connecting envelopes. Furthermore, the A-105-4 features several CV inputs which influence all voices conjointly. In detail, cutoff and resonance as well as the audio and FM level can be modulated with the help of these connectors. Attenuators are present here as well.

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The A-132-8 contains two daisy-chained VCAs per voice. One amplifier circuit features a linear control scale and is thus tailored to be controlled by an envelope. The other VCA can work with either linear or exponential characteristic. It is primarily meant for adding velocity sensitivity to polyphonic patches, but can be used for other purposes as well, of course. Both VCAs are equipped with a potentiometer for adjusting their initial gain. Thanks to a sum output, the A-132-8 can serve as a mixer in monophonic patches.

The A-141-4 Quad VCADSR combines, as the name suggests, four envelopes in one module. All phases (attack, decay, sustain and release) are voltage controllable. The corresponding CV inputs are equipped with bipolar attenuators.

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For playing polyphonic patches, Dieter Doepfer designed the A-190-5 MIDI / CV interface. It features four channels with CV note, gate and two additional control voltage outputs each. Thanks to DIN and USB ports, the module can be connected to hardware sequencers and controllers as well as a computer. Besides polyphonic modes of operation, there are duophonic, paraphonic and monophonic modes as well.

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Besides the polyphonic modules, Dieter Doepfer presents some classic mono circuits at the NAMM show 2018 as well. First of all, there is the A-123-2 high-pass filter. It features four outputs emitting signals processed with an edge steepness of -6 dB, -12 dB, -18 dB and -24 dB per octave. The A-140-2 is a very compact dual ADSR module. Via CV inputs, you can modulate one or more envelope phases. Last but not least, there is the A-142-3, a combination of an AD / AR envelope and a VCA which is only 4 HP wide.

 

Here is a video by sonicstate:

NAMM 2018 – Verbos Electronics

Mark Verbos presented his new Multi-Delay Processor at the NAMM show 2018. The module features eight echo taps. Its delay time can be set via a potentiometer. Additionally, there are two CV inputs with attenuators. The amplitude of the dry signal as well as each tap can be adjusted via sliders. Furthermore, there are individual audio and envelope follower outputs. Instead of a simple input, a three-channel mixer was implemented for feeding signals to the Multi-Delay Processor. As long as the second channel isn’t patched, it can be used to add a pitch shifted feedback signal (+1 octave) to the module’s sound. The same way, the third input allows you to add a feedback with a non-editable reverb effect. Besides a main output, there are four preset connectors. They emit rising or falling echo effects respectively just the odd or even bands. Thanks to modern converter technology, the Multi-Delay Processor generates full-bodied, high-fidelity sound. The pitch shifted feedback can be used to create shimmering echos. The reverb is great for producing space effects.

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And here is a video by sonicstate:

NAMM 2018 – Vermona

Thomas Haller showed us the final version of Vermona‘s Random Rhythm at the NAMM show 2018. The module will be out in a couple of weeks. Random Rhythm features two channels, which generate drum patterns by chance. In detail, users can determine the probability of 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 and 1/3 triggers being generated depending on an incoming clock signal. In addition, there are swing, offbeat and “roll the dice” functions per channel plus some global connectors like reset and a sequencer output. The module’s results sound very interesting. (This is coming from a person not very keen on random stuff…)

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Quasi as a partner for the Random Rhythm, Vermona developed a module with the working title Melodicer. It is meant for creating aleatoric melodies. You can determine the weight of notes plus probabilities for length and omission. Additionally, it is possible to set an octave range. There is a “roll the dice” function here as well. Again, the results sounded quite cool.

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Another fresh module coming from Vermona is the Quad Envelope prototype. It consists of four phases, each of which can be used in attack, hold or decay mode with either exponential or linear behavior. A slow button sets one of two time ranges. For fine adjustments, there is a potentiometer per phase. In total, timing values from 500 ms to 30 minutes can be dialed in. Besides a normal and an inverted output, there is a time CV input as well as an EOP (end of phase) output. Using the sum buttons, it is possible to mix the signals of two or more phases.

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Vermona also presented an early version of a routing matrix at the NAMM show 2018. Connections are done via buttons. Thanks to studio-grade components, audio signals as well as control voltages can be routed with the module – without compromising quality. In detail, the guys from Vermona think about a 16 x 16 and an 8 x 8 version. Both models will feature a preset system for saving and recalling configurations – a clever idea, especially for live performances.

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On top of all that, the Vermona lads also had prototypes of a vintage filter, a slew limiter and a transposer with them. God knows if those circuits will become real products. The vintage filter sounded pretty great already, though.

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And here is a video by sonicstate:

NAMM 2018 – Delptronics

Team Delptronics presented some rather unusual gear at the NAMM show 2018. First of all, there is the There-Morph, a photo theremin with DCO, transistor ladder low-pass filter and VCA. Additionally, a LFO and an AR envelope were implemented. Thanks to MIDI as well as CV / gate inputs and outputs, it is possible to use the There-Morph as an ordinary desktop synthesizer. The other way round, you can control external gear via the instrument’s photo cell.

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The second new Delptronics product is the WiiCHVOK, a converter module which translates data coming from a Nintendo Wii controller into control voltages. – Great fun! A third-party Wii controller will be included in delivery. Another new product is the MIDI Thru module. You can feed MIDI data to the circuit via a DIN or a 1/8″ connector. On the output side, there are three 1/8″ sockets and a MIDI port. – Why this is cool, you ask? – Well, because you can switch the polarity of the 1/8″ connectors, making incompatibilities a thing of the past. The last new Delptronic module is the AmpTenuVert, a combination of three amplifiers and two bipolar attenuators.

All products will be available in April 2018. Prices are not fixed yet.

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NAMM 2018 – Catalyst Audio

David Small added some new modules to his line of Buchla 100 series clones for Eurorack. Model 114 is a dual square wave oscillator. At first glance, the design may looks limited, but let me assure you: It is awesome! Thanks to several inputs and outputs per VCO, you can do frequency modulation, cross modulation and amplitude modulation at the same time. – The results range from fat and smooth to weird and nasty.

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The second new module is the Model 195. It consists of two low-pass filters with adjustable and voltage controllable cutoff frequency as well as a band-pass circuit with four fixed outputs. The Model 195’s sound could be described as old school analog. The third module, Model 191, is a multi-mode filter with individually usable high-pass, low-pass and band-pass channel. Each filter features a big cutoff knob plus several FM inputs. There are no resonance parameters. However, there is a manually and voltage controllable bandwidth section to shift low-pass and high-pass in opposite directions. We can’t tell you anything about the module’s sound yet, as it wasn’t functional. That said, it should be noted that its full name is Model 191 Sharp Cutoff Filter.

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Furthermore, Catalyst Audio showed the Model 140 Timing Pulse Generator, a rather complex clock source, at the NAMM show 2018. On to of that, the Model 190 dual (spring) reverberator was introduced. This module is not a Buchla clone, but David’s very own design. – He said that every good Buchla system needs a spring reverb.

NAMM 2018 – Noise Engineering

Around the corner as always the nice people from Noise Engineering coming up with five new eurorack modules this spring . This time it got more busy in the tool corner and they have a bunch of little helping friends with them:

Bin Seq a 4 HP switchable gate sequencer. Clep Diaz a Complex/multimode CV generator. Use Clep Diaz to generate stepped, random, or LFO CVs where you have control over directionality of the CV (up, up/down, or down) and over the nature of the CV signal: In Step & Rand mode, choose the number of steps in the cycle. In LFO mode, control the amplitude of the LFO. Also in 4Hp.

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Mimetic Digitalis is a 10 HP 16-step two-dimensional CV sequencer optimized for live use.  At its simplest, MD is a simple two-dimensional 16-step sequencer with 4 CV outs and a trigger out. Pause the clock to individually program each step…or.. use the encoder to live edit patterns or zero any step or combination of patterns with the Zero button or create a randomized, rhythmic CV with the Shred button or Edit to your heart’s content, and return to your initial pattern (choruslike!) with the touch of a button. – And of course lots of cv control on board .

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Muta Jovis is a 4 HP switchable quad mute. Soleo Vero is a little tuner in 4 HP. A patch-through stroboscope tuner which tunes up to three oscillators without having to patch/unpatch and thru the stroboscope it its possible to tune without audio on.

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Some of their eurorack moduless will be although in 5U format available that will be the three of oscillators: Basimilus Iteritas MagnusCursus Iteritas Magnus, and Manis Iteritas Magnus in 5U. Look for those for simultaneous release in the next few months.

Some of the new modules can be found in this video by sonicstate:

NAMM 2018 – Malekko

Malekko presented the final version of the Manther synthesizer at the NAMM show 2018. According to Josh, the synthesizer will be available in a couple of weeks. The Manther’s VCO is based on the CEM 3340. – An original, not a cheap knock-off. It generates several waves, which can be combined with noise and an external signal in the following mixer. The filter is based on the SSM 2044. – This chip was used in many vintage synthesizers. In other words: You can’t go any more classic. Other components include a VCA, an ADSR envelope, a LFO and a sophisticated sequencer. Thanks to several audio as well as control voltage inputs and outputs, it is possible to use the Manther with modular equipment.

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Additionally, Malekko showed a sequencer-less module version called the Manther Growl at NAMM. Furthermore, visitors were able to have a look at a new synthesizer prototype, which is similar to the Manther, but features a wavetable oscillator developed by the Harvestman (Piston Honda Mk3) instead of a VCO. Furthermore, Malekko developed a quad drum module based on wavetable synthesis. Its sound was inspired by Emptyset. The module’s four channels can all be configured to be kicks, snares, hi-hats or tons of other, party rather experimental, drum voices. Distortion and noise parameters give results the finishing touch. On top of that, quad LFO, quad envelope, quad VCA and a multi-channel random module were introduced. Many of these circuits can be combined with a Varigate 8+ to get sort of a preset system.

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And there is this video by Sonicstate:

NAMM 2018 – Deckard’s Dream

Replicants are not clones – The Black Corporation showed Deckard’s Dream at the NAMM show 2018, an eight-voice polyphonic synthesizer designed by Roman Fillipov. Even though the instrument isn’t brand-new, it was, most likely, the first chance for many people to lay their hands on this rare piece of equipment.

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Deckard’s Dream is a modern take on the Yamaha CS-80, one of the most beloved polyphonic synthesizers ever. As the original is being nearly impossible to find on the second-hand market, plus the instrument is huge and needs lots of care, it was high time someone made a high-quality re-issue. Back in the day, the CS-80 was known for its expressive sound due to the polyphonic aftertouch. The synthesizer can not only be heard on famous records, but in movies as well. (Deckard is the main character in the 80’s classic Blade Runner. – The movie’s sound track features the CS-80 extensively.) Deckard’s Dream stays true to the original. – In a modern way. Not only does the instrument feature the classic circuits, but also some fresh functions like automatic and micro tuning. Besides “normal” polyphonic aftertouch, Deckard’s Dream also understands the MPE technology used by controllers like the Roli Seaboard or the Haken Continuum Controller. It is even possible to do polyphonic pitch bends. Other new features include MIDI implementation, 256 preset slots and an upcoming software editor.

On top of that, the Black Corporation announced an expander with 16 assignable CV inputs, an analog ring-modulator and a chorus along with the missing Sustain I / II controls.

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NAMM 2018 – Erica Synths

Girts, head of Erica Synths, showed us a pile of new modules at the NAMM show 2018. First of all, he and his team designed a new version of the Graphic VCO. This module allows you to draw your very own waveforms and arrange them in wavetables respectively wavetable banks. On top of that, it is possible to morph between two waves and add effects like ring modulation, phase modulation, wave folding or bit crushing. Results can be saved and re-called at any time. A configurable sub-oscillator helps you creating fat basses. The sound quality of the Graphic VCO is surprisingly good. There are some videos floating around on the internet which demonstrate an early version of the oscillator’s concept. According to Girts, he threw the old model away and started from scratch. – A good decision. The new Graphic VCO features a resolution of 96 kHz, the wave resolution is 1024 points. You can do soft, bell-like sounds, all kinds of leads as well as aggressive basses. With morphing between waves, it is possible to create very lively results. Perfect for fat wobble sounds or slowly evolving pads. The Graphic VCO will be available in February 2018.

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Another interesting new module made by Erica Synths is the Resonant Equalizer. It features a fully analog signal path, consisting of twelve band-pass filters. Thanks to a digital control system, you can influence the filter’s levels and resonance parameters not only manually, but via control voltages as well. Girts showed us this feature with a simple sine sweep. – The results were quite interesting. The analog filter boards of the Resonant Equalizer will be replaceable to make different band-pass configurations available. Fun fact: Girts told us that it took him only three weeks to realize the idea of the Resonant Equalizer. – From paper to prototype. Very impressive! The release of the Resonant Equalizer is scheduled for May 2018. Around SUPERBOOTH18 time.

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Erica Synths also presented a new, fully redesigned version of the Black Hole DSP at the NAMM show 2018. It contains 24 effects with three editable parameters each, has an analog wet / dry control and a bit crusher available anytime. A preset setting can be saved for each effect. The Black Hole DSP2 will be available in April 2018.

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Girts also introduced us to a more advanced version of his Drum Sequencer. It provides an intuitive user interface focused on live performances. In addition to 16 trigger channels, twelve of which also have accent outputs, there is a CV / gate pair for adding a bass synthesizer to tracks. Two Sync-LFOs allow you to modulate drum parameters. Time signature, pattern length and shuffle can be set individually for each track. Trigger and probability options are available on a per step basis. Other features include instant pattern switching, solo and mute functions, step and tap record modes as well as synchronization via MIDI. 16 banks with 16 patterns each are available. Sequences can be linked to create songs.

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Complementary, Girts showed 909-inspired kick and snare modules at the NAMM show. Other circuits, including Tom, Clap, Rim Shot, Hi-Hat, Cymbal and sample-based voices plus a drum mixer, are currently in development. Girts hopes to have a complete drum rack ready in time for SUPERBOOTH18. Drum Sequencer, bass drum and snare are already in production and will become available in March 2018.

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NAMM 2018 – Moon Modular

Gert Jallas alias Moon Modular invited us to his booth and

showing us his 3 huge Cases full of fine 5 U modules – looking like a damn good set up to knock some walls down. The cases could also be seen as basic setup for his M500 P Powered Tolex Cabinet as a pure Sequencer or Audio Case or as a mixed Version of both but that will be decided later.

Here some new modules from the Moon.

 

543 CP VOLTAGE CONTROLLED OUTPUT MIXER

a four-channel master mixer for audio signals and control voltages with master-level control, channel on/off switches with status-LEDs as well as independent voltage controllable input volumes and panorama positions. Master volume control with dual stereo headphone outputs (switchable pre/post master control).Switchable 440Hz tuning aid. The module has the original Moog Console Panel form factor.

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517 DUAL VOLTAGE CONTROLLED HIGHPASS/LOWPASS FILTER

This module combines two VOLTAGE CONTROLLED FILTER circuits in one triple-width unit.

The two identical filters are switchable high pass/low pass filters (with independent controls for cutoff frequency and regene-ration. Filter slope in low pass mode is 24 dB/oct, in high pass mod 18 dB/oct. An additional jack combines both filters’ audio outputs. The four-mode combinator allows using the filters as: two separate filters (“stereo mode”) / two filters in series (“maximum slope”) / notch/band reject mode or in band pass mode. And the sound it creates is really amazing & musical.

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NAMM 2018 – Radical Technologies

Jörg Schaaf of Radical Technologies gave us a demo of his new synthesizer voice Delta Cep A. – It was way too loud! That said, it should be noted that this semi-modular instrument is quite impressive. The results can be huge! Audio is generated by a Swarm oscillator. Being digital, it can produce up to eight waves simultaneously. You can tune them in chords respectively clusters or produce one extremely fat unison sound. The Swarm oscillator is followed by a mixer, which makes it possible to add some noise and an external audio signal. Results are fed into the filter section of the Delta Cep A. Besides an analog multi-mode filter, modeled after the RT-451, there is also a digital stereo filter with low-pass, band-pass and high-pass modes. While Jörg was demoing his synthesizer, he asked me what filter I’m currently hearing. – I said it was the analog filter. His reply: This is the right answer… and you are wrong. – Actually, it was the digital multi-mode filter I was listening to. It sounds as smooth as an analog circuit. While doing an A / B comparison, I recognized the analog filter being more rough and textured. The digital version is slicker. However, both filters sounded extremely good.

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The VCA of the Delta Cep A is pretty much straight forward. For giving sounds the finishing touch, there is a FX section, which can produce delays or modulation effects. Furthermore, there are a Sync-LFO and an ADSR envelope. Attack and decay values are voltage controllable. For playing the synthesizer, a MIDI / CV interface was built-in. Via MIDI, it is possible to use the Delta Cep A as a paraphonic instrument. With CV, you’re bound to monophonic use. Last but not least, a so-called Interpolator was implemented. – A preset system which allows you to rapidly switch between sounds.

NAMM 2018 – Eowave

We met Marc from Eowave today. He showed us 3 new Modules and the Quadrantid Swarm desktop Synth which should be all available within this spring. The Capsule Titan MK2 is huge Module and the multiplied x2 Version of the former version with 2 TITAN discrete oscillators and a MAGNETOSPHERE 24 dB discrete filter, SOMMATEUR mixer and 2 x Vca / Adsr & the ZONE B.F. modulke including 2 x LFOs.

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Swing is a little module with 4 trigger in/ outs adding some swing to your 16th note based march music. – very-help-full. VCO Orage got a bit updated and has now a  SUB-output aswell. The Quandrantid Swarm is a versatile, unique instrument to explore exquisite and unfamiliar timbres that range from subtle to outrageous, nebulous to shimmering. It is comprised of a digital synthesizer voice with a percussive element, 2 pole analog filter, an LFO with 8 waveforms, and a spring reverb. The 8 touch keys can be used as a mono keyboard, polyphonic keyboard or an 8 step sequencer. The QS interfaces with other instruments via MIDI, and CV/Trig inputs. Pre-patching allows you to get hands on immediately, but you can and should use patch cables to to fully explore the potential of this instrument.

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NAMM 2018 – 4ms Pedals

Hello to 4ms pedals ,  its always a pleasure to meet them at NAMM. This year Hugo showed us their 5 new Modules. First their new Monster Module the: The six voice polyphonic Spherical Wavetable Navigator. You could say its a big VCO with 6 voices – but that wouldn‘t even touch it. The unit comes with 12 fully independent oscillators that combine 6 wavetable vco‘s which have independent and global pitch controls and CV and 6 clockable LFO‘s (wavetabel) with independent outputs. Similar to the SMR from 4ms vco wavetabel selection can be dispersed and rotated in a 3D space – while dispersion patterns and amount can be controlled with CV. Its although possible to play the Navigator like a keyboard with the 6 ABCDEF keys on top. While every single note can be scaled and transposed globaly or in chord memory sequences and the pitch quantization is availbe for every harmonic content.  The 6 LFO‘s can go into audio rate while the wavetables can be shaped and modulated with Speed /Range & Shape/ Phase  to create complex rhythmic patterns (at modulation rates) and / or harmonic combinations at audio rates. They can be switched from gate to trigger and as a great way  to integrate free – rhythems within global quantized beat the LFO waveform exceeds half range .

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The Unit contains a onboard multimode mixer 6:1 mono or 2×3:1 stereo including 6 VCA (1 per voice)  controlled via level/mute mixer and individual level CV in‘s the VCA‘s can be used to sequence onboard VCO‘s  and /or amplitude modulate the VCO‘s. Extern Auido can be summed  into the vca‘s for sterep level / pan sequencing …and and and.

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…. the only sad point is that we still have to wait a little bit, its anounced for fall 2018 and the price is still unclear. 4MS further showed us their 3 new Mixer and Outputs Modules which should be out in spring 2018. The Listen four (estimated 199 $) and Listen four ¼ (around 250 $) are 4 channel stereo mixer with pan and level knobs headphone and line outputs with big or minijack / TRS balanced  or TRS stereo output options. The little brother would be the listen two stereo mixer with an estimated price around 135 $ all Mixer units are chainable on the back. The last and super useful Modul is a stereo audio Wav Recorder – which is the same unit like in their stereo trigger sampler and is although a player which records 44,1 or 48 khz  on micro SD card – it should be ready in spring and be between 225 $ or 275 $ depending on the card etc .

 

 

 

 

 

NAMM 2018 – Empress Effects

Empress Effects introduced a digital modular system in pedal format at the NAMM show 2018, the Zoia. Audio, MIDI and CV / gate signals can be flexibly routed to oscillators, several types of filters, modulators, step sequencers and so forth. One of the Empress Effects guys showed us a FM synth patch with four oscillators. Then he switched to another preset and the Zoia started to play the Stranger Things theme song. The pedal’s sound quality is very good. We’re already excited to check the Zoia out in detail.

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To get a better idea of what the Zoia is and how to operate it, here is a video by sonicstate:

NAMM 2018 – Frap Tools

Simone Fabbri brought the final version of his Fumana filter bank to the NAMM show 2018. The module isn’t just some multi-mode circuit or equalizer, but a spectral editor which can be used as a vocoder as well. Fumana features two fully analog channels with 16 band-pass filters each. One channel comes equipped with an envelope follower per band. – Perfect for analyzing modulator signals. The other channel has a total of 16 VCAs built-in, meaning it is tailored for processing carrier material. Odd and even bands can be fed with audio signals independently. For vocoder effects, there is an unvoiced input. Other features include Tilt and parametric scan functions.

Frap 03At the NAMM show, Simone already showed us some pretty cool stuff you can do with the Fumana. For instance, he used to oscillators to make hollow, vocal-like sounds. Then Simone turned two or three control elements, patched a cable and suddenly we were listening to a powerful bass drum. Afterwards, he transformed the kick into a snare. Two or three tweaks later, we were back at a vocal-like sound, but this time with a more expressive, rhythmic touch. – What you should take away from this description: Even though the Fumana may look a little intimidating at first sight, it is actually very easy to come up with unique, great sounding results. – You don’t believe me? Then come by our store and check the Fumana out yourself. We will have a demo unit available in about two weeks. – Already convinced? – Well, you can pre-order the Fumana here.

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In any case, you might want to have a look at this introduction video the guys from Sonicstate made at the NAMM.

NAMM 2018 – Five12

Five12 showed a prototype of the eagerly awaited Vector sequencer at the NAMM show 2018. The module features eight parts with up to 64 steps each. Pitch, gate events and velocity values can be notated. Additionally, there are lots of complementing parameters, for instance groove, gate as well as step length, ratchet, step repeat, skip, mute, chance options, scale quantization and more. On top of that, each part is equipped with up to eight-step modulation sequencers. They can be connected to several parameters. CV inputs make it possible to use external LFOs, envelopes, function generators and so forth to influence the Vector’s work. The implemented storage system allows you to save presets and scenes. Patterns can be recorded in steps, via a one octave keyboard on the front panel or an external MIDI controller. In detail, the module is equipped with two 1/8″ MIDI outs and a bidirectional USB port. Furthermore, two sets of pitch, gate and velocity outputs are available. More connectors can be added to the Vector via an expander module. It features another four control voltage sets (pitch / gate / velocity), eight trigger outputs as well as MIDI-DIN and DIN-Sync ports. Despite of all its functions, the Vector is very easy to use. Two displays visualize parameters. Thanks to key combinations, it is possible to edit several steps at once.

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NAMM 2018 – Rossum Electro-Music

Dave Rossum and Marco Alpert from Rossum Electro-Music showed the latest Version from the next upcoming Module, the long expected :

ASSIMIL8OR Multi-Timbral Phase Modulation Sampler module is the latest incarnation of Dave Rossum’s decades-long pioneering of affordable professional sampling technology. Assimil8or provides eight independent channels of sampling with sound quality that can range from extremely hi-fi to low fi, all with extensive real-time CV control.

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First Batch should be send beginning of March. We hope to see these gentleman at Superbooth again.

Here is a video by sonicstate:

 

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.

NAMM 2018 – Qu-Bit

Qu-Bit prepared three new modules for the NAMM show 2018. First of all, a new version of the Nebulae granular synthesizer was announced. Compared to its predecessor, tons of new features have been added. For instance, it is now possible to record audio material in real time. Besides mono signals, stereo material can be captured and processed as well. New granular algorithms give the second Nebulae a much smoother, more versatile sound. On top of that, there are new ways to shape audio material and the ranges of already existing parameters have been expanded.

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The second new module is called Scanned. As the name suggests already, it is based on scanned synthesis. To put it simply, the module constantly generates wavetables, which are used to excite a virtual string. As with other scanned synthesis concepts, the Qu-Bit circuit is very good at creating harsh, noisy sounds. Soft results are rather hard to achieve. In use, Scanned sometimes seemed a little unpredictable.

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The third new product, Synapse, is a quad crossfader module. Each channel consists of an input pair, a potentiometer for blending between the incoming audio signals and an output. – So far, a straight forward design. However, there is a twist: Using an additional knob or a CV input, you can shift the channels from one output to the next. – Without clicks, of course. Furthermore, there is a random function. Configurations can be saved and recalled within seconds. In addition to the individual outputs, there are two subgroups (1+2 / 3+4) and a sum out.

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The new Nebulae will be available in March 2018 for a MSRP of 429 USD. Scanned and Synapse will follow in Mai respectively June. Their MSRP is 349 USD.

NAMM 18 – Doepfer Dark Energy III

Doepfer introduced their version of the Dark Energy semi-modular Desktopsynthesizer – Dark Energy III.

The main differences between Version  II and III are an improved VCO (no warm-up period, additional triangle waveform, wider frequency range), resettable LFOs, improved ADSR and a lot of internal access points for DIYers. The favored filter of the Dark Energy II has been unchanged. Dark Energy III is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface. The sound generation and all modulation sources are  still 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components.

The Unit should be released in a couple of weeks – the spring will be darker – oh yeah.

NAMM 2018 – Mordax

Mordax is developing a granular synthesis system called GXN. Audio material can be recorded directly via two inputs (L / R). Alternatively, it is possible to feed existing files to the module via a microSD card slot. The GXN works with a resolution of 32 Bit. In use, the NAMM prototype shined with thick, high-resolution sound. Several grain windows will be available in the final version. The playback range can be adjusted manually or synchronized to an external clock. Furthermore, there will be internal modulators as well as six CV connectors with routing options. For playing the GXN, there are a 1v / octave and a trigger input. Mordax aimes to have a production unit ready for SUPERBOOTH18 in May, so come to Berlin to get a chance to to play with the GXN!

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And here is a video by sonicstate:

NAMM 2018 – WMD

The WMD guys showed a new drum module called Fracture at the NAMM show 2018. First and foremost, it is meant to produce clap sounds. However, thanks to its multi particle synthesis, it can do much more. Fracture generates sound based on granulated recordings. – The final sample selection has yet to be made. Unlike the Chimera, which uses rather long audio snippets, single impulses are used in the new module. By grouping them, clap-like sounds can be achieved. Basic sound design is done by three potentiometers. One knob determines how many people are clapping. The second control element sets the time the people are clapping. The third knob defines the people’s skills. – Are they concentrated or completely drunk? Additionally, there are a frequency potentiometer and two switches to choose a punch and tail mode. A reverb processor with two algorithms gives sounds the final touch.

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Fracture was built to be misused. For instance, it is possible to play individual impulses in random order. The result: Sequences composed of unique hits. Most parameters are voltage controllable, including the reverb. Therefore, it is possible to add the effect selectively to single steps of a pattern. – Sounds really cool!

 

 

 

NAMM 2018 – Touell Skouarn

Two new Touell Skouarn modules were introduced at the NAMM show 2018. Strakal Orsel is a tube distortion circuit with voltage controllable gain parameter. The sound character is angry. – No, wait… The sound character is brutal. – No, wait… What comes after brutal? Anyway, with feeding some rather boring drum sounds to the module, we created unbelievably harsh, screaming results. Afterwards, we transformed a softly played acoustic guitar into a wall of sound. In fact, some other exhibitors came to the Touell Skouarn table to check out what the f*ck we were doing. The module utilizes military grade NOS tubes to process sound. They are driven conservatively, meaning the components don’t heat up that much. – No chance to burn your fingers! Thanks to two feedback loops, the sound can be varied quite nicely. Without an input signal, the Strakal Orsel is usable as a weird noise generator. The CV input makes it possible to utilize the module as a dirty VCA. Compared to the Strakal Brulu, the new module sounds more warm and smooth. – Even though it is an angry bastard.touellskouarn 01_s_rThe second novelty is the Skroenjal, an experimental drone voice. It consists of a Strakal Orsel, a Skorn da Bask triple VCO with low-pass filter and a Heklev effects unit. In contrast to the individual Skorn da Bask module, the circuit built into this synthesizer voice features a separate output per oscillator. Thanks to this, it is possible to use one (or more) of the VCOs for modulations.

Both the Strakal Orsel and the Skroenjal will become available in spring 2018.

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NAMM 2018 – Strymon Magneto

Strymon presented the final version of their first Eurorack module at the NAMM show 2018, a tape delay and spring reverb emulation called Magneto. The effects unit shines with clean, high-resolution sound. In addition, it is extremely flexible. At the input stage, signals can be adjusted in volume. High levels lead to crisp distortion. For determining the quality of the virtual tape, there are three parameters. Tape Age sets the bandwidth of the echo effects generated. Crinkle can add a good amount of crackles and dirt. Wow & Flutter introduces fluctuations to the tape run. With this knob set completely clockwise, the module produces sound effects similar to a chorus. Additionally, there is a low cut filter.

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The tape speed can be adjusted via a big, very handy knob. True to analog delay units, the control element is capable of introducing very cool, highly energetic pitch effects. Furthermore, there are a clock input and a tap function. Up to four playback heads pick up signals recorded on the virtual tape. They can be leveled independently. In addition, users can decide which tape head signal(s) are fed to the feedback path. A potentiometer determines the feedback strength. High values make the Magneto self-oscillate, meaning the module is usable as an oscillator or a drone generator. – Did I mention there is a 1v / octave CV input and a quantize function?

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The playback heads can be used in one of three panorama configurations: LRLR, center or LRRL. On top of that, there are three timing options to choose from: Even, triplet and shift. While the first two modes are self-explanatory, the shift setting deserves a little extra attention. As the name suggests, it transposes each tap individually. In result, you get very rich, kind of surreal echos. A transport section can be used to start and stop the virtual tape. Again, the module will produce pitch effects similar to the sound of analog devices. The transport section also comes in handy while using the Magneto in looper or phrase sampler mode. – Yes, all this is possible as well. The spring reverb emulation doesn’t rattle like the real deal. However, its metallic sound character is very atmospheric. By the way, Magneto is a true-stereo module, meaning it features two audio inputs and outputs. Via a jumper, it can be transformed into a mono delay and a mono reverb. Last but not least, it should be mentioned that lots of parameters are voltage controllable plus there is a clock output per tap.

Magneto will be available in February 2018.

Without NAMM it wouldn’t be January

We will be at NAMM in Anaheim, California next week. We hope to find new instruments, modules and effect units for you. Keep an eye on Stromkult to get updates about our findings! A lot of new products from all the different categories have already been leaked or teased, we will tell you about our impression as soon as we get our hands on the new things.


The NAMM Show, returns to Anaheim, California January 25-28, 2018. The NAMM Show will be hosted in the newly-expanded Anaheim Convention Center in 2018 and will offer a wide range of all aspects of music: from products, to pro sound and live production. Preview products from 7,000+ brands, listen to live music and interviews with artists and professionals.

More info here.

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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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