Tiptop TR-series drum modules - RS909 is out now!

Tiptop Audio has already been one of the most innovative makers in let alone in the eurorack- but definitely in the electronic music making scene. Just think about the one and only stackables or the more affordable and expanable modular adapted TR-drum modules. 

The RS909 isRS909_mid the precise 1:1 clone of the classic rimshot circuit in the TR-909. The classic combination of 3 oscillators which are fed into a VCA closed and opened with a snappy envelope known for the clicky attack sound. Pitches can be adjusted on the front panel more precisely than ever. Not to mention the RS909 – as all other Tiptop Audio drum modules – is adapted to modular gain (10Vpp).

Shipping in about 2-3 weeks!

Randomness Will Pay - SSF Ultra Random Analog

Whenever we want randomness we want more of it with even more control. The URA is just unbeatable in that way at the moment if you consider either price or space consumed by the module.
 
A white noise generator is usually created by a flow of accidental collision of electrons resulting in an even distribution of frequencies our ears tend to hear as “mid-range” hiss. In reality, if we were precision audio analysers, we would be able to hear all frequencies, it is our ears’ and sense of hearing that results in this perception.
 

ura-2The Ultra Random Analog features two of these sources which act as the fundation of randomness. Imagine we could take “snapshots” of these randomness by another “on-and-off” signal, which would result in stepped random voltages. The URA has two of these, and on top of that, their result is also routed to a toggle switch which alternates between the outputs. This toggle switch also has a sepearate clock! Not to mention that once we get tired of the noise, we can feed any input signal via the sample inputs. 

 
We aren’t always in need of harsh steps though. So imagine you could add “portamento” to these fluctuations. Then, sometimes we would also like to control the randomness, e.g. to generate only positive voltages with usually a short or long “on” stage, i.e. triggers or gates. Imagine an “exclusive” “positive only” output instead of a random output on a Doepfer A-118, which would also generate ideal length pulses or gates. Even the division of these can be controlled on the front panel.
 
Sometimes as in case of many complex modules, the functions may not be entirely new, but the all-in-one concept indeed justifies the price. You may “have” something along the lines of URA from the following Doepfer modules (one could argue endlessly about different versions e.g. using different LFO’s, I’ll just say it is one of the possible options):
 
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Not only you may end up not having as much fine-tuned randomness as you expect, or even as steady clocks which function well at audio rates as well, but even price and rack space-wise they would cost more.
 
Random signals are often stereotypically related to disturbing and noisy sound-art, however they may turn out to have beautiful series of scales. Bring a quantizer like uScale to the game and modulate the URA’s clock and the oscillator you pitch control with both URA’s outs and the URA’s clock modulation source and you will get into the territory of endless musical randomness. And that was just a mere overview of the basic functions. A whole musical sequence with various parts, envelopes and drums can be built up by this module with pleasant surprises which you will hardly get tired of!

Erica Synths are getting into wavetable business

Having us teased with their graphic VCO and their PICO series recently, Erica Synths just came up with a brand new wavetable VCO.

black-wavetable-vco-1The Black Wavetable VCO seems to feature functions experienced modular users have already heard of: wavetables with morphing and CV control is something we have used in our beloved Braids and Morphing Terrarium, yet they managed to make it more compact and indeed, the waveforms do sound more fresh and adjusted. The module also features a sub-oscillator. Here is the video, worth watching from beginning to end. The module will ship with upgradable ROM chips with more waveforms to be announced.