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Buchla Introduces the Aux Expander

What a pleasant surprise! Buchla has introduced a wonderful and handy expander for the Easel – in the same cartridge-type fashion as the iProgram Card.

Buchla - Music Easel Aux ExpanderThe card adds a third(!) oscillator to the already complex (carrier & modulator based) oscillator of the Easel. It also unleashes voltage control over the waveshape paramter which had not been CV controlled in the original setup. The low-frequency noise generator also adds more to the modulation palette of the Easel, and you can also control switch settings! It is a very handy  tool that is well-integrated, and it will surely grow on every user.

NAMM 2017 - Day 0

Analogue Zone is live and direct at NAMM, bringing us the latest and greatest at breakneck speed! Here is Day 0 with lots of eurorack news  – yes, literally during the show was still being built.
4ms Company came up with the latest and we guess the almost final version of a sampler with enough ease of use, memory and depth – a great and easy to use sampler that is in harmony with their earlier dual modules that you can get crazy with using their ground-breaking clock modules that made them famous… The new Tapographic Delay could be called a good contestant of the Rainmaker with less width. the price will be in the range of the SMR.

 Qu-Bit Electronix gives us the the Tone – a quad voltage control 24dB lowpass-bandpass filter – probably designed for the fantastically sounding Chord, and the Chance module, a Swiss Army knife of random signals including random rhythmic patterns. The Contour – a more modern take on the quad ADSR concept (coined in first by Doepfer) – shipping next week! Their Mixology has been updated with send-return, size-increase(!) thank god!) plenty of gain, and so on…

Pittsburgh Modular has updated their Lifeforms series with filters (a vactrolesque filter with unstable mode), adsr, mixers with new routings, oscillators …and and yes.. an in-rack mixer 🙂 Also, they have a new line of cases – with enough power till the next century.

WMD came up with a prototype trigger sequencer (an A-157 on steroids in short) Arpitecht, a beautiful quantizer concept.  Also (dj and live) performance oriented tools are a compressor, a filter with stereo width effect have been seen in their rack this year!

Steven Hansleigh from 2hp introduced yet again(!) a few new 2HP modules, including known concepts such as the tiniest Turing Machine, a multiple Clock source module or sample-and-holds which are new in this size. Each user will find at least one cool module to fill up the remaining 2HP space of their racks.
Endorphines were busy with updating their Shuttle Control, and their Grand Terminal is also ready for shipping. The Cockpit which we have seen last year is also an amazing routing and compression mixer tool!

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Two modular systems will accompany a SF novel in Budapest

On the 4th of December a new tradition might be established. Two Hungarian modular synth composers & performers will be accompanying a classic science-fiction novel for 6.5 hours live.

stanislav-coverThe idea for the project StanisłAV that came from composers Bálint Baráth and András Hargitai (Banyek) is that just like in the case of silent movies, some background music, timbres and atmospheres would be provided while the novel (Staniław Lem‘s classic, the Invincible which tells the story of one high-tech space ship landing on a planet with a rescue team trying to understand what had happened to its identical brother and its crew) is projected onto a screen behind the instruments. However, all the sounds that are described in the novel will also be performed live. The textures of the visuals (created by Hungarian media artist David Mórász aka micro.D) will also be controlled real-time by the same modulation sources that control the audio.
An incomplete list of euro gear that will play a key role in the performance:
Join the event if you are in Budapest.
Watch the video trailer or listen to the Soundcloud
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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!

New alternative firmware for XAOC Devices - Batumi

The XAOC Devices – Batumi had already been one of the most feature-rich modulation source in this HP. Now a new alternative firmware has been released which allows you to have even more exciting patches with the Batumi.
 
batumi-01-500x500Polish manufacturers have reached their fame with their Moskwa sequencer – but they did not stop here. Batumi, their quad modulation source is already a hit thanks to its unprecedented plethora of features. The module ships with the most updated factory firmware, however an alternate firmware has also been released thanks to Matthias Puech, already famed creator of the Parasite alternate firmware for Mutable Instruments modules. The features are the following:
 
  • Channel zoom-in on each modulation channel with LFO amplitude, LFO phase control, fine-tune control of the frequency and attenuation of the channel’s FM CV:
 

 
 
  • A New quad mode where output 1 becomes the sum of all frequencies and the other outputs become dual ones,
  • This features square wave modes instead of trapezoid turns the LFO into a sequencer

  • Random waveforms where stepped uniform random wave (classic sample-and-hold)
  • A Random Logic mode creates more patterned repetitions (the most peculiar thing is that each Batumi will sound different in this mode!)

NAMM '16 - Verbos is releasing two new modules this year

Verbos Electronics came up with 2 new ergonomic additions to the Verbos system. The modules connect sequencers and add randomness and hihat sounds at once.
 

verbos-sssMark Verbos, known for his in-depth knowledge of Buchla systems and his performance oriented design is about to release two new modules this year. The Sequence Selector is a 5-stage sequencer in itself, which can be linked up to other sequencers, expanding the Voltage Multistage and your other favourite euro sequencers. Another good way to connect and empower your sequencing section. With 16 HP, it does not occupy too much space either.
 
v-rsThe Random Sampling is still being finalized, though it looks like the missing link to randomness is also finally found in the Verbos System. Along the quantized fluctuations that can be smoothed out,. the module will also be capable of producing tunable audio noise and 808-ish cymbal sounds. Verbos’ techno history that blended into West-Coast synthesis is pretty much visible here. 🙂
 
The modules will be available later this year!