“The Matzoh Man returns for Passover this year. This time, his rendition of Dayenu is used to drive the KOMA Field Kit via a contact mic. Audio is routed to the Field Kit’s enveloper follower to drive the solenoid and sundry objects. In the final segment, we use Matzoh Man’s audio and the envelope generator to also drive the Morpheus Z-plane filter from
“The new Common Ground Anglerfish in action. Starting off with some additional delay and frequency shifter effects by the KOMA Field Kit FX, towards the end without any effects. Casually narrated by Wouter.”
“Anglerfish is a 6 square oscillator noise and dronemaker for experimental and drony sounds! Use the light controls with the built-in LED or use an external torch to modulate the pitch! Drone on! This DIY Kit is suitable for beginner solderers. Anglerfish is the first self-released DIY Kit by Common Ground, designed by Bridget Ferrill.
“We introduce the KOMA Field Kit, and a standalone box with combines modular synthesis with electro-acoustic features such as driving external DC actuators (solenoids, motors, etc.), contact mics, a CV-controlled radio input (FM, AM, shortwave), and more.
We go through a few short examples:
1) Contact mic
3) Solenoid and objects in the Field Kit
“The KOMA Dual Discrete VCA offers two independent high quality VCA channels, both built up out of discrete transistor cells with low CV and audio bleed, very low noise and distortion. The VCA’s feature set also enables you to experiment with the linear/exponential response curve, changing the dynamics of your sound. Play around with the gain settings
KOMA Strom Mobile – How does it work?Published on Oct 3, 2018 KOMA Elektronik
“Strom Mobile is a portable power solution for music makers and everyone who needs reliable voltage source at all times! The Strom Mobile transforms the output voltage of USB power banks (5V DC) to either 9V or 12V DC to power any (music) device running on those voltages. There are two independent channels which can
You’re on the go. And those wonderful USB power banks will charge your phone – so why not audio gear, too? KOMA Elektronik’s new Strom Mobile makes it possible.
Here’s the problem: USB power banks (mobile batteries and whatnot), while plentiful, only output 5V power for phones and USB, and they’re anything but “low noise” (meaning you’ll hear garbled interference when you plug a lot of them in).
A lot of your compact audio gear is probably running on 9V or 12V power, and it’ll make you happier if it’s low noise. (Some gear is 5V, of course, but that’s another story.)
Enter Strom Mobile, a small accessory from KOMA that adapts power banks for your gear. Specs:
9V/12V DC power compatibility (clean, low noise)
Two power channels – plug in to one or both, and set each channel to either 9V or 12V
Indicators to show you which power is connected, and how much current you’re using
Four outputs for gear – or connect more via daisy chaining (until you run out of current, anyway)
Cables and manual in the box: 1x USB B, 2x DC-DC, printed guide
The USB B cable is especially designed for this application.
There’s also a Strom Mobile Cable Pack you can buy as an add on, which includes another of those special USB B cables, a 1-5to-5 daisychain DC cable, 2 more DC cables, and 1 polarity changing DC cable.
And of course, this is intended for use with the Field Kit and Field Kit FX from KOMA, but the list of 9V/12V drum machines, recorders, samplers, effects pedals, mobile synths, and the like is very long.
Pricing: 175EUR suggested retail, or 35EUR for the Cable Pack.
Check the intro video:
Artists Hainbach (known for his lovely cassette tape videos and ambient creations) and Wouter (KOMA founder, here with his ODD NARRATIVE project) play and record using the gear en plein air at Berlin’s former airport-turned-park Tempelhofer Feld.