Splice Sounds has released Ultramajic Sounds Vol. 2, a new collection of samples from Ultramajic’s artists. The new pack features samples that have been lovingly sculpted using classic tools of the trade including modular synths, the DX7, the Minimoog, and the H3000, then refined using top end outboard equipment including Neve preamps, vintage Lexicon reverb, […]
SoloStuff has released version 1.1 of SoloRack, a virtual modular synthesizer that mimics the usability and functionality of hardware Eurorack modular systems. The update includes 7 new modules, some of which are in the System B bundle. Both analog modeled/emulated or pure digital modules are possible. Even experienced Eurorack users will find something new within […]
Eventide is proud to release the EuroDDL — entering the ever-expanding Eurorack modular market with a 16HP (DDL) module made
Eventide has announced Euro DDL, a 16HP digital delay module made to sound less digital than the average delay while enabling external control of every feature and function. Derived from the Eventide DDL-500, the Euro DDL strictly limits the amount of digital circuitry to only what’s required for delay. Soft saturation clipping, LP (low pass) […]
The free VCV Rack virtual Eurorack system has been updated to version 0.4.0. The update includes a new VCO in Fundamental, Lissajous mode in Scope, Rampage dual slope generator, output port cable stacking, plug lights, and more. Changes in VCV Rack v0.4.0 Cables can now stack on output ports. Added sub-menus for each plugin and […]
After the amazing campaign of the FIELD KIT last year Koma is very happy to be back with another awesome device: The
Koma today revealed a sequel to their crowd-funded smash hit Field Kit. And it’s a whole bunch of patchable effects, for €249 (€219 for funders).
Inside that box, there’s a load of different effects to play with:
- Frequency Shifter
- Sample Rate Reducer / Bitcrusher
- Digital Delay
- Analog Spring Reverb
Yeah, you read that last one right – there’s actually a physical spring in there for reverb. Behold:
Looping of course means that you could make the FX a hub of performance. And in addition to the other digital effects, that frequency shifter opens up some really interesting possibilities.
So, whereas the first Field Kit depended on you attaching contact mics and working with the mixing functions, the Field Kit FX actually has a lot more sonic possibilities included right out of the box. There’s still a companion book to go with it, and of course this is already intended as a clever
But, for a kind of “weirdo modular effects toolkit” in a case, you also get a bunch of tools for applying these effects, by mixing and sequencing them:
- 4 Channel VCA Mixer
- 4 Step Mini Sequencer
- Envelope Generator
All over the place, you’ve got various patch points. That’s a chance to connect to other analog I/O – which certainly includes Eurorack modulars, but these days a lot of other gear, as well, even desktop units from Novation, Roland, Arturia, KORG, and the like.
And there’s a new 4-Channel CV Interface for bringing it all together, meaning you can come up with pretty elaborate modular connections.
In fact, for under three hundred bucks, the whole thing looks a bit like either a shrunken Eurorack modular or a tabletop of analog and digital effects merged together for patching.
Now, this is still definitely geared for advanced users. There’s no MIDI. And the CV routing, while powerful, might be overwhelming to newcomers – for instance, there’s not a single, simple trigger in to clock that sequencer. (That’s not necessarily a criticism – the various CV options mean loads of creative flexibility. But it does probably mean this box is more for people who want to get deep into patching.)
Watch the overview video, natch:
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Air Music Technology has released Loom II, the follow-up to its modular additive synthesizer for Windows and Mac. Loom II comes with various new features and improvements, including 8 voices, a spectral noise section, new modules, 500 new patches, and more. Loom II takes a unique modular approach to additive synthesis, a synthesis technique that […]
Dreadbox, purveyors of gnarly electronic synths and effects, have come back with a modular-friendly analog synth, which you can assemble – if you dare.
The core synth itself is simple – just a single-oscillator synthesizer, to which you can add two suboctaves for lots of low end bass punch, and three waves (pulse with width, double saw with width, saw). In the tradition of Dreadbox and their love for edgy distortion, you can add some angry sounds with the drive circuit and 3-pole resonating filter.
And, mostly, you’re likely to appreciate this thing for its modulation and patchability. There are some 13 patch points, which you can use with Eurorack or other analog circuits, external audio input, a triangle and square wave LFO, and two separate envelope generators.
You can stick this on your desk and patch into stuff. Or you can bolt it into a Eurorack.
Now, here’s the somewhat bonkers bit. If you’re sensible, I think you’ll just buy this thing pre-assembled, and think hard about finding space in a Eurorack. It’s a nice 250€ buy.
Or, if you’re a bit bored, you’ll DIY the kit version. It’s all through-hole parts, so it’s not a difficult build. It’s just a lot of them. Expect to … free up some time to put this together.
Also cute but not totally practical, they’ve decided that the box is a case. And it is kind of a nice cardboard box. I mean, sure, why not, but … it’s not so much a selling point as it is a cute way around the fact that it doesn’t have a case. It doesn’t have a power supply, either, so figure that into the purchase price.
Don’t get me wrong, though – I think this thing is terribly clever as a synth. And Dreadbox are making some utterly genius distortion, based on the couple I’ve played with.
If you’re looking for a cheap buy that’s fun to patch into other stuff – really desktop or Euro – this isn’t a bad buy at all. And maybe save yourself the time on the busywork of assembling the kit version, and put that time into making a nice wooden case for the assembled version.
Though, while we’re at it, technically every product I’ve ever owned has come with a free enclosure / kid’s playhouse / pencil case / advanced part storage / tiny spaceship for paper people … uh, you know, box.
Also, you can turn a lot of the manuals into really ace paper airplanes.
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Erica Synths has announced Black Dual VCF, a dual multimode filter with CV control over cutoff and resonance for serious modular patches. Produced in Erica Synths’ hometown Riga, Latvia, the custom AS3320 multimode VCF chip offers a highly stable core. It can be used as two independent VCFs with simultaneous HP, BP and LP outputs, […]