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Spunkface Samplers releases Underground Techno

Spunkface Samplers has launched Underground Techno, a 550 MB collection of loops, hits and presets. Thats 228 loops, 183 hits and 50 sylenth1 presets. So as you can see from the huge arsenal of sounds available, you have everything you need to produce a underground techno classic. Underground Techno uses a whole host of classic […]

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Dave Smith Goes Modular, with a $179 Curtis Filter Module

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Eurorack fever continues to spread. The ease of making musical electronics fit the standard, pioneered by Germany’s Dieter Doepfer, and the growing appetite from a small but passionate audience, seems to make producing new modules irresistible. The entire design equation is different: a single task or handful of tasks can become a product.

Dave Smith Instruments is the latest entry. And the product is the perfect choice for DSI. It’s a module built around on the Curtis filter, the signature filter found on everything from the original 1978 Prophet-5 (back when Dave’s company was Sequential Circuits) to the latest Mopho and Prophet 12 – as well as instruments like the Oberheim Xpander and Rhodes Chroma.

Putting the Curtis filter in a module gives you a range of features:

  • Switchable 2/4-pole, resonant low-pass filter
  • -12 dB, -24 dB switchable filter slopes
  • Dedicated voltage-controlled amplifier (VCA)
  • Audio input jack, filtered audio output jack (well, of course, though you can choose signal from either before or after the VCA)
  • Control voltage inputs for frequency, resonance, and amplitude
  • Self-oscillation in 24 dB mode

Street (MAP) US$179.

And yes, it’s actually as far as I know the first time in quite some that Dave Smith, known as the father of MIDI, had his name on something without MIDI built in. But that’s not in and of itself news; a module is by definition different from a standalone synthesizer.

What I think is worth discussing is what the value proposition is. In the context of a modular system, having a Curtis module makes perfect sense. On the other hand, modular isn’t a format that makes sense for every application. You can get this same filter in a DSI Evolver for not much more than the module costs (on the used market) – and sort of get an entire synthesizer free in the process. So if you’re just looking to route your sound through a filter, that remains an option. Apples to oranges? Absolutely. Sometimes you want an apple; sometimes you want an orange. (Sometimes you want both. Or a juicer. I’m off topic.)

The other question I have is how the DSI module fits in with the DSI lineup, whether we’ll see more from the maker. Maybe just a one-off filter module is enough, because of the abundance of great modules now in the Eurorack ecosystem. We’ll have to watch to see if Dave Smith is just testing the waters, with more to come.

But as this ships, I’ve no doubt it’ll please a lot of Eurorack lovers. And it should make a great addition to modular setups – I could see it even in a fairly small suitcase rig. Full details:

Specs:

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In/Out

1 CV In – Frequency (3.5 mm jack) Range: 0 to 10V
1 CV In – Resonance (3.5 mm jack) Range: 0 to 10V
1 CV In – VCA (3.5 mm jack) Range: 0 to 10 V
1 Audio In (3.5 mm jack) +/-5V or 10V p-p
1 VCF Out – pre-VCA (3.5 mm jack)
1 VCA Out – post-VCA (3.5 mm jack)
Self oscillation in -24 dB/octave mode, tracks at 1V/octave

Power
Internal power connector (ribbon cable included)
Current draw: +12V @ 36mA, -12V @ 25mA

Physical Specs
1.59″ W x 5.06″ H (40.3 mm x 128.5 mm)
Depth (measured from back of panel with power cable installed): 1.06″ (27 mm)
Mounting screws included

DSM01 Curtis Filter [Dave Smith Instruments]

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Homegrown Sounds releases Dissonance IR for Iris

Homegrown Sounds has launched Dissonance IR, a new sound library for iZotope Iris. Dissonance IR provides 110 Landscapes for Izotope Iris using the Dissonance Sample Collection as building blocks. Instruments are constructed using 1-3 Samples and take full advantage of the Spectral Features of IRIS and most have Aftertouch assigned to the Filter Cutoff. The […]

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Drum Broker intros Kingsway Music Library Vol.4

The Drum Broker has introduced Kingsway Music Library Vol.4, a collection of 15 original samples (master clearance guaranteed) created by multi genre music producer and composer, Frank Dukes. The Kingsway Music Library was created for the sample based producer, DJ, and beatmaker who wants original music to chop, flip, and arrange into headbanging beats without […]

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Producer Loops releases Nu Deep House Session 3

Producer Loops has announced the release of Nu Deep House Session 3, a new Transmission series sample library. ‘Nu Deep House Session 3′ continues this awesome series of feature packed House Construction Kits, arranged and produced to the very highest quality. Supplied in a range of formats including ACID Loops, Apple Loops, REX, WAV, & […]

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Boz Digital Labs updates T-Bone to v1.5.1 + Labor Day Sale

Boz Digital Labs has released version 1.5.1 of T-Bone, a slant EQ effect plug-in for Windows and Mac. T-Bone uses custom filters that do not have any of the wonky side effects to your high end that most digital filters have. No matter what sample rate you are using, T-Bone will give you a smooth […]

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Loopbased intros Grand Festival Bundle for Spire by HighLife Samples

Loopbased has introduced the Grand Festival Bundle, a sound pack by HighLife Samples featuring patches for the Spire synthesizer from Reveal Sound, MIDI files and stems and loops. ‘Grand Festival Bundle’ brings you five complete products in one, including 30 EDM Construction Kits and a whole host of other features such as MIDI files, Spire […]

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Rankin Audio releases Deep Analogue House sample pack

Rankin Audio has launched Deep Analogue House, a sample pack featuring loops and samples by Rain City Riot. It’s time to go deep and Rankin Audio is here to show you the way with an awesome collection of beautiful, crisp analogue loops. Taken from a huge range of hardware and lovingly processed with external effect […]

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Dynaudio Professional releases AIR Control software

Dynaudio Professional has released a new AIR Control application for PC, Mac and Windows-based tablets, allowing users to carry out advanced calibration and alignment of their AIR monitoring system. The software provides access to advanced tools and features inside AIR monitors and subwoofers including timing and SPL calibration and parametric EQs for each monitor. Air […]

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Propellerhead releases Instrument Development Toolkit for Rack Extensions

Propellerhead has announced the release of the Instrument Development Toolkit (IDT) for Rack Extensions, making it easy for sample library producers and instrument designers to build and sell Rack Extensions for the award-winning Reason platform. The new toolkit enables developers to create stunning instruments and bring them to market with minimum effort and maximum support. […]

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