AJH Synth MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes

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AJH Synth has introduced the MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes, a Eurorack module that generates variable length bursts of repeating envelopes that can change over time, with CV control of all functions.

The BURSTS control selects a “Burst Sequence” of between 1 and 40 individual envelopes. The envelope shape of a burst is chosen with the rotary switch, or it can be varied using an external CV, so that it is even possible to chose a different envelope shape for each individual burst in a sequence.

The width of the envelope (i.e. the attack and decay time) is varied with the P-WIDTH control and this can also be CV controlled as a sequence is progressing, so it is possible to vary the envelope speed of each individual envelope burst while a Burst Sequence is running.

The repeat time of individual bursts in a Burst Sequence is set with the LFO Rate control. The LFO rate can be varied with an external CV as a sequence is progressing, so the gap between envelopes can speed up or slow down over time. An external clock can also time the bursts in a burst sequence instead of, or in addition to the internal LFO. Bursts can also be manually incremented with the CLK push button.

The SLOPE control allows Bursts to start quietly and build in level to maximum, or they can start at full level and then reduce in level as the Burst Sequence progresses. In the centre position all Bursts are of equal level.

Multi Burst Envelopes User Guide:

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Pricing and Availability

MiniMod Multi Burst Envelopes are available now priced at GBP 191.67.

A Complete Guide To The Behringer Neutron Synthesizer

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This pair of videos offer a complete, in-depth guide to the Behringer Neutron semi-modular synthesizer.

The Behringer Neutron is a dual-oscillator, semi-modular analog synthesizer of original design. It features internal normalization, so it can be used without any patching, but offers a matrix of patch points on its right side, so you can override the internal signal flow.

The first video, above, covers each aspect of the Neutron, including its oscillators, sync, paraphonic, filters, LFO, envelopes, envelopes, sample &hold, Slew rate limiter and attenuator.

Topics covered:

0:00 – intro
01:27 – Default patch
03:37 – VCO’s
10:55 – Paraphonic
14:14 – OSC Sync
16:25 – Note priority
23:03 – Filter
37-16 – VCA
41:18 – LFO
55:55 – ENV retrigger
58:36 – OD
01:03:33 – Delay
01:06:24 – S&H
01:12:55 – Slew rate/limiter
01:18:08 – Attenuators
01:22:55 – Autoglide
01:27:45 – OSC2 key trkg
01:29:54 – LFO reorder
01:35:57 – Key splitting
01:39:05 – Conclusion

The second video, below, covers each aspect of the patch bay, including demonstrating the use of each input and output.

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Topics covered:

0:00 – intro
01:59 – OUT/IN
03:09 – OSC’s
08:58 – ATT 1/2
20:53 – Shape 1/2
25:12 – PW 1/2
28:39 – VCF, Freq mod, Res
36:40 – Invert
38:17 – VCA,VCA CV
42:43 – E. Gate 1&2
47:56 – ENV 1&2
53:21 – Midi Gate
55:31 – LFO/UNI OUT
01:02:32 – Rate, Shape, Trig
01:11:27 – Mult in/out
01:14:32 – SUM
01:20:30 – S&H
01:28:05 – SLEW
01:34:12 – OD/Overdrive
01:41:12 – Delay
01:45:23 – Output/Noise
01:49:01 – Assign

Qu-Bit Electronix Debuts Aurora Spectral Reverb At Superbooth 2022

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At Superbooth 2022, Qu-Bit Electronix introduced Aurora, a spectral reverb capable of a wide palette of sounds: from lush caverns and whale songs, to ‘alien textures you’ve never created before’.

Aurora uses a phase vocoder audio engine, which separates the input signal’s time and pitch domains. By blurring these signals, you can achieve beautiful time-stretched tails, or cybernetic metallic effects.

Features:

  • Spectral reverb with true stereo audio IO
  • Phase vocoder audio engine running at 48kHz, 24-bit
  • Time stretched tails, icy shimmers, and voltage controlled whale songs
  • Front panel USB port provides easy firmware updates, user options, and more
  • Powered by the Daisy Audio Platform

Pricing and Availability

The Aurora Spectral Reverb is available to pre-order for $359 USD.

Joranalogue Audio Design Introduces New Modules At Superbooth 2022

Superbooth 2022: Belgian Eurorack company Joranalogue Audio Design has introduced Delay 1, a split-phase bucket brigade delay line, and Pivot 2, a voltage-controlled variable router.

Delay 1 is a fully analogue BBD-based delay module with a multitude of features geared towards modern musical use. An integrated temperature-compensated, high-frequency voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) provides the ‘clock’ signal necessary to drive the delay line within 1 to 50 ms.

By increasing the drive frequency to over 20 kHz, the classic ‘BBD clock whine’ problem is solved, while still providing a wide range in delay time. Classic chorus, flanger and echo effects are easily achieved using the dry/wet blend, feedback and damping parameters.

Delay 1 also allows the user to experiment with Karplus-Strong synthesis, an exciting technique to create string and percussion type sounds. This is made easy by an integrated noise transient generator, driven by the ‘pluck’ input, and by the clock VCO’s 1 volt per octave response.

Joranalogue Delay 1 Audio Demos:

Delay 1 will be available November 2022. More information on the Joranalogue website.

Pivot 2 offers a unique solution: a compact, fully voltage controlled variable signal router. At the turn of a single knob, any signal can be routed through two external modules in series, parallel or reverse series, as well as any combination in between.

Experiment with patching wavefolders before, after or alongside filters, shuffle multiple delay lines, precisely dial in two-stage audio compression or easily control intricate feedback patches.

Looking beyond the basic signal routing application, Pivot 2 will also function as a complementary pair of counter-acting linear voltage controlled amplifiers (VCAs), a voltage controlled crossfader or a voltage controlled panner.

Signal flow is an essential concept in modular synthesis: the path taken by audio or control voltages (CVs) may be long or short, branching or linear, intuitive or highly complex.

While the patch programmability of a modular system is its greatest strength, it can also be a weakness: quick experimentation is often hampered by the need to repatch the synthesiser to change the signal flow.

Pivot 2 offers a unique solution: a compact, fully voltage controlled variable signal router. At the turn of a single knob, any signal can be routed through two external modules in series, parallel or reverse series, as well as any combination in between.

Experiment with patching wavefolders before, after or alongside filters, shuffle multiple delay lines, precisely dial in two-stage audio compression or easily control intricate feedback patches.

Looking beyond the basic signal routing application, Pivot 2 will also function as a complementary pair of counter-acting linear voltage controlled amplifiers (VCAs), a voltage controlled crossfader or a voltage controlled panner.

Pivot 2 is expected to begin shipping September 2022. More information on the Joranalogue website.

Joranalogue also provided an update on the Step 8 sequential tracking/sampling register.

The company says that the Step 8 “received a lot of attention” at Superbooth 2022. But, “it quickly became clear that the design needed a bit more development time. We’ve since added some exciting improvements and are planning to commence production soon.”

Step 8 represents a new type of modular building block: a sequential tracking/sampling register, which can be configured to provide a variety of functions. These include sequencers, sequential switches, counters, analogue shift registers…

At its heart lies an analogue 1-to-8 signal switch feeding an octet of high-stability track/sample-and-hold stages. Each of these has its own analogue output with an attenuation slider, in addition to a gate output. LEDs visualise the status of each stage in real time. The switch can be controlled sequentially using the built-in 8-step counter, or addressed directly by an analogue control voltage (CV).

Joranalogue Step 8 Features:

  • Analogue 1-to-8 voltage tracking or high-speed sampling register.
  • Precision circuitry to process any signal, including pitch CV, accurately.
  • Cycling or shifting sequential control modes.
  • 8 high-performance ‘low droop’ hold circuits with solo function.
  • Integrated sequential counter with step, pause, reset and reverse inputs, and step button.
  • Step trigger output for easy tempo synchronisation of additional modules.
  • Stage input to directly address the register via control voltage.
  • Impedance-compensated individual stage analogue outputs with LED-equipped attenuation sliders.
  • Scanning output for sequencer, addressed voltage source or waveshaper use.
  • Individual stage gate outputs with LEDs.
  • ‘Bullet-proof’ design: polarized power header and MOSFET protection circuit.
  • Includes 16-to-10-pin Eurorack power ribbon cable.
  • Premium mounting hardware: black screws, black nylon washers and matching hex key.

The Joranalogue Step 8 is marked “coming soon” on the company website. Additional information here.

Tiptop Audio + Buchla Sequential Voltage Source, Dual Voltage Processor Coming This Summer In Eurorack Format

At Superbooth 2022, Tiptop Audio is previewing the next modules in its official line of Buchla 200 Series Eurorack modules.

The first batch of the 245t Sequential Voltage Source and 257t Dual Voltage Processor, above, are in production and are expected to ship this Summer. Both are Eurorack translations of classic Buchla 200 Series modules from ’70s.

Tiptop Audio also shared an update on their version of the 292 Quad Lo Pass Gate, which will feature handmade vactrols that they say will “satisfy the ears of the most die-hard Buchla bongo fans”, adding “Users will be able to build out their 200t systems with the classic Buchla signal chain.”

In addition to the Tiptop Audio & Buchla news, Tiptop announced that they are introducing an all-black Mantis Eurorack case.

The new black Mantis is identical in specs and price to the original. This case is made with black ABS with an overcoating to ensure a homogenous shade in various light conditions.

The first batch of black Mantis is limited and will be available very soon with additional quantities that should be ready toward the end of Summer. The gray Mantis will also be available again, and they plan to have them shipping in large quantities in the coming months.

Finally, Tiptop Audio has added black faceplates for the following modules: Miso, Forbidden Planet, Z8000, Z2040, Mix7. The black Z8000 is now released and the others will be sent to retailers in the coming weeks.

See the Tiptop site for more info.

Behringer Model 15, The ‘Boog Grandmother’, First Look

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Behringer today shared a sneak preview and audio demo for their upcoming Model-15 semi-modular Eurorack synthesizer.

The Behringer Model 15 copies the design of the Moog Grandmother and translates it into Eurorack format.

The Model 15 features dual oscillators with 4 waveforms, oscillator sync, pulse-width modulation and a sub-oscillator. Other features include a step sequencer, allowing for 3 separate, 256-step memory slots, key transpose and multiple playback modes.

The synth also features a spring reverb emulation, 48 points for modular connectivity, integration with external equipment and 37 controls for real-time access to key parameters.

Pricing and Availability

No release date for the Behringer Model 15 has been announced. The company says that, “As soon as we receive the chips required to put this into production, MODEL-15 will ship immediately.” Pricing is expected to be about $329 USD.

Modbap Modular Introduces Transit, Two-Channel Stereo Eurorack Mixer

At Superbooth 2022: Modbap Modular by BeatPPL has introduced TRANSIT, a new 6hp two channel stereo Eurorack mixer with mutes, ducking, and an all-analog signal path.

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Transit has an all-analog signal path with dual mono (stereo) inputs on both of its 2 channels. Each channel lane has performative mute buttons with LED indication. Each channel lane has its own ducking input that allows for side-chaining. Each channel lane has its own gain control. Transit also has a dual mono (stereo) output with master level and an independent 3.5mm stereo headphone output with its own level control.

Transit takes two stereo — dual mono — lanes of audio with an all-analog signal path and embellishes each of them with its own input gain control (CH1 GAIN and CH2 GAIN), mute button (CH1 MUTE and CH2 MUTE), and ducking input (CH1 DUCK and CH2 DUCK), the latter operating like traditional side-chaining on a compressor, whereby an input signal, CV (Control Voltage), or trigger input — i.e. LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator), Clock, Gate — modulates the gain reduction of the audio. Applying this well-known production technique to the ever-widening world of Eurorack should appeal to audio professionals, beat-makers, and musicians to whom it is already familiar from a wide variety of music genres where an effect is activated by an audio track.

Transit also boasts a 3.5mm headphone (PHONES) jack with its own independent volume (PHONES GAIN) control knob, while its all- analog signal path’s final destination is a left and right stereo output (LEFT OUT and RIGHT OUT) with an associated MASTER volume knob.

Says Modbap Modular by BeatPPL designer and founder Corry Banks: “The idea for Transit came about because our Per4mer quad performance FX unit sat perfectly in one of our Modbap20 powered Eurorack pods. … In this configuration, it comfortably resided on the desktop amongst all my tabletop synths, drum machines, and samplers, but I found that I wanted a bit more control over the signal into Per4mer — plus, perhaps, a headphone jack — and I definitely wanted a master volume level control for live sets. So it made perfect sense to subsequently design a module that could fill the empty 6HP next to the Per4mer in the 20HP Modbap20. Together, Transit and Per4mer make for a perfect pairing while complementing the tabletop synth and beat-maker desktop.”

Pricing and Availability. Transit is available to order for $249 US at retailers worldwide and via the ModBap webstore. The module is expected to ship in June 2022.

Crea8audio East Beast Semi-Modular Synthesizer In-Depth Demo

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Superbooth 2022: The latest Molten Music Technology video takes an in-depth look at the new East Beast monophonic semi-modular synthesizer.

Topics covered:

Intro and demos – 0:00
Closer look – 10:29
Oscillator waveforms – 12:46
Filter – 14:36
Envelope – 16:07
ARP and Sequencer – 17:45
Wave and filter randomisation – 22:27
Multifunction feature – 25:00
Conclusion – 34:06
Outtro – 39:22

The East Beast, a collaboration between Cre8audio and Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, is a new semi-modular desktop synthesizer and Eurorack module.

Features:

  • East coast style subtractive monophonic synthesize
  • Controllable via MIDI, CV, and integrated button keyboard
  • Fully patchable – use East Beast’s components as separate modules with external devices or reroute its internal patching. It’s like having 9 individual modules (Oscillator, filter, envelope, VCA, LFO, multi-mod tool, sequencer, MIDI to CV converter, and button keyboard).
  • 32 step sequencer with up to 13 presets
  • Generative sequencing mode
  • Clock-synced arpeggiator
  • Step sequencer can be manipulated & transposed via MIDI and the integrated button keyboard
  • Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer developed 100% analog oscillator
  • Oscillator waveforms – sine, triangle, saw, square, and pitched noise – Waveforms can be combined
  • Oscillator includes pulse-width modulation (PWM) and frequency modulation (FM)
  • Variable state, multi-mode PGH “No-Dead-Spots” filter (lowpass, bandpass, highpass, modes can be combined)
  • Analog envelope generator
  • Integrated VCA
  • Dual-range analog LFO with triangle wave output
  • Digital multi-mod tool – modulation control via CV, random generator, and extra LFO and envelope generator
  • Internal clock with tap tempo and can be clocked via an external source.
  • Built-in clock divider
  • Can be used standalone in its included case or removed and used as a eurorack format module
  • Specifications for when used as a eurorack module
  • Width when used as a module = 40hp
  • Depth when used as a module = 25mm
  • 213mA power draw when running +12V rail
  • 151mA power draw when running -12V
  • Input voltage range of oscillator = 0-10V

Pricing and Availability:

East Beast is available to pre-order now, with a street price of $249.99 / €249.99.

New Music For Modular – Hélène Vogelsinger’s ‘Patch Notes’

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The Vinyl Factory has announced a new release from French composer and sound designer Hélène Vogelsinger, recorded as part of FACT’s Patch Notes series.

Hélène Vogelsinger’s Patch Notes features two modular synth tracks, recorded live inside an abandoned castle in France.

Here’s what Vogelsinger has to say about the recordings:

“The installation and the recording session are always a process within the process, which takes a few hours. Technically it requires a good organisation: three modular cases and hundred of cables, a generator, a camera, lights and again so many cables,” she says.

“It is something really intense, especially in those types of abandoned places, where you have to avoid a lot of obstacles. I love the fact that they have layers of stories and histories, with different occupants, often crossing times, and always full of beautiful and melancholic poetry.”

Hélène Vogelsinger’s Patch Notes is available to pre-order in an edition of 1000, with an expected release date of 5/20/22.

Eurorack Losing One Of Its Most Influential Companies, Mutable Instruments

Mutable Instruments’ Émilie Gillet recently announced that there will be no new modules from the company and that production of the existing modules is ending.

Mutable Instruments has been one of the most influential manufacturers in Eurorack over the last decade, with thoughtful module designs that are technically brilliant, aesthetically gorgeous and great sounding. Gillet transformed people’s racks and transformed the types of music synthesists make with modular synthesizers.

On the official Mutable Instruments forum, Gillet posted:

“No new module is in preparation. Beads is the last module I designed, back in 2019.

Existing modules are going to be discontinued one after the other, when depends on hard to predict supply, production and sales patterns.

I won’t design new modules and production is progressively stopping. Modules are marked as discontinued when the last shipment is sent to dealers. I can’t predict when it happens as it depends on how fast a batch is made, and how fast it gets sold. It might happen in a week, in a month or in a quarter 175. There is no easter egg, no plot twist, no teaser.”

Gillet has hinted at these plans before, but the recent posts confirm that MI is shutting down production and that Gillet plans to stop working in the area of music technology.