Befaco has introduced Morphader, a performative tool designed to make multichannel CV/Audio crossfades easy.
The core of the module has four CV-controlled crossfaders, each with their individual control and a master fader to control them all. The module mixes the four crossfades at its fourth output. Each input can also be removed from the mix by plugging a cable into the corresponding own output.
CV Controlled four channel crossfader.
Attenuators per input.
Normalized voltages to every input, allowing cv levels morphing.
Audio CV response switch per channel
Master Fader control with Lag.
Leds per channel for signal level monitoring.
Here’s an interview, via MMT, with Befaco’s Manu Retamero about the new module:
Pricing and Availability:
The Befaco Morphader is available for 250€ assembled. DIY options are also available.
Behringer today introduced the Brains Multi-Engine Oscillator Module for Eurorack modular synthesizers, a clone of the Mutable Instruments Plaits.
Like the Plaits, Brains features a wide range of digital oscillator modes, ranging from virtual analog to FM to drum synthesis. The Behringer version adds a waveform display and a USB connector on the front of the module.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Brains comes with multi-functional Timbre, Harmonics, Frequency and Morph controls that can be used to tweak each of the 20 synth models. Just select the active synth mode with the model button then start turning the controls to change the character of your sound source until you get your desired tone.
Set any of BRAINS’ 20 synth or percussion and noise engines such as Virtual Analog, Waveshaper, FM, Grains, Rain, Noise, Dust, Modal Strings, Bass, Snare or Hi Hat to generate dark pulsating beats, bright and spicy tones, ripping leads, lush chords or ethereal pads to really breathe life into your music.”
Polyphony in modular synthesis used to mean multitracking multiple independent monophonic synth lines. Musicians like Wendy Carlos used modulars to create individual synthesized voices, which were layered to create polyphonic textures.
But in recent years, new modules and the increasing affordability of modules have made it possible to easily create chords within your system, bringing new performance and compositional options to modular synthesists.
In the latest Perfect Circuit video, ‘Patch Pals’ Wes and Jacob take a look at module options like the Supercritical Synthesizers Demon Core oscillator, which gives you 16 MIDI-controllable voices and the 4ms Ensemble Oscillator, which lets you create chords. They also talk about effects modules that allow you to create polyphonic textures, like loopers and delays.
While the demos are all done with a Eurorack system, many of the ideas can be applied equally to Moog format systems.
Expert Sleepers has released firmware 1.8 for the disting EX multifunction Eurorack module.
The update adds a multi-effects processor mode and more.
Here’s what’s new in disting EX v1.8:
Added the Multi FX algorithm.
Added the Oscilloscope algorithm.
Added the ‘Gate offset’ parameter to the Poly Wavetable algorithm.
Added the ‘Clocks required’ parameter to the Augustus Loop algorithm.
Added the ‘Reverse’ parameter to the Granulator algorithm.
Added ‘Start offset’ parameters to the SD 6 Triggers algorithm.
Added ‘I2C learn’ (like MIDI learn, for I2C).
Added the ‘Enable High Speed SD’ setting.
Added the ‘Wake on MIDI/I2C’ setting.
Added an ‘Ignore’ option to the ‘Program Change Option’ setting.
Some parameters, notably the sample folders in the SD Multisample and SD 6 Triggers algorithms, and the wavetable in the Poly Wavetable and Dream Machine algorithms, now wait for the user to confirm their choice (by pressing the encoder) before changing.
The Looper algorithm now stores the loop play/reverse/octave down states in its presets.
Modified the ‘G’ in the large font used by the quantizer algorithms to make it more distinct from the ‘C’.
In dual mode, the help texts for the two sides now have independent scroll positions.
Dual mode algorithms now send MIDI CCs on parameter changes and preset loads (if enabled in the settings).
Processing of MIDI ‘soft thru’ now continues at all times (rather than stopping e.g. during WAV folder load).
Single mode presets now store which parameter was active when stored.
Fixed a problem in the SD Multisample algorithm where the Transpose and Octave parameters would not be correctly applied to notes triggered by MIDI.
Fixed a problem in the Dream Machine algorithm where setting the numerator and denominator parameters via MIDI would produce unpredictable results.
Fixed the Quantizer 2 algorithm’s response to MIDI.
1V/Oct has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of a new Eurorack wavetable synth module, The Centre.
The Centre is a four-voice polyphonic module, with each voice featuring a wavetable oscillator LFO, VCO, Envelope and filter. This means you can use it as a complete polyphonic synth within your rack. It can also be used for sample playback, so you can use it as a MIDI drum module. Other features include clocks, effects, digital VCA and more.
The developers say that The Centre was inspired by the popular software synth Serum:
“The Centre is not a replacement of that great plugin, it just tries to use similar techniques to reproduce similar sound in hardware packages. Using software is not always convenient and running modular performance is much easier without a computer and by using knobs and patching modulations.”
Polyphony (up to 4 voices of polyphony all controlled independently from V/OCT inputs)
Wavetable Oscillator with Unison/Detune/Warp
LFO with Sine, Square and Triangle output that can be freely controlled
VCO standard high resolution oscillators with Sine, Square and Triangle
Low Frequency Shaper – Shapes – shapes for low frequency modulations (Serum file-format shapes can be imported)
Filters (Bi-Quad and Diode Ladder)
Drum Racks – MIDI powered drum sets playing sampled drums
Sample playback controlled by Gate or MIDI
Clocks, MIDI clocks, gate dividers
Digital VCA – Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Simple Multiband Compressor
Pricing and Availability
The Centre is available to project backers as a Eurorack module or as a compact semi-modular synth. It’s available to project backers, starting at about $390 USD.
Erica Synths has introduced the Black Ring-Xfade module for Eurorack.
The Black Ring-Xfade features two ring modulators/waveshapers and a crossfader that works both for audio and CV and a VCA.
Unlike a conventional ring modulator that only works with a signal present on both signal and carrier inputs, the Black Ring-Xfade passes through the signal without alteration if no carrier is present.
Carrier level adjustment
Voltage controlled crossfader
Manual and CV control over crossfade
Selectable AC (audio) or DC (control voltage) coupling
VCA with selectable bias
Pricing and Availability
The Black Ring-Xfade is available now for €150 (VAT excl.) and $189 USD.