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.

La Voix du Luthier & Haken Audio At Superbooth 2022

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At Superbooth 2022, vendors were invited to share musical demos of their instruments. This video captures the performance of Edmund Eagan and Christophe Duquesne, performing with some of the latest gear from La Voix du Luthier and Haken Audio.

Both companies focus on creating instruments that remove some of the boundaries between acoustic and electronic instruments.

Haken Audio creates the Continuum family of instruments, which are synthesizers designed to give you the same degree of per-note expressive control as traditional instruments. La Voix du Luthier creates a line of acoustic resonators, which turn your synthesizer into a hybrid acoustic/electric instrument.

In this performance, both Eagan and Duquesne play members of the Continuum family through resonators, La Voix du Luthier’s Pyramide and Onde.

The effect of these resonators is that the sound doesn’t come from speakers, it comes from the resonating body of the instrument. And, like any acoustic instrument, the physical qualities of the instrument body affect the resulting sound. The result blurs the line between acoustic and electronic sounds.

Sounds Of The New Oberheim OB-X8

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Sound designer Paul Schilling shared this demo of some of his patches for the new Oberheim OB-X8 synthesizer.

Schilling was one of the sound designers that created patches for the new OB-X8.

This demo features a wide range of sounds, including recreations of a lot of iconic Oberheim sounds, along with with new sounds that showcase various aspects of the new synths.

Oberheim officially introduced the OB-X8 at Superbooth 2022. The OB-X8 is a new synth that they say combines the three different voice architectures of the classic OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 synths into a single instrument. As a result, the Oberheim OB-X8 is more than a reissue, it’s a new Oberheim design that offers broader synthesis options and expressive capabilities than its predecessors.

Check out the audio demo and share your thoughts on the OB-X8 in the comments!

Oberheim OB-X8 Synthesizer Raw Audio Demo

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Here’s another preview of the raw sound of the new Oberheim OB-X8.

The Oberheim OB-X8 combines the three different voice architectures of the classic OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 synths into a single instrument. The individual filter types and other unique characteristics of each model have been faithfully reproduced, along with a 100% analog signal path.

This audio demo is by LA-based producer and sound designer Matia Simovich, INHALT, who programmed all the sounds demo.

Technical details:

Programmed, played and recorded by Matia Simovich / INHALT at Infinite Power Studios. The OB-X8 was recorded straight into Pro Tools HD and no post processing or FX were added. What you’re hearing is the raw synth.

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.

Moon Modular Debuts New Moog Format Effects Modules At Superbooth 2022

At Superbooth 2022, synthmaker Moon Modular displayed their Moog format modular line, showcased a new module in their Lunar Effects Suite, and introduced a new dual-VCA module.

The M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter is a phaser module, based on a classic phaser design. It is a fully analog design, featuring up to eight phasing stages.

It features a built-in voltage controlled LFO, with triangle and rising sawtooth waveforms, for modulation. The LFO OUTPUT is normalized to the PHASER CV INPUT. Voltage control over phase shift, feedback and dry/wet mix is also available.

With FILTER MODE in the CLASSIC position, all phasing stages receive the same phase shift information. The SPREAD mode supplies them with different phase shift information.

In addition to the M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter, Moon’s effects modules include:

  • The M 530 Voltage Controlled Digital Delay – a high quality stereo delay, with many unique features; and
  • The M 531 Voltage Controlled Analog Delay –  an analog delay module, with two separate bucket brigade delay lines.

Finally, Moon introduced the M502S Simple Dual Voltage Controlled Amplifier, a module that features two separate voltage controlled amplifier circuits, each with its own signal input and signal output, plus modulation input.

The module has a continuous linear/exponential controller and switchable AC/DC mode (audio signals/control voltages). The module can act as two independent mono or one stereo VCA.

Pricing and Availability:

  • The M 532 Voltage Controlled Phase Shifter will be available starting in June 2022 for 419 EUR (incl. the German VAT of 19%) or 352,10 EUR export price.
  • The Moon Modular M502S will be available starting in June for 279 EUR (incl. the German VAT of 19%) or 234,45 EUR export price.

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.

Silhouette Eins Optical Synthesizer Turns Visuals Into Sound In Real Time

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At Superbooth 2022, inventor Pit Przygodda debuted the Silhouette Eins Optical Synthesizer, a new type of synthesizer that translates images into sound in real time.

The user interface consists of an on-monitor Plexiglass hardware controller, which addresses 4 software pages. Objects placed on the light table create the source audio waveforms in real time.

20 potentiometers and 21 buttons give you direct access to key functions. All values are shown directly behind and around the controlling potentiometer or button.

The Silhouette Eins builds on earlier designs, like Daphne Oram’s Oramics machine, but uses modern technology to allow for greater immediacy and interactivity.

Pricing and Availability:

The Silhouette Eins Optical Synthesizer is available now for 3800,- EUR.

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Shut Up & Play: Sounds Of The Oberheim OB-X8 Synthesizer

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In this video, synthesist and sound designer Julian Pollack (J3PO) demos a variety of presets he created for the new Oberheim OB-X8.

The OB-X8 is designed to combine three classic OB-series synthesizers in one: the OB-X, the OB-Xa, and OB-8.

Here’s what Pollack has to say about the video:

“In this video, you will hear a bunch of presets I created for the OB-X8. Some of my sounds will be included factory with the OB-X8 while most of these presets will appear in a presets pack I will release soon (check www.j3po.net for the release of my official sound bank). This particular unit is an early prototype with non-production knobs. The final production units will look slightly different.

It is important to note that the OB-X8, like the original OB’s from back in the day, does NOT contain any onboard effects. In this video, I used some external reverbs and delays to give certain presets the ambience and resonance they deserve. Light compression and limiting was applied for the purpose of uploading to YouTube and balancing the sounds.”

Check out the video and share your thoughts on the OB-X8 in the comments!

Dreadbox Intros 200 € Dysmetria Analog Groove Synthesizer

Dreadbox has introduced Dysmetria, an ‘analog groove synthesizer’ that’s now available as a DIY kit.

Dysmetria is a rhythm and bassline maker that can be used standalone or as a Eurorack synth module.

Features:

  • Full Voice Analog Modular Groove Synthesizer
  • Rhythm and Bassline maker
  • It can be used as a Desktop or a Eurorack synthesizer
  • It comes along with a dedicated USB to Eurorack power converter
  • Ideal for inexperienced DIYers
  • 42 HP
  • 2 Analog Oscillators
  • Voltage Controlled Mixer
  • Noise Generator
  • Voltage Controlled FM section
  • 2-pole Resonant Filter with LowPass and BandPass outputs
  • 2 Decay Envelopes
  • 32-step Sequencer with 3 Modes (Play, Live, Rec) and Step by Step Recording
  • 16 User Presets
  • 15 Patch Points

Pricing and Availability

Dysmetria is available now for 200 € (excl. VAT).