Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Eurorack Manufacturer Tsyklon Labs

Published on Jul 21, 2016 Sean Pendleton

"Clocking many things Tsyklon Labs Chaos Dividers. I'm clocking my Klee, triggering various drums, triggering bleeps, bloops, and synthesized fart noises. This video is probably 5 minutes too long."

Details on each module via Tsyklon Labs for the archives:

CHAOS DIVIDER HV Eurorack Clock Modulator Module

"A clock signal. A serial chain of pulses. Some wide, some narrow. Some pulses are taller than others. Others, not so much. A clock may not the most exciting signal that gets passed around a modular synth, but it is certainly a useful signal. Take that clock pulse and pass it back out. But maybe instead of high fidelity, you drop every other pulse. Or maybe every third, or fifth, or eighth. By dividing your clock train, you can run an entire “drum set” of modules with one input and many outputs. But what happens when you add unpredictability, chaos if you will, to a normally pedestrian module? You get a CV controllable, multi-divisor, revolutionary clock modulator we call the CHAOS DIVIDER HV:

It is easy to be distracted by the glow of the Mode indicating Nixie tube (HV means HIGH VOLTAGE), this is a hard module to miss. But look past the neon beauty, and you will see a module with brains too. Front panel or CV selectable divisor mode, 9 outputs (inverted or normal outputs selectable with front panel toggle switch), division reset via push-button or trigger/gate input, and front panel and CV controls for Intensity and Interval chaos variables. Oh, and a clock signal.

The Mode control lets you select the divisor sequence from the list displayed to the left of the Nixie tube. In CHAOS mode, the divisors change at random according to the Intensity and Interval chaos variable selectors. The Intensity variable changes the range of the randomly selected divisor and the Interval variable changes how often divisors are recalculated. In non-CHAOS mode, the Interval variable introduces slip (or delay) to the outputs. This causes the outputs to be delayed from the incoming clock signal. Similarly, in non-CHAOS mode, the Intensity variable selects whether the slip applied to all outputs is the same (low Intensity) or varies across the outputs (high Intensity).

A few technical details: CV input allowable range is 0-10VDC. Anything over 10VDC is limited to 10VDC. The output pulses can be individually configured from 5-10VDC with a twist of a trimpot. Front panel controls behave as an attenuator for CV inputs.

Add our expander module, the CHAOS DIVIDER SPUTNIK (by the way, Sputnik means “Companion” in Russian), and unleash all the features that make the CHAOS DIVIDER a clock modulator for the people, Comrade!

Technical Specifications:
– 129.4mm (5.095″) Front Panel Height (3U Eurorack format)
– 12HP Module Width
– 51mm Module Depth
– Power Consumption: +12V = 165mA, -12V = 0mA, +5V = 0mA

Front panel graphics were designed by the inimitable Hannes Pasqualini @ Papernoise

Assembled modules retail for $400 USD, and Front Panel/(3)PCB/Rare Parts sets sell for $85 USD."

CHAOS DIVIDER SPUTNIK Eurorack Clock Modulator Expander Module

"In Russian, SPUTNIK means “Companion” – and that is exactly what the CHAOS DIVIDER SPUTNIK module is. A companion, or more accurately, an expander module for the CHAOS DIVIDER.

Want to change your CHAOS DIVIDER clock divider into a frequency divider? Flip the “Division” switch, Comrade! Would you rather have twice as many clock outputs and go half as deep with the divisions? The “Split” switch was added just for you. Do you need Gate outputs instead of Trigger outputs? There is a switch for that too. There is also a front panel control and a CV input for dialing in Gate Length.

Can you keep a secret, Compai? Each CHAOS DIVIDER comes with a 4HP blue acrylic place holder panel. Our shpiony report that this place holder is nearly identical to the CHAOS DIVIDER SPUTNIK panel. So you can use the place holder to save 4HP in your rack for the CHAOS DIVIDER SPUTNIK, or, if you are an enterprising Udarnik, you can use the place holder panel to make your own CHAOS DIVIDER SPUTNIK! #diyforthepeople

Technical Specifications:
– 129.4mm (5.095″) Front Panel Height (3U Eurorack format)
– 4HP Module Width
– 29mm Module Depth
– Power Consumption: +12V = 0mA, -12V = 0mA, +5V = 0mA

Front panel graphics were designed by the inimitable Hannes Pasqualini @ Papernoise

Assembled modules retail for $80 USD, and partial kits sell for $25 USD."

CORE Eurorack Passive DI Module

"Do you need to connect your Eurorack synth to a balanced audio Live or Recording rig? Find the solution with our Transformer-Based Passive DI module called CORE.

CORE is a passive transformer coupled direct injection unit for connecting a Eurorack synth to the microphone/line levels in mixers and recording equipment as well as passing the Input signal directly to the Thru connection. CORE features a Sowter 8044 12:1 DI Transformer with a Mumetal core and an XLR connector from Neutrik. Signal Attenuator and Ground Lift controls (both pre-transformer) help you trim the signal as needed. While the audio portion of this module is passive, it can be connected to a Eurorack power supply to provide LED indication of Ground Lift mode – BLUE halo around the transformer for ground connected and a RED halo for ground lift.

While the audio circuitry of CORE is passive, if you connect CORE to your rack’s power supply for the backlighting/ground lift indication, expect that it will draw 4mA or less.

Technical Specifications:
– 129.4mm (5.095″) Front Panel Height (3U Eurorack format)
– 8HP Module Width
– 35mm Module Depth
– Passive Audio Path
– Power Consumption: +12V = 0mA, -12V = 4mA, +5V = 0mA

Front panel graphics were designed by the inimitable Hannes Pasqualini @ Papernoise

Assembled modules retail for $220 USD, full kits are priced at $149 USD, and “Supply your own Transformer” kits sell for $70 USD."

BELKA and STRELKA Eurorack Germanium Fuzz Module

"Start with CV control over two stages of gain powered by Russian Germanium transistors. Dose the circuit with 4 different types of diode clipping. Top it off with a power starve pushbutton, a feedback circuit, and a squirrelly transistor derezzing circuit. Take all of these components, give them three orbits around a dying star, and you have our fuzz singularity, the BELKA and STRELKA.

Named after the first two Stardogs to fly into space and return safely to earth, BELKA and STRELKA is a Germanium Fuzz module with selectable clipping modes and CV control over Gain Stages 1 and 2. BELKA and STRELKA features NOS Russian Germanium transistors in the gain stages and NOS Russian Germanium and Silicon diodes for clipping. The clipping section also features hard and soft LED clipping as well as a purposefully mis-biased transistor that sounds so squirrelly that we had no choice but to name it after the Stardog Belka (squirrel in Russian). The BELKA and STRELKA fuzz module also has an adjustable feedback function that blends a portion of the output straight back to the input of the module. Lastly, the Starve pushbutton, when pressed, disconnects the first gain stage from the +12VDC supply and lets it fizzle out as the charge on the starve capacitor discharges.

Technical Specifications:
– 129.4mm (5.095″) Front Panel Height (3U Eurorack format)
– 8HP Module Width
– TBD Module Depth
– Power Consumption: +12V = TBD, -12V = TBD, +5V = 0mA

Front panel graphics were designed by the inimitable Hannes Pasqualini @ Papernoise

After building our first set of prototypes and reviewing them at our test facilities, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of this module until later this year. It is so very close, yet we know we can make it much better."

1 comment:

  1. Probably should have searched to see if there was already a Sputnik (also very similar logo). Maybe Melania Trump made it?