MATRIXSYNTH: A Minty Fresh Assblaster

Thursday, February 02, 2017

A Minty Fresh Assblaster


via this auction

"One used Metasonix KV-100 Assblaster serial number 13 - a rare item, out of production and from a limited run. Barely used maybe 20 hours, virtually mint with power supply."

This one in via Brian Comnes:

"Reluctantly I am selling my Metasonix Assblaster. It's just not being used and I can use the bucks for some other items. Gotta like those graphics however. 8-)

So if you had achoice between adding an Eventide H9 pedal or getting asmall Linnstrument keyboard what would you choose.

When Buchla raised the price of the Easel AUX expander from $499 to $799 I dropped interest in that, sheesh you can get a lot of good synth stuff for $800."

You can find a demo video of the Metasonix KV-100 Assblaster here.

From the manual:

'What it does: The KV100 "Assblaster" is a combination of several of Metasonix' classic vacuum-tube processing circuits, all optimized for general use in the professional recording studio.

It contains:

-- the preamp stage of the Metasonix TM-7 Scrotum Smasher, without the BN6 tube or the feedback loop;

--the waveshaping (pulser) and ring modulation functions of Metasonix' TM-1, minus the ring-modulator carrier oscillator;

--a VCO derived from our TM-3 (it is NOT intended for use as a synth pitch source, only as a special effect for signal degradation);

--an all-new wide-sweeping bandpass filter, with envelope filter function;

--an envelope follower, which also makes a gate signal;

--a noise gate on the output, which is always active and is driven by the gate signal.

Plus, the KV100 has three bypass systems. The first is an overall true bypass, performed with a miniature low-bounce relay. It is activated with the switch labeled ENABLE FILTER & RINGMOD. If you wish to control the bypass with a footswitch, plug a conventional Fender-type single footswitch (WHICH GROUNDS THE TIP TO THE SLEEVE) into the jack labeled FOOTSWITCH FOR ENABLE RING/FIL.

Please note: there can be a dramatic change in volume when this bypass is enabled / disabled. The UN-bypassed signal might be louder than the processed signal. This is NORMAL and characteristic of the KV100's unique circuits.

The second switch activates the "pulser" circuit for the waveshaping effect. This is a very drastic distortion effect--it is like an oscillator that is forced to synch to the input waveform, presuming the input has a distinct pitch. It is DRASTIC and AGGRESSIVE. Unless you have owned one of our TM-1 effects, you have never heard this effect before. As with the bypass above, it is activated by the ENABLE PULSER switch, or by plugging a Fender-style footswitch into the adjoining jack.

The third is the enable for the built-in VCO. It is another oscillator that tries to synch to the input signal, but accomplishes this in a totally different way. The ENABLE VCO switch activates it, and the adjoining jack may be used with a Fender-type footswitch to enable/disable this effect. (Note that if the VCO is disabled and the VCO PAN knob is turned fully to the right, there will be no VCO signal and you will not be able to hear anything.)

The KV100 is UNIQUE. IT IS NOT like any other multi-effect system on the market. It is DEVIANT, and you cannot expect it to behave like familiar effects, or to be completely stable and repeatable. Your first impression might be that its broken, it's not !!! Spend some time with it and the savory flavors that only Metasonix can provide will come to you.'"

Fresh artwork by Dave of umop.com.

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