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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Studio Electronics Tonestar 8106 and 2600 Folktek’d


Published on May 11, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

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"In this patch, the Tonestar 2600 Folktek'd and Tonestar 8106 produce a melodic line and bass counterpoint driven by the QuBit Octone and Intellijel Metropolis sequencers, all added together in the QuBit Mixology with a dash of reverb from the Erica Synths Pico DSP. The Tonestar 2600 produces a high repeating melody while the 8106 employs its Roland-style filter to great affect in a slow, thick bassline. Slowly tweaking the drive and filter settings as the sequence plays out forces the sequence in the direction of thick, beefy distortion. The internal LFOs of each Tonestar modulate pitch, filter cutoff, and pulse width to create an animated, lively texture. Great for people looking for the classic Roland or ARP filter sounds in a modern modular synth voice, the Tonestars play just as well with each other as they do within the Eurorack ecosystem as a whole.

The Tonestar 8106 is a full Eurorack synthesizer voice that is inspired by the classic ARP 2600. It contains a filter made by Tim Caswell, the "Jupiter to Juno" -6dB/Oct high-pass filter, coupled with the Roland IR3109 filter chip that was utilized in most of Roland's classic filters. With a fully featured analog VCO, two envelopes, and a modulation LFO, one has everything needed for phat basslines or searing leads.

The Tonestar 2600 Folktek edition is the classic Studio Electronics Tonestar but with a fresh new panel designed by Arias Blaze from Folktek. It is designed to clearly demonstrate the structure and flow of the module, while also providing some psychedelic and wild graphics. It contains all the electrical components utilized in the normal Tonestar 2600, ensuring the same classic tone.

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