MATRIXSYNTH: New μBraids SE Eurorack voltage-controlled digital oscillator/sound source in 8HP by Tall Dog Electronics

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New μBraids SE Eurorack voltage-controlled digital oscillator/sound source in 8HP by Tall Dog Electronics


We have a new maker and a new module to the site. Tall Dog Electronics and the µBraids SE.

"µBraids SE is a voltage-controlled digital oscillator/sound source in 8HP with a wide range of creative and useful sound generation algorithms (aka models).

This redesigned µBraids SE (Special Edition) is a new revision of µBraids that updates and simplifies the component layout and has a new panel design. It utilizes a custom miniature segmented LED module, eliminating the need for a 2nd microprocessor and its supporting circuitry. µBraids SE remains fully compatible with future upstream Braids firmware upgrades and any other alternate firmwares that are compliant with the standard Braids design.


This module is available from: Control / Analoguehaven / Perfect Circuit / Synthcube with more to come.

Included Parts
µBraids SE includes a standard 16-pin to 10-pin Eurorack power cable and two sets of mounting screws for racks/enclosures with either M2.5 or M3 threads.

History
The original Braids was designed by Olivier Gillet of Mutable Instruments under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Braids is a macro-oscillator with multiple intricate digital synthesis algorithms. Each algorithm is controlled by two continuously variable parameters, both of which are voltage controllable. It is available as a 16HP Eurorack module. (Source)

The original microBraids (aka µBraids) is a full-functionality adaptation of Braids designed by Magpie Modular and is available only as a bare PCB (printed circuit board). It is 8HP (exactly half the original width) and features an OLED display driven by a 2nd processor. Nothing else has been altered component-wise so any future firmware upgrades or alternate firmware such as Bees-in-the-Trees will work fine. (Source)

Warranty
This product comes with a one-year warranty which covers manufacturing defects. It does not cover damage or malfunction caused by incorrect use. Please see the manual [pdf] for the full text of the warranty.

Attributions
Designed by Michael & Daniel Gilbert of Tall Dog Electronics in Western Massachusetts
Based on the microBraids (aka µBraids) module designed by Magpie Modular and Neutron Sound
Based on the Braids module designed by Olivier Gillet of Mutable Instruments
Manufactured by CircuitHub via Worthington Assembly in South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License
Source materials are available on GitHub

Who We Are

Tall Dog Electronics is located in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts. Tall Dog has primarily focused on producing a variety of breakout boards for the Teensy microprocessor development platform and conducts the majority of its business via the Tindie marketplace. µBraids SE represents their most ambitious project to date.

Michael Gilbert is a composer, recording artist, and teacher of electronic music, for over 40 years. His music is a creative mix of electronic, jazz, world, and contemporary classical idioms, and is available on 9 albums of original work as Michael William Gilbert. The music has featured Adam Holzman, Mark Walker, Peter Kaukonen, David Moss, and Tony Vacca. He has also designed and built electronic music equipment, using it in his own studio and making it available to other musicians.

Daniel Gilbert is a designer and engineer with a background in film, photography, and animation. After graduating from Hampshire College, he spent the next several years working in the Los Angeles film industry. He now resides in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

We do want to mention two things:
First, we are making this product with both Olivier’s knowledge and his permission.
Second, Olivier/Mutable Inst. has discontinued the original Braids module.

We are planning additional modules in the future.

Thanks very much, and all best regards,

- MWG"

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