MATRIXSYNTH: Bastl Instruments Introduces New Products at Superbooth16

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bastl Instruments Introduces New Products at Superbooth16


via Bastl Instruments

"­We are proud to present 3 fresh additions to our modular lineup: D ynamo, T romsø and Hendrikson. Thanks to these modules we were also able to create new complete modular systems focused on signal processing: B ob a nd Bobek a nd an upgrade to our flagship modular system R umburack 2.0. We will also present more new modules: Popcorn, Dupdup, Clutch and Ciao! previewed at NAMM in January. Come to meet us in the Foyer of Funkhaus booth number BF500!

Dynamo is dynamics analyser and fake t hru­zero modulator. It combines an Envelope Follower and a comparator which, when combined with a full­wave rectifier output and Compressor CV curve generator, allows you to make a compressor from any VCA (think of tube or vactrol). The other trick of the Dynamo is a voltage controlled switch section which combines with the full wave rectifier and comparator to allow you to create deep “fake thru­zero modulations” with anything you like!

Tromsø is made of 3 modules: VCO, Comparator and Sample & Hold. Internal normalisation allows you to instantly use it as voltage controllable analog downsampler (or sample rate reducer if you like). This module is inspired by a machine called Distortotron by Psybe made in 1994 which is arguably the first analog downsampler and bit distortion of its kind. This machine was commissioned by Mental Overdrive for his album Plugged from 1995 which will be re­released this year at Rett i Fletta.

Hendrikson is a guitar/ instrument amplifier and an interface for external effects processors such as stomp boxes. The most unique feature is the mix output which is a CV controllable crossfader between the signal that goes to the Output and signal that comes from the Input. This means that when used with external effects processor it gives CV control of one of the most important parameters ­ the Dry / Wet Mix.

Rumburack 2.0 is a compact yet powerful modular system with analog punch and digital charm. Its advanced sequencing abilities make it a self contained performance instrument that is ready to go on tour with you!

Bob and Bobek are analog processing modular systems designed with live performance in mind. Instrument amplifier input and line / guitar level output make it so universal that it can work in any setup. Both modular cases have a bottom insert for standard microphone stand which makes them look great on the stage! In comparison Bob has far more modulation sources, foot interfaces and more external connections via additional Hendrikson.

Pricing and availability: all shipping early June 2016, prices excluding VAT

Dynamo ­ 5HP, dynamics & more, 109 eur
Tromsø ­ 5HP, analog downsampler & more, 109 eur
Hendrikson ­ 5HP, stomp box / instrument interface, 109 eur
Rumburack 2.0 ­ compact and powerful modular system, 2149 eur
Bobek analog signal processing system, 659 eur
Bob ­ advanced analog signal processing system, 1239 eur


"Dynamo is combination of 3 utility modules: envelope follower, comparator and voltage controlled switch. It combines Envelope Follower and comparator to extract gate from the envelope. On top of that there is full-wave rectifier output |EF IN| and Compressor CV curve generator.

When the Compressor CV is plugged into CV input of a VCA with offset and attenuator knobs you get an Compressor! Threshold knob on Dynamo sets the compressor threshold, Offset on the VCA sets the gain and the attenuator on the CV input sets the ratio of compression (which can also go negative). This allows you to create compressor type of effect from anything: VCA, tube module, VCF or anything that comes to your rack!

The other trick of the Dynamo is the voltage controlled switch section in combination with the full-wave rectifier and comparator. All pre-normalised and for what reason ? Make “fake thru-zero modulation” with anything you like! Define what happens when the negative modulation is happening and adjust the zero crossing point with CV. The whole world of very deep modulations is waiting for you now…

… and it is totally bonkers!"



"Tromsø is a combination of 3 basic utility modules: VCO, Comparator and Sample & Hold. Internal normalisation allows you to instantly use it as voltage controllable analog downsampler (or sample rate reducer if you like). The sample rate is set by VCO Rate and a sort of “dry/wet” mix effect which is achieved by adjusting the Threshold when in the Track & Hold mode.

This architecture was inspired by a machine called Distortotron made in 1994 – arguably the first analog downsampler and bit distortion of its kind. That machine came from a collaboration between Norwegian musician Mental Overdrive based in Tromsø and the inventor group Psybe (Svein Berge and Henrik Sundt). It was created from a need to bring back oldschool sampler aliasing and lo-fi effects and heavily influenced the sound of album Plugged which is the landmark of the so called Tromsø sound.

The VCO of Tromsø module can track one volt per octave when the Attenuator on the FM input is fully open which makes it possible to have the downsampling effect track with the pitch of a played note.

All 3 utility modules of Tromsø can also be used completely independently because the normalisation disappears once you plug a connector into the inputs."


"Hendrikson is a guitar/ instrument amplifier and an interface for external effects processors like stomp boxes. The most unique feature is the mix output which is CV controllable crossfader between the signal that goes to the Output and signal that comes to the Input. This means that when used with external effects processor this gives CV control of one of the most important parameters – the Dry / Wet Mix. This is especially interesting when using with fuzz or distortion effects for waveshaping basic waveforms.

When Hendrikson is used just as guitar / instrument amplifier the mix out is in fact a VCA after the gain stage, so you can instantly create tremolo effects by plugging the CV to the MIX CV input.

Another great application of Hendrikson is CV controllable feedback loop of external effects chain. Simply route the signal from Mix Output back to the Output and listen what happens when the signal comes back thru the Input."



"Rumburack 2.0 is compact yet powerful modular system with analog punch and digital charm. Its advanced sequencing capabilities make it self contained performance instrument that is ready to go on tour with you! All the things that are great about analog are simply analog (VCF,VCA,VCO,mixer,kick) and all the things that are awesome in digital are digital (sequencing, complex modulation,sampling). The system is able to create several voices including drums and than create complex melodic and rhitmical motives. The system is so complex that you never run out of new stuff to explore in its sonic territories!

Features

Tea Kick – analog drum & more
Noise Square – multi signal generator
2x Skis – dual decay envelope with VCA
2x Cinnamon – multi flavoured state variable filter
grandPa – granular sampler voice
Knit Rider + Exp – 6 channel trigger / gate sequencer
Popcorn – CV / Gate sequencer with quantizer
Tromsø – analog downsampler & more
Quattro Figaro – Quad VCA mixer
ABC – 6 channel mixer
Ciao ! – 4 line outputs & headphone amp
100 % eurorack compatible
portable case with carry strap
closing lid which works as positioning system
built in high quality Meanwell powersupply
power connector 120 / 240 AC
designed and hand built by passionate musicians in Brno, Czech Republic"



"Bob and Bobek are analog processing modular systems designed with live performance in mind. Instrument amplifier input and line / guitar level output make it so universal that it can work in any setup with almost any instrument. Both modular cases have bottom insert for standard microphone stand which makes them look great on the stage! All modules and wooden enclosures are locally sourced and hand crafted in Brno, Czech Republic.

With Bob and Bobek you can achieve many classical effects with fully analog processing at ultimate sound quality. Because it is modular you can always try new combinations of these effects and explore new territories in between and beyond them. It is even capable of creating many different synth voices on its own.

Bob is more expandable system with an addition of foot control and many complex modulation sources.

You for example achieve these effects:

envelope / lfo filter
compressor
side chain compressor
noise gate
downsampler
ring modulator
thru-zero modulator
vc overdrive
overdrive
octaver
fuzz
decimator
tremolo
random filter
band compressor
auto wah
formant filter
and much more"


"BOBEK FEATURES

Quattro Figaro – quad VCA
Cinnamon – multi flavoured filter
Tromsø – downsampler & more
Dynamo – dynamics analyser and fake thru-zero modulator
Hendrikson – instrument / stomp box interface
10 HP of blank space for future expansion
100 % eurorack compatible
microphone stand insert
built in high quality Meanwell powersupply
power connector 120 / 240 AC"

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