MATRIXSYNTH: New AI Synthesis AI016 Eurorack Tape Echo Interface & AI011 Eurorack Analog VCO

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

New AI Synthesis AI016 Eurorack Tape Echo Interface & AI011 Eurorack Analog VCO

Published on Dec 3, 2019 AI Synthesis

New module from AI Synthesis along with the AI011 Eurorack Analog VCO posted here.

Playlist for the video embed above:
AI016 Eurorack Tape Echo Interface Video
Modded MARANTZ PMD221 Tape Recorder as a Tape Echo
AI016 Tape Interface Build Video Guide

Press release including the AI011 VCO followed by pics and additional details on the AI016 (AI011 posted here).

"Portland, OR, USA December 3, 2019 – AI Synthesis has released the AI011 Analog VCO and AI016 Tape Interface in both a built and guaranteed version, as well as in kit and PCB/Panel format. The AI011 Analog VCO is a robust and stable analog Eurorack VCO. Using the legendary curtis 3340 IC, the Oscillator provides buffered Triangle, Square, and Ramp waveforms, as well as a triangle to sine wave shaper to provide a sine wave output. The AI016 is a tape interface that allows user to use a humble three-head cassette recorder as a real analog tape echo.
Following the tradition of the other eurorack modules, the AI001 Multiple,AI002 Mixer, and AI003 Looping ADSR, the module has a full video how-to build guide. Unlike some DIY companies that focus solely on providing kits, AI Synthesis has an educational mission and our kits and documentation are aimed at those who have never held a soldering iron. PCBS are professionally manufactured, and all panels are aluminum and designed by Grayscale."

"The AI016 Eurorack Tape Echo Interface is a Limited Edition Module that uses a pre-amp and buffered feedback loops to allow a standard three head tape recorder as an analog tape echo. It also provides op-amp saturation on the input when pushed.

The tape recorder must have three heads (erase, record, and play) for it to work as a tape echo. This type of tape recorder will have a button or switch that allows the monitoring of the source audio, or what has just been recorded to the tape. The space between the record and play head creates the delay, and the Tape Interface feeds back into the unit to create repeats.

The AI016 provides the following tape controls:
Input and Output Controls
Delay time is controlled by the tape deck. Not all tape decks allow speed control while recording, and modifications may be needed.
Kits include all parts needed to build and mount the AI011 Eurorack VCO:
Hi Quality Aluminum Panel
Mounting Screws
Jacks and Nuts
Power cable

Please note that a three-head tape recorder is needed for tape echo. While I do support the AI016, I do not support 3rd party tape decks or for 3rd Party tape deck modifications."

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