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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Erica Synths Fusion System II


Published on Apr 23, 2020 Erica Synths

See this previous post for some additional demos.

Erica Synths Fusion VCA2 Waveshaper, Ring Modulator and VCA

Published on Apr 23, 2020 Molten Music Technology

"Here's a demo of the Fusion VCA2 where I spend a bit of time plugging in waveforms and turning knobs. Far more sound demos than talking and explanation this time."
FUSION SYSTEM II

Erica Synths is one of the few manufacturers that use vacuum tubes in eurorack modules, and those, who are familiar with tube-based modules, know that tubes can push the sound to extremes or turn it deep, saturated and complete.

We have come up with three new Fusion series modules

Fusion VCF3
Fusion Modulator
Fusion VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmodulator

to create the Erica Synths Fusion System II – a modular synthesiser for sounds of unprecedented pressure, unconventional modulations and creativity-inspiring patching. A 104HP system has 63 patchpoints for extensive experiments in sound design, all analogue signal and CV path; it’s a system for those, who take a sound design seriously.


Fusion System II includes:

Two Fusion VCO2s – fully analogue sound source with three simultaneously available waveforms, transistor-based suboscillator and detune function – two BBD delay lines that make frequency shifter that is mixed back to the principal oscillator in order to emulate two detuned VCOs. Tube crunch – distinct tube overdrive - is added on the top of the mix.
Fusion VCF3 – resonant 24dB/oct lowpass filter of unique design that combines vacuum tubes and vactrols, providing distinct, soft filtering. For more versatility a CV recorder, that records motion of the potentiometer, is incorporated in the module, so you can design advanced modulation patterns.
Fusion Modulator - complex, all analogue CV source that consists of several blocks – two EMS Synthi functionality inspired looping envelope generators with simultaneous unipolar (0V-10V) and bipolar (-5V-+5V), VCA, Noise generator and Sample&Hold.
Fusion VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmodulator – a modulation source based on two miniature pentodes that operates as VCA, waveshaper and ringmodulator. With two CVs applied simultaneously to different stages of the VCA, audio rate modulations, using ringmodulator as a waveshaper it becomes surprisingly versatile sound shaping module.
Fusion Delay/Flanger/Vintage Ensemble – a distinct multifunctional analogue effects module that combines BBD chip based effects with an adjustable tube overdrive in the delay output and a feedback path for extra thickness of the sound.
104HP One Row Skiff case (with or without a lid)
20 patch cables
Available from June 5th

RRP: 1950 (VAT excl.) - without case lid

RRP: 2030 (VAT excl.) - with case lid


The Fusion VCA –Waveshaper - Ringmodulator is a complex modulation source that combines VCA, waveshaper and ringmodulator.

It’s not a regular VCA; it can operate as one, but most of the power of the module is in advanced modulations – with two CVs applied simultaneously to different stages of the VCA, audio rate modulations, using ringmodulator as a waveshaper – your imagination is a limit!


Features:

Fully analogue design
Vacuum tube based VCA – two miniature pentodes for better gain reduction
Two unconventional CV controls – CVs are not mixed, but they control different grid voltages of the tubes
Manual VCA bias control
Manual overdrive
Input corossfader
Built-in ringmodulator
Direct switch for conventional VCA mode
Low power consumption due to miniature vacuum tubes
Available from June 5th
RRP: 290 (VAT excl.)


The Fusion VCF3 is resonant 24dB/oct lowpass filter of unique design that combines vacuum tubes and vactrols providing distinct, soft filtering.

For more versatility, the independent audio mixer and buffered multiple is incorporated in the module, and, most importantly – a CV recorder that records motion of the potentiometer, so you can design advanced modulation patterns.


Features:

Fully analogue design
Vacuum tube and vactrol based filter circuit. Because of vactrol lag,
the VCF will not accept audio rate modulation, the maximum
modulation frequency is 10Hz
Input signal mixer with gain 2 for signal overdrive
Buffered multiple for splitting audio and CV signals
Potentiometer motion record unit with CV and gate outputs
Recorded CV multiplication and division
Available now
RRP: 330 (VAT excl.)


Fusion Modulator is a complex, all analogue modulation source with lots of distinct features. It consists of several blocks – two EMS Synthi functionality inspired looping envelope generators with simultaneous unipolar (0V-10V) and bipolar (-5V-+5V), VCA, Noise generator and Sample&Hold.

This makes Fusion Modulator a versatile modulation source for advanced modular setups, especially drone music oriented ones. Set lopping envelope generators to high frequencies and have two sub bass sound sources, use VCA to control the amplitude of the envelope signal, modulate the decay time by random voltages from S&H circuit and get ever evolving sonic awesomeness!


Features:

Fully analogue design
Two looping envelope generators with Attack, On, Decay and Off time control
CV control over Decay time
Simultaneous unipolar (0V-10V) and bipolar (-5V - +5V) envelope outputs
Manual trigger button
End of Cycle output
VCA with the offset control
Zener diode based white noise source
Sample&Hold circuit with internal and external clock source


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