MATRIXSYNTH: Noise Engineering Announces New Oscillator/DSP Modules and Platform



Thursday, June 23, 2022

Noise Engineering Announces New Oscillator/DSP Modules and Platform

Virt Iter Legio and Librae Legio: A new module platform from Noise Engineering

video upload by Noise Engineering

"Legio is a 6HP platform module similar in concept to the Versio modules. Each release is fully compatible with all other Legio firmware and swappable for free through the Noise Engineering Customer Portal.

Open-source support through libDaisy is coming soon.

The first two modules on the Legio platform are available on June 23rd, with more coming soon!

0:08 Virt Iter Legio
By popular demand! First announced in 2020, Virt Iter Legio is a three-algorithm stereo oscillator with stereo phase modulation inputs and a vintage-inspired chorus. Love the NE oscillators on the Arturia MicroFreak or the Virt Vereor plugin? Just need it in Eurorack? Virt Iter Legio is the module for you.

Its simple interface and unique, immersive sound make it a staple for any style of sound design. Use the hard sync input to add an aggressive edge to sounds when synced to another oscillator, or try patching VIL’s left and right phase modulation inputs independently for even further sonic exploration in the stereo field: trust us, stereo PM is something you’ll want to hear. Turn on the beautiful, wide chorus and you’ll have an endless supply of beautiful sounds.

1:00 Librae Legio
Librae Legio is a dynamics processor designed to take a whole patch to the next level. Compression, expansion, limiting, noise gating, and two styles of gentle distortion: Librae is the perfect tool to bring your mix together. And while it can do extreme limiting and really squash your sounds together, we developed it with transparency in mind – whether you want to hard-limit a techno mix or gently bring the sounds in an ambient patch together, Librae is the end-of-chain dynamics processor you’ve been looking for."

Virt Iter Legio - stereo oscillator in 6HP from Noise Engineering

video upload by Noise Engineering

"0:05 Overview
0:51 Panels and controls
4:30 Patching example
6:00 Jam


Virt Iter Legio is a stereo Eurorack oscillator with a vintage-inspired chorus and phase modulation. Its three oscillator algorithms – Bass, SawX, and Harm – will be familiar to users of our free Virt Vereor plugin and of the Arturia MicroFreak, both of which have the same oscillator modes. Virt Iter Legio features independent left and right phase-modulation inputs, opening up opportunities for unique, gnarly sound design that takes over the stereo field, as well as a sync input for ripping hard-sync tones. Whether you want to create beautiful pads or hard-hitting bass, Virt Iter Legio’s massive sonic range will fit into any patch.

The Legio platform is our new 6HP platform. Any module in the Legio series can be swapped to any other in the series, completely free, at the Noise Engineering Customer Portal. Look for more additions to the platform, as well as open-source support. Learn more about the platform at the World of Legio: https://bit.ly/3Nf61nW"

Librae Legio - dynamics processor in 6HP from Noise Engineering
video upload by Noise Engineering

"0:05 Overview
0:55 Panel and controls
2:18 FSU!!!
2:48 A/B tests
4:35 Jam

Librae Legio is a stereo Eurorack dynamics processor designed for the master bus with compression, limiting, expansion, and optional saturation. Whether you want to cleanly limit the full mix of your patch, add a little bit of color and dynamics with the expander and saturator, or completely crush a sound, Librae can do it all, and more – plus, it’s CV controllable. Librae Legio can process mono or stereo signals, and was designed to work with everything from drum breaks and bass loops to generative ambient soundscapes. Concerned that heavy compression will bring out noise in your mix? Librae Legio’s adjustable noise gate will keep your patch clean. It also features an adjustable sidechain filter that changes how the dynamics processor reacts to incoming sounds.

The Legio platform is our new 6HP platform. Any module in the Legio series can be swapped to any other in the series, completely free, at the Noise Engineering Customer Portal. Look for more additions to the platform, as well as open-source support. Learn more about the platform at the World of Legio: https://bit.ly/3Nf61nW"

And the press release:


Noise Engineering announces new Legio platform including Virt Iter Legio oscillator and Librae Legio dynamics processor

Los Angeles, CA — Noise Engineering is back with two modules for a new 6HP Eurorack platform: Virt Iter Legio and Librae Legio.

Virt Iter Legio is a stereo oscillator with a distinct and versatile sound. Its three modes – Bass, SawX, and Harm – will be familiar to users of Noise Engineering’s free Virt Vereor plugin or those who have the Arturia Microfreak, both of which are based on the same algorithms.

Virt Iter Legio features independent left and right phase-modulation inputs, a sync input, and a lush vintage-inspired chorus. This small oscillator puts unique sounds right at your fingertips and makes them easy to manipulate within the stereo field. Virt Iter Legio works well for beautiful pads, hard-hitting basses, and leads that can be simple or otherworldly.

Librae Legio is a stereo dynamics processor designed for the master bus with compression, limiting, expansion, and optional saturation.

Librae Legio was designed to work with any type of patch. It’s great for limiting, compression, and expansion. Noise Engineering says they created it to be able to be applied as transparently as possible, but also so that you can crank the settings to really squish your sounds for maximal crunch. And of course they added a saturation stage that you can engage if you wish for some slight harmonic distortion: it adds a touch of color and some tape-like effects to louder elements. It’s also CV controllable and works great with mono or stereo signals.

The team had a great time testing this one on drum breaks, bass loops, hard techno, generative ambient soundscapes, and more. They also added an adjustable noise gate so that users could choose a setting to minimize noise accentuated by heavy compression in their patch. Librae Legio also has a sidechain filter that the user can set to change the behavior of the dynamics processing.

A platform a long time in the making
The Legio platform was first announced at NAMM 2020 with Virt Iter. The team mentioned that they’d heard from a lot of customers who were eager to get the module in their systems but parts shortages, supply-chain woes, and other problems meant multiple delays and redesigns of the product to make it work with available parts. The result was something even they were amazed with. In fact, while product testing is a job everyone on the team is excited about, they all agreed that they were unanimously over the moon with how these modules came out.

"The Legio platform brings the power of a reprogrammable and multifunctional module down to a 6 HP size, perfect for any system. It's an exciting development and we're thrilled to be able to share it with the world!" said Chief of Destruction Markus Cancilla.

World of Legio
Similar to the popular Versio platform, Legio is also an oscillator and DSP platform. By making a free account at the Noise Engineering Customer Portal (https://portal.noiseengineering.us/), users can change the functionality of the module, absolutely free. In essence, buy one module, get both of these, with more to come, according to the Noise Engineering team. For those who are interested in writing their own firmwares, open-source support will be released later this year. Learn more at the World of Legio page at Noise Engineering.

In just 6 HP, the Legio platform is a powerful and worthy addition to any system, small or large.
Notable features: Virt Iter Legio

● 6 HP and US$279, available and in stock
● 3 stereo oscillator algorithms: Bass, SawX, and Harm
● Independent left and right phase-modulation inputs
● Vintage-inspired chorus spreads sounds across the stereo field
● Incredibly accurate pitch tracking from -2v to +5v using an automatic self-
calibration process
● Oscillator/DSP platform: change the firmware on your module to a different
module on the Librae platform

Notable features: Librae Legio
● 6 HP and US$279, available and in stock
● Works in both mono and stereo
● Incredibly clean compression, expansion, and limiting
● Adjustable noise gate avoids unwanted noise when heavily processing sounds
● Configurable sidechain filtering changes how the processing reacts to your
sounds
● Optional saturation adds flavor to your mix
● Oscillator/DSP platform: change the firmware on your module to a different
module on the Librae platform

Availability/Pricing: In stock and shipping direct and globally to retailers June 23, 2022;
MSRP US$279

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