MATRIXSYNTH: Bagài and 411: Two new Frap Tools modules!

Monday, May 13, 2024

Bagài and 411: Two new Frap Tools modules!

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"We'll showcase two new modules this week at Superbooth 2024. Bagài is an analog S&H/bitcrusher/downsampler/random voltage and clock. 411 is a quadruple linear VCA, mixer, and multiple for audio and CV. They are ready and we'll ship them to our resellers next week as we'll be back!" 00:00 Introduction
00:23 Bagài
00:35 Sample and hold
00:56 8-bit quantizer
01:16 Random clocks
01:32 Clock bursts
01:51 Fluctuating random voltages
02:11 30 kHz audio downsampler
02:42 Audio bitcrusher
02:56 411 Quadruple VCA
03:13 Fake sequential switch
03:22 Modulating and mixing multiple signals
03:46 Unpatched output
04:23 -6 dB switches
04:36 Outro

Multipurpose Thingamabob

bagài / baˈgaːi / s.m. [modenese dialect, from a late Latin bagagium ‘baggage’, formed after the late Latin baga, deriving presumably from the Anglo-Saxon bag (see ancient French bague, Provençal bàgua, ‘bundle’), whose root may be traced down to the Indo-European *pac, ‘to tie,’ from which also ‘package,’ ‘pact’] – ‘thing,’ ‘thingamabob.’ A term used when the actual name of a thing or a person does not come to mind.

A module that is at the same time a clock burst, S&H, audio bitcrush, or fluctuating random voltage generator is indeed a bit elusive to describe in a single word. Even if one tries, some aspects will always be missing.

Why bother, then? Let us just call it “that thingamabob,” or better, “that bagài.”

The 411 is a quadruple linear VCA, mixer, and multiple for audio and CV.

It consists of four linear VCAs with semi-normalled inputs and CV inputs, −6 dB attenuation switches, a mixed output, and an unpatched output.

The 411’s architecture allows to use it in many ways, for example:
processing four signals independently;
modulating one signal with four CVS and sending it to four different destinations;
mixing up to four signals and modulating them with the same CV;
mixing two audio signals and modulating them with a modulated CV…

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