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Showing posts with label Instruo. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Instruō Introduces dåpf Dual All-Pass Filter Effects Processor Eurorack Module



via Instruō

"Introducing dåpf, the first dedicated effects processor in the Instruō product line. The Instruō dåpf is a set of two analogue all-pass filters.

You might be asking yourself, “What is the point of a filter that passes everything?” All-pass filters don’t actually attenuate frequency amplitudes directly, but rather alter the phase relationship of frequencies across the spectrum. All-pass filter stages appear in the vast majority of voltage-controlled filter topologies as well as serving as a core building block within DSP.

The normalled I/O of dåpf allows for cascaded or independent use of the two all-pass filter circuits, offering everything from classic phase-shifting to psychoacoustic stereo enhancement and synthetic Doppler effect.

• Two parallel all-pass filters
• Independent attenuverters for voltage control
• 1-Pole/2-Pole configuration for left channel
• Cascaded normalisation
• Global 1 volt per octave tracking"


Instruō - dåpf Overview

video upload by Instruō

"This video is long... But the second half is very much optional expansion and deep dive into some theory of all-pass filters.
The first few examples are much quicker, more practical examples of dåpf patched.
Thanks for watching :)"
~Jason
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00:00:00 Instruōduction
00:03:24 Overview | Stereo Enhancement
00:04:19 Stereo Enhancement - Subtractive patch sound source
00:04:55 Stereo Enhancement - Traditional stereo panning
00:06:13 Stereo Enhancement - Spectrally transparent waveshaping
00:07:22 Stereo Enhancement - dåpf inputs/outputs
00:09:42 Stereo Enhancement - Controls and CV inputs
00:10:14 Stereo Enhancement - 6dB/12dB pole switch
00:11:18 Stereo Enhancement - Mono to Stereo patching
00:15:41 Stereo Enhancement - Static phase shift
00:17:32 Stereo Enhancement - Level 1: modulation
00:19:40 Stereo Enhancement - Level 2: modulation + waveshaping
00:25:02 Stereo Enhancement - Level 3: modulation + timbre
00:27:50 Vibrato Everything
00:28:17 Vibrato Everything - What is vibrato?
00:29:35 Vibrato Everything - Non-FM vibrato
00:30:22 Vibrato Everything - (tangent: sine phase)
00:31:34 Vibrato Everything - (tangent: sine spatialisation)
00:32:37 Vibrato Everything - Non-FM vibrato (sine wave)
00:34:11 Vibrato Everything - Non-FM vibrato (sawtooth wave)
00:38:42 Vibrato Everything - Non-FM vibrato (complex audio)
00:40:46 Vibrato Everything - Non-FM... FM? ...PM! (Phase Modulation)
00:43:47 Feedback Processing |"Doppler"
00:44:33 Feedback Processing |"Doppler" - Lúbadh feedback patch
00:46:38 Feedback Processing |"Doppler" - Doppler shift description
00:48:08 Feedback Processing |"Doppler" - Doppler dåpf 1pole/2-pole
00:49:20 Feedback Processing |"Doppler" - Doppler dåpf 3-pole/-4pole
00:51:28 Feedback Processing |"Doppler" - Doppler dåpf in stereo!
00:52:02 Feedback Processing |"Doppler" - Delay feedback
00:54:54 Feedback Processing |"Doppler" - Audio rate modulation
00:56:32 Building a phaser - Deep dive into all-pass filters
00:58:44 Building a phaser - Phase shift of a fundamental
00:59:41 Building a phaser - Quadrature: sine | cosine
01:00:43 Building a phaser - Drawing perfect circles
01:01:41 Building a phaser - Drawing (non-)perfect circles
01:02:16 Building a phaser - Frequency dependent phase shift
01:04:22 Building a phaser - 1V/octave tracking
01:07:40 Building a phaser - More than one sine wave
01:08:58 Building a phaser - The harmonic overtone series
01:10:19 Building a phaser - Sawtooth wave low-pass filtered (reference)
01:11:15 Building a phaser - Phase shifting harmonic overtones
01:15:42 Building a phaser - Inside a phaser
01:18:00 Building a phaser - Stereo Phaser
01:22:19 Building a phaser - uPhaser Befaco FXBoy
01:23:46 Building filters - Any-pass filter?
01:25:05 Building filters - RC low-pass filter
01:26:03 Building filters - Spectral cancellation principles
01:28:35 Building filters - APF to LPF
01:30:10 Building filters - APF to HPF
01:32:03 Building filters - Parallel dual all-pass filters
01:37:41 Building filters - Resonant filters"

And a video from Divkid:

Wow! I didn't know All Pass Filters could do this // 3 Patches with dapf from Instruo
video upload by DivKid

"I'm always striving to learn and explore with sound and music and dapf (the new Eurorack module from Instruo) certainly brought a big slap of school day into DivKid HQ. I was aware of all pass filters, getting past the funny idea that "all" frequencies pass (so what's the point?) and knowing they were use for phase shifts. What I didn't know is how core and important to filter topologies they were and how creatively useful they could be.

Some exploring later and here we are, with 3 patches that really show the power of phase manipulation. While dapf makes a fantastically chewy phaser FX unit I didn't expect it would be such a great stereo expander for a single VCO nor did I know I could be MUSICAL and totally analogue 3 operator FM/PM (like the digital Yamaha DX and Casio CZ phase/FM methods) synth."

Monday, February 12, 2024

Short Flight Through Space


video upload by John L Rice

"I was initially going to add a couple extra keyboard parts to this and maybe even several percussion tracks but the more I listened to it the more I liked it as-is! ;-)

Modules Used:
2hp: Div
4ms: WAV Recorder, Row Power 40 x 2
Circuit Abbey: Unify, Unify Input Expander
Doepfer: A-182-1 (modified)
Erica Synths: VC Clock V2
Insrtruo: QPQ, kbd
Klavis: Quadigy
Modcan: Quad LFO
Mutable Instruments: Yarns
Strymon Engineering: Magneto
Synth Tech: E102, E330 x 4
Vermona: meloDICER, MEX3
vpme.de: T43
Xaoc Devices: Praga"

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

ØCHD-OBER-FEST (live event) with DivKid, Instruo & Signal Sounds // ochd expander launch party


video upload by DivKid

https://www.signalsounds.com/

"In case you missed the live stream at the time, made it but would like to watch again, or were even at the in person event itself and wish to relive the beer, pretzel and modulation good times... here's a fresh 4k HD edited version of the OCHD-OBER-FEST event that myself (DivKid), Instruo and Signal Sounds had back in October 2023 to launch the new ochd expander.

I've also just put up a new video with the case and patch that I set up for this event. This was filmed more long form and in detail when I got back home. It's a polyphonic, generative ambient piece that makes use of lots of ochd and it's expander. Check it out here // [below]

ochd expander video (a must watch!) // [posted here]

SUPPORT //
If you'd like to support work like this and the wider range of what I do, considering heading over to Patreon at https://bit.ly/DK-patreon and supporting for as little as $1 a month to gain access to the DivKid Discord community, plus lots of exclusives such as PDF patchbooks, videos and more. https://bit.ly/DK-patreon

TIMING INDEX // CHAPTERS

00:00 What are we doing here?
01:12 Event introduction
02:56 How did the ochd expander came to be
05:44 Expander feature run down
10:17 Jason's demo patch
25:00 Q&A
32:00 Ben's demo patch
39:16 Q&A ideas, design, chatter, giveaways"

The patch that launched the OCHD EXPANDER // Polyphonic Generative Ambient Eurorack Modular

video upload by DivKid

"Here we have a detailed run down of the patch that launched the expander. I brought this case and exact patch back from my journey up to Glasgow for the OCHD-OBER-FEST live event with Instruo in Signal Sounds. We launched the ochd expander at that event and this patch was my demo for that event. Note - you can check out the live event re uploaded and editing in 4k below.

This is patch is a 4 voice, polyphonic generative ambient piece that uses 4 wavetable oscillators into 4 VCAs for heavily modulated chordal sound sources. That is then tone, drive and level modulated before feeding two FX with a novel patch routing. It's highly dynamic, from near silent quiet sections to loud sections. All that dynamism comes from ochd and the ochd expander."

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Vermona meloDICER controlling notes allowed through the Instruo Quad Performance Quantizer


video upload by John L Rice

"MIDI output from MEX3 sets notes"

Monday, January 15, 2024

Another Eurorack Drone January 15 2024


video upload by John L Rice

"Modules being used:
Vermona - meloDICER
Synth Tech - E352 Cloud Terrarium, E950 + E951 Circuit Bent VCO + expander
Happy Nerding - MMM VCF
BubbleSound - VCA4p
Instruō - [1]f
Erica Synths - Black Octasource
Mutable Instruments- Beads
Circuit Abbey - Unify
ADDAC - ADDAC812A Audio Meter

#modularsynth #eurorack #electronicmusic"

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Jamuary 11, 2024: Lost


video upload by stujay

"Lots of Instruo here. Main melody = Cs-L panned left, Ts-L+Neoni (FM'd) panned right. Assists from Make Noise Mimeophon and New Systems Instruments Inertia. Harmonaig on quantizing duty, melody played on Doepfer Trautonium ribbon controller. Big bass at the end is Therevox Ondes VCO. A touch of weirdness courtesy of Slate+Ash Spectres."

Saturday, January 06, 2024

MEGA PUSH // TRYING OUT THE ERICA SYNTHS EDU DIY HATS


video upload by Lido Pigeon

Drums: Erica Synths DIY Kick and Hi Hats.2HP Snare
Bass/Lead: Roland 510
Samples: Digitakt
FX: Intellijel Multi-FX
Modulation: Instuo CEIS
Midi - CV: Noise Engineering Univer Inter
Mixing: Intellijel Mixup

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

FIXING UP THE ELEKTRON DIGITONE WITH A EURORACK SYSTEM


video upload by Lido Pigeon

Drums: Erica Synths DIY Kick, 2HP Snare
Bass: Roland 510
FX: Intellijel multi-fx, Music Thing Modular Twin Drive
Modulation: DivKid OCHD, Instro Ceis
Mixing, attenuation: Intellijel Quadratt, Mixup
Midi to CV: Noise Engineering Univer Inter
Filter: 2HP MMF
Pads, FX: Elektron Digitone

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Sample & Hold in Video Games // a short sound design history with Instruo


video upload by

"This is from the limited edition tagh video on "13 Patches for Better Sample & Hold + Track & Hold" you can learn about these functions and how to apply them here // [13 Patches video below]

After mentioning this specific video segment to a few people and realising some had missed it, I wanted to repurpose this as it's own little chunk of video and sound design history. Fascinating to think that storing 3 numbers led to so many sound FX in video games.

Thanks to Jason from Instruo for originally sending this in for my tagh demo. Check out Instruo here - https://bit.ly/instruo"

13 Patches for better Sample & Hold + Track & Hold in Eurorack // Instruo tagh

video upload by DivKid

"The video demystifies sample and track & hold, looking at their differences, how they work all within 13 patches for making better creative and musical use of these functions. As well as providing a tutorial on these functions this video is also a demo of the Eurorack module ‘tagh’ from Instruo which currently has a limited edition batch (info below). Try these patches out in your systems, they’ll work on lots of different modules and be sure to share your own patch ideas and let me know if you’ve tried any of these in the comments. Cheers!"

Friday, December 15, 2023

Instruo Arbhar & Lubadh // Everything started with a resonant filter!


video upload by Dexba

"All did indeed start with a single ping from the Instruo I-o47, and then through the magic of recording many of them at different Lubadh's speeds... we got to this chirping forest of layers upon layers of magic!
Arbhar came last, providing some substance under Lubadh (and the reverb too!), so I could easily tweak the two decks without having moments of silence.
I left this going for hours, then I decided it was time to add some voice too, since I had been kinda singing along the whole afternoon, and here we go!
I am very proud of this, I know it will perform pretty poorly on YouTube, but I honestly care very little, since this is what I want from a performance, and I am happy to present it to you.
I hope you'll enjoy it!"

Thursday, December 07, 2023

Granular Guitar


video upload by Instruō

"làrachd is utilised as an input stage for the guitar.
The output from làrachd is patched to the Onset Input of arbhar.

When an onset signal is detected, arbhar begins recording the guitar. Once the buffer is full, we can use the Spray Knob and Scan Knob to explore which part of the recording we would like to hear.

The guitar signal normals to làrachd's envelope follower.

The Positive Envelope Output of the làrachd is used to modulate arbhars Intensity. As a result, when a loud input signal is present, fewer grains are triggered from the arbhars Continuous Granular Engine.

The Negative Envelope Output is offset using a vincâ and used to duck arbhar's internal reverb as well as adjust the Dry/Wet Mix when an input signal is present.

arbhar’s Pitch Deviation Knob is positioned fully clockwise meaning grains are transposed up and down octaves.

Finally, the left and right outputs of the arbhar are patched to the cuïr, which is used for gain staging and final signal output."

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Worng Electronics MidSide+ is AMAZING!


video upload by Signal Sounds

"MidSide+ is an advancement of the LRMSMSLR MidSide stereo processor, offering all the functionality of the original as well as an advanced voltage-controlled through-zero width processor and a switchable HPF on the side signal. This gives you not only advanced control of the width of your stereo signals, but also the ability to create new stereo signals from mono using MS processing and then use CV to control the width of the resulting signal.

The addition of a VCA on the Mid return and a 4 Quadrant Multiplier on the Side gives you complete control of the width from Mono, through Stereo and on to Super-wide Stereo, as well as being able to reverse the stereo image and then go on to Super-wide Reverse Stereo. All processing is 100% analogue and responds at audio rate, allowing you to create thick stereo sideband signals when using an audio-rate modulation source like a VCO. The switchable HPF has minimal phase shift in the pass band and ensures mono compatibility in the low end by removing any out of phase low frequency material from your signal when engaged, letting you get as wild as you want in the stereo field.

Like all WORNG Electronics modules the interface is ergonomically designed and doesn't skimp on attenuvertors for modulation inputs.

For more info head on over to: https://www.worngelectronics.com/ or https://www.signalsounds.com/

0:00 - Intro
1:17 - Mastering Full Mixes!
5:26 - Stereo Ring Mod
9:32 - Faux Stereo
12:43 - Outro"

Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Grainmakers Playlist


video uploads by Cinematic Laboratory

"This playlist features granular eurorack modules that all need to process the same reference sample. I hope this gives a good impression of what the modules can do for you. They're all different, they're all great."

Playlist:

1. Grainmakers Playlist Introduction
I've been working on a huge video over the last few days and when I reached 30 minutes I decided to break it up into a playlist. This is cool! I can make updates and add new modules as they emerge. It's not supposed to be the ultimate grain guide, but it's cool to hear all modules chew on the same sample and hear what comes out. It's easy to be impressed by a bad module with a great soundsource, or underwhelmed by an amazing module that need to process something unworthy of its grains. So it all comes down to what they have to offer. And there are no bad modules. It's great fun to hear how a standard concept can turn into completely different experiences. So this is just a short playlist introduction.
2. Mutable Instruments Beads | Grainmakers Playlist
In this episode, Beads needs to chew on a reference performance.
Beads is an effect, but it can process an internal wavetable synth on its own.
3. Qu-Bit Nebulae V2 | Grainmakers Playlist
Our next contender in the playlist is the Qu-Bit Nebulae. It may be a bit underappreciated, but wow. A unique feature is elastic audio for time stretching.
4. Qu-Bit Mojave | Grainmakers Playlist
Next, Mojave needs to chew on Sebastian Lexer's grand piano.
5. Loopers | Lubadh & Morphagene | Grainmakers Playlist
Loopers are often confused with granular synths, especially with the Morphagene. Loopers don't grain or spray, they're digital tape machines.
Sometimes, when you think you're into grains, you'd actually been looking for a looper. It's time to show the difference, so they're an important addition to the lineup.
6. 1010Music BitBox MK2 | Grainmakers Playlist
The BitBox may not seem an obvious choice for granular processing, but if this playlist were a competition, then BitBox MK2 would be the King of the Grainfields. Granular processing offers limited CV support in the current firmware, but the sheer processing power is almost an insult to the other modules. Fortunately, it can't offer the hands-on experience like dedicated modules.
7. Error Instruments x TINRS Brinta | Grainmakers Playlist

8. Melotus Versio | Grainmakers Playlist
It's a Versio. What can I say. Awkward, special, amazing and breathtaking. It's unique feature is no pitch control. While this sounds like a flaw, it's almost a musthave feature when you run notes, effects and chords through it. Don't touch the melody. Just make it grain. Top 3 module in my list. And if it doesn't fit your needs, install a different firmware! If you own a different Versio, give it a shot. Nothing creates techno atmospheres and backdrops like Melotus.
9. MISO Cornflakes | Grainmakers Playlist
This is the last one for today :). Still a few more modules to cover, but it's already a great list. Here's MISO Cornflakes chewing on the Lexer piano. Again, it's a totally different experience, because Cornflakes adds special harmonizing features and stacking of grains. No other module has it - as far as I know. It can make wonderful new sounds from something familiar.
10. Instruo Arbhar V2 | Grainmakers Playlist
I already made plenty of Arbhar videos, but this is the second V2 video. In this playlist, all granular modules in my collection need to process the same audio file so it's easy to figure out what they do. Now it's Arbhar's turn.
11. Clouds & Clones | Grainmaker Playlist
This playlist would not be complete without a tribute to Clouds, one of the first modules in Eurorack that brought grains to the case. Clouds was launched in 2015 and discontinued in 2017. But that wasn't the end of it. It's been revived and extended in many forms, making it one of the most successful modules in Eurorack even today. From a techical perspective, Clouds is no match for the modern grainmakers in this playlist. But from the perspective of production value it's still a super useful module, especially if you manage to install the Parasite firmware. It's easy to forget that granular synthesis doesn't need big buffers. Sometimes a small 1 sec buffer is exactly what you need to get that desirable classic granular stream.
12. Combinations | Grainmaker Playlist
I got a question if Lubadh and Mojave would make a good combo. I had no idea. I figured this whole playlist is still 1-dimensional. So I patched these two up and then and I just had to make this video! I am still using the reference track so you get a good idea of how big the sonic playground becomes when you combine any looper with any granular engine. Results may vary, but wow. The bottom of the Rabbit Hole simply has a doorway to the next one. And it always gets deeper than the one before.
13. ADDAC 112 | Grainmakers Playlist
I may have unintentionally kept the best for last. The 112 combines a looper and granular engine in one big module. This is the last entry in the playlist.
The 112 will return soon for a dedicated video with some carefully selected samples to play with.
14. I missed a few | Grainmakers Playlist
After finishing the 112 video I was confident I covered enough 'grainmakers' in this playlist. I doublechecked if Disting EX and Phonogene should be in it, but no. The third one definitely needs to be on it! It doesn't show up when you search for 'granular' on ModularGrid, but it immediately went to my personal top #2.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Instruō - Befaco FX Boy - microPhaser cartridge | All-pass filter tutorial


video upload by Instruō

"Here's something a bit different!

Befaco (https://www.befaco.org/) have launched this very cool module which uses the "game boy" cartridge form factor as a means of hot swapping analogue and/or digital circuitry as effects processors.

I caught up with Manu and Diego at Superbooth23 and learned of this mad idea. I very quickly asked how I could get involved and contribute a cartridge design.

Time was a bit of a crunch.
I set the target of a month following return from Berlin as a timeframe for getting a cartridge production ready.
Challenge accepted!
I believe I had the first two (heavily circuit bent) prototype cartridges in the mail to Barcelona in just over a fortnight.
The last 5 minutes of this video shows a bit of this process designing the first prototypes.

The FX Boy ships with 7 carts in total designed by a wonderful range of creative developers.
I'm very excited to be part of this project.

This video goes through some of the capabilities of my microPhaser effect and ends with some behind the scenes recordings of the rapid development of the circuitry.

Cheers!
~Jason
---
00:00 Instruōduction
00:59 What is it?
03:21 microPhaser
04:23 All-Pass Filtering
07:06 Interference patterns
08:50 Phase Modulation
10:59 That's not a Sawtooth wave...
14:18 It's (not) just a phase
15:37 Winston interrupts
16:01 Complex Audio
19:57 Feedback/Resonance
25:16 Back in time (2023-05-12)
25:33 Making the microPhaser
27:58 Winston walk time
29:08 Circuit Bends
30:23 Testing the prototype"

Monday, October 16, 2023

Instruo Arbhar V2 | The Lexer Method Reloaded


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"First of all, it's impossible for me to cover all new features in this video, so I'll revisit V2 as I learn it. In a nutshell, the grain count is doubled and grains can be much smaller than before. The most important feature for me, obviously, is stereo support. But I was surprised to find out that processing in mono still has a lot of advantages. You just can't hard-pan a stereo source like in mono so mono sounds 'wider'. V2 also adds a file system on the USB drive where you can load and save 42 scenes, where each scene saves your settings and the six buffers. It also offers a library where you can select samples from your collection, and build your own buffer scene. Finally, V2 adds 'accumulative mode', which translates to punch in/out recording in your buffer. It's been an amazing experience.

00:00 Introduction
00:52 Mono vs Stereo
02:25 Effect vs Instrument
05:13 Microsound and polyphonic grains
06:01 Chord Ratios
08:09 Buffers
08:45 Load/Save scenes
10:12 The Strike Engine
11:18 Messy effect
12:25 Arbhar Follow Mode and Tagh random source
13:15 Accumulative Mode with Mellotron Micro"

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Birdy Colombia // Plinky-MakeNoise-Instruo-Mimeophon-FX Aid-Arbhar-Modular Synth-Ultimate Ears//


video upload by Manu Blond

"Song : Birdy Colombia

Jam with the birds in the Colombian Forest 🌳

- Granular voice : Instruo Arbhar
- Birds : recorded live and processed on the fly
- Chords synth : Plinky
- Bluetooth speaker : Ultimate ears Megaboom

Sound raw and roots from Bluetooth speaker and catched from my phone 😅"

Monday, October 09, 2023

Instruō - arbhar V2.0 Firmware Overview


video upload by Instruō

"Note: WATCHING THIS ENTIRE VIDEO IS NOT NECESSARY!
I've curated it with chapter markings to encourage hopping around to specific features/examples. I hope this will work as a video reverence in conjunction with the full written manual.

A dedicated tutorial on how to upgrade your arbhar can be found here:"

arbhar - Firmware update tutorial


The arbhar V2.0 firmware update is here!
In 2019 the launch of the arbhar heralded a new generation of granular processing in Eurorack. Sampled audio can be chopped into tiny grains, scattered, shaped, re-pitched, reversed, and layered for an endless range of audio manipulation from seamless frozen tones to mutated acousmatic madness. Each grain sounds with its defined specifications. When modulation is used, the "per-grain parameter" definition allows for true polyphonic layering.
With the introduction of firmware version 2 (2023) comes a complete rewrite of the entire codebase to implement both technical and conceptual improvements that will enhance the entire user experience of the arbhar. We have ensured that the overall feel of the module has been preserved as much as possible. Advances in efficiency and expanded features will allow the arbhar to explore many more sonic and musical spaces.
Meet the Lexer Method 2.0.

• Up to 88 stereo grains between two granular engines, allowing for polyphonic layering
• Mono and stereo input configurations
• Six 10 second individual audio buffers
• 1 volt per octave pitch tracking
• On-board random pitch deviation and grain direction probability
• Scan mode, Follow mode, and Wavetable mode
• Stereo pan, feedback delay, and reverb configurations
• Built-in condenser microphone
• Analogue input pre-amplifier and limiter
• Audio analysis with onset detection for automatic audio capturing
• Includes 2 HP passive CV Expansion module and 4GB USB flash drive
• User-definable configuration for complete instrument customisation
• Save, Load and Clone audio between layers
• Curate/recall entire performance configurations with up to 42 Scenes.
• USB import and export functionality

Sunday, October 08, 2023

INSTRUO HQ TOUR // a fantastical place of Eurorack, design, manufacturing, music studios & more!


video upload by DivKid

"Join us for a tour of the Instruo headquarters up in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. You learn how to caffeinate properly while you're at it.

It's an amazing place with music studios, subSine academy and band rooms all wrapped around the design, prototyping and manufacturing of Instruo products. This video was recorded as part of a larger multi day visit for some other 'activities' (top secret for now) so while the large part of the tour is shot at once on a quiet Sunday you'll see a few other clips from the days prior."

Instruo Troika | Life after Retirement


video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"One of the first Instruo modules I am aware of is Troika. It's a three oscillator VCO that started as a hand made heavy brass panel module and was officially retired a month ago. There aren't much videos around except for the official 'how it's made' and a handful of videos from a time where Eurorack was still a niche (six years ago). The official lifespan is 2016-2023. Honestly, I never had much interest in the Troika until I gave it a try last Jamuary in VCV Rack. It sounds absolutely amazing and it immediately went to my wishlist. When Instruo announced the module's retirement I got one.
My module has serial 22 so I can't help wondering how old 'brand new' really is.

When I started to make this video, my mindset was 'Moog/Subtractive/Eastcoast' because of the 3-Osc design. I recreated the mimimoog layout with a few special guests like Maths and Clouds, and AJH Transistor Ladder as the iconic Moog filter.

It's been three days of enjoying cool music and this morning I realized how important a 3-Osc VCO is for approximating 99.9% of the best 80's sounds ever. It sounds more like an ARP 2600 because of all the patchpoints (and Maths as the LFO). It got even better when I swapped the ladder filter for Instruo's 1047 multimode filter which was part of the older ARP 2500. So my personal conclusion is that Troika is a super interesting VCO for anyone with a love for the 70's-80's and want to go a few steps further than the Moog and the ARP can offer.

I was able to buy a used one about a year ago, but decided not to do it, because I did not see any added value to the stuff I alread have. I can now say, if you find a reasonably priced used one, it's worth it."

Friday, September 01, 2023

Instruō Discontinues troika: A brief history


video upload by Instruō

"It has finally happened...
The troika is being retired from production!
The last 15 have been built (as of August 2023), and will be making their way out into the works.

It still completely staggers me how far Instruō has come since I was designing solo, and building individual modules in the spare bedroom.
To everyone who has shown support through the years, purchased modules, made modular music, and been part of this weird, niche-of-a-niche industry:
Thank you.

Instruō today has grown into a full on creative collective! I get to work every day with the most incredible team of developers/artists/makers.
We've come a long way, and in so many ways it feels like we're just getting started.
The troika was the OG! It was the first to gain "Instruō" as a branding.
For anyone that is newly familiar with Instruō:
Hello! :)
I hope you'll enjoy what we do.
If you're interested, this is where it all began:"

INSTRUō - troika [build video 1]

video upload by

"Module Demo starts at 14:00

Audio and video by INSTRUō

This video documents the design and build process of a 3 voice analog oscillator module."
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