MATRIXSYNTH: New Makers


Showing posts with label New Makers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Makers. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

New ALT 5 Voice Desktop Analog Synthesizer from cyma forma in the Works



via cyma forma

Update: 1st video posted here.

"soundscape synthesizer

some sounds resonate with us in mysterious, intriguing ways, as if they were part of something bigger, as if they were holding answers.

ALT is an analog synthesizer designed to expand the realms of sound design, through intricate motion.

preorders available on kickstarter on may 22nd.

Voices

ALT hosts five voices, each with different waveform shaping possibilities, each offering stereo panning, enabling a rich, spatial audio experience.

a harmonic quantizer lets you chose scales, and play beautiful melodies, either with the faders, or with quantized pitch modulation.

Alter

sound alteration can be achieved with a stereo filter inspired by the Korg MS-20, and a wild stereo delay with infinite feedback.

Movement

initiate sound motion with a modulation pin matrix.
the matrix has 4 adjustable modulation sources: 2 LFO, 1 random step generator, 1 envelope follower; and 17 destinations.

light and sound sensors make it react and evolve with environmental stimuli.

all of which allow for complex rhythmic patterns, unheard harmonies, and precise sound design.

more details to come."

Monday, April 08, 2024

Randomwaves Introduces Drumboy & Synthgirl


video uploads by Randomwaves

"Unleash your creativity and explore the world of sound with Randomwaves. Our new handheld instruments, Drumboy and Synthgirl, put the power of music-making in the palm of your hand.

www.randomwaves.io"



Drumboy packs a powerful punch in a compact design. Featuring an ARM processor and intuitive controls, you can create dynamic beats and percussion patterns with ease.

10 Instrument Layers

Mix and match to build unique rhythmic textures

Parametric EQ

Sculp your sound with precision for perfect beats

2 Effect Channels

Add depth, texture, and character to your grooves

Reverb Engine

Create immersive and atmospheric soundscapes

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Synthgirl is a powerful wavetable synthesizer that empowers you to craft a vast sonic palette. With 2 versatile oscillators, you can explore a world of evolving sounds and textures with just your fingertips.

2 Wavetable OSCs

Craft unique and evolving sonic creations

4 LFOs

Explore endless modulation possibilities

2 Effect Channels

Add depth, texture, and character to your sounds

Reverb Engine

Create immersive and atmospheric soundscapes

Saturday, April 06, 2024

JCS BN-1 "Bakery of Noise" Digital PCM Synthesizer – One of a Kind

Note: Auction links are affiliate links for which the site may be compensated. "JCS BN-1" 4-Bit Linear PCM Synthesizer - Part 1 (Prototype)

video upload by blarrer20

"JCS BN-1" 4-Bit Linear PCM Synthesizer - Part 2 (Finished)

video upload by blarrer20

"This video demonstrates the final version of a 4-bit Linear PCM synthesizer that I have designed and built over about two months. It makes use of mostly Soviet clones of 7400 and 74LS series TTL chips, with no microcontrollers involved. It has a 256 x 4 SRAM chip that allows the user to program whatever waveforms may be desired, with looping capability, and starting at whatever point desired. Most importantly, it is able to be controlled by an external source, for example a keyboard instrument. It also has a frequency doubler circuit. This video is part 2 of 2, showing the finished product.

If you want to skip right to the sounds, go to 27:08"



via this listing

Pics of the inside below.

Details from the listing:

Friday, April 05, 2024

VEKT - Portable Drum Computer V.4


video upload by uszymyszy

"Hi! Here is v.4, I redesigned the enclosure to be more rugged, we have also a battery and speaker. Most of the errors are solved, the UI is quite cluttered yet and I make a lot of missclicks/wrong shortcuts but after some tweaks everything should go fluent.

The idea is to have a pocket version of Ableton workflow, simplified but easy enough to create sketches for further polishing in DAW. I plan to build several units for testers but is still a lot of work to do and I cannot guarantee anything at the moment. I will try to progress as much as possible to finish this in this year."

And from one year ago:

Vekt - Portable Drum Computer

video upload by uszymyszy

"I built a Pocket Operator alternative. It can now record and play internal synths. There are 4 engines:
- Bass (Roland TB-303 mod),
- Lead (8bit style),
- Braids (implementation of Mutable Instruments eurorack module),
- Wavetable (several waves mixed by knobs)

I hope the UI is self explanatory, it is focused on simplicity and uses Ableton-like mini session view to launch clips"

The first prototype was shown 3 years ago on reddit.

It looks like a Dirtywave M8 tracker, but is different in both build layout and function. From the creator:

"M8 is a stunnig device for complex projects, I plan to keep my Vekt operator more like pocket op where you can quickly create sketches/ideas and polish them later on DAW. And the main idea for me personally was to quickly create rhythmic sequences which I can use with my visualization app instead making them in DAW, this will speed up the process."

4/4/24 (swarm) Gieskes Klok & No Drum + Zerosum Inertia PLXNA2 + OAM Uncertainty + Lexicon PCM 70


video upload by Cfpp0

"Butterflies, bats, 16mm swarm: Gieskes Klok modulates itself and No Drum and Olivia Artz Modular Uncertainty, which modulates No Drum, while Klok gates No Drum."

You cand find additional Gieskes Kok module posts here.

This appears to be the first post to feature Olivia Artz Modular. Details on their modules follow via Perfect Circuit and Noisebug.



"Uncertainty from Olivia Artz Modular is a 2hp coin toss module; it is open source, with new, user-swappable firmware being developed. So, it will continue to grow and offer new functionality!

In the standard firmware, the top input accepts gates, triggers, or any signal between -5V and +5V. Based on whether the input is positive or negative, it uses two different types of logic to produce gates at the corresponding eight outputs. If the input is above +1V, then the module does eight differently-weighted "coin tosses"—one for each output. If the outcome of the toss is "heads," a +5V signal is output for as long as the input stays above 1V. If the input signal is -1V or lower, a slightly different coin toss algorithm is used, where the outputs are paired—if the result of the toss is "heads," the upper output of the pair in question sends out a signal, and if it's "tails," the lower outputs sends out a signal.

Alternate firmwares are available for free, and loading them is as easy as plugging in your module via the rear PCB USB connection, dragging on a file, and you're done. The first new official firmware is a VU meter—with the panel LEDs displaying the current voltage level, and each LED getting a dedicated gate output—somewhat like a multi-window comparator! Olivia Artz's Uncertainty module is a great way to add chance operations to your rack without sacrificing space.

UNCERTAINTY FEATURES

2HP chance module with alternate firmwares available
Default firmware uses two distinct coin toss algorithms to convert incoming bipolar signals into eight streams of outgoing gates
Open source
One CV input with 10-bit resolution
Eight gate outputs"

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Ksoloti Gills Open Source DIY Desktop Unit



via Ksoloti

"Gills is a standalone desktop unit using the Ksoloti Core

Ksoloti is an environment for generating and processing digital audio. It can be a programmable virtual modular synthesizer, polysynth, drone box, sequencer, chord generator, multi effect, sample player, looper, granular sampler, MIDI generator/processor, CV or trigger generator, anything in between, and more.

Ksoloti is an environment for generating and processing digital audio. It can be a programmable virtual modular synthesizer, polysynth, drone box, sequencer, chord generator, multi effect, sample player, looper, granular sampler, MIDI generator/processor, CV or trigger generator, anything in between, and more.

The Ksoloti Core is a rework of the discontinued(?) Axoloti Core board. In short, Ksoloti aims for maximum compatibility with the original Axoloti, with some layout changes and added features. The Axoloti Core hardware board became unavailable at some point, but because Johannes graciously open-sourced the schematics (and since the global part shortage somewhat improved) it was possible to recreate a board nearly fully compatible to the original: enter the Ksoloti Core.

Using the Patcher software on your computer, you create your own sound patches by placing and connecting sound objects, or explore patches other users shared. You can edit any existing patches and even objects, or write entirely new ones from scratch. When you are satisfied with your patch, you can upload it to the Ksoloti Core’s internal memory – or save a collection of patches on SD card – so you can play it without your computer connected.

The fun really starts when you connect pots, buttons, LEDs or displays, sensors and more to control your patches and make Ksoloti a tactile and highly playable hardware instrument.

Board dimensions and layout aside, the two main hardware differences to the original Axoloti Core are:

Ksoloti Core does not have any audio and MIDI jacks on-board.
Ksoloti Core has more pins and functions broken out to headers.
Full information on getting started with the Ksoloti can be found on Ksoloti github here: https://ksoloti.github.io/"

Monday, April 01, 2024

Introducing the Fauxhundred



The FAUX HUNDRED

Details from the brochure:

IN THE HANDS; WHO MAKES THE RULES? HIERARCHICAL PERCEPTIONS GRASPING ELUSIONS OF CONTROL WITH THE LIGHTEST TOUCH ON SENSITIVE PROBLEMS, MIDAS IS HANDLING - HANDLING POSSIBILITIES.

SYSTEMS OF KNOWLEDGE OVERLAP, REVEALING ZONES OF CONFUSION, THE SOURCE ABSURDITY MANIFESTS TO SUGGEST REVISITATION: TO CONTEMPLATE CERTAIN ANGLES OF REPROGRAMMING THE METAORGANISM.

TO CLOSE A KEY IS TO RELEASE THE QUESTION, EXPLORING OTHER CORNERS OF PYCSHOTELEMETRY: MEASURING KNOWN STEPS - INSERTING REPEATING INGREDIENTS - YET FACILITATION THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW RANGES, LOCATIONAL DYNAMICS IN UNMAPPED ENCOMPASSING DIMENSIONS, AND VITAL - ALMOST IMPERCEPTIBLE - DIFFERENCES TO THE ORIGINAL MEDIA.

THE OBSERVER MAY ABANDON THEIR ROLE TO INSTEAD DEFINE THEIR EXPERIENCE; THUS, DESPITE INDUCTIVE DUST INDICATIVE OF ONE MILLION REPETITIONS, THE NEXT INSTANTIATION YIELDS SOMETHING GREATER THAN ITS SUM.

WAHT IS REAL?
FAUG GOLD IN THE HANDS?
SIXTEEN RECTANGLES NEATLY ARRANGE TEN-STAGE CURVES BY SIX MOON'S PHASE FOUR TIMES. ONCE UNDER LEAD LAMPS, THE EXTINGUISHED LIGHT BREACHES AN OLD WINDOW AND THE SCOPE NOW FRAMES THE NEIGHBORING FIELD, WHERE THE RAM RETRIEVES A MEMORY OF THE BREAKING POINTS.

SO UNREAL: AN INDEX OF CONTINUOUS IMPLICATIONS THAT THE DEFINITION OF THE EDGE IS STILL SUBJECT TO VARIATION, N-DIMENSIONAL TRAJECTORIES TRACING AXES STILL UNKNOWN.

TECHNIQUES ARE EMPLOYED, FROM WHICH UNUSUAL LINKS AND PROCESSES JUMP FUTURE ELEMENTS AN EXAMINATION OF STRUCTURE; INDIVIDUAL MUSIC; INDIVIDUAL LANGUAGE. IN TIME, EMERGENT NONLINEARITIES MERGE TO DEFINE THE USER PROGRAM: A NEW SENSE OF PERCEPTUAL MECHANICS; A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP TO YOUR OWN EXTERNAL FEEDBACK SYSTEM; A DEPARTURE OR CONTRAST.

TO MATURE IN EXISTENCE, TO FLOWER IN PERCEPTION, EVALUATE RELATIONSHIPS, REDUCE LOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS, SKIP THE NEXT ACTION, AND CHECK THE SUM.

STOP; DON'T LOOK UP; TRANSFER OPERATIONS, SCORE MANIPULATIONS, AND UNFOLD THE OTHER PLANS.

ANOTHER ITERATION, THE TASK'S NEW BRANCH, NOW EMERGING: ADDRESS THE SEQUENCE - THE DEFAULT PERCEPTUAL HIERARCHY PROCESSION, SUCCESSION, AND CHANGE.

WHAT IS REAL?

FAUX GOLD IN THE HANDS.

- Except from Faux Gold

Djupviks Beneath The Bush of Ghosts // Data Bender // Cocoquantus


video upload by LesjaMusic



Two pics via Reverb

LOFI quad sampler ISD1820 ic

DIY pcb and panel only as of 03 MAR 2023.

Beneath the Bush of Ghosts is a 26hp Quad Lo-fi sampler based on the ISD1820 IC chip which is an old answering machine chip. This module is inspired by several other projects based on the ISD1820 chip. Each of the four channels are identical to each other with some sneaky normalisation going on between the channels for extra fun!

There is a mix output which combines all the dry inputs with the sampler outputs, while the individual outs of each channel only contain the sampler output. Each individual output is cross modulated with the channel next to it in pairs, so 1-2 modulate each other and 3-4 the same way. Each output is also normalled to the following input, 1-2-3-4 and 4 goes back to input 1. This means you can do generation loss (i.e. disintegrating loops) with some clever patching. Each channel has a filter with lowpass to the left and high pass to the right, as well as a pitch knob with a dedicated cv input and attenuator. There is also a dedicated trig input for each channel, and control buttons for the following functions: record in, momentary play and full play of the sample. The trig inputs need a +5v gate to operate. Samples can be played on loop by engaging the ‘Loop’ switch at the top of each channel.

Recording instructions: In order to record you need to turn the loop switch off, set the pitch to around the 10 to 2 o’clock (you can experiment with this), the CV knob will usually influences the sample speed so make sure it is fully CCW. Insert an input signal (or use the looping sampler next to it) and hit record, the LED will turn off while recording, and light up again when the memory of the chip is full. It’s a simple as that!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Lunacy Audio BEAM


video upload by DATABROTH

"Pick it up here: https://bit.ly/49b4zOH
you can read my review of BEAM here: https://www.databroth.com/blog/beam-r..."

Three videos from Lunacy:

video uploads by Lunacy

Playlist:
Launching BEAM - Interactive Effects Playground
BEAM - Preset Highlights
BEAM - Walkthrough Tutorial

"BEAM is an interactive multi-effects plugin featuring a cutting-edge granular engine, convolution reverb, and filters with an innovative dynamic audio graph system. Sparkle your keys, spice up your vocals, reshape your drums, and launch your synths into outer space."

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Introducing... The Swarm, By Artium Instruments


video upload by Artium Instruments

"Artium Instruments is thrilled to introduce its very first offering, The Swarm, a polyphonic desktop synthesizer."



via Artium on Kickstarter

At Artium Instruments, we approach our designs with the understanding that musicians cultivate intimate connections with the gear they employ to create their art. We firmly believe that instruments ought to possess not just functionality, but also personality, character, and a distinct identity that inspires its user. First and foremost, we've dedicated significant effort to ensuring that the synthesizer and onboard effects produce exceptional sound quality akin to professional studio-grade equipment. The Swarm features a SuperSaw oscillator with 8-note polyphony, curated onboard effects, and a full-featured arpeggiator.

At Artium Instruments we are committed to knob-for-knob functionality in our desktop synths. Every feature of The Swarm is directly mapped to a knob, button, switch, or jack, ensuring effortless control. There's no need for menu-diving or complicated button presses to access features; everything is conveniently accessible at your fingertips.

With over a decade of experience in the effects industry, we have carefully curated a selection of effects that complements the synth core. Unique to The Swarm is its capability to use the onboard effects with other equipment, allowing you to route external audio through the input jacks on the back.

We've invested considerable thought into crafting the overall feel of the instrument. From the layout of the knobs to the choice of colors, artwork, and weight of the enclosure, every detail has been considered. These details matter to us because we recognize that the connection a user forms with a piece of gear is nearly as crucial in the creative process as the sounds it produces. We hope you can feel the love and passion we've poured into every detail of The Swarm, from its sonic capabilities to its design aesthetics.

The Swarm is controlled by MIDI through a USB-C port. Most modern class-compliant MIDI controllers with USB functionality should plug in and work immediately with zero setup. Additionally, The Swarm provides power to your controller, streamlining your setup process. For older controllers that only have DIN connections, a USB to DIN converter can be used to ensure compatibility.

The Swarm features a SuperSaw oscillator with 8-note polyphony. This oscillator is composed of seven individual saw waves stacked on top of each other. The magic happens when you detune the waveforms by applying a frequency offset, resulting in one of the most massive synth sounds available.

The Swarm employs this SuperSaw oscillator through two distinct control modes: Polyphonic Mode and Arpeggiator Mode. In Polyphonic Mode, you can play up to eight notes simultaneously. Arpeggiator Mode offers a comprehensive monophonic arpeggiator, automatically sequencing held notes in a variety of patterns.

All onboard effects can be used with external equipment. Simply plug an external audio source into the rear input jacks, and The Swarm will seamlessly mix the external audio with its synth core, allowing for simultaneous processing of both signals.

By pressing the touchpad on the right, The Swarm records a 1000ms sample of the current audio. It then layers, and smears the sample, creating an infinite drone frozen in time—a perfect foundation for layering additional notes. The freeze effect facilitates overdubbing, and pressing the touchpad with the freeze knob at its minimum setting erases the memory, allowing you to capture a fresh sample.

The Swarm's delay is a digital delay with a subtle touch of warmth. The delay length synchronizes with the arpeggiator clock, which can be adjusted manually using the clock knob or via the tap tempo touchpad on the left. Additionally, the delay features a multiplier knob, offering a range of unique subdivisions that complement the synced arpeggiator, including quarter notes, dotted eighth notes, eighth notes, and triplets.

The reverb effect in The Swarm strives to enhance the natural body and ambience of the synth core without overshadowing it. Its stereo reverb algorithm is controlled by a single knob, which adjusts both the mix and decay simultaneously. This versatile control allows you to seamlessly transition from realistic room or hall effects to expansive cathedral-like soundscapes, offering a wide range of atmospheric possibilities.

The SuperSaw oscillator practically demands to be paired with a chorus effect. The Swarm employs a stereo 4-voice chorus effect alongside a gradually shifting LFO, aiming to craft dimensionality without becoming nauseating.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Quord: Harmony Exploration Machine


video upload by Sound Workshop

"Music to wake up to

Quord is a droning harmony synthesizer. It has four sawtooth oscillators followed by a mixer, filter, and distortion.

Circuit by Decapod Devices. Layout by Sound Workshop. Work in progress."

Thursday, March 21, 2024

MON2: Soundscape Machine by Monkhum


video uploads by Monkhum.CC

spotted this one via:

New Soon  something interesting from Asia 🙌

video upload by errorinstruments paul tas



Google translated from Thai via monkhum.cc

MON2 : Soundscape Machine 16-bit synthesizers 6 Oscillator is a combination of functions such as GrooveBox Omichord Drone Noisebox designed to be able to mix a variety of sounds, divided into 3 groups, 2 oscillators per group A(1) B(2) C( 3) And each group can adjust parameters independently. It creates new sound mixing and it's quite functional. There are 30 waveforms, random step, CV in, LFO, Tremolo, LPF, ECHO, Sub Oscillator and many more. Suitable for people who want to understand sound synthesis. Players will gradually Learn to customize the characteristics of each sound group through a unique, easy-to-understand and playable vertical screen. It's like we have 3 synthesizers in one box, with 2 main modes: Voice mode and Chord mode. MON2 : Soundscape Machine will definitely give you new ideas.

The design approach remains unique to the brand. Stainless steel plates and buttons made from quality grade silicone plates. Gives a good feeling of use The keys are designed in size and distance to be similar to the keys on a MIDI keyboard used for making music, so finger placement is comfortable. Vertical screens are something that designers really want to present. It is both unique to create an instrument that has This new type of workflow The screen divides the parameters to display 3 parameters at all times. Corresponds to the number of 3 left knobs when the user wants to adjust any parameter in the screen and the 3 parameters in this vertical screen. Also related to the 4 touch sensors placed under the screen. There is a system to lock parameters to prevent discrepancies. Because we use the same knobs for all 12 menus.

6 Oscillators - 30 Waveforms
Support 6 Oscillators and more than 30 different audio waveforms. for variety in sound creation

Random Step and CV In
Independent control with Random Step and CV In helps you create unique sounds.

Voice Mode and Chord Mode
You can switch between Voice Mode to create independent sounds or Chord Mode to create chords that sound like playing a keyboard.

LOOP sound freely
MON2 comes with the ability to record playback on 3 separate channels, allowing for lots of creative playback.

Monday, March 18, 2024

"A World of Heritage" (Heritage Modular Synthesizers) - 8 Voice Digital Modular Synth


video upload by

"Présentation of the prototype 'HERITAGE SYNTHESIZERS' from Frédéric Rible.
Digital modular 8 voices synthesizer with complete legacy analog interface & analog like sound!
All sounds and effects are made by the Heritage Synthesizers in 6 lives sessions.
Sounds created by Frederic & kurtz.
Up left camera : Heritage Modular main stéréo sequence live work / Keystep pro Arturia.
Down left camera : Mister M across Heritage modular filter, "PPG like" pads & effects & Bigbass end line
Up Right Camera : Heritage Modular second stéréo sequence rythm noises, strings like pad, bass line.
Down Right camera : 'Inside' the Heritage, first Triangle solo , second Formant solo and big analog end pad.
Track by Jean-Luc Briançon.
Links :
https://www.heritagesynthesizers.fr/
https://kurtzmindfields.bandcamp.com/
Title will be availble on Bandcamp april 2024 on new EP."



"The Heritage Modular synthesizer has been designed to mimic the typical look and feel of an early 1970s modular synthesizer but with full polyphonic capabilities. The feasibility is tightly linked to the usage of digital technologies available in 2020 to DIY enthusiasts.

From a musician perspective, the system should provide the illusion of using a classical analog modular synthesizer with knobs, switches and patch cables.

The core of the synthesizer is based on Pure Data: a powerful sound engine for the generation and processing of audio signal. The underlying algorithms has been chosen for faithful emulation of analog circuitry characteristics. As the goal is to provide with hardware user experience, the Pure Data GUI is only used during the software development phase.

A dedicated set of hardware modules has been designed to act as controllers for Pure Data. These modules are populated with knobs, switches, lights and jack sockets, as for any other classical modular synthesizer. The communication between Pure Data and these hardware modules is done via an I2C bus implemented over a standard 16-pin Eurorack connector.

This project has started in July 2020 as a DIY effort, with a first version up and running in July 2022."

Thursday, March 14, 2024

What is the Oct Tone & who are the Glasgow Synth Guild?


video upload by DivKid

"Here's something a little different ... a 'remaster' of an older design and a new synthesiser guild that act as a crack team super group of modular builders who are handling this exclusively.

The Oct Tone is a remaster of an early design by Jason Lim (Instruo) that has been brought back to life by the Glasgow Synthesiser Guild. In this video I'll demo the Oct Tone, in my usual style with musical approaches to the features and uses. But we'll also have a little story time looking and who and what the guild are and why they exist.

You can purchase an Oct Tone exclusively from the Guild here // https://www.glasgowsynthguild.com"

Monday, March 04, 2024

Mutineer Synthesizer Demo - Tone Generator Span & Wavetable Editing


video upload by René Feuerlein

"In this demonstration of my synthesizer software programming project Mutineer, I am showing briefly showing a Tone Generator's capability to Span waveform over to the next Tone Generator, as in a Wavetable synth. Also I am briefly showing some of the wavetable waveform editing tools. I then add a lowpass resonance filter, a Chorus plus a Delay effect module, and later include a second Tone Generator, on which I also edit its waveform. The final result is a dreamy pad sound."

Sunday, March 03, 2024

Body Synths introduces the Metal Fetishist


video upload by Body Synths

"The Body Synths Metal Fetishist is a Percussion Synthesizer featuring a loopable randomness sequencer and a eurorack-compatible control-voltage interface.

The Metal Fetishist is a beat-making platform designed for rythm discovery and percussive sound design. The unapologetically digital sound engine includes a single oscillator, a white noise source, a resonant multi-mode filter and a digital distortion section featuring downsampling and overdrive."

Four Body Synths Metal Fetishist percussion synths playing together

video upload by Body Synths

"Sequencing 4 Metal Fetishist units with an Arturia Beatstep Pro. Spring reverb from Roland VX-55. Analog delay from Roland DC-20."



"The Body Synths Metal Fetishist is a Percussion Synthesizer featuring a loopable randomness sequencer and a eurorack-compatible control-voltage interface.

Explore percussion by synthesizing simple Kicks, harsh Noise, fuzzy Drones, digital Glitches and plucky microtonal Melodies
The Metal Fetishist is a beat-making platform designed for rythm discovery and percussive sound design. The unapologetically digital sound engine includes a single oscillator, a white noise source, a resonant multi-mode filter and a digital distortion section featuring downsampling and overdrive.

Random sequencing with control
The Metal Fetishist features two randomness generators. At every trigger step of the sequence, the Random Step Mod section creates a new modulation value that can modify the Pitch, the amount of Noise or the filter Cut-Off value, while the modulation amount can be selected manually. At every sequence step, the Random Skips control decides if the current step will trigger or not, based on the skipping amount selected. The big STEPS knob won't do anything at its OFF position, leaving the synth in completely random mode! But as you turn it right it will lock the previously generated random step values into repeatable sequences of length 2, 4, 8, 10, 16 or 32. Have fun with it!"

Monday, February 26, 2024

Acid, pings & alien voices | Nekyia Circuits Root Locus VCF


video upload by Tom Churchill

"Root Locus is an analogue filter from Nekyia Circuits, a new manufacturer based in Greece. It’s a 12dB/octave multimode design that’s based on the classic Serge VCFQ - but it adds a couple of unique twists, like the two audio inputs with a voltage-controlled crossfader, and a variable mode output with CV input.

In this video, I explore some of the weird and wonderful things you can do with it. A lot of these techniques can be applied to other filters too - you might just need one or two extra modules in some cases - so as always, you’ll hopefully get some ideas you can apply to whatever you’re using."



via Nekyia Circuits

"Root Locus is an analog 12dB/octave multimode filter, based on the CGS512 VCFQ filter. It adds a dual input crossfading mixer with gain control and a variable mode output with cv control for sweeps between filter modes, aiming for an extensive tonal variety! It also features a Ping input that allows for an impressively wide variety of percussive sounds. The sub range switch makes it a very versatile CV filter too, able to filter control voltages as well as transforming it to an interesting quadrature LFO while in self oscillation."

Thursday, February 15, 2024

New Groc Granular Hardware Synth from Oddment Audio


video uploads by oddment audio

Playlist: 1. Groc granular synth - modulating fun
Here we have simple note sustain while modulating grain bandwidth, overlap, placement (in stereo field), distortion drive and filter cutoff frequency. Oh, and our first reveal of the delay unit!
2. Violin and ambience with Groc granular synth
Here we are editing sample loop points, ADSR envelope and Groc's unique "time path" to create lush sustains from a short violin clip.
3. cool fall day + warm groc tones
walking on a cool fall day, accompanied by warm tones produced by groc granular synth
4. Groc - LED sequence with spatial sound
This video shows the first testing of the groc interface board, and includes the first audio demonstrations of spatial sound overlaid. Headphones recommended!
5. Groc Demo - Grain parameters
First demo of groc's grain parameters with a guitar loop as audio sample.


"Sculpt sound. Modulate everything. Do you groc?

Stunning, yes.

Slim, yes.

Powerhouse, also yes.
quad core 64-bit ARM processor
1GB RAM, 4GB of user storage
vivid DSI touch screen
cutting edge signal processing
fits in a bread box

Not like the others.

Groc demonstrates that a compact form can deliver unparalleled functionality. Access dozens of parameters in the custom granular synthesis engine with 4 grains encoders. Achieve one-of-a-kind manipulations of playback speed, shape multiple envelopes, edit audio sample crop and loop points, adjust 4 LFOs, 3 macros and morph between patches with just 8 more encoders. Add in an entire world of effects, accessed with just 4 more.
The large and vivid touch screen provides rich information and beautiful visualizations of your sounds, and enables deep functionality within just a touch or two. Is this where we mention the placard at Oddment HQ that reads, “Down with menu diving!”?

Patch without limits.

Every parameter on groc is a modulation destination, and connecting modulation sources is as easy as plugging in a patch cable (w/o the need to search in your closet).

To go with its myriad destinations, groc has a bounty of modulation sources: 4 LFOs, 4 envelopes, MIDI velocity, key tracking, polyphonic after touch and all the rest.
In the event you were hoping to use a physical patch cable, yes, you can use groc’s modulation sources to wiggle analog voltages via the 4 control outputs. Or configure them as inputs to control any of groc’s parameters with CV from your other gear, a sustain pedal or you name it.

Did you want to sequence a parameter, or draw a custom modulation curve on the touch screen? That seems reasonable and groc will support you. Do you want to connect a dozen or more modulation sources to the same parameter? That is far less reasonable, but that’s just, like, our opinion."

Learn more about Groc and Oddment Audio: www.oddmentaudio.com

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

NOH-modular Eurorack Modules


The Pianist - a Versatile Eurorack Chord Sequencer video upload by NOH-modular


The Pianist - Getting Started Guide video upload by NOH-modular

"This video is a Getting Started Guide for the Pianist module, with voice-over this time! It aims to inform you on how to operate the Pianist and how it can be implemented in a modular synthesizer for musical chord progressions."



"The Pianist is a eurorack polyphonic chord sequencer. It facilitates harmonic progressions within modular synthesis and has great tools for live performances and composition."

Available at Signalsounds here.



Lavender - a Versatile Eurorack Stereo Mixer video upload by NOH-modular

"This video is a demo for the Lavender module. It aims to inform you on how to operate Lavender and how it can be implemented in a modular synthesizer."



"Lavender is a stereo mixer with versatile inputs and outputs. There are four inputs with independent left / right channels, the left one normalizing to the right for mono compatibility. The fifth input can work as a stereo input or a mono input depending on the switch. Finally, the module has a stereo voltage indicator with tunable gain."



Olive - a Performative Eurorack Gate Module video upload by NOH-modular

"This video gives an in-depth review of the module and how it functions, in addition to having a small demo creating a patch with the module. It aims to inform you on how to operate Olive and how it can be implemented in a modular synthesizer."



"Olive is a eurorack utility module based on input/output gates. It facilitates performances with centralised gates, mutes, or triggers within modular synthesis. Olive's strength is its normalized inputs, creating gates at the outputs when nothing is plugged in. It is also very compact and holds all of the functionalities in only 4HP!

Hence Olive can act as a:
• 4-channel mute (audio and CV)
• momentary press gates (PRESS ON - RELEASE OFF)
• latching gates (PRESS ON - PRESS OFF)"


Thyme - an Efficient Eurorack Utility Module video upload by NOH-modular

"This video gives an in-depth review of the module and how it functions, in addition to having a small demo creating a patch with the module. It aims to inform you on how to operate Thyme and how it can be implemented in a modular synthesizer."



"Thyme is a eurorack utility module based on attenuverters. It facilitates mixing, offseting, inverting, or attenuating within modular synthesis. Thyme's strength is its normalized inputs and outputs, creating offsets or mixing the outputs together when nothing is plugged in. It is also very compact and holds all of the functionalities in only 4HP!
Hence Thyme can act as a:
• 4-channel mixer (audio and CV)
• offset generator
• inverter
• attenuator"

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

A "forgettable" Buchla Filter Circuit is Reborn // 3 Patches with Pas-Isel from Dwyfor Tech


video upload by DivKid

"Pas-Isel is Welsh for Low Pass, handy that when this is a Eurorack filter module.

Dwyfor Tech are a new company who have taken inspiration from what has been said to be a "forgettable" Buchla filter circuit, smashed that into a Korg MS-50 diode ring for a resonance path and masses of lovely guitar pedal style overdrive and they've made that a Eurorack filter with bags of character, and a different tone and circuit design (it's really multiple high shelf EQs).

In the video we share some of the key points in the story of what this circuit was based on and a bit about the company. You can read more about it all on my website in this interview // https://divkidvideo.com/story-time-dw...

'3 Patches with ... ' is a video series where I pull focus on just 3 things with a piece of gear, set of functions or techniques. More of these to come alongside the larger in depth demos in the future.

You can grab a DIY kit from Pas-Isel (and request and assembled one directly) here // https://reverb.com/shop/dwyfortech

*TIMING INDEX // CHAPTERS*
00:00 Hello & patch previews
00:35 What makes this filter special?
01:47 Feature run down
2:20 Raw filter sounds
03:46 Pitch relative tones & a warm fuzzy jumper
04:56 Drums NUKED! Heavy saturation & modulation injections
06:52 Creating excitement with mixed modulation"



"Pas-Isel is a four-pole lowpass filter for Eurorack modular systems, with an architecture unlike any other. Combining design elements from Buchla and Korg, this diode-based VCF uses highpass filters in op-amp negative feedback loops to generate its signature 'wooly jumper' -24dB lowpass response.

Pas-Isel is entirely realised with through-hole components for ease of assembly. This listing is for the full kit version, which includes all components necessary for you to solder together straight away at home. All our front panels are high-quality anodised CMYK prints on chunky, quality brushed aluminium sheet stock, made in the UK. We also offer a panel and PCB set, if you'd rather source your own components, in a separate listing.

8hp wide, 3U high.
Conforms to Eurorack (Doepfer A-100) standards.
33mm depth required for mounting.
Idle power consumption 25mA on both rails.
25kHz self-oscillation power consumption 45mA on both rails.

You can find the build/user manual at tinyurl.com/pasisel - We highly recommend giving it a read before buying, to make sure it's the right kit for you. I can assemble kits to order to provide you with a completed module, dependent on my free time. I charge £50 for my time and labour in this case."
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