Valhalla DSP Z-DSP

Reverb is coming to the Eurorack space in a big way (pun intended). There has “always” been the Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb and you can now build the Music Thing Spring Reverb. Audio Damage and Make Noise both have reverb modules coming out. The video above is a demo of the also soon to be released Valhalla DSP reverb cartridge called The Halls of Valhalla for Tip Top Audio’s Z-DSP module. Sean Costello creates the Valhalla reverbs is known to be a real reverb genius. I like old Lexicon 80s reverbs and use his Valhalla Vintageverb often.

“A demonstration of the upcoming Halls of Valhalla reverb cartridge for the Tiptop Audio Z-DSP. This cartridge has 8 high quality modulated reverb algorithms, ranging from short (Room, Chamber) to medium sized (Plate, EnsembleVerb), to big (Cathedral), to unbelievably huge (Niflheim, Asgard, Ginnungagap).” – ValhallaDSP

For more info: valhalladsp.com and tiptopaudio.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:34 am, filed under modular, synthesizer. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

AS-16 Sequencer for Reason

I keep Reason Rewired into Ableton. Any reader of this blog knows I’m well into analog sequencers so the new AS-16 Analog Sequencer for Reason has me happy. It’s a lot cheaper than a Doepfer Dark time at $29 USD.

“AS-16 is a fully featured CV based analog sequencer. It implements the following features: 16 CV channels with separate CV outputs. Skip, Jump and Pad features for each channel Unipolar, Bipolar and Note output modes. Common musical scales, with selectable root note via UI or MIDI Octave and range controls when in Note mode Normal, One Shot and Random modes. Selectable slide Pattern reverse and bounce modes. Synchronise with sequencer, external clock or free run. Swing control. Audio envelope and chopping facility. CV add and multiply and Chaining of devices for unlimited channels.” – dldtechnology.com

For more info: dldtechnology.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:39 am, filed under Propellerhead Reason and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

Jupiter Storm

I picked up a Jupiter Storm Eurorack module from hexinverter.net at Control last week. Hex’s vcNOIZ became an instant favorite of mine so after less than a minute demoing the “JS” at the store I knew I had to have it. It’s basically 3 special noise oscillators, CV inputs and several outputs. In my demo video above I start off with just a basic output, show you how it sounds going stereo out, I engage the Noise Core Disruptor, modulate with with a Synthesis Technology E355 LFO, FM it with a vcNOIZ and finally sequence it with a Doepfer Dark Time. This is a very fun and useful module. There is a breakout coming later this year that will add even more functionality.

“Jupiter Storm is a cosmic noise oscillator. It creates sounds that can only be described as out of this world! Where it differs entirely from other pure noise generators (such as vcNOIZ) is in the algorithm used to produce the sound. Jupiter Storm has a tonal character very much of its own. Jupiter Storm does not create pure white noise like the vcNOIZ noise oscillator module from hexinverter.net. Rather, it derives what is similar to noise (but not quite) from three square wave oscillators in a unique algorithm. Some of the sounds possible are reminiscent of the sound of a broken radio being blasted with noise from the cosmos, hence, the name “cosmic noise oscillator”. This creates noise with significant harmonic content and other such interesting timbres you will not hear anywhere else! Engage the Noise Core Disruptor to create horrific sounds. In this mode, part of the noise core is creatively abused in order to generate insane sonic textures. Voltage control inputs for all three square wave VCOs in the noise core are available as well as a control voltage input that addresses all three oscillators at once. In this way, very dynamic sounds can be achieved with complex modulation routing. For example, you can apply a taste of LFO modulation to all three oscillators, while modulating a select oscillator simultaneously on its own with something more drastic. This module is based entirely around analogue opamps and discrete logic gates. No microcontrollers are used in the design of this module.” – Control

For more info: hexinverter.net

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

Doepfer A-157 Trigger Sequencer

I think my modular system really shines when it comes to drums. The Tiptop Audio 808 modules, hexinverter vcNOIZ and others matched with all sorts of triggers gets me a sharp analog sound matched with patterns I would never make by hand in Ableton. There’s going to be a few nice Gate Trigger Sequencers coming out and I really like the way the Doepfer A-157 looks. All those little lights and 8 lines of TR-Style push buttons are awesome. There will be an advanced controller module which will allow each line to have length, direction, pendulum, random, one shot and other goodies. Modulargrid has a price on it at around $520 USD.

“A-157 is a trigger sequencer subsystem that is used to generate up to eight trigger signals controlled by a 8×16 LED/button matrix (some customers call it “Miniature Schaltwerk” as it is based on the same matrix as the no longer available Schaltwerk).” – doepfer.de

For more info: doepfer.de/a157.htm

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 14, 2013 at 10:14 am, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

60fps Head Mount

I wanted to show off more of what the new Medic Modules Defibrillator Eurorack dual VCF/VCA sounds like. Be sure to check out my part one here. If you just want to jump to some instant awesome go to 1:04 in the video. When I increase the Q (resonance) the sound breaks apart in a wonderfully musical way. It really reminds of some of the sound on Front 242′s first album Geography. I needed two hands for this video and I remembered I had a GoPro sports camera so I used it’s head strap. Surely this is more interesting than footage of me jumping out of an airplane right? So what else is going on in this patch? It all starts with a Wiard Oscillator with a Tiptop Audio Z4000 ASDR. It is being sequenced by a Doepfer Dark Time and that line is being Quantized and beautifully modified by a custom key range I created on a Flame Tame Machine. The Tame Machine is also playing back a recorded sequence pattern. Everything is kept in tempo with Ableton using an Innerclock Sync-Gen II including a Tiptop Audio 808 Kick, Snare and 16th note hi-hat. There is a white noise crash from a Hexinverter vcNOIZ. At first it’s a solid blast then I break it apart using an LFO from a Synthesis Technology E355 Morphing Dual LFO. That LFO is also in sync with the Innerclock and is also providing CV to the Medic Modules Defibrillator at times. While it may seem like a long explaination once you understand how a modular works it’s very easy, fast and fun to put together a patch like this and play. I can see adding some more parts and vocals and turning this into a finished song.

“Based on the legendary Korg MS20 filter, and the Analogue Solutions SY02 module. Each circuit is independent. They can easily be linked in series using the Link switches, or used separately in parallel for individually processing or stereo filter effects.” – medicmodules.com

For more info: medicmodules.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 12, 2013 at 4:27 am, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser

Check out the above videos of the Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser. I’m not going to pretend that I understand how it works or even how to patch it. It sounds pretty sick though. $425 USD.

“Module A-101-3 is a 12 stage phase shifter with vactrols as phase shifting elements. Our design offers access to each of the 12 input and output stages leading to a lot of new filters that cannot be obtained in other ways. Especially the free patchable feedback loops.” – doepfer.de

For more info: doepfer.de/A1013

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm, filed under modular, synthesizer, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

Xaoc Moskwa

There are many great analog sequencers in the Eurorack modular format. Once you start a system you realize you can use more than one at a time for various reasons. The Xaoc Moskwa is a nicely made, compact, pretty module full of useful features. The Moskwa is $340 USD. I already own a Doepfer Dark Time and 4MS RCD. I have my eye on a Make Noise Rene and the upcoming Intellijel Metropolis too.

“Moskwa is a compact, fully self-contained step sequencer with a handy set of features: 8 steps of control voltage and trigger/gate impulse generation. Unipolar and bipolar voltages. Adjustable overall gate width. Mutable gates (per step). 3 play modes: standard, pendulum & random. Built–in slew limiter (linear). Built–in adjustable clock source. External clock sync. Adjustable sequence lenght. Voltage controlled reset, pause and play direction. Expandability via the upcoming ostankino 1966 sequence commander module.” – analoguehaven.com

For more info: facebook.com/xaocdevices and xaocdevices.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 20, 2012 at 5:22 am, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

Doepfer A-117 DNG

A great recourse of Eurorack module video demos is the blog PatchPierre. This week they posted a great video from Raul Pena which takes a look at the Doepfer A-117 Digital Noise/808 Source. It starts with an audio demo comparing analog and digital noise, shows how the noise can be used as a clock source, what sounds the 808 outputs create (cowbell and cymbal/hihat) and how to use a VCA, ASDR and Trigger to get some basic drum sequencing going.

“Demonstrations of how to create percussion sounds with this module.” – Raul Pena

For more info: patchpierre and analoguehaven.com/doepfer/a117

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 11, 2012 at 7:41 am, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

Depeche Style Analog Filtering

Last night I was playing with my Eurorack system and recorded the above loop. I love the way the each step in the sequence changes pitch and filter and then as a whole the filter ramps up and down. The filter is a Toppobrillo Multifilter. I have no idea why it’s named so strange but is sure sounds liquidy!

“Wiard Oscillator, Pittsburgh Modular ASDR, Intellijel and uVCA, Toppobrillo Multifilter, Boss DM-100, Doepfer Dark Time, Kenton Pro-2000 to Sync with Ableton Live and TR-707 drums.”

For more info: toppobrillo.com/multifilter.html

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 8, 2012 at 11:01 am, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

MFB Urzwerg Pro MKii

Once I got my Doepfer Dark Time analog sequencer it was clear I need more analog sequencers. The Analog Solutions Telemark is a nice choice and there are numerous modular sequencer and crazy sequence generators. However, I really have my eye on one of these MFB Urzwergs. The Pro version adds lights that follow the sequencer and MIDI out. I like this box because its small and I find I’m bring my Dark Time out with me to everyone’s studios because well analog sequencing is fun. The Urzwerg also has 4 rows of 8 step sequences which is just awesome. I’m actually not sure what the different is between the Pro and new Pro MKII. Is it just the wooden sides? If the wooden sides are wide enough like the ones on the Dark Time there is a big advantage to them in that you can stand the unit up. The price of the Pro at Schneiders Beuro can’t be beat at 361 Euro!

“MFB’s step-sequencer URZWERG PRO is the extended version of our URZWERG. This advanced version has been inspired by feature requests and suggestions of many users to ensure better flexibility than ever. Most prominently, URZWERG PRO now offers output of MIDI-notes and -controllers as well as 32 individual step LEDs to keep track of the sequences’ status.” – mfberlin.de

For more info: mfberlin.de

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 15, 2012 at 7:36 am, filed under hardware and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.

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