Sampleslicer – A Realtime CV-Controlled Sample Slice Sequencer

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Sampleslicer – a new Euro module now in development – is a real-time sampler/slicer for your modular Eurorack system, that creator Jan Willem says take it ‘far beyond the scope of a regular sample-player’.

The Sampleslicer is a real-time monophonic sampler, including a 16 step voltage-controlled sequencer.The incoming sound is chopped up automatically into 16 parts by the incoming clock signal and spread out over the 16 steps in the internal sequencer. Continue reading

Paul Vo Announces New Company To Create ‘Acoustic Synthesis’ Instruments

acoustic-synthesis-paul-vo-96-guitarInventor Paul Vo (right), designer of the Moog Guitar, Moog Lap Steel and the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer, has announced the creation of a new company, Vo, LLC, designed to turn his ‘acoustic synthesis’ designs into products.

Vo recently completed a successful Kickstarter project to develop the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer - a new guitar, designed to explore Vo’s ideas for ‘acoustic synthesis’. The guitar includes electronics that let you control the vibration and harmonics of each individual string over time, making it possible to create sounds that are impossible with a traditional guitar, but that are still ‘guitar-like’.

Now Vo wants to focus on turning his ideas into instruments.  Continue reading

The SparkPunk Sequencer – A $60 DIY Control Voltage Sequencer Kit

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The SparkPunk Sequencer is a musical control voltage sequencer designed to control the DIY SparkPunk Sound Kit. But the sequencer kit is also designed to support connecting it to other control voltage hardware.

The SparkPunk Sequencer cycles among ten steps, reading the slider and switch for each, and producing corresponding analog voltages on the output pins. The kit offers many mod opportunities - like adjusting Sequence length by connecting solder pads together at the bottom right of the PCB, routing pins to make a one-shot sequence playback, even creating a tempo clock or influencing the analog signals of LEDs.

Here’s a video introduction to the SparkPunk Sequencer Kit: Continue reading

The m!lTone Portable Air Synth & MIDI controller

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The m!lTone - described as ‘a portable hands-free ultrasonic synthesizer, MIDI controller & more’ – is now under development as a Kickstarter project.

Features:

  • Have hands-free control with up to 2 ultrasonic sensors for Continuous, Weighted, & Discrete “Air” functionality
  • Control video and lights (using MIDI & third party software).
  • Uses a very popular and open source code base that is Arduino compatible
  • Play and explore different sounds and moods with over 200 scales from all over the
  • world including 40 Quarter Tone maqams (scales)
  • Small, lightweight, and portable
  • Built-in speaker
  • DC adapter, 9V battery or solar powered.
  • Backlit 2×16 LCD display (White on Blue)
  • Wooden enclosure with randomly selected exotic veneer
  • The m!lTone is fully programmable to change its sounds and functionality
  • Audio control using the body

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Open Mic: Who Do You Want To Do A Euro Module Next?

dave-smith-instruments-dsm01-curtis-filter-eurorack-moduleDave Smith surprised a lot of people earlier this year when his company introduced the DSM01 Curtis Filter module for Eurorack synths.

It’s their first Euro synth module, and it lets modular synth owners incorporate one of the key elements of the classic Dave Smith/Sequential Circuits sound into their systems.

In a sense, Smith has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging other established synth makers to jump into the Euro arena. If Dave Smith Instruments can do it, why not Roland, Korg, Moog – or any other number of established gear companies.

Would you like to see a Roland supersaw oscillator in Euro format? Or how about a Euro Moog filter? Maybe a Korg Kaoss effects module?

Or something else completely…..

Let us know what you think! Who do you want to do a Euro module next – and what type of module should it be?

Aphex Twin Syro Listening Parties Announced

APHEX TWINWarp Records has announced that it will be hosting ‘listening parties’ for the new Aphex Twin album, Syro:

Between September 5th and 10th, listening events for Aphex Twin’s upcoming album ‘Syro’ will be held in cities in UK, France, USA, Canada, Belgium and Netherlands.

Beginning next Friday, over the course of several days there will be one off events internationally where fans will be able to hear Aphex Twin’s first new record in 13 years in its entirety.

Ticket lottery begins on Sunday, August 31 at 4AM PST / 7AM EST / 12PM GMT / 1PM CET and closes Tuesday, September 2 at midnight in each time zone.

Here’s the event schedule: Continue reading