New Module Puts A Shortwave Radio Into Your Modular Synthesizer

evaton-technologies-rf-nomad-voltage-controlled-shortwave-receiverEvaton Technologies has released the RF Nomad Voltage Controlled Shortwave Receiver – a new Eurorack synthesizer module.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Hissy interstation audio. Squealy heterodynes. Fading stations. Atmospheric noises. Faint voices in foreign languages from distant broadcast stations. Fire and brimstone. It’s all in there, just like your granddad’s old tabletop shortwave.

But, the RF Nomad adds a twist: The tuning is voltage controlled. Sure, when you were a kid, you discovered you could make spacy noises on Papa’s shortwave by slowly turning the tuning dial.

But just how fast could you twist that dial? Faster than an audio-rate LFO? Hardly. Voltage controlled tuning means that the RF Nomad will let you explore sounds you never imagined you could get out of a shortwave receiver.

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Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano MIDI Now 17% Cooler

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Chris at Critter & Guitari let us know that their Pocket Piano MIDI has been updated with new color options and a new firmware update that makes it at least 17% cooler.

New firmware for the Pocket Piano introduces a new mode, so there are now seven modes. By our highly scientific calculations (7/6*100=117) that makes it 17% cooler.

They also all have a new hold function. You can see the new hold feature in action at C&G’s Instagram.

in addition, C&G now offer the Pocket Piano MIDI in a Green anodized enclosure. See the C&G site for details.

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Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Now Shipping

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Dave Smith Instruments has announced that it is now shipping the Pro 2 synthesizer - a monophonic synth that Dave Smith calls his “most powerful mono synth ever.”

“As synth geeks, we asked ourselves what our dream mono synth would be,” says Smith. “Then we built it.”

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KOMA Elektronik Cable Lets You Attentuate The Positive

Berlin-based instrument manufacturer KOMA Elektronik has now released a new cable solution for modular synthesists: the Attenuator Cable.

The Attenuator Cable is a cable with one jack input socket on one side, an output socket on the other side and a slider in the middle that gives the user the opportunity to attenuate both CV and audio signals traveling between modules. One connects a 3.5mm patch cable to the input socket of the Attenuator Cable and connect the output jack plug to any input. Use the slider in the middle of the cable to attenuate and adjust the signal, as Christian says in the video, “easy peasy!”

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The Choice, From The Last Of Us, On LinnStrument

This video captures a performance by Geert Bevin of composer Gustavo Santaolalla‘s The Choice from The Last Of Us.

Bevin performs the piece on LinnStrument, with the sound coming from Spectrasonics’ Trilian with an 8-part multitimbral setup (one for each row).

Bevin has been working with Roger Linn on the LinnStrument, now in development. The LinnStrument is a unique electronic controller that allows a wide range of expressiveness, including individual pitch and dynamic control, over time, of each note.

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