Harmonic Decoder From Sunsine Audio Now Available

harmonic-decoderSunsine Audio has introduced the  Harmonic Decoder - a new effect pedal that can sound like a fuzz, an octave/harmony pedal, a filter/wah, a complex waveshaper or some crazy bent 8-bit glitch box.

All of its effects are derived from an analog VCO, a phase detector, and a simple filter in an arrangement known as a Phase Lock Loop. At the heart of the Harmonic Decoder is a true single oscillator analog synthesizer. It effectively resynthesizes any signal delivered at the input, providing extreme waveshaping and harmonic effects in the analog domain.

The frequency of the VCO can be modulated either by the internal envelope follower or via the external control voltage input.

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Koma FT201 Step Filter Review

Sonic State’s Edd Butterworth takes a look at the Koma FT201 Analog Filter / 10-Step Sequencer - a voltage controlled vactrol state variable filter, combined with a 10 step sequencer.

The FT201 is capable of providing ultra low and high frequency filter effects, which are controllable with an on-board infrared expression controller, which lets you create filter sweeps by moving your feet or hands over the pedal. Continue reading

The OWL Open-Source Effects Pedal Just Got A Lot More Interesting

owl-effects-pedalThe OWL open-source audio effects pedal just got a lot more interesting.

Developers of the Open Ware Laboratory (OWL) pedal have announced the availability of a PureData compiler for the OWL, Tannhäuser.

What’s this mean for electronic musicians?

In a nutshell, it means that OWL users will soon be able to create custom patches in PureData, an open-source, cross-platform, graphical programming environment for musicians and artists.

In other words – you won’t have to be a C++ guru to create your own custom audio effects that run on this hardware pedal.  Continue reading

Roland Aira TR-8 Drum Machine, VT-3 Voice Transformer & TB-3 Bassline Synth Now Shipping

Roland-Aira-LineRoland has announced that it is now shipping the first three members of its Aira line:

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KORG Nuvibe – New Version Of A Classic Effect

At Musikmesse 2014, Korg has introduced the NuVibe – a new version of the classic modulation effect unit, reborn under the supervision of the original device’s engineer, Fumio Mieda.

The NuVibe is a vibrato chorus effect. As on the original model, it provides a switch for selecting either vibrato or chorus, and INTENSITY and SPEED knobs for producing the distinctive effect.

The Nuvibe is not simply a recreation of the original model. It provides ten WAVE sliders that allow users to create their own LFO waveforms. This lets you produce a wide variety of effects, including sounds faithful to the original model as well as your very own custom sounds.

The buffer circuit, that has such an important impact on the sonic character, has been also been redesigned. And a dedicated expression pedal is also now included. Continue reading