The Halls of Valhalla Z-DSP Reverb Cartridge Now Available

Tiptop Audio announced today that “The amazing Halls Of Valhalla Z-DSP reverbs are now shipping to shops worldwide.”

The Halls Of Valhalla Z-DSP 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). Continue reading

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.

Here’s a video demo of the Harmonic Decoder in action: Continue reading

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