50 Years Of The Moog Modular Synthesizer

Moog Music today released this mini-documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

Fifty years ago, on October 12, 1964, Dr. Robert Moog introduced, at the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) New York convention, an instrument that would revolutionize the world of music and instrument design.

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Tiptop Audio Modular Synthesizer Workshop, With Konstantin Gervis

SchneidersBuero’s  shared this video of a Tiptop Audio Modular Workshop, featuring Konstantin Gervis.

Topics covered include:

  • Modular synthesis in general: history and various formats
  • Modern day modulars: the eurorack explosion, benefits of using modular synthesizer in a digital age
  • Tip Top Audio: detailed modules overview
  • Patching
  • Composing with Tip Top Audio modular system
  • Playing Live

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Dtronics Teases Digidrum, 80’s Style Eurorack Drum Module

Dtronics released this sneak preview video for the Digidrum, described as an ’80’s style Eurorack drum module’.

Here’s what they have to say about the Digidrum Euro module:

With a 80’s soundset ( 8 sounds ). the samples are recorded with an Oberheim Prommer to get the right sound.

The unit also accepts home made sounds ( you have to put them in an serial eeprom or you can buy complete soundsets) or you can place one original 4K eprom with your Linndrum / DMX sound.

In the video demo, multiple Digidrum modules are sequenced as a modular drum machine.

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Dave Smith Instruments DSM01 Eurorack Curtis Filter Review

Dave Smith Instruments recently introduced the DSM01 Curtis Filter – a version of his classic Sequential-style filter in a Eurorack module.

Smith calls the DSM01 Curtis Filter ‘the very heart and soul of the Dave Smith sound’.

In this video, via sonicstate, Nick Batt takes a look at the DSM01 Curtis Filter and puts it through its paces.  Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Time Runner Logical Pattern Generator

pittsburgh-modular-time-runnerThe Pittsburgh Modular Time Runner is an analog clock divider and programmable pattern generator for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The Time Runner utilizes a voltage-controlled dual logic core to create a wide range of programmable gate patterns.

The TimeRunner starts with a single clock source and divides it down into four individual channels. The output of each channel is based on a complex relationship between the clock source, a clock divider, and a chain of switchable and voltage controlled logic options. The result is a unique and extremely musical patten generator.

How It Works

The signal path of the TimeRunner starts with an internal or external clock source. The clock is split using a divider into 4 cascading channels creating even /2, /4, /8, /16 divisions of the clock source. Continue reading

Bleep Labs Intros 3TrinsRGB+1c Audio + Visual Synthesizer

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Bleep Labs has introduced the 3TrinsRGB+1c Audio + Visual Synthesizer.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

On it’s own it can produce A/V insanity, with it’s built in, patchable, waveshape adjustable, analog oscillators. With an external audio, CV, and video signals, the 3trinsRGB becomes a gateway to the video hyperverse.

Features:

  • Analog video and audio synthesizer.
  • Composite video input.
  • CV inputs for each RGB channel that can be used with audio and modular level signals.
  • Audio output of internal oscillators and CV signals.
  • Patchbay allows you design complex interactions between the oscillators, RGB channels and i/o. It also make it easy to prototype your own tiny circuit “plugins” (more into on this soon).
  • Power supply and patch cables for header included
  • Analog composite video input and output are compatible with NTSC and PAL.

Here are some examples of the 3TrinsRGB+1c Audio + Visual Synthesizer in action: Continue reading