New Roland Eurorack Effects Modules Introduced At Musikmesse

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At Musikmesse 2015, Roland has introduced a new line of Eurorack effects modules, along with the System-1m rack modular synthesizer.

The new modules are standalone, table-top and Eurorack compatible effects that Roland says are ‘for next-level sound mangling and experimentation’.

The modules include distortion, crusher, delay and scatter.

Here’s a video intro to the new modular systems:

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Roland Intros AIRA System-1m Eurorack Module, aka ‘Modular For The Masses’

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At Musikmesse 2015, Roland today introduced the AIRA System-1m Semi-Modular PLUG-OUT Synthesizer.

The new synth combines Roland’s Plug-Out technology with CV/GATE and Eurorack compatibility.

Roland describes the new synth as ‘modular for the masses.’

The SYSTEM-1m takes the guesswork out of getting into modular. The fully self-contained module can be placed in a rack or on a table and can be powered by a standard AC adaptor. And it can be played from any standard MIDI keyboard or receive MIDI messages from your DAW – just like you’d expect.

But the SYSTEM-1m goes beyond standard synthesizer modules. WIth fully-lit, color coded patch points, you can experiment with reconfiguring its architecture and easily connect to a wide world of available synthesizer modules.

In addition to functioning as a rackmount or tabletop unit, the SYSTEM-1m can be mounted in a standard Eurorack case and can be powered via integrated case power with the included adapter cable. Its versatile synth architecture integrates with existing modular setups – or it can be the heart of a burgeoning modular synthesizer rig.

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Roland System 500 Modular Series at Musikmesse (Sneak Preview)

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At Musikmesse 2015, Roland has introduced the System-500, an all-new, fully analog modular synthesizer, based on two of the most revered electronic instruments of all time—the SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100m. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Intros Patch Box Modular Effects Pedal Case

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Musikmesse 2015: Pittsburgh Modular has officially introduced the Patch Box modular effects pedal case.

According to the company, the Pittsburgh Modular Patch Box ‘redefines modular synthesis around the venerable stomp box’.

The Patch Box is a fully patchable, customizable effects pedal. The open architecture allows the patch box to create unique effects unattainable with standard, fixed signal path guitar pedals.

The Patch Box is available as a fully customizable, empty enclosure or as a pre-configured set of Complete and Core effects systems. Complete systems provide a fully curated modular effects system utilizing all the available space of the Patch Box Enclosure. Core systems offer a core effect and patchable modulation with room to expand and customize. Continue reading

New LFO Module For littleBits Korg Synthesizer

This video, featuring Korg analog engineer Tatsuya Takahashi, takes a look at the new littleBits Korg LFO module.

The LFO module is currently under consideration for manufacture at the littleBits BitLab. At the BitLab, visitors can view proposed new modules and vote for the ones that they’d like to see manufactured.  Continue reading