Iron Curtain Electronics System, A Modular Polivoks, Now Available

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The Harvestman has announced that the a limited number of the Iron Curtain Electronics System – a modular instrument based on the Polivoks synthesizer – are now available.

The Iron Curtain Electronics system was created in cooperation with the Polivoks instrument designer Vladimir Kuzmin.

The Polivoks is a vintage voltage-controlled synthesizer from the Soviet Union, first manufactured in a military radio factory in 1982 from a special selection of components. It later became notorious in the West for its aggressive sonic character.

All modules and system components in the Iron Curtain Electronics System are compliant with the Eurorack format. Continue reading

Mutable Instruments Phasing Out Most Of Its DIY Synth Line

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Mutable Instruments‘s Olivier Gillet has announced that it is phasing out most of its DIY synth line so that it can focus on making Eurorack modules.

The MIDIpal, Shruthi XT, Anushri, Shruthi filter boards, and Ambika will be phased out.

The Shruthi kit will remain in production. Details below.
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Murmux Semi-Modular Synthesizer Review

This video, via ProckGnosis, is a user review of the Murmux Semi-Modular Synthesizer, manufactured in Greece by Dreadbox Pedals and Synths.

The review covers the basics of the Murmux, including the different sections and features, some sound examples and the different controls and parameters.

“All in all, I LOVE it,” notes ProckGnosis, “addictive as hell to play around with and in some ways cooler than my Moog Voyager…” Continue reading

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

You can find details on the Tiptop Audio modules at their site. Continue reading

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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