Synthetic Sound Labs has released its Model 1021 Steiner Filter module, a 1 MU width revision and enhancement of their popular-but-discontinued 2 MU wide 1020 Steiner.
“The Steiner filter is a unique filter for sound shaping that synthesists have long admired for both its warmth and quirkiness,” notes SSL’s Doug Slocum. “Invented by Nyle Steiner in the early 1970’s, this filter was used in Nyle’s Synthacon synthesizer line.”
The 1021 has HP, BP & LP inputs, not the outputs that are typical of 2-pole State Variable type filters. The inputs on the 1021 allow for all sorts of CUTOFF (center frequency) controlled “mixing” of input signals.
Due to the unique way its inventor injected the inputs into the internal signal path, they tend to slightly interact with each other and the control voltages, making the 1021 a bit more organic and unpredictable than many other synth filters. The RESONANCE also interacts with the CUTOFF adding an additional natural touch and warmth. Continue reading
This video, via CZRider01, captures a demo of the classic R. A. Moog 907 Fixed Filter Bank. Continue reading
Saturday Synth Porn: This video is a studio tour of the synth lair of synthesis alternating.bit. Continue reading
This video, via John L Rice, is an informal comparison of the sound of six different large-format (5U) modular synthesizer filters: Continue reading
Synthesizers.com has been teasing out information on a new line of modular control keyboards for modular synthesizers.
In a post on Facebook, Synthesizers.com’s Roger Arrick asks:
What if controllers were modular too?
Then we could treat controllers just like the modular system itself.
Move things around as needed, build up a completely custom rig that suits our own purposes. For example, what if we could add a wheel controller to any side of the keyboard, as many as we wanted?
Here are some examples of how you can customize the controller: Continue reading
Corsynth’s Pablo Penas let us know about a new module they have released, the C105 VC Noise / Lo-Fi Machine.
The C105 VC Noise / Lo-Fi Machine is a voltage-controlled analog sample rate reducer, with an internal white noise generator.
This module is based on a Sample and Hold, designed to work at audio rates. The internal clock runs from 250Hz up to 40KHz and can be voltage controlled. This wide frequency range and two FM inputs ( one with a reversible attenuator ) allow to create subtle digital effects or harsh and Lo-Fi sounds.
The internal noise generator, in combination with the S&H, can be used to create pitched noise, useful for synthesizing drums sounds, drones and sound effects.
In addition, there is also a first order passive high-pass filter with an independent output.
- Internal white noise generator.
- CV controlled sampling frequency.
- Frequency range : 250Hz to 40KHz ( down to 10Hz using CV )
- Passive first order high pass filter.
- The Lo-Fi input is normalized to the internal noise generator.
- This module is built using high quality electronic components, Switchcraft jacks, NKK switches, Cosmo knobs (the same used in the Moog Modulars) , black anodized aluminium front panel ( like the original Moog Modulars )….
Moon Modular has introduced a new large-format synth module, the Moon Modular M506 VCModifier.
The Voltage Controlled Modifier M506 is a combination of a 12/18/24db VC low pass filter and a VCA. More details are available at the company’s site.
At this year’s NAMM Show, there was a wealth of modular synthesizer gear on display, more than we’ve ever seen at previous NAMM Shows. It’s a reflection of the increasing interest in modular synthesis and the growing number of modular synth manufacturers. Continue reading