The 11 Best Eurorack Synth Modules Of 2013

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Sound designer/composer Richard Devine shared his thoughts yesterday on the eleven best Eurorack synth modules of 2013 on Facebook. 

Why a top eleven list and not a top ten list? Maybe because it was an awesome year for modular gear?

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Audio Damage Intros Freqshift Eurorack Frequency Shifter Module

audio-damage-ADM04Audio Damage has introduced Freqshift – a Eurorack frequency shifter module.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Unlike the more common pitch shifter, which raises or lower the pitch of a sound by some ratio (such as an octave or a fifth), frequency shifters add a specific frequency ( 321Hz, for example) to the signal and all of its harmonics. This alters the timbre of the sound in a manner unlike other familiar effects processors.

Freqshift replaces complex analog circuitry with calibration-free digital processing, delivering a frequency shifter in a compact, flexible, but economically priced Eurorack module.

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Cheap, High-Quality Reverb Audio Shoot-Out

Mixing/mastering studio Submersible Studios created this audio comparison of several cheap, but high-quality software audio reverbs.

The audio comparison includes two from VallhallaDSP, AudioDamage’s Eos, and the stock Logic Platinumverb (and the convolution ‘verb Space Designer for comparison). The audio embed includes tags that indicate the individual reverb and setting.  Continue reading

Audio Damage Intros Mangleverb

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Audio Damage has introduced Mangleverb, a new audio effect for Mac & Windows.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Mangleverb has an updated version of the reverb algorithm from our long-deceased Deverb plug-in, along with our most popular analog filter model, an incredibly sophisticated LFO and envelope follower, sidechain input, a full I/O section, and just in case you want to replace your tweeters, a feedback knob. In short, the question isn’t ‘what does it do?’ but rather ‘what doesn’t it do?’

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Audio Damage Bitcom Now Available To Bang Your Bits

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Audio Damage has released Bitcom – a new ‘bit bashing step sequencer with attitude.’

Here’s what they have to say about it:

There are subtle plug-ins you put on the two-buss to give a nice gentle vibe to a track. Bitcom is not one of those. There is no “analog modeling” in this effect. There is no warmth or tube saturation. It is utterly devoid of anything to which the word “vintage” can be applied. Bitcom is a modern bit-shredding digital banshee that beggars description and lives on the edge of instability.

In a nutshell, a step sequencer drives a custom-designed bitcrusher, with a synth sidechain. But that sentence doesn’t begin to describe the abuse that Bitcom is capable of. We pulled out every trick in the book to build a modern electronic music effect that can turn even the most sedate input in to a swinging, screaming pain-monkey, wreaking havoc on lesser sounds.

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