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

Should The EuroXFader, A DJ-Style Cross-Fader For Eurorack, Go Into Production?

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Chris Blarsky of Ninstrument let us know about a new module design, the Euro-X-Fader, that brings DJ-style cross-fader control to Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The prototype Euro-X-Fader is shown above. It lets you do live cross-fading, and you can also use it as a CV controller for other modules.

Blarsky is wondering if there’s enough interest, among current Euro users or DJs, to merit moving the Euro-X-Fader into production.  Continue reading