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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Expert Sleepers ‘Disting’ In-Depth Overview

This video features Andrew Ostler of Expert Sleepers presents the Disting Eurorack synthesizer module, at the London Music Hackspace at Troyganic Cafe, London, on October 9th 2014.

The Disting is a 16-in-1 multifunction module, offering a variety of CV and audio processes, including a selection of oscillators (LFOs/VCOs). All algorithms have two high-precision inputs and outputs, and a third control input, exposed on a front panel knob and a CV input. Continue reading

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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Dave Smith Instruments DSM01 Eurorack Curtis Filter Review

Dave Smith Instruments recently introduced the DSM01 Curtis Filter – a version of his classic Sequential-style filter in a Eurorack module.

Smith calls the DSM01 Curtis Filter ‘the very heart and soul of the Dave Smith sound’.

In this video, via sonicstate, Nick Batt takes a look at the DSM01 Curtis Filter and puts it through its paces.  Continue reading