Paul Schreiber Interview On The A+M+T Podcast

paul-schreiber-motmSynth designer Paul Schreiber (Synthesis Technology, MOTM) returns to Darwin Grosse’s Art + Music + Technology podcast to talk about synths, synth design, the death of Radio Shack and more.

Here’s what Grosse has to say about the interview:

If you would give me an hour and ask me how I’d want to spend it, talking with Paul Schreiber would be at the top of my request list. I appreciate his sense of humor, his strong feelings about thing, and his willingness to share openly about any subject that might come to mind. I also appreciate that, by having been a ‘hobby’ synth maker, he has always been able to stay at arm’s length from the grittier side of the industry.

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WMD + SSF Spectrum Oscillator For Eurorack Modular Synthesizers

This video, via William Mathewson, is a quick demo of the WMD + SSF collaboration module, the Spectrum Oscillator.

Spectrum is a precision, saw-core VCO, with eight possible waveforms (six simultaneous outputs), an eight octave switch, LFO mode and FM mode select with attenuation. Continue reading

Laurentide SynthWorks Dual Passive Vactrol Gate Now Available

laurentide-synthworks-vactrolLaurentide SynthWorks has announced that their VG2 Dual Passive Vactrol Gate is now available.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

No power needed! Each Vactrol Gate has 1 CV Input (gate, envelope, LFO, etc.), 1 Audio Input and 1 Audio Output. The CV Input hits the Vactrol LED, allowing audio to pass through. In addition, there is a simple Low Pass Filter applied to the Audio Input with an Amount (Cutoff) knob.

As this is a passive circuit, it will not give you full cutoff control, but it does allow the taming of harsh waveshapes.

The LPF is simply the same concept as a guitar’s “tone” control. Also, there is an LED at the CV Input for quick visual reference and LED light action!

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Vince Clarke + Analogue Solution Intro New ‘Clarke Circuits’ Eurorack Modules

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Synth pop pioneer Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Yaz) and Analogue Solutions have announced a collaboration on a new series of ‘creative and utilitarian’ Eurorack modules, being released under the name ‘Clarke’.

The initial modules announced are the VCM & VCS Auto Tune System. This self-contained Eurorack expandable MIDI-to -CV converter/calibration system provides a complete solution for tuning and scaling vintage synthesisers and modern VCO Eurorack modules.

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