Plankton Electronics Intros The Earwig Rectifying Mixer For Eurorack Modular Synths

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Plankton Electronics has introduced the Earwig – a rectifying mixer for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The core of each channel is two half wave rectifiers and one full wave rectifier. There is also gain, pre and post-rectifier bias and an inverter amp. 2 CV bias inputs are provided to modulate the signal. Each channel accepts audio and CV signals. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Intros Updated Modular Synthesizers & Cases

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Pittsburgh Modular has announced updates to their all-in-one modular synths and cases.

Updated System 10 Modular Synthesizer

PM has updated their semi-modular sound lab, the System 10, above left, to include their new Midi 3 module. The Midi 3 adds a complete set of mono and duophonic midi response modes, assignable CC and dedicated velocity outputs, a feature rich clock source with tap tempo, midi and external gate clock dividers, and multiple arpeggiator responses to an already full set of features.

The Synthesizer Box remains at the heart of the instrument. A semi-modular synthesizer voice module featuring a unique set of modulatable waveforms, a rich lopass gate filter, and a tight envelope continues to define the sound of the synthesizer.

The suggested retail price for the System 10.1 synthesizer is $649 and it is shipping now. Details are available at the PM site. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular MIDI 3 – “This Module Is Deep”

pittsburgh-modular-midi-to-cv-module-eurorackPittsburgh Modular has introduced MIDI 3 – an ‘extremely full featured’ MIDI to CV converter for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The Midi 3 is PM’s third-generation Midi to CV converter. It includes a complete set of mono and duophonic MIDI response modes, assignable CC and dedicated velocity outputs, a clock source with tap tempo, MIDI and external gate clock dividers, and multiple arpeggiator responses.

As PM says, “This module is deep.”

MIDI 3 MIDI to CV Converter

A MIDI to cv module converts standard MIDI note messages into the analog control voltages used by modular and other analog synthesizers. This allows the synthesizer to be controlled by a midi keyboard, sequencer, or DAW.

The two CV outputs on the Midi 3 can be used to control the pitch of an oscillator, cutoff frequency of a filter, or any other function that requires a control voltage signal. The set of Gate outputs on the Midi 3 can be used to trigger envelope generators or other modules expecting a gate or clock source. Continue reading

Transistor Sounds Labs Intros Stepper Acid Step Sequencer

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Nina Richards & Zoë Blade of Transistor Sounds Labs have introduced Stepper Acid – a digitally-controlled 16-step sequencer for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

They say it is “Designed by and for musicians, Stepper Acid was born out of our need for a modern step-sequencer.”

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New Erica Synths Fusion Modules Put Vacuum Tubes In Your Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

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The Erica Synths Fusion series  – a new collection of vacuum tube synthesis modules – are now available for Eurorack synthesizers.

Erica Fusion series consist of whole range of modules used in sound generation and shaping circuit – pure sine VCO with unique tube waveshaper (will be available mid-January 2015), VCO signal Mixer, Ringmodulator, VCF, VCA and Analogue Delay/Chorus. The first two modules are an Analogue Delay/Chorus module and a VCF. Continue reading

Synthrotek Intros Eurorack RAT Clone Distortion Module

308_Rat_Clone_Module_02Synthrotek has introduced the 308 Distortion Module – a RAT clone in Eurorack format that offers CV control over gain.

Features:

  • 3 controls – Tone, Filter, and Drive – to customize your tone. Tone sets the brightness level, Filter dials in the high frequency response, and Drive determines the signal gain.
  • 4 Diode Settings – An on-board 4PST DIP Switch selects between 4 different clipping diodes to drastically alter your sound. Turn on the stock version 1N4148s, LEDs, Germanium diodes, or none at all with flick of a little switch.
  • Vintage Tone – The PCB is designed from the original RAT tone IC, the LM308 single op amp.
  • Control Voltage (CV) Input
  • Guitar AND Modular – Adjust the input impedance with a trim pot.
  • Plug your guitar in using Circuit Abbey’s Axis module.
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