An Interview With Tim Caswell Of Studio Electronic (With Scoops!)

studio-electronics-logoTim Caswell Of synth manufacturer Studio Electronics is featured on the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Host Darwin Grosse talks with Caswell about instrument design, the current Studio Electronic line, new modular versions of their filters and more!

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Synthrotek DIRT Filter Now Available

synthrotek-dirtSynthrotek has announced that it has released the DIRT filter - a module that allows for distortion, mangling, wave shaping and other caustic and filter like effects.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

DIRT is our new 4HP low-pass filter / effect for the Eurorack modular synth platform.

Inspired by one of our favorite ‘noisy’ filters, the DIRT is an unapologetic filter / effect that produces interesting and unique effects via the Bias knob, accessible from the front panel.

It’s not a traditional filter; it’s an effects module with filtering, ring mod effects, wave shaping and even outright brutal harmonic distortion.

DIRT likes to square things up a bit, so throw in a triangle, sawtooth, sine or other wave forms for different style effects. Even plugging a guitar (using an external amplification module) into the DIRT produces some great sounds and heavy distortion.

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Exclusively Analogue Announces Merlin Analog Synthesizer

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Exclusively Analogue has introduced The Merlin – a new synth, designed in response to feedback from EA customers.

According to Exclusively Analogue, the aim of Merlin is to provide a powerful analogue synthesizer with maximum flexibility, at a competitive price (approximately £800 depending on format).

Merlin will be available either as a self powered 19? rack mount module, a self powered desktop module, or in Eurorack format able to use an existing power supply. Continue reading

An Interview With Dan Snazelle Of Snazzy FX

sounds-and-visionsThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with Dan Snazelle of Eurorack manufacturer Snazzy FX.

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

I first met Dan (virtually) regarding my ArdCore Arduino-based module (www.20objects.com/ardcore) – a master’s project for DU that helped me graduate. Dan was into it, built it from the breadboard up, then asked me if he could develop a commercial version.

I gave him the thumbs-up, and the Euro ArdCore was born. But from that contact, I started looking into his effects and chaotic modules – you can check them out at snazzyfx.com – and sort of fell in love with the whole concept.

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New Module Puts A Shortwave Radio Into Your Modular Synthesizer

evaton-technologies-rf-nomad-voltage-controlled-shortwave-receiverEvaton Technologies has released the RF Nomad Voltage Controlled Shortwave Receiver – a new Eurorack synthesizer module.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Hissy interstation audio. Squealy heterodynes. Fading stations. Atmospheric noises. Faint voices in foreign languages from distant broadcast stations. Fire and brimstone. It’s all in there, just like your granddad’s old tabletop shortwave.

But, the RF Nomad adds a twist: The tuning is voltage controlled. Sure, when you were a kid, you discovered you could make spacy noises on Papa’s shortwave by slowly turning the tuning dial.

But just how fast could you twist that dial? Faster than an audio-rate LFO? Hardly. Voltage controlled tuning means that the RF Nomad will let you explore sounds you never imagined you could get out of a shortwave receiver.

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