zMors Modular Update Brings New Modules

zmors-modular-synthesizerzMors Modular – an iOS app designed to be used as both a standalone software modular ssynthesizer and as an element in a hardware modular synthesizer – has been updated.

The new version adds new modules, including a BPM clock module, a matrix mixer module and more.

Here’s what’s new in zMors Modular 1.1: Continue reading

Synthetic Sound Labs Debuts VCA/ADSR Envelope Generator Combo Module

Synthetic-Sound-Labs-Envelope-VCA-PanelSynthetic Sound Labs has released the newest member of its line of Synthesizers.com (DOTCOM) compatible analog synthesizer modules, the 1235 Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA) / ADSR Envelope Generator (ADSR) Combo.

The compact module carries out functions that would traditionally require the space for at least two separate 1 MU modules in a single-width space.

In a typical voltage controlled studio such as a modular synthesizer, ADSR envelopes produce user-adjustable, time-varying DC voltages, and are used to control the dynamics of a sound. VCAs can use those ADSR outputs to control the relative amplitude of signals passed to it. Those signals may be either audio, or other control voltages. The VCA and ADSR have been ‘normalized’ for convenience, but may also be used completely separately.

Features:

  • Low-noise, low-distortion VCA provides controls for initial level and external control voltage amount.
  • ADSR Mode switch selects between Normal (single gate input per cycle), LFO (continuous cycling), and Gated LFO (cycles while Gate is applied).
  • Also included is a switch to select between the ‘traditional’ Logarithmic envelope shape, a linear envelope typical of early-era digital synths, and an Exponential envelope that’s handy for using linear VCAs is if they had an expo mode. ADSR has separate positive and negative going outputs.
  • Mmanual Gate button is provided which contains an LED indicating the relative output levels. The VCA & ADSR lighted slide controls allow ample room for manual adjustment, and the ADSR LEDs conveniently brighten to indicate the envelope cycle stages.
  • Flatted toggle switches control the six modes. 1?4” enclosed output jacks permit smooth, effortless patching. Quality solder masked, fiberglass-epoxy printed circuit boards, precision automated robotics and meticulous hand-crafted assembly “assure years of trouble-free service.”

Pricing and Availability.

SSL’s 1235 Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA) / ADSR Envelope Generator (ADSR) Combo is priced at $275 US and available from Synthetic Sounds Labs or select retailers.

Meth AMP Eurorack Module Now Available

Meth-Amp-moduleFrequency Central has announced Meth AMP – a distortion and fuzz unit for Eurorack modular synthesizers, based on the classic Big Muff.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

It’ll do wooly warm fuzz, subtle tone shaping with a soft saturation/colour, feedback madness and work as a great output VCA (LPG style tones possibly too).

Meth AMP is available as a DIY project and as an assembled module.

Here is a video demo: Continue reading

Audulus For Windows Now Available

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Audulus for Windows – a software modular synthesizer that lets you create patches visually – is now available.

With Audulus, you can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio, with low-latency real-time processing, suitable for live performance.

Audulus is also available for iOS and OS X, and you can share patches across platforms.

Here’s a video intro to Audulus For WIndows from developer Taylor Holliday: Continue reading

2015 NAMM Show To Feature Double The Synths

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The 2015 NAMM Show, scheduled for January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, promises to be a huge event for synth fans.

We just got word from the NAMM Show organizers that synth manufacturers have nearly doubled their show floor square footage since last year, making this one of the show’s fastest-growing segments.

And you know what double the area for synths means….. double the synths! Continue reading

Andrew Kilpatrick Interview (Kilpatrick Audio)

andrew-kilpatrick-audio-eurorack-modular-synthesizerThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with Andrew Kilpatrick, right, of electronics manufacturer Kilpatrick Audio.

Kilpatrick Audio is known for making modules in the Eurorack format and also in their own 4U Kilpatrick Format.

“One of the most important things to me is making real things,” notes Kilpatrick at his site. “I like things I can hold in my hand. I like things that feel well-made. I like to dream up an idea for a device and then just build it and try it.”  Continue reading