Steve Roach Interview On Making Music With Modulars

Steve-Roach-synthesizers.comSynthesist Steve Roach is featured in the latest episode of the Echoes podcast.

Host John Diliberto talks with Roach about his new album, Skeleton Keys, which is an exploration of sequencers and large-format analog synthesizers.

“The entire album and all the interlocking parts are all created from the way you carve out these patterns, and sequences and rhythms, with hands on,” noites Roach, “So it really does have this feeling of shaping it, you know, like you’re carving something out using both hands on a large variety of knobs, on filters, envelopes and the essentials, of the components that make up the analog modular, the way I designed it for this style of music.” Continue reading

Spektro Audio Updates CV Toolkit, Intros New Module Pack

cv-toolkit-closeupSpektro Audio has made several updates to it CV Toolkit – its set of software modules that you can use with hardware modular synths.

The updates include:

  • CV Toolkit 2.1 update which fixes a couple of bugs and adds some minor enhancements
  • A new module pack called Beats which includes 5 virtual modules (Binary Sequencer, Clock Quartet, Gate Sequencer, Sequential Rhythms and VC Random Gates) focused on creating gate / trigger sequences.
  • The new CV Toolkit 2 – Complete Bundle which includes all the main software and all the module packs available to date for U$39.99

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Make Noise Intros Telharmonic, Multi-Voice, Multi-Algorithm Eurorack Module

MakeNoise_telharmonicMakeNoise has introduced the tELHARMONIC, a multi-voice, multi-algorithm Eurorack synthesizer module.

The new module, programmed by Tom Erbe, is inspired by Thaddeus Cahill’s Telharmonium, a proto-synth, originally created in 1897.

tELHARMONIC features three electronic tone generation techniques that are historically important, but infrequently implemented within modular synthesizers.

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OWL Modular Programmable Eurorack Module Available August 1

owl-modular-eurorack-moduleRebel Technology has announced that the OWL Modular programmable digital audio Eurorack module will be released Aug 1 in London:

We’ll be holding a little launch event for the OWL Modular at the London Music Hackspace, this Saturday 1 August at 5pm. Come down to see us and get hands on with the new arrival!

We’ll be showing off the sonic capabilities of the patch library as well as demonstrating how to load up Faust, C++ and Pure Data patches. Bring your own code!

Based on the OWL Pedal, the Modular adds CV control and DC-coupled inputs and outputs, while retaining full patch compatibility. The platform is open source and a community of patch developers has created a diverse library of more than 70 effects for it, including phasers, flangers, delays, reverbs, distortion, compression and filters.

The OWL features an ARM Cortex M4 processor and, according to the developers, “it delivers outstanding performance and audio quality”. Continue reading