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

Noise Kitchen Synth Fest Coming June 12-16 In Brno, CZ

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Organizers have announced that the Noise Kitchen Synth Fest will be held June 12-16 in Brno, CZ.

Confirmed participants include: Elektron, Koma, MeeBlip, Erica Synths, Burnkit2600, Soulsby, Ginko Synthese, Error Instruments, Din Sync, BR Laser, LEP, LOM Instruments, Bastl Instruments, BuranElektrix, Audiolab and others.

Here’s the official announcement:

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New DIY Synth, The Crowminius, Inspired By Minimoog & CS-80

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DIY synth guru Scott Rider, aka the Old Crow, has announced a new DIY project, inspired by the circuits of the Moog Minimoog and the Yamaha CS-80.

The two main goals for the ‘Crowminius‘ project were:

  • to make a new synth in the style of a Minimoog 204D (“model D”) for a good friend, who lost his circa 1974 original Mini to hurricane Katrina; and
  • to create a synth that would fit in a compact aluminum attache case.

Here’s an audio demo of the Crowminius in action: 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!

Here’s their official intro video: Continue reading