Drew Neumann Multitracks Knifonium Tube Synthesizer For ‘Steampunk Space Spies’

Composer Drew Neumann (Aeon Flux, The WIld Thornberries) has shared a new composition, Steampunk Space Spies, created entirely (including percussion and sound effects) with the Knifonium vacuum tube synthesizer.

The Knifonium, made by Jonte Knif, is a unique 25-tube monophonic synthesizer, with a 4th order ladder filter and a ring modulator.

Here’s what Neumann has to say about the gear and process used in making the music:
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Erica Synths Fusion Series Vacuum Tube Modules Now Available

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Erica Synths has announced that three new modules in their Fusion series – a new line of vacuum tube Eurorack modules – are now available.

The Erica Synths Fusion series combine vacuum tubes and semiconductors to bring the ‘warm, powerful sound and crazy overdrive possibilities of vacuum tubes’ into your modular system.

Five modules have been announced: VCO Mixer, Delay/Chorus, VCA, Ring Modulator and Filter.

Here are details on the new Fusion vacuum tube modules:

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Your Questions Answered About The Korg + Noritake Nutube ‘Vacuum Tube On A Chip’

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg and Noritake introduced the Nutube, a new miniaturized, high performance ‘vacuum tube on a chip’.

Korg says that the NuTube generates the musical harmonics of traditional vacuum tubes, but offers three key benefits:

  • Low power Consumption –  less than 2% of the power required by conventional vacuum tubes;
  • Compact – less than 30% of the volume of a conventional vacuum tube; and
  • Reliability – Nutubes offer up to 30,000 hours of continuous operating life.

We asked Korg for more information, based on reader questions to our initial post about the NuTube.

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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

Trogotronic Intros High-Powered, Double-Duty, Tube-Based M679 Gran Fury Analog Tube Synth

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Trogotronic has introduced the M679 Gran Fury Analog Tube Synth / Bypass Overdrive FX Caveman Module.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Building upon the legacy of the m676 Fury, the M series 679 Gran Fury has 8 times the patches, 150% more oscillating power, 120% more cv inputs & adds a synth bypass mode to double as a filthy tube distortion unit, all up in your tightly packed rack, it ALL WITHIN the same 14hp as before with zero toll on your already overtaxed power supply.

The sound?

Curiously akin to R. Lee Ermey switching on the kilowatt floods & screaming through an Orange Full-stack set to ’11’ first thing the morning after an all-night gin bender; i.e. relentless punishment applied to all head-holes within audio range.

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Metasonix R-57 Dual Preamp/VCA Module (Video Demo)

Here’s a video demo of the Metasonix R-57 Dual Preamp/VCA Eurorack module. The new module offers 50db of available gain, assuring ‘true ugliness’.

“This is not intended to be a nice, neat, clean, sweet and virginal VCA,” warns designer Eric Barbour. “It is what it is.” Continue reading