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:
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.
Here are their answers, via Korg Marketing Manager Junko Fukai: Continue reading
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 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.
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.
The Gran Fury’s feature list picks up where the original Fury’s left off: Continue reading
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
This video, via Wein Glas, explores the sounds of the Metasonix D1000 Vacuum-Tube Drum Machine: Continue reading
Usually at NAMM time, Metasonix head Eric Barbour is introducing something like the Fucking Fucker, the Assblaster, the Wretch Machine or the Scrotum Smasher.
His latest creation, though, is simply named the Metasonix S-2000 Vacuum Tube Synthesizer. And Barbour calls it “the most exciting instrument in the history of Metasonix”.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
The S-2000 is not merely a new repackaging of old designs. It is a revolution, and a game changer.
The S-2000 was made to be as easy to use as possible. Just plug in power, plug in an amplifier, wait 30 seconds for the real new-old-stock vacuum tubes to warm up, and start playing it. The built-in 400mm ribbon controller is instantly responsive, and needs no special treatment. No trimpots, no fiddling with MIDI interfaces or fighting with fistfuls of cables. The misery has been engineered out.
The simplicity might fool you. The S-2000 has enough controls and enough flexibility to keep the musician busy for years of sonic exploration.
Here’s an unofficial video of the Metasonix S-2000 in action: Continue reading
The Knifonium is a unique 25-tube monophonic synthesizer, with a 4th order ladder filter and a ring modulator. It is currently a working prototype.
The Knifonium was created by Jonte Knif, sho says that the instrument is small and light enough to take to gigs, despite of the amount of electronics, traditional craftsmanship and adequately sized controllers. Continue reading