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 Intros Fusion Series Ring Modulator & Mixer Eurorack Modules

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Erica Synths let us know that they’ve redesigned their Erica Fusion Series modules – a line of modules based on vacuum tubes.

Their new modules are configurable to work from the standard +-12V eurorack PSU, meaning, you don’t need to install special tube heater PSU.

The first two modules in the new line are the Fusion Ring Modulator, above, and the Fusion Mixer. Continue reading

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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DIY Vacuum Tube Analog Spring Reverb – The Wave

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MOD Kits DIY has introduced The Wave, a stand-alone, tube-driven analog spring reverb unit kit.

The Wave can be used in front of your guitar amp or as a line-level analog reverb effect for the studio. Two controls allow you to serve up a wide range of wetness from just a touch to ‘over the top psychedelia’. The “dwell” control adjusts the input signal level driving the tank and the “reverb” control adjusts the level of output reverberations from the tank. 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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The Metasonix F-1 Distortion Pedal – ” You Can Almost Smell The Smoke Pouring Out.”

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Metasonix has introduced the F-1 distortion pedal.

The F-1 pedal uses a unique vacuum-tube pentode circuit to do something special: it simulates the extreme distortion, parasitic oscillations, and other unique sounds that come from a tube guitar amp that is being ‘overdriven to flaming destruction.’

The “Complex Distortion” knob varies the plate loading on the two pentodes to give asymmetrical distortion, and it varies the feedback effects—all on one knob. Metasonix founder Eric Barbour describes it as “Typical of the things that happen when the EL34s in a Marshall or similar amplifier are driven to the point of meltdown, and the power and output transformers threaten to go open-circuit. You can almost smell the smoke pouring out.” Continue reading