Nine Inch Nails Custom Modular Synth

Nine Inch Nails EAR Performance SynthesizerPeter Grenader, Principal Designer for Plan B, sends word about a custom Electro-Acoustic Research (EAR) synth that they created for Ninch Inch Nails.

In May of 2006, Alessandro Cortini, keyboard player for Nine Inch Nails, contacted Electro-Acoustic Research to develop a custom mid-sized performance-based synthesizer. Housed within a 26 x 18 inch Zero Halliburton suitcase, this synth is completely portable and is fitted entirely with Livewire and Plan B modules, many of which were developed exclusively for this instrument.


Top Utility Strip:

  • Multiples

Top Row:

  • Plan B Model 15 Complex VCOs (3)
  • Plan B Model 13 Dual Timbral Gates (2)
  • Plan B Model 12 State Variable Vactrol FIlter (1)
  • Livewire Sub Divider (1)
  • Plan B (Model no. TBD) custom 4 in/stereo out mixer with VC pan*

Middle Row:

  • Livewire Sub Divider (1)
  • Livewire Dalek Modulator (1)*
  • Livewire Vulcan Modulator (1)*
  • Livewire Dual Bissell Generator (1)*
  • Livewire Noise/Sample and Hold (1)*
  • Livewire Dual Cyclotron (1)
  • Livewire Frequensteiner Multimode filters (2)
  • Plan B 4 in/ 1 out mixer

Bottom Row:

  • Plan B Model 10 Polyphonic Envelope Generator (4)*
  • Plan B Model 14 Dual Processor (1)*
  • Plan B VCA/Inverter
  • Plan B Model 21 Milton Grande (prototype) fitted with internal VC Clock and Envelope Follower (external click-track syncing)*
  • Livewire Trigger Divider

Bottom Utility Strip:

  • Plan B Dual Manual Trigger Source
  • Multiples
  • Livewire Headphone preamp w/level control

Nine Inch Nails debuts EAR modular synthRight, NIN keyboard player Alessandro Cortini debuts the EAR Performance System, a custom modular synthesizer manufactured by Electro-Acoustic Research (EAR).

Consisting entirely of Plan B and Livewire modules, the instrument will remain part of the band’s live arsenal throughout their current summer tour.

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