Strange Electronic Reveals Lightstorm Eurorack ‘Light Synthesizer’

At SynthPlex 2019, Strange Electronic is releasing the Lightstorm Module and Eurorack Case, described as the “World’s First Eurorack Light Synthesizer”. Lightstorm production is being funded as a crowdfunding project, with a pre­-sale showcase today at Synthplex.

The Lightstorm Eurorack Case is an interactive modular synthesizer case that integrates voltage­-controlled LED lighting, adding visual effects to live performance. The Lightstorm Module brings creative lighting into the synthesizer workflow, going beyond audio­-reactive effects. With Lightstorm, any control voltage ­ LFOs, envelopes, or sequencers ­ can control full-­spectrum LED lighting.

Henry Strange, founder and CEO of Strange Electronic, explains: “Our company has been involved with professional touring, large fixed installations, and interactive happenings for over 10 years. Lighting is always, at least, HALF the show. We’ve made countless systems that integrate lights, controllers, and laptops. Now, with Lightstorm, we’ve found a fun and creative way to put lighting control directly in musicians Eurorack systems.”

Using the Lightstorm is similar to other Eurorack format modules. With the Lightstorm module, the same control signals used to make music can be used to make a light show, controlling lights without learning a lighting technology like DMX. The Lightstorm comes with a light strip, but the LED output port will connect to a variety of of LED devices, giving the user another way to personalize their lighting.

The full Lightstorm Eurorack Case is an 84hp, 6U case bundled with a 30W power supply and built-­in LEDs controlled by the Lightstorm Module. With frosted acrylic sides, the RGB LEDs can flash, pulse, and glow up to 1000 lumens of light in all directions. The ergonomic angle of the case allows the audience to see the performer work the modules, bringing the audience into the performer’s craft rather than staring at the back of a box or the back of the artist. In the studio, the case can stand upright, if desired.

Lightstorm Module details:

  • 10hp / 3U
  • 6x cv controllable parameters
  • LED output ports on the front and back
  • Programmable with Arduino

Lightstorm Eurorack Case (pictured above) details:

  • 84hp / 6U
  • Made of wood and acrylic
  • 72 WS2812b LEDs / LED power supply
  • 30W power supply for modules

Pricing and Availability.

The crowdfunding campaign for Lightstorm begins March 28th, 2019. MSRP will be $300 for the Lightstrom module package, and $1200 for Lightstorm Eurorack Case and Module package. Lightstorm will be released first to Kickstarter participants in April 2019 and later to the rest of the world.

For more information on the Lightstorm Eurorack Light Synthesizer, check out the Strange Electronic website.

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