European synth-makers Erica Synths have unveiled three new products, including two Eurorack modules and several free Erica Synth modules for VCV Rack, enabling customers to patch and tweak in the virtual domain.
Erica Synths’ press release asks, “Who doesn’t need more cowbell?” The implicit answer is, duh, everyone needs more cowbell. The Erica Synths Cowbell Eurorack module is an extended, modular version of the Yocto (808) cowbell. For increased sonic versatility, Erica Synths has added Tune and Decay controls, as well as Tune CV with an attenuator for creating nice vibratos.
Erica Synths Cowbell features:
- Manually and CV controlled tune
- Decay control
- Manual trigger
- Accent input
- Module width – 6HP
- Module depth – 35mm
Meantime, Erica Synths Black Multi Eurorack module is a highly-accurate, active buffered 2 x 1 to 3 or 1 to 6 multiple that will work for signal splitting in any circuit, including driving several VCOs in tune from one CV source. “Octave” or +-1V offset switches on both channels allow adding or subtracting one volt form each channel — thus transposing VCOs one octave up or down. A special hidden feature, custom offset, allows to set user-defined offset on the first channel.
Black Multi Features:
- 2 x 1 signal to 3 or 1 signal to 6
- Octave or +-1V offset switches
- Custom offset on the first channel
Patch, tweak and listen to Erica Synths virtually
Lastly, three new virtual Erica Synths modules, Developed by Raphaël Hoffman from Hora Music, are now available for VCV Rack, and can be downloaded for free. These include Black Wavetable VCO, Black Octasource and Pico Drums with more to come. You can find these Erica Synths modules on the VCV Rack website.
Pricing and Availability
The new virtual Erica Synths modules are free and available now, via the VCV Rack website (linked above). Erica Synths’ Black Multi module is €75, and the Cowbell module is €130 — and both of these hardware Eurorack modules are now available.