What sets Blades apart is that options commonly presented as multiple choices (low-pass/high-pass, serial/parallel) are presented here as a continuum, ready to be explored at the twist of a knob or with a CV.
The filter response is continuously variable between low-pass, band-pass and high-pass, and delivers intermediate shelving responses, for more nuanced spectral coloring.
A dual cross-fader circuit allows the routing between the two filters to smoothly vary from single to parallel to series.
Originally conceived as a complex filter, Blades is capable of much more, including:
- A dual distortion with spectral color control
- An oscillator mixer with crossfading, wavefolding, and enough filtering to clean up the mess
- A voice, using one filter as an oscillator, then distorting, folding it and filtering it with the second filter
- A complex oscillator capable of FM, PM and AM
- Overdrive circuit
- A CV-controlled overdrive stage precedes each of the two filters.
- Overdrive response continuously adjustable between soft-clipping and 2-stage wavefolding.
- Two multi-mode filters
- Clean 2-pole (12dB/octave) state-variable design.
- CV-controlled filter response, continuously variable between low-pass, band-pass and high-pass.
- CV inputs with attenuverters for cutoff and resonance.
- Unattenuated frequency CV input, calibrated for 1V/Oct tracking.
- Clean self-oscillation across the audio range, extending into very low frequencies, with constant amplitude.
- Modulating the filter response is akin to modulating the phase of the self-oscillation tone.
- Unique routing possibilities
- Continuously variable (and CV-controlled) routing from single to parallel to series.
- With a signal patched into filter 2’s audio input, the routing knob and CV act as a crossfader.
- Filter 2’s cutoff can be set relatively to filter 1’s cutoff.
Here’s the official intro video from Ben Wilson (DivKid):
Pricing and Availability
Blades is available to pre-order for €299/$359.