Two new kits from modular makers 7Dials offer switching with normalisation and sequential switching with binary step addressing and directional control.
The simpler of the two modules deals with switching signals and uses some clever normalisation for some extra features. As the name suggests this is a dual switching module with each side made up of two switches normalised as a Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) switch. The switches are bi-directional meaning they can be used to switch signals in either direction.
The switches are controlled by the buttons at the bottom. You can either cycle through each mode latching the switches with a press or in momentary mode you can hold the button to enable the switch which then returns to the previous state on release. A great way of introducing variations or dropping in changes to a sequence or modulation. The normalisation allows you to use the two channels together from the same input.
This module contains 4 bi-directional switches that can be used as 4 to 1, 1 to 4 or all 4 individually. The right hand side is normalised and so any patch cable plugged in there will connect to all the switches until another cable is inserted.
As with Route Two there’s some momentary and latch action so the switches can step through to the clock or be held/advanced momentarily. You can address switches directly and choose what you want to be active using the two buttons. Sequential switches are usually left to their own devices and so this adds an interactive element that could give you far more control over the way the switch behaves.
These sorts of utilities can open up all sorts of avenues of creativity once you start to experiment with them.
Route Two is available as a kit for £46 ex VAT and Route Four for £52.50 ex VAT.
- 7Dials modules on Thonk.