Basil arrives as an integral part of the Pizza platform. More than a garnish, it’s a creative explosion of flavour that will invigorate, modulate and pull you forwards and backwards in time.
I’ve just had to wrestle my mouse off the Buy button, as I can’t be buying any modules right now. But otherwise, this would be an instant buy, just like the Pizza was for me last year. Pizza was an almost perfect balanced between complexity and intuitive playfulness and Basil seems to ride down exactly the same road. And of course, it’s accompanied by the best promotional video you’ve ever seen.
Basil is a digital stereo delay module. It has clean and lo-fi processing and can go from regular echos to cosmic space delays at the slide of a wonky fader. It will handle all the usual time-based effects like chorus, flanger, vibrato, pitch shifting, reverb and stereo widening. With the 1v/Oct input, you can Karplus Strong the heck out of it. It will ping and it will pong, it will sync to time and you can assign control to any parameter.
Engage the space engines, and you can push it into blurred diffusion, filter it through feedback loops and dominate with multiple taps. You can drop the sample rate to push the limits of time travel or you can freeze the buffer as a sample loop for layering and modulation.
Basil looks like a completely brilliant module that has a fingerable workflow and offers exciting explorations of delay.
Update: Basil and Pizza firmware are interchangeable so you can run one on the other. There’s talk of open-sourcing the artwork so you can print your own front panel.
Preorders are open for €267.
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