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Erica Synths Joystick2

Erica Synths Joystick2  ·  Source: Erica Synths

The Erica Synths Black Joystick2 pumps out 8 channels of finger fiddling CV in all directions, 4 channels of motion recording, drones and LFOs.

Black Joystick2

We saw this module the other day in the Dada Noise System II and Quadraphonic Panner but now they’ve released it as a module for everyday use in any system. Joysticks are a great way to produce interactive CV with minimal effort.

What’s interesting about the Black Joystick2 is that it has the ability to record your movements so you can generate a bit of crazy modulation and have it keep on going while you do something else. You have 4 channels to record into with the tap of a button each of them addressing a pair of outputs.

The demo video is pretty mental and goes through some quite stunning possibilities.

The Joystick has 4 modes. In “Joystick” mode you wang the joystick about and it kicks CV relative to X and Y position out of the selected channel outputs. You can select as many channels as you want. In “Sine” mode the X output has a sine wave and the Y output has the same but phase-shifted by 90 degrees. The position then controls the pitch. In “RND” mode you have a random stepped voltage output where X defines the speed and Y defines the amplitude. “SNEW” is a South-North-East-West panner for your quadraphonic panning using all 8 outputs.

The feature list includes:

  • 8 simultaneous CV outputs
  • 2 gate outputs
  • 4 motion record channels
  • Sine and Random LFOs with adjustable frequency and amplitude
  • Drone/noise oscillator
  • Gate record
  • Two 4-position CV panners
  • Skiff friendly design
  • An octopus

It’s a comprehensive modulation making machine, with an octopus.

The Black Joystick2 is available now.

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