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