New from Mumbai based guitar and bass effects and amplification company Animal Factory Amplification (AFA) comes their third Eurorack module. This is not a port of one of their pedals, the Coma Reactor is a whole other thing.
The Coma Reaktor uses the crunchy sounds of the PT2399 chip found in devices such as the Koma Elektronik Field Kit. AFA has attempted to draw out as many sound mangling possibilities as they can find. There are independent controls for dry, wet and effects return level letting you blend together clean, delayed and effected sounds. “A truly nasty bandpass filter lurks in the delay feedback path as a dirty cocked-wah effect of sorts” which was a line too good not to quote in full. The Com Reaktor can also self-oscillate and generate all sorts of noises without an input being present.
The only CV control is over the delay time taking it from “slight tape-echo warbles to truly seasick pitch shifting”. And with all this “truly” crunchy stuff going on you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a buffered clean through for a truly true bypass.
The remarkable front panel design is from illustrator Aniruddh Mehta and, they say, marks the beginning of a new aesthetic from AFA.
I can’t wait to hear it and see what it’s capable of. It seems a bit light on the CV control but hopefully, it will more than makeup for it in character. AFA should have some demo videos up soon and it should be available in your local modular shop in a couple of weeks. The price is 13,500 India Rupee which equates to around £142 but also allow for tax and shipping. You can preorder on the website.
Update: Here’s a sound example:
- ARA Coma Reactor product page.