DannySound has released an impressive looking Dynamics and VU Meter combo for completely nailing the sound from your Eurorack modular.
The mixing and processing side of Eurorack tends to play second fiddle to the sound generation and modulation. It’s like we instantly forget all about the sound engineering aspects of audio production the moment we insert a patch cable into our modular. The DannySound Dynamics module is here to help.
Dynamics brings in a Compressor/Expander, Sub-Bass Enhancer, 3-Band Inductor-based EQ and Harmonic Exciter. The module is split into three sections with the Compressor/Expander taking the biggest chunk. You have control over the Attack and Release along with compressor/expansion amount and Initial Level. Below that you have the Sub Bass boost and Amplifier Drive that pushes the transistor-based circuit into soft clipping. The Mix control feeds the original signal back in and the rare and very welcome Bypass switch cuts out the dynamics altogether.
The blue column of knobs is where you’ll find the 3-Band EQ and Harmonic Exciter section. The EQ is an indicator based LCR design that DannySound says sounded the nicest when trying out various topologies and also has some bite when overdriven. The Exciter adds some distortion to the high frequencies to bring out the sparkle. There’s a switch to change the sparkle bandwidth between cymbals frequencies and snare drum slap frequencies.
The bottom section contains all the ins and outs. The Compressor and EQ have different inputs and outputs so you can use them separately or chain them into each other. The Envelope detector is a feedforward type of circuit taking its input from the signal before it goes into the compressor. There are also inputs for side-chaining and an envelope output to drive other modules.
DannySound has also come up with a pair of VU Meters in a module that sits perfectly between a pair of Dynamics modules. VU Meters is connected internally to each Dynamics module to provide a visual representation of the signals. It can also handle any external input if you want to use it for something else.
DannySound modules are only available as kits that you’ll have to build yourself but that also makes them more affordable.
The Dynamics is available for £183 and the VU Meters for £143 and the combination of them creates a very impressive audio processing section in your Eurorack. I think that audio processing is far more common post-recording, in your DAW, so you can focus on the creative side of your modular. These modules would take up a fair bit of space but they bring post-processing into your creative space and could greatly improve upon the dynamics of your output. Check out DivKids video below to understand exactly how useful these could be.
- DannySound Dynamics: DannySound
- DannySound VU Meters: DannySound