Erica Synths Black VC Clock v2 and Black EG  ·  Source: Erica Synths

Erica Synths are getting a bit prolific. it seems that every other week there are more modules emerging from their base in Latvia. This time they’ve got the beating heart of your modular in the Black VC Clock v2 and a simple envelope generator with bonus features.

Black VC Clock v2

Every rack needs its sense of time. The Black VC Clock v2 can generate several clock signals simultaneously. The four clock outputs at the bottom of the module offer a straight forward clock output, a divided or multiplied output, a shuffle output and a random clock relative to the set BPM. Talking of which the BPM get’s a nice bright LED display at the top. You can set this manually with the big left-hand knob, or use the tap tempo button to set it to your internal groove. The BPM can, of course, be modulated over CV, or you can sync to some other external clock if you really want to. The right-hand knob controls the shuffle and random intensity – this can also be modulated.

There’s a menu hidden behind the BPM knob which you access by pushing the encoder. This gives you control over things like the clock division, multiplier rate of the shuffle and random outputs. It can also switch the LED display into a stopwatch type timer. Great for reminding you how long you’ve been fiddling with your Eurorack.

The Black CV Clock v2 is available now for €205 ex VAT. More information on the Erica Synths website.

Black EG

This is a much simpler envelope generator than the Black VC EG we saw a couple of weeks ago. Although I wish they were a bit more descriptive or differential with the naming conventions. This is a more compact, regular ASDR envelope with some cool features. It has a gated AR mode loop which can either play with itself or be gated from the gate input. There’s a switch to move between long and short envelopes. It also has a Gate Delay output where you get a gate signal generated after the attack stage. Apparently, if you chain 4 or 5 Black EG’s together you can use the Gate Delay to create evolving polyphonic synth-like pads.

At €120 ex VAT it’s a solid envelope generator with some nice additional features. More information on the Erica Synths website.