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Finegear Dirt Magnet

Finegear Dirt Magnet  ·  Source: Finegear

Finegear Dirt Magnet

Finegear Dirt Magnet  ·  Source: Finegear

Finegear Dirt Magnet

Finegear Dirt Magnet  ·  Source: Finegear

Finegear Dirt Magnet

Finegear Dirt Magnet  ·  Source: Finegear

Finegear Modmix

Finegear Modmix  ·  Source: Finegear

Finegear Modmix

Finegear Modmix  ·  Source: Finegear

Finegear Modmix

Finegear Modmix  ·  Source: Finegear

Finegear Modmix

Finegear Modmix  ·  Source: Finegear

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We saw prototypes of the Dirt Magnet and Modmix at last year’s Superbooth. Now Finegear has them ready with preorders to open at the show.

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Dirt Magnet

This was one of my favourite bits of unexpected gear from Superbooth 22. It’s a huge and brilliantly named effects and modulation box designed for creative misuse. The Dirt Magnet contains two voltage-controllable LFOs, a noise generator with a playable bandpass filter, a crackle generator with a high pass filter, a Ring Modulator, a voltage-controlled lowpass filter based on the Korg MS-20 and a cassette tape-based tape delay squirming around the front.

Finegear Dirt Magnet

Finegear Dirt Magnet · Source: Finegear

You can patch into the different sections however you like.  The LFOs have a few waveshapes to play with and can be synced to MIDI for some appropriately rhythmic action. It has plenty of sound generative options itself with the digital LFOs playing through the noise and crackle generators. Otherwise, it’s a great way to mangle and warble any sound.

It’s the cassette tape delay that probably brings the most interest. It’s quite hard to miss. There is CV control over Gate, Speed, Regeneration (of feedback) and Panning. You have a preamp and tone control taken from the Space Echo on the input. You then have the manual controls over the tape speed, feedback, panning, and attenuators on the CV. At the bottom is a Ping-Pong switch and a dry/wet mix knob.

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Preorders open on Thursday for €1200. Delivery is expected in September.

Modmix

The Modmix was in much worse shape than the Dirt Magnet at last year’s show so it’s great to get a proper look at the finished article. Finegear is calling it an experimental CV mixing console with routing and modulation.

Finegear Modmix

Finegear Modmix · Source: Finegear

It has four CV-controlled channels and four sends with stereo returns. The inputs are XLR combi jacks with preamps for microphones or line-level sources. You get a 3-band EQ and insert points for effects. The pans controls are voltage controllable, as are the send controls.

Without anything patched in it can become a source of some fabulous feedback oscillations. Modmix has a pair of midi-syncable LFOs and envelope followers to keep things moving. The Master section sets the channel mix, master levels, phones/cue level and has two rather nice VU meters.

Like The Dirt Magnet, it has a large footprint for some luxuriously comfortable knob control. It looks absolutely lovely with a classically designed vintage vibe.

Preorders on the Modmix also open on Thursday for €1300. Delivery is expected in August.

Finegear Dirt Magnet

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