A couple of weeks ago we saw an Instagram video of this interesting device. Today Squarp Instruments have officially announced the Hermod Modular Brain and it looks like it might be everything we hoped it would be and an awful lot more.
Update 21st March 2018: The Hermod is available now.
Hermod Modular Brain
So I guessed it was something along the lines of an 8-track sequencer, something that borrows buttons from their Pyramid sequencer. But there’s a lot more going on in here. There’s a CV looper, a real-time effects processor, LFO generators and a completely bi-directional MIDI-USB-CV input/output interface. It even has a screen with a piano roll view for editing. If you were looking for something digital to take control of your Eurorack then this is one comprehensive solution.
The 8 tracks can be different things. They can be a simple mono CV/Gate voices, but each track can also be a polyphonic track of up to 8 voices. They can be aftertouch tracks, modulation tracks, clock tracks, velocity, whatever your Eurorack requires. It will sequence whatever you plug-in – MIDI, CV or USB. And each track can have different lengths from 1 to 64 notes
Hermod considers a sequence to contain all 8 tracks. You can store 8 sequences in a single project giving you a total of 64 tracks. There’s no limit to the number of projects you can have and they are saved in flash giving you a super quick load/save time.
The effects engine acts on the note and CV information rather than on audio signals. There’s quantize, swing, arpeggiation, glide, harmonizer, delay, chance, scale and LFO. You can stack up to 8 effects onto a single track. Through the modulation matrix you can edit all the effect parameters and control them with CC messages or CV signals.
You can plug everything into it – MIDI, USB or CV making it a great hub for your gear. You can pull together your Eurorack, your external synths and your DAW and run it from the Hermod.
This is quite an extraordinary machine. It looks great and has a ton of interesting functionality built into a surprisingly small 24 HP. We’re yet to see it properly in action and so how well the interface works, how easy it is to access parameters and dig into those menus remains to be seen.
Price is $460 or €380.
- Squarp website