This week Nano has a groovy EQ and compressor, Erica Synths has one you can build, and Befaco is getting into 1U modular.
Here are the bits and pieces of modular that caught my eye this week.
Nano modules have come up with a stereo analogue 3-band EQ and Compressor in a single module.
The EQ is designed in a DJ style which I guess means that the Low cuts the bass, the Mid cuts the snare and the High cuts the hi-hats, or thereabout. Each band can give a boost of up to 6dB and is based pm a Sallen Key filter design.
The Compressor has a single control to load on the compression and push into distortion. While there’s no opportunity to play around with any other controls you can choose between a slow or fast attack via a switch on the back.
It would be particularly useful on the end of your signal chain.
Erica Synths EDU DIY Compressor
Following on from the Stereo Compressor released last week, Erica Synths has followed it up with a fascinatingly basic compressor for the mki x es.EDU DIY series. I know I thought we’d seen and built the whole EDU DIY system, but it looks like the Compressor could be the start of a new or extended series of modules.
These modules are a fantastic way to learn about circuit design. Not only do you get to build the kit, but you also get taken through the module on a breadboard to really get to understand the nuts and bolts of how it works.
The Compressor itself is very cool with all the controls you’d expect and a side chain input so you can use it to add a throb to your audio or let a kick drum through.
I’ve built one already and will be doing a live stream breadboarding of the module very soon.
Befaco 1U Utilities
Befaco is exploring the horizontal world of 1U Eurorack with three new utility modules.
- 1U ST AMP – An input amplifier for bringing synths and other sources up to modular level.
- 1U ST OUT – A stereo output module with headphones and internal connection to an Intellijel-compatible case with rear outputs.
- 1U ST MIX – 4-channel stereo mixer.
These things are always a helpful use of space within your system.
Olivia Artz Modular Uncertainty
A very cool little module from OAM. You get an input at the top and then 8 outputs, each of which are weighted with different probability outcomes. It’s based on Stochastic principles and could add some serious scattering of ideas to your rack.
It’s also open source and hackable, and there’s an alternative firmware that uses the LEDs to turn it into a VU meter. Interestingly the trigger outputs fire as their level is reached.
More cool things to come I think from this modular oasis created by trans and gender non-conformant artists and designers.
- OAM website.
- Nano CEQ: Nano
- Befaco 1U Utilities: Befaco