While Liquid Sky boggles us with the GLITHc BOARD, Tenderfoot has a probability infused Trigseq-1, Ghostintranslation reveals v2 of his modular system and Knobula goes dark.
Convention busting Liquid Sky put out some information and videos about the V4CO dual 8-bit wavetable monster module. Alongside was the mind-bending GLITHc BOARD that seemed to offer extraordinary patching and rerouting to circuit bend the V4CO. How does it work? No one knows, and the Liquid Sky explanation video just makes things less clear. Read more about it here.
I just got some decent photos through as well:
Plug-in developer Faded Instruments has produced a sweet shop full of candy-coloured 1U utility modules. They are all passive and look rather fabulous while offering some useful features and a nice bit of touch plate your-body-is-the-modulator action. Read more about them here.
Noise Engineering reaches for the Latin dictionary for a new twist on the Legio and Versio DSP platforms. In these days of chip shortages it seems very smart to focus on a platform you can source and keep innovating in that space. Read more about it here.
Midweek Modular Bits and pieces
Here are a few more bits and pieces of modular news and coolness that I’m pleased to shine a light on for this week’s Midweek Modular.
This is a 16-step trigger sequencer that looks a lot different to most other ones I come across. First of all it’s broken into two modules. One main module on which you do all the programming and holds the first four channels, and then an expander module which deals with channels 5-8. What I like about that is the space it creates. 8 channels of anything is usually either a very wide module or a very crowded one, but this is 12HP plus 6HP, and it’s looking very relaxed.
The basic idea is that you select a channel on the buttons and then use a knob to activate steps via the 16 LEDs. You can then add ratchets and probability to each step for spice and variations. You can do lots of things on the fly, like drop in steps, pump up the ratchets, trigger hits with the buttons or lean on the Fill button to spark some changes. You can also save and load patterns instantly without missing a beat.
The Trigseq-1 looks really playful and I’m intrigued by the “Positive” and “Negative” approach to probability. There’s a bit of button holding and knob twiddling, but it’s not looking too complex.
Trigseq-1 should be available now for $349.
Tenderfoot also has a new Clock module and a Radio Tuner.
GhostInTranslation DRONE V2
Ghostintranslation has been building interesting hybrid modules that sit in the Eurorack space while interconnecting via MIDI. Based on Teensy microcontrollers, the modules can form all sorts of functions while using the same basic module. This is not unlike what Noise Engineering is doing with its DSP platforms. Up until now, the MIDI connections have been behind the module giving the user a very clear controller-focused interface free from patch cables. With version 2, this seems to be changing.
In an Instagram post about the development of the v2 DRONE we now have patch sockets and the possibility of audio processing and potentially CV control as well as MIDI. The new module forms the base of all future modules. It can handle up to 8 analogue inputs, has up to 6 dimmable LEDs, there are 2 audio channels, MIDI In and Out and support for I2C control. It does mess up his desire for a patch cable-free controlling environment, but then the allure of modular patching gets everyone in the end.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this develops.
Knobula Poly Cinematic Dark Mode
For a limited time Knobula is offering a Dark Mode Poly Cinematic module. It’s the same 56 oscillator Eurorack module poly synth but with black front panel and grey fronted knobs. So, if the striking pink and blue aesthetic is not for you, now is the time to get those fabulous supersaws and CV selectable synth chords into your rack without ruining your sense of darkness.
G-Storm Electro T2K-VCF
From boutique builder, G-Storm Electro comes a take on an obscure filter from the underappreciated Powertran Transcendent 2000. The synth was designed in the late 1970s by Tim Orr, who later went on to design for EMS and Akai. It was produced as an affordable kit synth, which was similar in character to the Korg MS-20 but at a fraction of the price.
Anyway, G-Storm has had a go at replicating the filter circuit in the T2K-VCF. It has 2 audio inputs, CV control over the cutoff with modulation or loose 1v/oct keyboard tracking control and a choice of low or bandpass.
Sounds pretty great and is available for £129.70 plus shipping.
- Liquid Sky V4CO and GLITHc BOARD: Liquid Sky