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Midweek Modular

Midweek Modular  ·  Source: Gearnews

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This week Tiptop gives us the toxic Model 292t, we get lost in LFOs and Rung Divisions is causing chaos in time and digital noise.

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I was delighted by the ADDAC Acid Source, which is a little self-contained module of marvellousness with a fat filter and some nice waveform blending. Read more about it here.

At the very other end of the scale Analogue Solutions have split up the Colossus synthesizer into four Quartz cabinets giving you great big chunks of modular to fit around your studio. Read more about them here.

Behringer has revealed their bargain basement Maths module. It’s called Abacus and will supply all your modular function needs for under 100 dollars. Read more about it here.

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Here are the modules that took my interest this week. Many manufacturers are holding off until Superbooth next week, so there are not so many to choose from.

Tiptop Buchla Model 292t Quad LoPass Gate

The essential Model 292t loPass Gate finally gets released by Tiptop for the Buchla 200 Eurorack series. It’s the model that shaped the sound of Buchla modular with its organic-sounding bings and blips.

You get four independent channels with CV controllable level. So, you can actually run it as a mixer or VCA as well as the classic loPass Gate.

Unfortunately, chemicals used in the creation of vactrols mean that the Model 292t is not going to be available in the EU. Tiptop says it’s working on vactrol alternatives that it hopes will be able to replicate that classic sound.

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Five12 QV-L

The QV-L is an interestingly complex four-channel LFO. It offers all sorts of waveforms, including some that morph, some that move and a fair amount of chaos. At the top, you’ve got these really nice OLED displays that can switch between LFOs 1 & 2 and 3 & 4.

Internally it’s all digital and every parameter is up for grabs in terms of CV modulation. The three knobs for each side can be assigned to anything you like giving you some really deep and complex control over the outcomes.

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Fancyyyyy Rung Divisions

This is a polyrhythmic clock divider that can also be a randomising looping sequencer and chaotic stepped signal generator. It combines a universal shift register, pulse divider, analogue noise and a whole load of logic. Ultimately this produces an array of predictable and unpredictable digital signals relative to the clock.

So, stick in a clock and you get a whole load of stuff out of the other end to drive multiple gate patterns and ideas through your rack. You have CV control over pattern length, shift direction and loop probability. There are 1-bit, 3-bit and 8-bit data encodings but I’m not really sure what they’re about, but there’s plenty of scope for feedback and self-patching.

It’s a weird one that could really do with a video to demonstrate the functionality. I’m into generating interesting patterns and how they can be fed to multiple modules and then messed with and Rung Divisions can probably help with that…. somehow.

Fancy Rung Divisons

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