Eventide has released their weird and musically wonderful Misha, Cherry Audio splits a Minimoog into individual virtual modules and RYK brings Vector Waves to Eurorack.
Misha from Eventide was a strange and poorly demonstrated module that we saw at both Superbooth and NAMM. It left many of us scratching our heads and frustrated at how the demos seem to ignore the point of being a modular module. Eventide has announced it is now shipping, so hopefully, this innovative and fascinating interval-based sequencer will get some proper modular usage. Read more about it here.
Cherry Audio has changed the name of its Minimoog emulation from Minimode to Miniverse. At the same time, it broke the emulation apart into 14 separate modules for the Voltage Modular environment. So, you can now get some excellent Moog tones in your virtual modular. Read more about it here.
RYK Modular has introduced its second module, the Vector Wave. It combines 16 oscillator FM and Vector synthesis in a very striking module. It can run as a completely standalone synth-voice, has some fun wave warping, a vector joystick and a fabulous-looking Big-Pixel screen. 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.
Liquid Sky d-vices
Artistic collection Liquid Sky will soon be releasing a range of Eurorack modules. They are going to kick off with the Liquid Sky UFO series, which hopes to combine spacey sounds with trippy artwork to give sound designers and experimental musicians a suitably mind-expanding experience.
The intention is to give the modules lots of front panel space, so that fat fingers and creativity won’t be inhibited by the smallness of Eurorack. Liquid Sky is also part of a reforestation project that is core to their artistic and business strategy, and every module sold will go towards planting 20,000 trees in 2022 alone.
So far, all we have is this photo of a prototype, which looks like a dual-wavetable oscillator. Liquid Sky tells me that more information will be coming along soon.
- Liquid Sky d-vices webpage.
- More from Liquid Sky.
Voltage Vibes NixPatch
Voltage Vibes first came to my attention with the back-to-front modules they did to transplant the CV connections of the Moog Matriarch into a Eurorack case. That ended up producing the fabulous Molten’s Hole tile that allowed for safe passage of patch cables through the front of the case. It makes more sense in practice than in description.
Anyway, Voltage Vibes has produced a few variations on the idea of transplanting CV connections about the place, and the latest is called NixPatch. It’s brilliantly simple, and while not an original idea, it’s the easiest way I’ve seen of getting the task done. What does it do? NixPatch transplants CV connections from one part of your Eurorack case to another. NixPatch consists of two 4HP modules connected internally via a pair of ribbon cables. Anything you plug into one module comes out at the other one. As Voltage Vibes says on the website, it’s an “overengineered extension cable”.
It’s simple, passive, looks great and would instantly tidy up a large case’s spaghetti mess of patch cables.
- Volage Vibes website.
- More from Voltage Vibes.
Voxmachina making modules
Voxmachina has been creating a series of open-source DIY modules for Eurorack inspired by Thomas White and Serge designs. The project has four modules: a Su Su Bipolar Power Supply, a Tom Yum Analog VCO, Kra Pao Resonant LPG and Cha Cha VCLFO. The Github page holds all the BOMs, PCB layouts and front panel designs and Voxmachina produces videos and written guides on how to build them.
The instructions are comprehensive and the videos do a great job of taking you through the build. The only thing that’s unclear to me at the moment is how you go about obtaining the PCB and panel. The Gitub resource contains “Gerber” files which presumably you can send to a fabricator to get them made. It’s not something I’ve done before, so some guidance would be appreciated.
The latest project is the Leo Leo Matrix Programmer/Sequencer inspired by the Serge programmer. It sounds really interesting.
And finally, this video from Cinematic Laboratory is so mesmerisingly good that I felt I had to share it. There’s nothing new here, just a lovely exploration of the Black Corporation Deckard’s Voice and Rachael modulation module. Enjoy.
- Liquid Sky prototype: Liquid Sky
- Voltage Vibes NixPatch: Voltage Vibes