Erica Synths will help you tighten up your mix with a Stereo Compressor, while WORNG does some wavefolding and Herbs & Stones gets soaped up.
This week we saw the arrival of a new version of Applied Acoustic‘s software modular environment. Multiphonics CV-2 expands the synthesizer with 15 new modules, improves the interface, adds stereo audio and lets you run it as an effects plugin. More information here.
We also saw more potential clones from Behringer. It’s taking on the Mutable Instrument Marbles and Ripples, plus the Xaoc Batumi. Read more about them here.
Here are the bits and pieces of modular gear that caught my attention this week.
Erica Synths Stereo Compressor
A solidly useful stereo compressor from Erica Synths. It features all the knobs you expect to see for compressing your audio. Erica says it’s optimised for percussion, but it could be used with anything. The Stereo Link switch keeps things together, and there’s a very helpful Bypass switch which is a rarity on Eurorack processors.
The Stereo Compressor comes with a stereo side chain input. This allows you to pump in something like a kick drum to pump the compression, either for effect or to let the kick through the mix. Usefully, Erica has included a side chain output so you can route the kick sound back out again, saving you from having to mult or split it elsewhere.
There’s no CV control over the compression, which is a shame, although I’m not sure that modulating compression is a thing.
WORNG Electronics ACRONYM
This is quite a groovy-looking analogue oscillator with two sub-oscillators, through-zero phase modulation and a whole lot of wave folding. All the action goes on with the Morph knob. It starts with a sine wave and then morphs through triangle, to square and sawtooth before folding into complex waveforms.
You get outputs on the sine and triangle waves, the sub outputs and then a single Wave output for whatever you’ve come up with via the Morph knob.
It excels at producing harmonically rich waveforms and is stable to a fault. Check out Divkid’s full run-through.
- WORNG website.
Herbs & Stones Liquid Foam Eurorack
Liquid Foam is now available as a Eurorack module. Liquid Foam is a dual oscillator groove machine that uses competing sequencers to pull patterns and phrases together in interesting ways. The oscillators come with wave shaping to find the most interesting tones, you’ve got an inverting envelope to mess things about and a 2-pole filter and overdrive to provide interest and saturation.
It’s a fun box for exploring melody and the possibilities you can find within.
The Eurorack version comes as a relatively simple kit and is half the price of the fully-built desktop version.