The Phrader Bank from Music Equipment Concepts is an 8-channel CV generator Eurorack module that can record 30 seconds of automation per fader.
Music Equipment Concepts are the same firm that brought us the weirdly wonderful Chordmonger. This time it’s turned its attention to control voltage and come up with a simple and devastatingly useful module for automating freeform CV modulation.
The Phrader Bank has 8 channels, with 8 faders, 8 buttons, 8 outputs and 8 LEDs. Press and hold a button to start recording up to about 30 seconds of fader movements and then release to let it loop forever. Each channel is independent and completely unrelated. There’s no sync, clock, or normalisation; it’s entirely freeform. The lack of sync is either delightful or frustrating depending on your point of view. Music Equipment Concepts chooses to see it as a key feature: you are untethered and free from a grid.
Once you’ve recorded your movements the faders become attenuverters giving you control over the depth of CV output. You can toggle between +-5V and 0-5V, and 5V is all you’re getting, so you won’t experience the full +-10V throw that Eurorack modular is capable of absorbing, but that’s not uncommon.
I think Phrader Bank is a brilliantly useful device. The level of simplicity is really welcome; you’re not having to figure something out. It’s responding to and following your natural way of modulating things and you’ve probably got plenty of syncable LFOs and envelopes already. It becomes like a control centre for different things in your rack but where it will carry doing the modulation while you move onto the next thing.
The Phrader Bank is currently in prototype form but the release is planned for the summer. Music Equipment Concepts aim to keep the price under $200 and will also have a kit version available.