Meet Hector, your friendly multi-touch multi-functional Eurorack module that’s packed full of modular and will patch up a storm.
Beebo and Digit
First Poly Effects put a load of modular into a guitar pedal and now they’ve converted the pedal into a Eurorack module. That’s all a bit meta, isn’t it?
Beebo and Digit are two firmwares for the Poly Effects hardware pedal. Digit is focused around delay and reverb multi-effects whereas Beebo is full of effects and modulations drawn from the world of Mutable Instruments and modular. Both of them offer up a modular patchable interface via a touch-screen and a couple of knobs. You can create whatever effects chains and routing you like and turn it all on and off with the footswitch.
Hector takes all that, sticks it in a 30HP Eurorack module, loses the knobs and switches and instead has 6 in and 8 out CV/Audio and MIDI. You could say that a touch screen interface makes a lot more sense up in a rack than it does down by your feet. What you get is access to an enormous library of sounds, effects, textures and sound mangling opportunities. It’s like the ultimate Disting or O&C with a properly visual interface. Actually, the visuals are pretty basic to the point of being disappointing but then all it’s doing is providing the connections for the various modules you want to string together.
We’re not going to see it until March/April time and there’s not much detail on how it comes together but if you check out some videos on the Poly Beebo and Poly Digit and imagine it in a modular context then you’ll probably agree that this is potentially exciting. The price on the pedal has been $399 so that’s an indication.