Noise Engineering’s new oscillator Manis Iteritas is released this week. A new video from Perfect Circuit Audio opens up some of the thinking behind the module. It also introduces us to Stephen McCaul and Kris Kaiser who seem really uncomfortable in front of the camera but it gives some welcome insight into their humour, where all these bizarre names come from and their desire to save the Pangolin.
They say that their mission statement, if they had one, would be to pack as much as they can in the smallest footprint as possible. That, and that fun is more important than any technical restraint. The Manis Iteritas came about from a request from a few people who loved the Basimilus Iteritas but wanted something a bit more “bad-ass”. Noise Engineering took on the challenge to create something “unapologetically aggressive”. The Manis is about as gnarly as you can get.
The Manis shares the same architecture as the Basimilus with its six oscillators but the how they worked and interacted had to be re-thought. They have these three modes called Skin, Liquid and Metal and in the Manis they pulled the Metal mode apart so it had two sets of three sequentially modulated oscillators rather than one set of six in the original. They then stuffed in more filters both before and after the wave-folding.
This resulted in a bunch of new controls with Stephen being particularly proud of the knob called “Profundity” which controls a certain amount of chorus and detuning. Now up until this point I hadn’t particularly enjoyed their naming conventions. But one revelation that comes out in the video is simply that they do it for fun and they are completely self-aware of the pretentiousness of their names. My annoyance is instantly reversed and I find myself quite liking this awkward couple of module makers.
Save the pangolin
Kris’ background in conservation biology brought something unexpectedly wholesome in response to Stephen’s naming of the Manis Iteritas. Stephen chose it because it’s Latin for “ghosts of the dead”. But it’s also part of the scientific name for an endangered mammal from Asia called the pangolin. Noise Engineering are now a founding business partner with conservation organisation Save Pangolins. They are donating a proportion of the proceeds from every Manis to the cause. That’s pretty awesome.
The Manis Iteritas industrial strength oscillator along with a dual clock divider called Intergra Solum are available from the 15th December for $355.