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Orthogonal ER-301 Sound Computer

Orthogonal ER-301 Sound Computer  ·  Source: https://twitter.com/odevices

There’s been a lot of excitement about this weird sampler module since this video appeared on Vimeo a couple of months ago (below). It shows some experimentation with a blank-faced ER-301 prototype. Previous to that there’s been a few glimpses on Twitter and around social media but very little to tell us what it actually does.

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Orthogonal had put a preliminary release date down as the end of July and of course that’s come and gone. According to a recent tweet the software wasn’t ready, but now it is and they are poised for release. Eager beavers were able to reserve a unit although reservations have now closed. They say from the first run they will have free stock to sell.

To tease us just a little bit with information they tweeted what looks like the original idea sketched out in OneNote. The highlights include uncompressed Wav loading, direct sampling to buffer, looper, granular delay, 4-track recording and maybe wavetable synthesis. The key user interface concept is “Divide – chain – assign”. Each track appears to have a gate input and an in/out socket. How much of this is implemented in the finished product is hard to say.

Orthogonal ER-301 Sound Computer

Orthogonal ER-301 Sound Computer

The wave display looks amazing and appears to be completely manipulated by other modules patching into it. It’s a very different form of Eurorack module and I can’t think of anything quite like it. Definitely one to watch out for and as soon as we have more information we’ll let you know.

Price has already been announced at $875 including shipping to anywhere in the world.

Very little information is available on their old school website.

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