Eowave have launched a Kickstarter campaign to attract preorders for their new experimental desktop touch synthesizer. We first saw it at Superbooth and they are calling it the Quadrantid Swarm – now that sounds like a load of fun.
Quadrantid Swarm (QS)
It’s a great looking box. The radial approach of the front panel really draws you in, and there’s something wonderful classic about those two filter cut-off knobs.
The QS can take input from the touch pads, from MIDI, CV or the internal sequencer. The oscillator section is a digital wave generator with 8 different modes to play with. The “modes” are like a sound style starting point and include Organ, Strings, Drone, Noise, Grains, Perc, Metal and Chiptune. Then there are two filters, an 8 waveform LFO, envelope and a spring reverb.
The touch keys can be played monophonically or polyphonically, depending on the mode, or used as an 8 step sequencer. A simple mixer section comprises of three inputs, one from the oscillator, one from the percussion voice and the third is either an external input or feedback for the spring reverb.
Eowave wanted the QS to be immediately playable and so all the usual connections are normalised behind the scenes. These are highlighted with arrows on the front panel. There are still a handful of patch points to get some modular integration in there.
Eowave have already hit their €10,000 goal in just the first day so these are going to be made. There are still some super early bird versions available for €425 with the retail going up to €499.
Looks like a good fun box. I did prefer the wooden cheeks in the prototype, but the matte black everything is also pretty cool. Get one while they are hot.
- Eowave website.
- Quadrantid Swarm Kickstarter page.