Genius is a neat looking Eurorack module packed full of DSP signal processing power and DC-coupled USB audio and could be the evolution of the OWL platform.
Rebel Technology is not telling us a whole lot about this module yet. But we can make a pretty safe assumption that this is the next generation of the OWL DSP platform. Befaco has shown recent developments with the Lich module and Witch desktop unit.
The idea with the OWL platform is that it’s an Open Source, community-driven signal processing platform. You can build any sort of modular patch you like in the software which is then loaded onto the module for use in your Eurorack. They have tended to involve rather cryptic LED displays and menu systems to access the various presets you can store inside. Genius comes with a rather nice 128×64 OLED screen which properly visualizes the signals and waveforms while providing a much easier interface. We saw this concept a few years ago with the Magnus Synthesizer Kickstarter so maybe the ease of use of that box has had an influence here.
Genius is also deliciously streamlined with just a couple of knobs and then audio and CV inputs and outputs. It has MIDI ports as well as USB ports on the front including the ability to host a USB controller. USB audio functionality is built-in so Genius can operate as a USB interface to your computer and DAW. It can handle 24-bit 48kHz stereo audio through DC-coupled connections meaning that it also accommodate slot moving control voltages in both directions.
Exactly what it’s capable of is difficult to say. It certainly has a more powerful 480 MHz ARM Cortex M7 microcontroller than the Lich.
Genius is available now for €390.