Superbooth 2017: Rossum Electro-Music Assimil8or Phase Modulation Sampler
That’s quite a mouthful! Rossum Electro-Music has what they call a “tissue-ware” version of their new Assimil8or sampler module just about holding things together on their Superbooth stand. It’s a multi-timbral phase modulation sampler offering 8 channels of sampling with extensive real-time CV control.
Although it still has some development to go, here are the features so far. Starting with 8 channel multi-timbral operation, each with its own output as well as a stereo mix. You can sample in mono or stereo in 24 bit with variable sample rate and have it configured to 8 mono voices or 4 stereo voices. The bit depth can be CV controlled for some low-fi action. The phase modulation comes via external analogue signals or by other internal samples. All the usual sampling controls will be built in, with the screen helping out in that regard.
The buttons down the left side audition the loaded samples. You can apply looping and regular things like envelope. On the modulation front you can route in exponential and linear FM to the waveforms or you can route LFOs to pretty much any parameter. This allows for interesting and unusual modulations on things like loop length, bit depth and sample rate. The phase modulation has one waveform modulating another, so as one plays, so does the other and applies itself to the original. Does that make sense? Check out the video below for a bit more of an equally garbled explanation.
They are planning to include a lot of sample memory to give “hundred’s of seconds” of sample time – but it’s not set yet. Everything is DC Coupled which means you could also sample CV signals. You could also use samples as CV signals which starts to get all a bit bonkers.
More information on the Rossum Electro-Music website. Release should be after the summer and pricing is TBA.