Urs Heckmann from software synthesizer company U-he is booked for a live performance at Superbooth 2020. It says that the performance is with Wiretap which we’ve never heard of before.
At Superbooth 2018 Urs revealed his first Eurorack module called CVilisation but we haven’t really seen it since. I thought he might have decided not to carry on with this hardware lark but no. In fact, according to a discussion on the MuffWiggler Forum the first batch of CVilisation modules have entered final assembly. Which means that it’s time to reveal their next module.
Wiretap is a dual-channel “probe” for voltage/oct signals based around the concept of a slope detector. You plug a melody in from your sequencer and it generates triggers and gates around it. You patch it in between your sequencer and oscillator. A perfect companion to regular Eurorack sequencers that don’t offer gate outputs – like CVilisation for instance. Wiretap has 6 outputs producing gates; 1 when the voltage goes high, 1 when it goes low, 1 when it’s stable, 1 when it moves, 1 when it’s higher than the other one and 1 when it’s lower – that’s lots of gates! You have a knob control over gate length from trigger to 2 seconds. And then at the bottom you have envelope outputs normalised from the gates. So there’s a surprising amount of stuff going on in this module. But if you need gates then this is the place to come.
Urs did have it with him at Superbooth 2019 but it wasn’t working. I’ve put a video below of him at the show describing the functions.
Sounds like a very interesting module that will pair up with a number of sequencers that I have in my rack. Looking forward to the presentation and performance assuming Superbooth 2020 doesn’t succumb to the virus related problems of other shows like Musikmesse.
Wiretap is shown from 13:37