You can rely on the inventors of Eurorack to have a few new modules up their sleeve for Superbooth. Doepfer says it will demonstrate new modules at the show, as well as a new version of the A-100PB case that has a keyboard built into the lid.
Before we get to the new modules, let’s check out the less expected A-100PBK. It takes the A-100 Suitcase Bass enclosure that offers a console-style bottom end that can have a regular A-100 stacked onto it. Under the lid, you’ll find 2 rows of 84 HP but instead of putting the lid to one side Doepfer has built a keyboard controller into it.
Doepfer says that it’s a MIDI keyboard running on a stereo minijack which presumably means you’re going to need to have a MIDI-to-CV converter module to make best use out of it. It seems very odd that it’s not got CV/Gate outputs but perhaps using MIDI offers a wider range of CV generating possibilities. We’ll know more when we’ve seen it in the flesh.
Some simpler modules for the 4HP slimline range include the A-138f Dual 3-way crossfader, the A-149-4 Quad Random Voltage Source, the A-182-4 Dual Rotary Switch and the A-179-2 Light Controller CV/Gate. They all seem delightfully straightforward.
A-126-2 Frequency Shifter II
A new version of the A-126 Frequency Shifter is a precision module that shifts the frequency of audio signals. Where a regular pitch shifter would shift frequencies proportionally, the A-126-2 adds a precise frequency onto whatever frequency comes in. It has an internal sine/cosine oscillator and a “Squelch” control which acts as an envelope follower.
To be completely honest I have no idea what this module is about. I keep reading the description and I still have no clue as to what you’d do with it or what all the functions are. If you know, then tell me about it in the comments or hopefully, a video or some explanation will turn up at Superbooth.
You’ll find Doepfer at booth B047 in the Bungalow-Dorf.