Superbooth 22: Shakmat announces four new modules
Standby for the Banshee Reach, Jeweler Cast, Triple Steeple and the as-yet-unnamed VCF VCA LPG which Shakmat should call the Quaking Topologies.
This is a thru-zero varishape VCO. While you have separate outputs for the Pulse, Sine and Sawtooth waveforms there’s another output for a variable waveform that you can dial in between the other waves. This, of course, can be CV driven and modulated.
It also includes a 1 or 2-octave sub-oscillator with a very useful level control. One cool feature is the ability to freeze the fine-tune knob and turns the coarse tune into an octave selector. That’s a great space saver and also means you won’t accidentally nudge it out of tune.
This is a wave warping tool that combines a triple source crossfader, a diode ring modulator, a wavefolder and a distortion. That’s a lot crammed into 6HP! You get three inputs and a mix output so you can mix and cross between waveforms from your oscillator. You have a wavefolded output and a distortion output to play with.
Interesting I think for both CV and audio. You could mix together LFOs or envelopes or combinations of such things to generate interesting modulations.
This is a three-channel envelope generator that sounds very useful indeed. Rather than individual ADSR type controls you get a “symmetry” knob that controls the overall shape of the envelope. The Time knob then dictates the length of the envelope. That’s a brilliant approach to envelopes which often feel like more trouble than they’re worth.
The envelopes can be looped, gated, triggered and clock and are fully independent. Time can be CV controlled and there’s an additional assignable CV input which can, presumably, control everything.
VCF VCA LPG (Quaking Topologies)
Lastly is a very new prototype that incorporates a filter, VCA and lowpass gate. It’s a dual-channel module that can shift signals between different modes and types of filter, to a VCA or through a LPG. It’s completely analogue with a digital brain that generates different topologies by combining the analogue circuits in different ways. So it can be a liquid filter combined with a VCA, HPF/LPF MS20 combo, a dual LPG, a dual peak filter, stereo processing and so on.
There are all sorts of routing possibilities, CV control and even an opto CV response emulation. I’m looking forward to seeing that in action.
Shakmat is showing their modules on booth Z426 and hopefully, we’ll get some information on pricing and availability.
- Shakmat Banshee Reach: Shakmat
- Shakmat Jeweler Cast: Shakmat
- Shakmat Triple Steeple: Shakmat
- Shakmat VCF VCA LPG: Shakmat