Tasty Chips are the creators of the GR-1 hardware granular synthesizer which is still developing its way towards release. In the meantime, they’ve been working on the ECR-1, a convolution reverb for Eurorack.
They say it’s the first convolution reverb to make it to Eurorack. It will be true stereo up to 48kHz sample rate and you’ll be able to record your own responses or load them from a USB stick. Responses can be up to 40 seconds long.
The ECR-1 will feature a 128×128 colour display, can show 4 responses at a time as well as envelope shape, parameters and the WAV name. On the front panel there will be separate wet and dry controls, attack and release, input gain, stereo width, predelay and an audition button.
Tasty Chips say the software is about 90% finished. It’s currently based on a Raspberry Pi but they might switch to a single board computer.
Convolution reverbs are traditionally complex and hard on the processor. They are the sort of thing usually applied in post on a computer. Many Eurorack users record into a DAW for finishing and mixing and for those playing live the nuance of a convolution reverb may be lost. So I don’t think people are going to be clamouring to get their hands on this module. However, there’s nothing else like in Eurorack and for people wanting to keep their music outside the DAW it could add a completely new dimension.
The ECR-1 is expected to arrive in March 2019, the price is yet to be confirmed.