New on Kickstarter is TUNNELS – the infinite multiple for Eurorack synthesizers. It’s the first module from Olympia Modular, it’s a simple utility and it’s absolutely fascinating.
It’s really two modules although it could actually be an infinite number of modules but who has the space? You begin with the Tunnel In module. It’s a buffered mult with 3 channels of 2 outputs. You can use it as a 1 in /6 out module, a 2 in /2 + 4 out or 3 lots of 1 into 2. The panel design is really nice with the inputs offset to the left with the outputs above and below on what looks like the back end of an arrow. Tunnel In will work perfectly by itself as a regular, good to look at utility buffered multiple. But that’s not the whole story.
Tunnel In has a companion called Tunnel Out. This connects to the Tunnel In internally and adds another 9 duplicated outputs. This will follow the configuration of the inputs, so you have 3 extra outputs for each of the 3 channels or the other combinations of how they are used. So it could be 1 input with 15 outputs. But that’s not all either. You can add as many Tunnel Outs as you like adding another 9 outputs each time. And the panel design matches up perfectly as the front of the arrow with another arrow about to start – nice.
Having a massive buffered mult is not necessarily everyone’s idea of a good time but that misses a very important application. The internal connection of the Tunnel modules means that you can route signals into the Tunnel In that then appear at the Tunnel Out in a completely different place in your rack. This enables you to do things like split sequencer signals into other parts of your rack, reduce the cable spaghetti by routing modulation through Tunnels rather than will long cables.
You can, of course, do the same thing with regular mults and long cables but it wouldn’t look anywhere near as cool or organised as this. These are also powered mults so you’re not going to suffer from any degradation in signal no matter how far your other racks are or how many Tunnels it takes to get there. I’m reminded a bit of the Make Noise Shared System, or the ADDAC Eurorack Bridge. Tunnels has a unique and stylish take on it though.
Olympia Modular are looking to raise only about £8500 with the modules at $75 each. You’d generally go for the pair, Tunnel In and Tunnel Out though right? They are planning to deliver next summer.
- TUNNELS Kickstarter page.