You Mix, Route, Record/Mutate and Pan – that’s what CVilization is all about through its 4 colour-coded modes of CV manipulation and it hopes to change your whole approach to modular.
The fog is starting to clear and this remarkable module is now available for people to discover and enjoy. It has a matrix of functions available via the colourful front panel knobs that take the 4 inputs and shuffle them out the 4 outputs with 2 CV inputs providing control and modulation. Here are the details about the different modes:
4×4 Matrix Mixer
Route any of the 4 inputs to any of the 4 outputs. This is usually done with 16 knobs but CVilization can do it with 8 using the magic of colour. You can save and recall routings and mute each input and output. If you’re routing CV then while the signal is flowing you can transpose each output up and down semitones and octaves or switch on a quantizer, sample & hold or glide function which is very useful indeed.
4×4 Sequential Switch
Plug in a trigger and you can shuffle inputs of audio or CV between any of the outputs. Each output is running 8-steps where it can choose from a number of things for each step. It could select an input, a random value, a static value or do nothing. So it becomes some sort of twisted switch with multiple outcomes and you can also drop in the quantizer, S&H and glide function. It should be possible to generate all sorts of patterns of possibility.
CVilization is now a 4-track CV recorder with up 16 steps per track. Once the sequencer is captured then you can mutate it with various degrees of randomness. Each track is independent with different lengths, scales, quantize, S&H and glide settings. It can all be control and mutated on-the-fly for some performance action.
This lets you pan audio or CV between the 4 different outputs. Rather than seeing it as panning perhaps see it as mixing different sources by different amounts to different places while morphing through it all.
We’re getting it
All of these functions are pretty extraordinary in a 10HP module. You can even get inside and customise the behaviour with a bit of programming. I don’t think we’ve seen anything quite like it before.
CVilization is available now for €340.20. More videos to come!