Helium floats a balloon of 3u precision adding and buffered multiple whereas Hydrogen flies an airship of 1U precision buffered multiple in these two new Eurorack modules from Winterbloom.
Helium is a perfectly poised 4 HP utility module that’s full of Winterbloom flair. I can never get enough buffered mults in my system as I’m always needing to split clocks, re-route sequences, and double up on LFOs and envelopes. With Helium you get three 1-to-3 buffered mults which also cascade usefully into a 1-to-6 or 1-to-9 mult if you need it to. At the bottom, you also get a 3-to-1 precision adder for combining signals to a single output. You could use it to transpose the pitch of a sequence or combine modulators into interesting shapes.
Precision is important here and Winterbloom stresses that it is designed to be as precise as possible with high-quality, low-offset, low-drift op-amps and 0.05% thin-film resistors. So Helium doesn’t just look great – love that front panel design and shaped LEDs – it also has the engineering behind the panel to keep your signals from drifting.
You can preorder Helium as a kit for $69 or fully formed for $89 and they should ship in January 2022.
Bringing a similar idea to the horizontal world of 1U Intellijel and Pulp Logic tiles is Hydrogen. In only 14 HP we get a dual 1-to-4 precision buffered multiple. It’s normalled so can also function as a 1-to-8 mult. It has the same level of precision and component choice as Helium and is possibly the finest mult you’ll find in the 1U format.
Preorders are open for the kit at $49 and the fully formed version at $69 and will also ship in January 2022.
More information from Winterbloom
- Winterbloom Helium: Winterbloom
- Winterbloom Hydrogen: Winterbloom