ModBap Modular Per4mer update to v1.1

Per4mer firmware update version 1.1 improves performance effects and introduces new features to make Per4mer even more performative.

Per4mer firmware update version 1.1 brings a host of updated functionality that truly takes Per4mer to new heights. 

Mix Mode offers an entirely new way to interact with Per4mer’s performance effects allowing the user to use the 4 FX knobs as readily available individual wet/dry knobs to perform the effects DJ Mixer style.

Rest easy with the new and widely requested save features allowing the user to save the current state, restore the previous state, and recall the last saved settings between power cycles.

Download the update here.

Join the livestream on Friday June 25th, 2021 at 6:30pm pst for Q&A and demo of new features. 

New Features at a glance…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfrTyTdjAF4

  • 4 new color presets
    • Wax 2 (heavy on the warble easy on the artifacts. white noise added.)
    • Fixed Low Pass Filter
    • Fixed High Pass Filter
    • White Noise
  • Wet/Dry knob for Color processor allows you to dial in as much or as little of the active color preset as you desire.
  • Mix Mode – use the 4 knobs like 4 readily accessible wet/dry knobs on one page allowing you to dial in as much or as little of the 4 performance effects (Delay, Reverb, Glitch, Tape Stop) as you desire in a performative manner.
  • Gain added to the compressor
  • Save (to manually save all settings) and restore previous
  • Remembers your settings between power cycles

Improvements include

  • Improved performance for Glitch effect zero-crossing / crossfade to improve clicks on engaging and disengaging.
  • Improve performance for Reverb pre-delay to fix leaks when totally counterclockwise.
  • Improved performance on reverb when the compressor is engaged to improve audible distortion.
  • And more…

Button combos at a glance (current and new)

  • TAP= tap tempo (tap twice to set tempo)
  • Color= toggle color processor off and on
  • Comp= toggle compressor off and on
  • COLOR+FX1 KNOB = Color wet dry
  • SHIFT+ARCADE BUTTON = Latch effect
  • SHIFT+TAP (SHORT) = SAVE
  • SHIFT+TAP (LONG) = Restore
  • SHIFT+COLOR (short) = cycle colors (there are now 8 colors)
  • SHIFT+COLOR (long) = CV Targeting
  • SHIFT+COMP (short) = Comp Key
  • SHIFT+COMP (long) = Performance Mix Mode Enter/Exit
  • SHIFT+COMP+FX1 KNOB = compressor gain
  • SHIFT+COMP+COLOR+TAP = Factory reset

Take a deeper dive into the User Manual 1v1 to learn more about the all-new Mix Mode and save/restore features. To get going quickly check out the quick reference guide.

For more info and to purchase the Modbap Modular Per4mer, head over to the their shop.

Erica Synths Black BBD analog Delay announced

fully analog delay!
Erica Synths Introduces Black BBD Analog Delay ModuleFeaturing two bucket-brigade delay lines, users can create multi-tap delay effects and inspired time-based modulationRiga, Latvia, April 29, 2021 — Erica Synths has unveiled its new Black BBD Eurorack module, featuring two BBD (bucket brigade delay) lines — one short (1024 stage) and one long (4096 stage). Users can seamlessly sweep between both stages with the BBD Mode knob, while controlling other parameters including Time, Feedback, LFO Rate and more. The Black BBD is one of a kind analog delay module that inspires sound design in the studio or in live performance. Both BBD stages work simultaneously and you can smoothly fade between each BBD mode, creating distinct multi-tap effect. Furthermore, an advanced BBD clock noise cancellation circuit is implemented, and this reduces unwanted BBD noise without filtering higher frequencies of the audio signal. 

Most parameters on the Black BBD are voltage controlled, enabling users to integrate the module in more complex modular setups.  

 FEATURES:Full analogue designTwo BBD lines (1024 and 4096 stages)Smooth crossfade between BBD linesBuilt in LFOCV control over Time, Feedback and Dry/Wet mix 

The new Erica Synths BBD is available now for €260 at the Erica Synths shop and at authorized dealers. For more information visit the Erica Synths website.

Midiverse Modular Launches Passive Utility Modules and Eurorack Frame

Ohio-based synthesizer builders Midiverse Modular are now shipping passive utility modules and 19in rack mountable frames for the Eurorack ecosystem.

MVM001 Multiple: MVM001 is a 4HP passive multiple that is suitable for audio or CV. Jack 1 is normalized to jack 5, allowing for a 1×6 or 2×3 configuration.

MVM002 Switches: MVM002 is a dual bi-directional manual switch in a 4HP module. The switches are conveniently located at the bottom of the module, making hands on control over the routing of your patch right at your fingertips.

MVM003 Attenuators: MVM003 is a 6HP passive 3-channel attenuator module. The inputs are normalized downward, allowing for a single input signal to be distributed to all 3 attenuator channels.

Available now @ https://reverb.com/shop/midiverse

Questions and inquires: MidiverseTV@gmail.com

Erica Synths announces three new filter modules

Black Low Pass VCF, Black High Pass VCF and Black Filter Coupler will appeal to analog purists and sound designers

Erica Synths announces three new filter modules

Erica Synths announces three new filter modules

Black Low Pass VCF, Black High Pass VCF and Black Filter Coupler will appeal to analog purists and sound designers

Riga, Latvia, April 15, 2021 — Erica Synths announces three new filter modules: Black Low Pass VCFBlack High Pass VCF and Black Filter Coupler.  All three modules are shipping now and available on the Erica Synths webshop and through authorized dealers.

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Analog purity and performance stability
The Erica Synths Black Low Pass VCF is designed for analog purists who take sound design seriously. It is a highly stable, 24dB/oct resonant low pass VCF with voltage control over cutoff and resonance. Bonus features include a post-filter overdrive circuit with user adjustable drive amount and the Black Filter Coupler connector.

Black Low Pass VCF features:

  • Voltage control over cutoff and resonance
  • Gain loss compensation on high resonance
  • Cutoff CV attenuverter
  • Adjustable post-filter overdrive circuit
  • Filter coupler connector
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Meantime, the Black High Pass VCF is also designed for analog purists who take sound design seriously. It is a highly stable, 24dB/oct resonant high pass VCF with voltage control over cutoff and resonance. Bonus features include a built in post-filter overdrive circuit with user adjustable drive amount and the Black Filter Coupler connector.

Black High Pass VCF features:

  • Voltage control over cutoff and resonance
  • Gain loss compensation on high resonance
  • Cutoff CV attenuverter
  • Adjustable post filter overdrive circuit
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Finally, the Black Filter Coupler is a satellite module to the Black High Pass VCF and the Black Low Pass VCF. It adds Bandpass and Band Reject filter functionality, both with adjustable center frequency and bandwidth, while both VCFs still can operate on their own. All modules have manual and CV control over all parameters; this adds unprecedented nuances in sound design for your modular system.

Black Filter Coupler features:

  • Bandpass and Band reject filters
  • Manually adjustable center frequency and bandwidth
  • Voltage control over center frequency and bandwidth

Please note: the Black Filter Coupler is designed to work exclusively with both the Black High pass VCF and the Black Low Pass VCF.

The Black Low Pass VCF, Black High Pass VCF and Black Filter Coupler are available now and priced at $189, $189 and $109 respectively.  For more information or to order, please visit the Erica Synths webshop.

About Erica Synths
Erica Synths team of visionaries, engineers and musicians have been working hard to bring you modules and instruments that will set your modular system apart from mass in terms of how it sounds, looks and functions.

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Riga, Latvia, April 15, 2021 — Erica Synths announces three new filter modules: Black Low Pass VCFBlack High Pass VCF and Black Filter Coupler.  All three modules are shipping now and available on the Erica Synths webshop and through authorized dealers.

Story image

Analog purity and performance stability
The Erica Synths Black Low Pass VCF is designed for analog purists who take sound design seriously. It is a highly stable, 24dB/oct resonant low pass VCF with voltage control over cutoff and resonance. Bonus features include a post-filter overdrive circuit with user adjustable drive amount and the Black Filter Coupler connector.

Black Low Pass VCF features:

  • Voltage control over cutoff and resonance
  • Gain loss compensation on high resonance
  • Cutoff CV attenuverter
  • Adjustable post-filter overdrive circuit
  • Filter coupler connector
Story image

Meantime, the Black High Pass VCF is also designed for analog purists who take sound design seriously. It is a highly stable, 24dB/oct resonant high pass VCF with voltage control over cutoff and resonance. Bonus features include a built in post-filter overdrive circuit with user adjustable drive amount and the Black Filter Coupler connector.

Black High Pass VCF features:

  • Voltage control over cutoff and resonance
  • Gain loss compensation on high resonance
  • Cutoff CV attenuverter
  • Adjustable post filter overdrive circuit
Story image

Finally, the Black Filter Coupler is a satellite module to the Black High Pass VCF and the Black Low Pass VCF. It adds Bandpass and Band Reject filter functionality, both with adjustable center frequency and bandwidth, while both VCFs still can operate on their own. All modules have manual and CV control over all parameters; this adds unprecedented nuances in sound design for your modular system.

Black Filter Coupler features:

  • Bandpass and Band reject filters
  • Manually adjustable center frequency and bandwidth
  • Voltage control over center frequency and bandwidth

Please note: the Black Filter Coupler is designed to work exclusively with both the Black High pass VCF and the Black Low Pass VCF.

The Black Low Pass VCF, Black High Pass VCF and Black Filter Coupler are available now and priced at $189, $189 and $109 respectively.  For more information or to order, please visit the Erica Synths webshop.

About Erica Synths
Erica Synths team of visionaries, engineers and musicians have been working hard to bring you modules and instruments that will set your modular system apart from mass in terms of how it sounds, looks and functions.

Erica synths announces new generation Black sequencer

A New Generation of Sequencing: Erica Synths Announces Black Sequencer
Erica Synths’ Black Sequencer takes classical modular sequencing to a new level by adding tons of features required for contemporary modular synthesizersNovember 20, 2020 — Erica Synths announces the arrival of its long-anticipated Black Sequencer Eurorack module, which is shipping at the beginning of December. 

Sequencing power for a new generation of synthesists
The Black Sequencer features four channels with CV, gate and modulation outputs, and up to 64 step sequences that can be chained into songs, independent track time divisions, multiplications and lengths. It ncludes a built-in quantizer, LFOs, envelope generators, parameter randomization, a MIDI in/out and many other features essential for composing and performing electronic and experimental music. Despite the Black Sequencer’s depth of features, it provides many programmable parameters per step. Further, it is intuitive, easy and straightforward to use, and can serve as a master controller for many modular setups. 

Features
4 CV/GATE/Modulation tracksMIDI IN and MIDI OUTClock and Reset In/Out16 encoders for easy sequence inputUp to 64 steps per patternSong mode – up to 64 patterns in chain, each pattern can be repeated up to 32 timesNote, Glide, Gate length and Modulation adjustment per stepProbability, repeats and ratcheting per stepMicrotonal tuningAdjustable shuffle per track, shuffle mode customizationTiming divisions/multiplications per trackBuilt-in quantizerRandom pattern generator16 banks of 16 pattern memorySD card slot for backup and firmware updates
Erica Synths Black Sequencer will begin shipping in early December at a cost of €510. For more information, please visit the Erica Synths website

MODBAP MODULAR makes its debut with Per4mer live performance inspired effects for eurorack modular

Modbap Modular enters Eurorack market with powerful Per4mer quad performance effects module inauguration


LOS ANGELES, CA, USA: Eurorack modular synthesizers and instruments developer Modbap Modular by BeatPPL is proud to introduce Per4mer — perfectly portraying its inaugural offering as a 14HP quad performance effects Eurorack module inspired by beat-maker/DJ performance styles, and available to preorder — as of October 10…
The basic principle behind Per4mer is immediately apparent in its easy-to-follow front panel, packing a creative knockout punch in a compact (14HP) stereo effects-enabling Eurorack module form factor — feed in an audio input to then trigger on-the-fly effects, bringing DJ- style live improvisation to a modular environment. Effects can be triggered simultaneously or individually, where an inspiring effect palette combines to generate uniquely unconventional beats and melodies.
Per4mer puts a Doppler-style DELAY, lush REVERBGLITCH (beat repeat), and TAPE STOP effects easily at anyone’s fingertips for triggering via four dedicated translucent mini-arcade buttons — buttons that can be manually operated or triggered from the four external gate inputs. Each effect has a set of four effects parameters that can be controlled using the four (FX 1FX 2FX 3, and FX 4) rotary knobs or by the four CV (control voltage) inputs. COMP (compression) with SIDE CHAIN input and COLOR processing effects are also available, along with CLOCK input and TAP tempo options. Obviously, external side chain and clock can be connected to interface with other modular and electronic music gear.
Per4mer acts like a bridge between hip-hop and Eurorack.” So says Modbap Modular Designer and Founder Corry Banks. As a writer, emcee, producer, hip-hop artist (Phashara), and IT pro, he should surely know! “It packs in concepts familiar to lo-fi and beat-making circles, but it brings something fresh to Eurorack,” continues Corry Banks, before adding: “I think Per4mer will be a great entry point to modular synthesis for the modular-curious beat-maker — throw it into a small pod and use it like a standalone performance effects unit or rack it up with other modules to liven things up a bit.”
But best of all, Per4mer’s four performance effects — influencing its notable nomenclature, clearly — can be momentarily engaged or latched individually or simultaneously. Each effect has four tweak-able parameters associated with the four rotary knobs, duly designed for facilitating live improvisation with endless one-off, on-the-fly sounds and rhythmic dynamics. All audio inputs (INPUT L and INPUT R) are provided as mono connections, paired for stereo. Subsequently, Per4mer not only delivers a series of excellent effects and sound design possibilities, but it also allows the creative, classic, tried-and-tested techniques used by beat-makers and DJs to be applied to the wonderful world of Eurorack modular, especially enhanced by manual performance.
Digging deeper, the compressor allows for control over four compression (ThresholdRatioAttack, and Release) parameters via the four rotary knobs. Catering perfectly to those users craving the classic ducking sound of side chaining, the compressor also features selectable side chain detection that allows side chain activation via ‘sidechain input’, ‘audio input’, ‘clock input’, or ‘tap tempo’.
The COLOR processor features four color presets bringing texture and character to the signal path, pre effects — namely, Classic (12-bit), LoFi (8-bit), Saturation, and Wax (vinyl simulation). Such presets can be used in combination with the performance effects and compressor for a more characterful result. Reasons Corry Banks, eventually ending on a high note: “The COLOR processor is the special sauce built into Per4mer. It adds so much mojo and attitude. I lose time just enjoying processing audio through it and creating soundscapes to sample. Per4mer is a dope sound design tool as much as it is a dope performance effects module!” 

Per4mer is now available to preorder at a retail price of $399.00 USD directly from Modbap Modular’s online Shop (https://modbap.com/shop/) and expected to start shipping in November 2020.

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Per4mer webpage here: http://www.modbap.com/product/per4mer/
See and hear Modbap Modular Designer and Founder Corry Banks introducing Per4mer here: https://youtu.be/UJFmw4qRMe8 

4MS Ensemble Oscillator is ready to ship May 18th

A new Oscillator from 4ms seems ready to hit the streets with a ship date of May 18th.

The oscillator is the latest in a string of powerful oscillators from the Modular synth company that brought us the spectral wavetable navigator.

here is what their site has to say about it.

“The Ensemble Oscillator is a unified polyphonic voice of sixteen complex oscillators combining additive, FM, phase-distortion and wavefolding synthesis techniques in new unorthodox ways. By quantizing the oscillators to scales or series of harmonics, the Ensemble Oscillator allows you to explore the sonic boundary between musical chords and rich evolving textures. Easily create a wide variety of sounds ranging from aggregates of pure sine waves to pulsar synthesis or pristine harmonic tones and lush wide chords to rich dirty drones and rumbling glitches. Custom scales can quickly be “learned” and saved using a CV keyboard or by manually entering notes with the controls.

Features

  • 16 sine-based oscillators bound to intervals of a selected Scale
  • 30 factory-programmed, user-writeable scales organized in three groups:
    • 12TET: all notes quantized to equal temperament, repeating over octaves
    • Octave: unquantized notes, repeating over octaves
    • Free: unquantized notes, repeating over the interval between the lowest and highest note
  • A simple method to program (“Learn”) your own scales manually or with a CV/Gate keyboard
  • Three Twist phase distortion effects
  • Three Warp wave distortion effects
  • Three algorithms of Cross FM for modulating the oscillators with each other
  • Mono or stereo output with selectable panning algorithm
  • Freeze button and jack to freeze the frequency of some of the oscillators, with selectable algorithm
  • Two 1V/oct inputs: Pitch (non-quantized), and Root (quantized)
  • High-accuracy, temperature-stable, eight octave range (-2V to +6V), can be calibrated to any keyboard
  • Six bi-polar CV inputs (-5V to +5V)
  • Two gate inputs for automated Learning and Freezing
ensemble oscillator designed by Matthias Puech

The Ensemble Oscillator is designed by Matthias Puech and 4ms Company”

Always nice to get a quality shot of the back of these modules right!

The price point is $299

Electrical and Mechanical Specifications

  • 16HP Eurorack format module
  • 0.98” (25mm) maximum depth (including power cable)
  • 10-pin to 16-pin Eurorack power header
  • Power consumption
    • +12V: 114mA maximum
    • -12V: 45mA maximum
    • +5V: 0mA (not used)
  • Audio outputs
    • Frequency range: 0Hz (DC) – 20kHz
    • Typical amplitude: 10Vpp
    • Maximum amplitude: 18.5Vpp
  • 1V/oct inputs (Root and Pitch)
    • Voltage range: -2V to +6V (8 octave range)
    • Factory calibrated to 1.00V/oct
    • Per-jack user-calibration allows from 0.7V/oct to 1.3V/oct
  • CV inputs (other than 1V/oct)
    • Voltage range: -5V to +5V
  • Gate inputs
    • Trigger threshold: 2.5V
  • User memory (non-volatile)
    • Scale slots: 30
    • Shift feature settings
    • 1V/oct calibration settings

Arturia announces KEYSTEP PRO for namm 2020

Arturia reveal KeyStep Pro at NAMM 2020
The newest, and most hotly anticipated member of the Arturia Step family is to be revealed at NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, California. 

The sequencer the world has been waiting for. KeyStep Pro gives keyboard players incredible sequencing and performance power in a compact, versatile controller. 

KeyStep Pro is a 37-key MIDI controller and multi-channel polyphonic sequencer all in one. It will allow musicians to take full control of their modular rigs, outboard synths, and software studio all at the same time. The 4 independent polyphonic sequencer tracks give you full control over your instruments, and Track 1 can also function as a 16-part integrated drum sequencer. It’s incredibly intuitive, has unparalleled connectivity, and promises to make even complex performances a breeze. 

If you prefer keys to pads, you’ll love KeyStep Pro. It sports a great-feeling 3 octave keyboard with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch. Letting you fully articulate your musical ideas, this expressive little sequencer truly puts your whole music-making ecosystem at your fingertips. Arturia’s designers studied the way musicians actually used their Step controllers, and created KeyStep Pro to remove the barriers between you and the music you want to create.
4 independent polyphonic sequencer lanes
TRACKS4 independent sequencers, controlling whatever synth, module, or drum machine you want.PATTERNS16 patterns per track. Each sequencer pattern can be up to 64 steps long, and contain 16 notes per step.CHAINSLink up to 16 patterns together to create whole songs or sections of your set.SCENESSnapshots of all the sequences within a pattern, letting you instantly switch between sets of sequences.PROJECTSEverything in one place. Load, duplicate, tweak, edit, and save for later in its onboard memory.
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16 part drum sequencer
To get hands on with KeyStep Pro, look out for Arturia at NAMM 2020. 

Meet the Arturia team in Hall A, booth 11910. This new member of the Step family will begin shipping worldwide in Spring 2020.