So much new gear has been announced in this last week around the Eurorack world from the likes of Audio Damage, Make Noise, Roland, Expert Sleepers and more. We don’t like “round-ups” or “listicles” here at Voltage Control Lab, but we want to get you caught up on a few interesting developments. Let’s take a look at some of the modules and hardware that have been rolling out.
Audio Damage Spectre
Audio Damage has been teasing it’s new FFT synthesis-based “stereo freeze” module, the Spectre (apparently someone at Audio Damage is a 007 fan). Chris Randall from Audio Damage commented on Muffwiggler…
In the case of Spectre, we’re doing a forward FFT, and then holding it (the freeze). While we’re holding it, we can do some math on it (which, in Spectre’s case is either a linear shift up down, what we call the Bin Shift, or a harmonic shift up and down, which we refer to as the pitch shift) before we send it to the reverse FFT.
Check out Chris Randall’s Instagram for some clips.
Expert Sleepers Disting MK3
Expert Sleepers have updated their popular multi-purpose digital module, Disting. The module is now capable of many more functions than it’s original 16. Disting MK3 is also shallower and draws less current than the previous version. It also includes a micro sd card slot allowing the user to update the programs and code.
Make Noise Skiff
The original makers of the first “skiff” in Eurorack, Make Noise have updated the design with their new model. The new Skiff is 104 HP with an beefy (but optional) power supply providing 1.2 Amps to +12V, 1 Amp to -12V and 1 Amp to the 5V rails. “Skiff” style cases are designed to sit flat in front of the user, and are often employed as a housing for more touchable modules, of which Make Noise manufacturers many. Above is a video of the Make Noise System Concrète, housed in the new Skiff.
Roland Eurorack Case and 500 Series
Roland has announced a new 3u 84HP case to house their recent Eurorack ventures. Of course, Roland designed their System 1M and Aira EFX modules to be able to reside outside of the case (wisely, considering the power consumption of these devices) but this case aims to find a collective home for them. With a robust power supply providing 2 Amps to +12V, 500 mAmps to -12V and 300 mAmps to the 5V pins.
Unfortunately, Roland decided to use “Flying Bus Boards”, ribbons that connect the modules to the power supply. These ribbons tend to have more inconsistencies than PCB mounted supplies, typically involving incorrect cable connector crimping, leading to potential technical problems with the modules. Many users report no issues with these cables, but a solid inspection upon purchase is probably warranted.
Finally, Roland has also been teasing their new 500 Series (these are Eurorack modules, not 500 Series modular format, mind you) made in conjunction with Malekko Heavy Industry. The all analog modules are a throwback to the classic Roland System 100 modular, updated for a more modern age. More information is coming out daily about these modules, which will reportedly be priced at around $299 each.
What else has caught your eye in the past two weeks? Let us know in the comments!
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