All you need is a Patchblock, a Mac or Windows PC and our free software. The software allows you to program your hardware module the way you want. This is done in a so called “visual programming language”, in other words, you don’t have to go into 100% geek mode and write code to make it happen. Visual programming is easy, you choose from a variety of low level sound processing elements and combine their functions by connecting them with virtual cables – a bit like a modular synthesiser, but in software. Your library of software modules includes signal generators and processors (e.g. oscillators, filters, delays etc.), signal routing options and even modules for algorithmic composition. Our editor lets you emulate how your patch will sound and once you’re happy with it you can upload it to your Patchblock hardware simply by connecting it via USB. Once programmed you can unplug the Patchblock and jam away.
Ken MacBeth has introduced a new synth, the MacBeth Bomber, a ‘compact modular’ that sounds like a monster synth. Here’s what MacBeth has to say about this tiny beast:
I call this minimal 3 module Macbeth Mk1 synthesizer the Bomber! Specifically put together to Bomb that Bass!
The single Mk1 Oscillator ‘B’ gives you 1 x Sawtooth, 2 x Pulse Width (Square) Waveforms, 2 x Sub Octaves, one below the other whi…ch all go into the discrete Mk1 Filter ‘B’ – State Variable Filter that loves Overdrive! Gated and controlled by the Mk1 Dual EGs with built in Utility VCA.
As a modification- there is a Noise Generator normalized into Audio Input 3 on that Filter!
…and remember- this is just one Oscillator!
Korg has teamed up with the littleBits and created a kind of modular system set with which you could create a modular synth/instrument. With the original littleBits Exploration Kit Series anyone and everyone can use the modules to create circuits and explore the world of electronics.
The littleBits Synth Kit is a scalable and easily customizable modular synthesizer system for anyone who’s interested in building their own little ‘analog’ system. Without knowledge of music or electronic circuit design, you now can easily assembly a synthesizer.
The whole system is really based on the littleBits Exploration Kit, however the intention is that it will and can be used for live sound and recording. The Synth Kit will be available in Japan first. If this kit will be available worldwide is not been confirmed.
The synth kit offers a variety of modules:
- Micro Sequencer
- Filter (MS-20 style)
For now the littleBits Korg Synth Kit is expected to be released in Japan in December 2013. Pricing is expected to be around the price of ¥ 16,000. No official announcement has been released however.
More live Polymath!
Here’s a little paraphonic action (chords) while Polymath’s onboard sequencer steps a steady rhythm. Nothing is processed and MIDI is NOT used in this example. The chords were played live, hence the slight off-beat nature of the performance.
After the first bit, you’ll hear ENV1 being switched to ENV2 (manually).
- 4 VCOs. Each have Pulse Width, Portamento, Saw wave, Square Wave, CV inputs, CV outputs, Sync. VCO1 has Sub-Osc output too
- Multimode VCF based on (not a clone) the Oberheim SEM (LPF, BPF, HPF, Notch) with multiple CV control
- Audio input, to allow processing of external audio (vocals, for example, from your DAW, etc) through the filter
- 2 LFOs
- 2 ADSR Envelopes
- 8 Step Analogue Sequencer with sliders
- Arpeggiator – with Up, Down, Up/Down modes and Octave range
- Poly Mode (Paraphonic)
- Note Trig/ReTrig
- Unison Mode for mega-fatness
- Ring Modulation
- Sample and Hold
- Spring Reverb – a triple spring Accutronics unit is used.
- MIDI to CV Converter
- Headphone Amp
- Real Wood sides made by Lamond Design
- 2 LED Gooseneck Lamps included
- Solid steel and aluminium construction
- Carry handle
- Includes an assortment of patch cables
A Video Series of Short Eurorack Modular Impromptu Experiments and Improvisations.
Dylan Brown provides another sneak preview of the upcoming Intellijel Metropolis, but it’s also a massive explosion of hot Euro monster synth blinkenlights action.
Simple sequence with Intellijel’s Metropolis showcasing the aux in used to change the root of the scale via sequenced Pressure Points. Pitch is routed through ALM Beast’s Chalkboard and octaves are switched manually.
Modcan Dual Delay
Intellijel Dubmix and Aux Expander
This is what happens when you put a Buchla modular and an Arp 2600 together. At the Modular Synth Meet at Robotspeak in San Francisco.
WAV- file download link below:
My first Patch on my TMSS (Theis Modular Synthesizer System) with the Soft Filter.
Sequenced by Theis Dual Skip Sequencer, LFOs from my Curetronic Modular.
A short demonstration of the features of the Steady State Fate Ground Control. Examples of Attenuation and Scaling of Voltages are shown.
“Sound and Video by Raul Pena. Contains excerpts of “siqzn” and “glimaxc” from my first CD “Raul’s World of Synths” available through iTunes.”
A quick review of the Electro Harmonix 8-Step Program in regards of how it can be useful for a modular synthesizer or any other synthesizer that has a CV Input for the filter or other destinations.