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Erica Synths PICO range restocked – including DRUMS, DSP, RND, LFO/S&H, INPUT, OUTPUT & many more…

Erica Synths Matttech Modular 03.12.21

in the midst of the Black Friday chaos, our lovely Latvians Erica Synths somehow managed to get us a nice restock of their PICO modules, along with a few other bits & pieces – see further down for details

Alongside such faves as the PICO DSP, PICO RND & PICO DRUMS (plus its DRUM PROGRAMMER), we have the endlessly-popular PICO INPUT & OUTPUT modules for interfacing external gear (in stereo), plus a bunch of other top-ups of non-PICO products such as the BLACK STEREO MIXER V3 and BLACK VC EG (Discounted Stock) – plus the Eurorack Cable Holders in both lengths (could make a great Xmas gift?)

Tons of other Erica BLACK RANGE and BASIC RANGE modules also in stock


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE


We have the following PICO modules in stock now:

  • PICO DRIVE
  • PICO INPUT
  • PICO OUTPUT
  • PICO MIXER
  • PICO DRUMS
  • PICO DRUM PROGRAMMER
  • PICO DRUM 2
  • PICO DSP
  • PICO VCA2
  • PICO EF
  • PICO VC EG
  • PICO LFO/S&H
  • PICO RND
  • PICO VCO
  • PICO RING
  • PICO VOICE
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NEW Erica Synths modules landed: BLACK JOYSTICK 2, BLACK DUAL ASR EG, PICO VCA2 & PICO EF …plus restocks including BLACK HOLE DSP 2, CV & Clocking modules, PICO range ..plus many more!

Erica Synths Matttech Modular 17.05.21

Our Latvian friends at Erica Synths have been at it again, sending us a bit box of goodies – including FOUR new modules: BLACK JOYSTICK 2, BLACK DUAL ASR EG, PICO VCA2 & PICO EF. We also have restocks of a ton of other popular modules including the BLACK HOLE DSP 2, PICO DRUM 2, a selection of CV & Clocking modules, plus some of the remaining (heavily-discounted) end-of-line products. See further down for a full list!


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE!!


NEW RELEASES:

  • BLACK JOYSTICK 2 – Joystick controller, movement recorder, distinct LFO and drone/noise oscillator.
  • BLACK DUAL ASR EG – Versatile, fully analogue looping AD/ASR envelope generator with voltage control over attack & release times. Can also be used as an LFO with manual & voltage controlled shape and rate.
  • PICO EF – Space-saving envelope follower, featuring a pre-amp with +40db of gain
  • PICO VCA2 – Space-saving Dual Linear VCA, with DC-coupled inputs and manual BIAS control

END-OF-LINE DISCOUNTS:

  • BLACK DUAL VCF
  • BLACK VC EG
  • BLACK VC EG EXPANDER
  • BLACK VC EG & EXPANDER BUNDLE
  • FUSION RING MODULATOR V2
  • BLACK PFL EXPANDER (for BLACK STEREO MIXER v2 or v3)

BLACK RANGE:

  • BLACK HOLE DSP 2
  • BLACK SPRING REVERB
  • BLACK WAVETABLE VCO
  • BLACK MIDI-CV V2
  • BLACK STEREO DELAY
  • BLACK POLIVOKS VCF V2
  • BLACK VCO 2
  • BLACK VCO EXPANDER

PICO RANGE:

  • PICO DRUM 2
  • PICO RND
  • PICO INPUT
  • PICO VC EG
  • PICO VOICE
  • PICO DSP
  • PICO BBD
  • PICO RING
  • PICO VCF1
  • PICO DRIVE
  • PICO LPG

BASIC RANGE:

  • MIDI TO TRIGGER
  • MIDI <-> CLOCK

ACCESSORIES:

  • EURORACK CABLE HOLDER 200MM & 300MM
  • EURORACK PATCH CABLES 10CM, 20CM & 30CM
  • EURORACK POWER CABLES

 

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Create your own Eurorack Drum Machine with VPME.de, Shakmat Modular, Erica Synths, SSF & more!

We’ve just received another restock of the wonderful VPME.de QUAD DRUM VOICE drum synth/sampler module….which got us thinking about Eurorack drums, and associated modules.

Imagine the QUAD DRUM paired with, say, the funky FOUR BRICKS ROOK from Shakmat Modular (also in stock)¬† – basically, you’d have you own little – supremely flexible – drum machine at your fingertips, all within your Eurorack case. Tap in rhythms in real time, quantize them on the fly, add fills, and choose from an array of different drum sound options and algorithms. Get ON it! ūüėČ

Also – the Shakmat TIME WIZARD could also make a great rhythmic companion for your QUAD DRUM – allowing for complex clock divisions/ multiplications and logic functions which you could either employ when using a steady clock – or try inputting more complex rhythms for some SERIOUS madness!

Too “digital” for you eh? …well try slamming it through the new Steady State Fate VORTICES character mixer¬† – modeled after vintage analog consoles and magnetic tape machines. How do you think top producers used to get that massive drum sound? …by hitting the red on the meters when recording to analogue tape, that’s what!

Still not enough drums for your kit? Add a couple of other cheeky little fellas, such as the 3hp Erica Synths PICO DRUMS or PICO DRUM 2 – the former offering a ton of classic high-quality sampled drums (with the optional PICO DRUM PROGRAMMER if you want to upload your own samples) – and the latter offering full digital drum synthesis (similar to the Korg Volca Drum), but with voltage control.

Fancy some FX? Lots of options to choose from, including the Erica Synths PICO DSP, BLACK HOLE DSP, DUAL FX (aimed specifically at drums) …or the more experimental Noise Engineering DESMODUS VERSIO, IMITOR VERSIO, QuBit PRISM, 2hp FREEZ, Tiptop Audio zDSP and many more – all shown by following this LINK

Think outside the box and get creative with your own personalised drum machine setup! ūüôā


VPME.de available HERE
SHAKMAT MODULAR available HERE
STEADY STATE FATE (SSF) available HERE
ERICA SYNTHS available HERE


  • QUAD DRUM VOICE – 4 independent digital drum voices in 22hp, each of which can be either a digitally modelled drum, a sample from a sample set, or a wavetable vco from a wavetable bank.
  • FOUR BRICKS ROOK – Quad Trigger Sequencer, with Input Pads, Fill Randomizer, Pattern Store/Recall, CV-Addressable Memory, Quantized or Non-Quantized Operation
  • TIME WIZARD – Six Channel Clock Divider/ Multiplier, in Two Sections, with Additional Logic Functions
  • VORTICES – Character mixer modeled after vintage analog consoles and magnetic tape machines. Includes V-CV Expander, which adds level/saturation control for all attenuated mixer channels.
  • PICO DRUMS – Dual Drum/Sampler Module with 64¬†Samples, Pitch, Decay &¬†Volume Control
  • PICO DRUM PROGRAMMER – If you wish to upload your own drum samples to the Erica Synths Pico DRUM module, you‚Äôll need Pico DRUM programmer.
  • PICO DRUMS 2 – Percussion synthesizer in a 3 HP eurorack module, featuring 8 drum synthesis algorithms, 1v/oct tracking, 3 parameters per algorithm & extensive CV control

 

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Erica Synths v2 FUSION modules available at heavily-discounted prices! FUSION VCA v2, VCF v2 & RING MODULATOR v2 all in stock…

Erica Synths Matttech Modular 22.09.20-min

Ever fancied some warm, organic valve action in your system, but were put off by the cost? Well Erica Synths have brought out some new FUSION valve modules recently, and as a result some of their previous (v2) range are available at HUGELY discounted prices! What better to keep the chills away this winter? ūüôā

As we understand it, this offer will only last until they have shifted a certain amount of stock, and then the prices will likely go back up again – so if you want one, act soon…


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE!!


The FUSION modules we offer at discounted prices are:

  • FUSION VCA V2 – was ¬£299, now ¬£149!¬†– Miniature pentode-based VCA, featuring: Manual VCA bias control, audio signal feedback control, Germanium diodes/tube overdrive, waveshaping, 2 input mixer & 2 overdrive flavours
  • FUSION VCF V2 – was ¬£275, now ¬£159! – Four pole lowpass filter designed by combining vacuum tubes and semiconductors. Each side of the double triode drives signal between 2nd & 3rd stage of the filter, while germanium diodes are used to limit the output signal.
  • FUSION RING MODULATOR v2 – was ¬£235, now ¬£135! – Classic design ring modulator with a Germanium diode ring & vacuum tube, to boost and shape both audio & carrier signals.

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NEW Erica Synths PICO DRUM 2 back in stock! Full digital drum & percussion synthesis in only 3hp

Erica Synths Matttech Modular 03.06.20-min

The original PICO DRUMS from Erica Synths was a hugely-popular module for us, offering 2 channels of sampled drums with various voltage control options. Now they have followed it up with the new PICO DRUM 2 – which offers full digital drum & percussion synthesis in only 3hp, with 8 drum synthesis algorithms, 1v/oct tracking, 3 parameters per algorithm & extensive CV control.

The first batch flew out fast, so we restocked sharpish – and in the meantime our good friend DivKid put together a lovely video, which you can find below.

We also restocked a few other items from the bigger brothers in the Erica range – BLACK HOLE DSP 2, SAMPLE DRUM, BLACK WAVETABLE VCO, plus a unit we haven’t had before – the BLACK MIDI-CV v.2 – perfect for anyone looking for a no-fuss, easy-to-use duophonic MIDI-CV converter.

There are also various end-of-line modules which are heavily-discounted in our *SALE* section – 8-CHANNEL SEQUENTIAL SWITCH, BLACK VC EG & EXPANDER, BLACK DUAL VCF & more..


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE


We have the following PICO modules in stock now:

  • PICO DRUMS 2 (new!)
  • PICO DRIVE (new!)
  • PICO BBD
  • PICO INPUT
  • PICO OUTPUT
  • PICO MIXER
  • PICO DRUMS
  • PICO DSP
  • PICO LPG (new DIvKid video out!)
  • PICO NOISE
  • PICO VC EG
  • PICO LFO/S&H
  • PICO RND
  • PICO VCO
  • PICO RING
  • PICO VCF1 (Polivoks Filter)
  • PICO A LOGIC (Discounted Stock)
  • PICO SCALE (Discounted Stock)
  • PICO MULTI (Discounted Stock)
  • PICO SYSTEM III EURORACK MODULE (on sale!!)
  • PICO SYSTEM III DESKTOP BOX (on sale!!)

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cables 10cm (set of 5, single colour)

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cables 1

Set of 5 high quality Eurorack (3.5mm to 3.5mm) patch cables.

AVAILABLE IN BLACK, WHITE & RED  РSELECT ABOVE

Photos show approximate colour. Correct cable length is shown in product name.

Features:

  • Narrow 8mm cable end (around jack plug) – ideal for tight spaces
  • Only¬†25mm height from module¬†faceplate¬†to rear of strain relief – handy for transporting patched systems
  • Sold coiled in bags, as opposed to folded – which can produce¬†permanent kinks in cables
  • Appealingly pliable cables – neither too flimsy, nor too stiff
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack plugs

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cables 20cm (set of 5, single colour)

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cables 1

Set of 5 high quality Eurorack (3.5mm to 3.5mm) patch cables.

AVAILABLE IN BLACK, GREEN, RED, & WHITE – SELECT ABOVE

Photos show approximate colour. Correct cable length is shown in product name.

Features:

  • Narrow 8mm cable end (around jack plug) – ideal for tight spaces
  • Only¬†25mm height from module¬†faceplate¬†to rear of strain relief – handy for transporting patched systems
  • Sold coiled in bags, as opposed to folded – which can produce¬†permanent kinks in cables
  • Appealingly pliable cables – neither too flimsy, nor too stiff
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack plugs

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cables 30cm (set of 5, single colour)

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cables 1

Set of 5 high quality Eurorack (3.5mm to 3.5mm) patch cables.

AVAILABLE IN BLACK, WHITE & RED  РSELECT ABOVE

Photos show approximate colour. Correct cable length is shown in product name.

Features:

  • Narrow 8mm cable end (around jack plug) – ideal for tight spaces
  • Only¬†25mm height from module¬†faceplate¬†to rear of strain relief – handy for transporting patched systems
  • Sold coiled in bags, as opposed to folded – which can produce¬†permanent kinks in cables
  • Appealingly pliable cables – neither too flimsy, nor too stiff
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack plugs
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Erica Synths PICO SYSTEM III Desktop & Eurorack versions now in stock!!

Erica Synths Matttech Modular 28.09.19-min

This new standalone semi-modular from Latvian superstars Erica Synths really came out of nowhere! It features a whole bunch of different functions – usually only available as individual modules – sharing one faceplate and PCB…with an additional unique patch storage system via plug-in cards.

It comes in 2 different versions: a fully standalone Desktop unit, with universal power supply, case & cables; and a Eurorack module version.


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE!!!


We have also restocked a ton of the heavily-discounted Discontinued Erica modules, such as the BLACK DUAL VCF, BLACK LFO, BLACK VC EG & EXPANDER, BLACK MODULATOR v.1, SEQUENTIAL SWITCH v.1, PICO SEQS, PICO A LOGIC & more…

PICO SYSTEM III Features (Desktop & Eurorack):

  • 2-3-4 step sequencer
  • 2x VCOs
  • VCO controller/VCA module
  • several mixers that work both with CV and audio signals
  • Modulator (syncable LFO, random CV and noise source)
  • 2x voltage controlled ASR envelope generators
  • 2x resonant lowpass gates
  • BBD delay

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4 new Erica Synths PICO modules now in stock: PICO BBD, PICO LPG, PICO NOISE and PICO LFO/S&H

Erica Synths Matttech Modular 18.07.19-min

The ever-popular Erica Synths PICO range of 3hp modules has just had some new additions, all of which are in stock: PICO BBD, PICO LPG, PICO NOISE and PICO LFO/S&H.

  • PICO BBD – Full analogue 4092 stage bucket brigade delay module; the smallest BBD in eurorack
  • PICO LPG – Classic Low Pass Gate, with additional features such as configurable resonance and built-in decay envelope.
  • PICO NOISE – Versatile noise and percussion sounds source featuring: white noise generator, a resonant VCF, and a VCA/decay envelope generator.
  • PICO LFO/S&H – Full analogue modulations source ‚Äď LFO and Sample and Hold ‚Äď to provide some controlled randomness to your modular setup.

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE


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Erica Synths SAMPLE DRUM back in stock! …plus tons of other Erica goodies

Erica Synths Matttech Modular 02.04.19

After the first batch sold out immediately, we have managed to secure some further units of the new SAMPLE DRUM from Erica Synths. This is a Eurorack sample player module with a straight-forward, intuitive interface, extensive functionality and great sound quality – designed with live performance use in mind.


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE


We also have tons of other Erica modules in stock, including most of the TECHNO / DRUM SYSTEM range, selected modules from the BLACK range, plus the lovely GRAPHIC VCO and, of course, a good chunk of the popular PICO range. And cables!

We also still have a selection of the hugely discounted End-of-Line modules from the BLACK & PICO ranges, but these are running out fast now……so don’t hang about if you want any of those badboys!

 

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Erica Synths PICO VCF1 – Three Demos [matttech]

Erica Synths VCF1 Audio Demos-min

 

INTRODUCTION

These demos show the range of tones that are available from the Erica Synths PICO VCF1, a cut-down version of the Polivoks Filter circuit. Particular attention is paid on all demos to the level feeding the filter, through tweaking of the waveform mixer’s channel levels. This allows for control over the growliness/ drive of the filter.


 

DEMO 01 РFiltered PWM Wave Stack

Patch Details 

1 – Several waves from an Intellijel Rubicon were layered in a mixer, and fed into the VCF1
2 – PWM was applied to the higher pulse wave
3 – An envelope and sequencer CV were combined in a Mutable Instruments Shades mixer – along with the third channel, which was used to apply an offset to the filter cutoff when desired
4 – This was fed into the filter cutoff modulation
5 – Filter cutoff and intensity of modulation were tweaked throughout…along with the channel levels on the waveform mixer

VCF1 output was recorded direct with no processing.


 

DEMO 02 – Squelchy Saw & Sine Sub

Patch Details 

The patch for this demo was similar to Demo 01, except that the waves were changed – with a Sine Wave used for a sub, with a Saw over the top.

As before, levels feeding the filter were tweaked, along with the modulation of the cutoff. Resonance was also tweaked into self-oscillation towards the end.

VCF1 output was recorded direct with no processing.


 

DEMO 03 – Gnarly Self-Oscillation

Patch Details 

For this third demo, the sequence was slowed down a lot, with self-oscillation applied throughout. The tweaking of the input levels to the filter create wildly different effects when they interact with the self-oscillation tones.

Some reverb was applied to this recording.

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Erica Synths BASSLINE & DUAL DRIVE just in, plus restocks of BLACK HOLE DSP FX EXPANSION ROM, GRAPHIC VCO, DRUM MIXER, BLACK HOLE DSP 2 & more…

We now have some further additions to the Erica Techno / Drum system – the BASSLINE and DUAL DRIVE!


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE


We also have stock of the DRUM SEQUENCER, BASS DRUM, SNARE DRUM, TOMS, CLAP, DRUM MIXER & DRUM MIXER LITE with the mixers both featuring integrated drum compressors and Aux/FX sends.

For anyone who has recently bought the discounted BLACK HOLE DSP v.1 – and I know there are a LOT of you out there! – we have the¬†FX EXPANSION ROM in stock, which adds another 8 effects to the original, via a little ROM chip you pop onto the back of the module. These are selling FAST, so be quick…

The GRAPHIC VCO is also back in stock, as is the full sized DRUM MIXER.

We also have stock of the brand new updated BLACK HOLE DSP 2 – an updated version of Black Hole DSP features 24 custom effects. Each effect has 3 manually and CV controllable parameters, manual and CV control over sampling frequency for spanning from 48kHz to really Lo-Fi crunchy sound and full analogue dry/wet control. All effect parameter settings can be saved to the memory and instantly recalled with the effect, which makes Black Hole DSP II ideal for live performances. Effects patches can be changed via CV, and there is an input level control with clip LED.

The DISCONTINED / DISCOUNTED Erica modules are still available to preorder, and we are still getting regular batches in from the supplier – however, they are starting to run out – the Pico Logic is now completely gone. So if you’ve been umming & ahhhing about these, now is the time to make your mind up! I put the next order in with Erica this Monday (16th September)


AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE


Erica Synths Eurorack Cable Holder 300mm

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cable Holder 300mm
Erica Synths wanted to organize patch cables that were hanging on all possible objects in their Lab, therefore they decided to make patch cable holders.

Rigid, 2mm aluminium powder coated cable holders can host over 100 patch cables in perfect order!

Patch cable holders come in two sizes – 205mm and 305mm wide, two screws for fixing the cable holder are included.

NB: The cat, as seen in the photo, cannot be bought – it’s for illustration purposes only.

Erica Synths Eurorack Cable Holder 200mm

Erica Synths Eurorack Patch Cable Holder 200mm
Erica Synths wanted to organize patch cables that were hanging on all possible objects in their Lab, therefore they decided to make patch cable holders.

Rigid, 2mm aluminium powder coated cable holders can host over 100 patch cables in perfect order!

Patch cable holders come in two sizes – 205mm and 305mm wide, two screws for fixing the cable holder are included.

NB: The cat, as seen in the photo, cannot be bought – it’s for illustration purposes only.

Black VCO Expander

Erica Synths Black VCO Expander

The Erica Synths Black VCO Expander essentially is an advanced waveform mixer for their BLACK VCO or BLACK VCO 2, which also adds a whole host of other useful features, including: A transistor-based -2 OCT suboscillator with colour control (a lowpass filter); an additional waveform, similar to a folded sinewave and accessible via a three-way switch (along with Triangle and Sine); plus 3 different outputs (Full mix, Sub Mix only, and -2 OCT Sub only)

It allows you to explore beefy analogue wave design in brand new areas.

Matttech note:If you have the BLACK VCO 2, you will know that it already offers a -1 OCT sub output (one octave down from the main VCO frequency/pitch). By adding the Black VCO Expander you will be able to simultaneously access a second Suboctave at -2 OCT, and you will not only have front panel control over the level of your SUB in general, but also the blend of -1 OCT and -2 OCT versions.
Having many, many times patched up multiple outputs of an analogue VCO into a mixer in order to achieve this kind of thing, and found myself jamming with the levels and octave switch of the various waves and sub whilst recording, I can attest to this being an EXTREMELY useful feature! It not only saves you the bother of patching – and reduces cable spaghetti – but actively encourages live tweaking to a deeper level.

It is also a sensible idea to have switch for sine and triangle, as you’d rarely – if ever – use both at once …and the addition of the SUB COLOUR is another masterstroke, as you can essentially remove the high frequency content from your SUB, making it more like a Triangle or Sine SUB, which can often be a lot more usable in a dense mix. Great idea!

Features:

  • Waveform mixer/inverter
  • 3-wave waveform switch to switch between Sine, Triangle and….
  • …a 3rd new waveform added by this expander called”Tits” (Their words, not ours. “Bum” would be an equally suitable name, once you’ve seen it on a scope). It is similar is shape/ sound to a wavefolded-sinewave.
  • A transistor-based -2 octave suboscillator
  • -1 and -2 octave suboscillator crossfade control
  • Suboscillator Mix level control
  • Suboscillator lowpass filter
  • Diode limiter on output signal amplitude
  • Three simultaneous outputs – Full mix, Sub Mix only, and -2 OCT Sub only.

NB! This expander module can be connected only to Black VCO and Black VCO2. It will not work as a standalone Eurorack module.

Width: 18hp
Depth: 30mm
Power: See BLACK VCO 2 Product Page

…and here shown with the BLACK VCO (v1)

 

 

Black Wavetable VCO Expansion ROM 3

Erica Synths Black Wavetable VCO Expansion ROM 3

The third Black Wavetable VCO expansion ROM chip brings you 8 great sounding custom wavetables and whole new palette of sounds for your Black Wavetable VCO.

The new wavetables are: Computer Organ 1, Computer Organ 2, Nasal Cyborg, Sine Pairs, Spiky FM, Sliced Sine, Stabbed sine and AM Sweep. Wavetables are made in collaboration with Galbanum (http://www.galbanum.com).

The installation of the new chip is plug and play ‚Äď just in insert it the free slot on the back of the Black Wavetable VCO (pay attention on orientation of the chip), and the VCO will automatically identify it. Blinking first LED will signal that you are selecting wavetables from the third ROM chip.