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
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!
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
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)
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! 😉
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! 🙂
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’ll 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
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? 🙂
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…
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.
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..
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.
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
VCO controller/VCA module
several mixers that work both with CV and audio signals
Modulator (syncable LFO, random CV and noise source)
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.
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!
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 – Filtered PWM Wave Stack
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
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
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.
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)
The After Later Audio Bog is an 8HP redesign of the Erica Synths Swamp module – which was originally inspired by the famous Wiard Wogglebug module. The ALA Bog has moved the “Smooth” range switch to the front panel and added an input for the S&H circuit (commonly called the “Heart” input).
The original Wogglebug was a random voltage generator, originally designed by Grant Richter of Wiard Synthesizers. It is a development of the “smooth” and “stepped” fluctuating random voltage sources pioneered by Don Buchla within the Model 265 “Source of Uncertainty.”
On BOG, the Smooth and Bog outputs have their own independent Range controls. The Cluster control affects both of these outputs simultaneously – along with the Stepped CV output – controlling how much random changes occurs. These controls are all somewhat “interactive”, and the BOG signal is affected by the Bog Range, Smooth Range AND Cluster control. All Wogglebugs (and their derivatives) have been designed to be “steered” in a general direction, rather than controlled in a laboratory-level fashion. Some changes may not be apparent immediately, due to the interaction between the various controls.
The Time knob controls the frequency of the random changes on the Smooth output. The Rate control sets the internal clock speed, which is the overall “master” tempo for the BOG. You can also sync to an external clock if desired. You can also modulate the speed of the internal clock via the Rate CV input.
If you output the Stepped CV into gate inputs of other modules you can usually generate a pseudo-random gate, as most gate inputs detect voltages above a certain threshold….so some steps will trigger the connected module, whilst others will fall below the threshold and be ignored. This can be a great way to generate random timing events that are related to the carnage taking place within the BOG!
The BOG also features three random audio-rate signals – Tone, Bog and Ring. The waveform can be switched between Square & Saw on both the Tone and Bog outputs. The Ring output is the result of the Tone & Bog signals being Ringmodulated. You can also choose to input an external signal into the Ring Modulator (instead of the internal Tone waveform). These audio outputs can work really well (especially the Ring output) when fed into Lowpass Gates and used as the basis for percussive sounds. Using the Clock output will synchronise the BOG’s voltage/pitch changes to your external gate sequencers, should you want to use complex/ erratic rhythms generated by other modules.
Experimentation is the key!
Newly added S&H/Heart input
Smooth range switch now on the front panel
Three random audio frequency outputs
External audio input routed to ring modulator
Three random CV outputs
Clock input and output to sync the module to your modular system
CV control over internal clock for even more extreme randomness
Erica Synths Bassline is fully analogue synth voice module for ultimate basslines and leads. It features AS3340 VCO with three waveforms, a filter inspired by Erica Synths Acidbox and unique features – transistor based suboscillator and two BBD lines that emulate VCO detune creating a sound of massive polysynth from one oscillator. Accent provides more expression to the bassline, by adding volume and opening the VCF slightly.