Bastl Instruments have a wide range of interesting & unique Eurorack modules …but they also deal in quirky standalone units, often with their own onboard patchbays for further experimentation. While we usually focus on modules, we do occasionally venture into standalone units if they are sufficiently intriguing – and these certainly fit the bill!
Currently we have the following in stock (and more will follow soon): THYME, SOFTPOP, BITRANGER and KLIK
THYME – An effects processor that is best described as a sequence-able robot operated digital tape machine. With a lot of parameters at hand it enables the exploration of all the time based effects and the vast space in between their classical multi-effects categories (delay, phaser, reverb, chorus, pitch shifter, multi-tap delay, tape delay, tremolo, vibrato, compressor) and in stereo!
SOFTPOP – A playfully organic, semi-modular light and sound synthesizer designed by Peter Edwards a.k.a. Casper Electronics. It can produce a wide variety of sounds: from random dripping water pops to heavy subtractive basslines. Its fully analog core consisting of a heavily feedbacked system of dual triangle-core oscillators, state variable filter and sample and hold is played through an intuitive interface of 6 faders that provide countless combinations which can be explored by anyone. It can also process external audio thru the filter while using the envelope follower to intuitively synchronise to the incoming signal.
BITRANGER – A patchable analog logic computer which sculpts sonic worlds ranging from data noise to melodic arpeggios. While being a handheld standalone synth it is also right at home in the music studio. Extensive connectivity makes it so flexible that it can connect to almost anything: CV control its unique sound, sync it with drum machines and sequencers or use it as an algorithmic CV / GATE pattern generator.
KLICK – A synchronisation device that enables you to make analog, rock solid sync signals from your computer and your HW synths. The KLIK revives the old-school sync technique of using an audio track for synchronisation purposes. Record your synths exactly on the grid into your DAW while compensating for the latency of your sound card. Jam really tight between your computer and your HW and add groove to your clock.
Preorders have opened for two extremely intriguing modules from Scottish brand Instruo, which were both announced at Superbooth this year and elicited much excitement: the ARBHAR Granular Audio Processor and LUBADH Dual Looper. The ETA for both of these is December.
ARBHAR – The Instruo Arbhar heralds a new generation of granular processing in eurorack. Sampled audio can be chopped into tiny grains, scattered, shaped, re-pitched, reversed and layered for an endless range of audio manipulation from seamless frozen tones to mutated acousmatic madness.
Featuring a condenser microphone set into the front panel, built in audio analysis for automatic sampling and internal modulation over various parameters; this is truly a granulator like no other.
Includes a 2HP CV expander for additional CV control!
LUBADH – Consisting of two identical channels the Instruo Lúbadh allows you to instantly record, playback, overdub, trim down, scan through and pitch up or down any audio signal. The two channels are normalised to each other via a feedback path allowing you to manipulate and resample audio to build up complex looping compositions. An optional delay mode allows you to shift the timing of these two channels within the feedback path to create tape delay type effects, with delay times up to 3 seconds.Inspired by the aesthetics and mechanics of early tape techniques each channel features an analogue input circuit which adds slight compression, ltering and saturation. On the rst recording the sound may appear slightly fuller and warmer, re-recording audio back and forth will compound this effect over time allowing you to create dense tape like textures.
Includes 2HP CV expander for CV over everything!
These are very simple demos, using the same repeating sequence, in order to demonstrate how the various different modes on the Sputnik Modular Quad VCF/VCA lowpass gate can sound. All demos also use the Quad Function & Trigger Source.
DEMO 02 – Combo Mode
This first demo is simply to show what the Sputnik Quad VCF/VCA (a Lowpass Gate) sounds like in its naked form. No effects or processing was used. It was only used in COMBO mode (where it attenuates both high frequencies and amplitude, like a lowpass gate).
3 Waves (Sine, Double Pulse and Sub) from the Rubicon were mixed in a Manhattan Analog Mixer.
The output of this was fed into channel 1 of the Sputnik Quad VCF/VCA (a Lowpass Gate)
At points a Dixie Sine wave was used to modulate the PWM on the Double-Pulse, at varying frequencies.
The Sputnik Quad Function & Trigger Source provided the short envelope which opens/ pings the lowpass gate. This was a particularly exponential shape, produced by sending the output of the envelope into a bipolar mixer – with the signal inverted – and then feeding a moderate level of this inverted signal back into the envelope’s Decay CV input. This turns it from the default linear shape into an almost identical clone of the fantastic Make Noise Maths exponential curve.
This envelope channel was set to output +8v – which can be set via a switch on the PCB (either +5v or +8v). It was fed into the Lowpass gate’s CV input.
The output was recorded direct.
Throughout the recording I manipulated various controls, in order to give an idea of how the lowpass gate responds to different signal levels, types of waves, and different length envelopes. I used sines at points to demonstrate whether it overdrives at higher input levels.
Towards the end I manually adjusted the cutoff/ bias control on the lowpass gate, to show how it responds to slower modulation.
Right at the end I flicked on the Cycle switch on the envelope, and drove it into audio rates. Well, you’ve got to really, haven’t you?
All in all I’m pretty impressed with this module. I have tested every output and input and have noticed no issues with it. It does the “Buchla Bongo” admirably well in my opinion, and is probably cheapest way to put 4 lowpass gates into your system. When combined with the Quad Function & Trigger Source, you’ve got a hell of a lot of timbral and rhythmic bases covered.
DEMO 03 – VCF Mode
This demo is simply to show what the Sputnik Quad VCF/VCA (a Lowpass Gate) sounds like in VCF mode. No effects or processing was used. This effectively turns the channel into a simple vactrol-controlled lowpass filter, with a lovely “woody” tone to it.
Essentially the same as Demo 02, except that this time the envelope from the Quad Function & Trigger Source is mixed with the same 1v/oct sequencer output that is controlling the pitch of the Rubicon.
This sequence is mixed with the envelope in the two middle channels of Maths, which is serving as a bipolar mixer.
At various points the envelope and/or sequence are attenuated and inverted against each other. The main cutoff/ bias control on the VCF/VCA is also tweaked to accommodate these varying settings.
I have left a portion of “silence” at the start, in order to demonstrate how well the VCF closes when no CV source is applied. There is typically a bit of high frequency bleed in vactrol filter designs, but I think this amount is very acceptable. This is the same level as in COMBO mode. The VCA is even quieter when closed.
The first thing I do is gradually turn the main cutoff/ bias control through its range, to demonstrate the effect this has on the sound.
Various controls are tweaked during the recording, and PWM is applied to the Rubicon as things progress. The frequency of the Dixie is manipulated, as is the balance and overall level of the waves feeding the VCF. Higher levels add a pleasing fatness to the sound.
The final demo of this little set serves to demonstrate how the Quad VCF/VCA responds when in VCA mode. In this mode the module merely acts as a simple vactrol-controlled VCA. I have used nothing other than a single sine wave throughout the recording, in order to demonstrate the effect that the various settings and modulation inputs have on the sound. The patch is similar to the previous two, with the Dixie providing audio rate modulation.
Essentially the same as Demo 2, except that this time the envelope from the Quad Function & Trigger Source is mixed with the Dixie’s Sine wave output, to provide amplitude modulation (AM) into the Quad VCF/VCA’s CV input. The Dixie is following the same 1v/oct sequence as the Rubicon’s sine wave.
The Dixie’s audio rate modulation is not introduced until 01.27, where is is blended with the envelope in a mixer and fed into the Sputnik VCA.
Again, I have left a portion of “silence” at the start, in order to demonstrate how well the VCA closes when no CV source is applied. I think it is pretty damn quiet personally. I have had dedicated VCAs that have bled far more than this.
Initially all I do is fade the VCA’s bias knob up and down, to demonstrate how it saturates (which it does a little. Not unpleasantly though)
This is followed by increasing the level of the envelope fed into the VCA’s CV input.
The Dixie’s AM is then introduced and its frequency tweaked, demonstrating how the VCA responds to different rates of AM.
During the recording I also experiment with varying levels, VCA bias settings, along with envelope decays and levels.
It’s finally in stock!! The much-anticipated ODESSA Variable Spectrum Harmonic Cluster Oscillator is sitting in front of us as we speak, along with its HEL EXPANDER, offering control over up to five voices of polyphony via individual Volt/octave inputs.
Demand is high for these units, so act fast to secure yours from the first batch!
We only have 6 units of the ODESSA and 3 of HEL left for sale on the website now (all others are preordered and shipping out today)
German brand Robaux released a DIY gate sequencer – the original SWT16 – a while back and it proved hugely popular. So now we have the SWT16+ – an expander version with many more features…which we are stocking in fully-assembled format.
The SWT16+ is a 16-track Eurorack step sequencer with up to 64 steps per track.
The module makes it possible to create up to 8 different patterns which can stored in a total of 16 presets. Programmable like a classic TR machine, the SWT16+ can be used not only for triggering drum sounds but also envelopes or other modulation sources.
The Sweet Sixteen Plus is perfect for triggering drums, envelopes or modulation sources. Program your tracks step by step. Play your tracks on the fly. This new design boasts many sequencing features including a Euclidean rhythm generator!
Other enhancements on the SWT16+ include improved menu navigation and more sequencer options – randomize your tracks, move your steps or reverse your patterns. There is also the option to add probabilty with the new Coin function.
The sequencer offers 16 different modes to create and modify rhythms. Modes are divided into four distinct areas: Create, Perform, Track Settings and Sequencer Settings. For a full rundown of features see the user manual.
We are excited to announce a big restock of popular Intellijel modules, including big hitters such as RAINMAKER, SHAPESHIFTER, ATLANTIS, PLANAR 2 & PLONK (see below for full list). We also have one last pairing of the wonderful QUADRA & EXPANDER, before it becomes completely unavailable!
We are excited to announce that we are now stocking modules from Endorphin.es – kicking off with their new 6hp range! These modules contain a lot of hidden features, and really cram their diminutive size with functionality. Well worth checking out the PDF manuals to learn more…
GODSPEED, AIRSTREAMER & SQUAWK DIRTY TO ME are all now in stock (MILKY WAY sold out but back soon…)
GODSPEED – VCO with wavefolder, noise, auto-tuning and octave shift – PDF MANUAL
AIRSTREAMER – Fast and effective 6hp envelope generator with variable slope curves and three modes. Also features 1v/oct input, along with bipolar and unipolar outputs, a thru-zero VCA input and selectable end-of-cycle outputs – PDF MANUAL
SQUAWK DIRTY TO ME – stereo digital filter with 8 different modes, zero-delay feedback, additional Highpass and Meta CV scanning – PDF MANUAL
MILKY WAY – stereo FX module, with 16 types of effects, plus meta cv effects scanning and volume control with VCA – PDF MANUAL
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)
Only certain products manage to jump out from the onslaught of new releases that appear every year at Superbooth …and the QUAD DRUM VOICE from German brand VPME.de was certainly one of them! It offers no less that FOUR separate drum voices in one module – each of which can be either a digitally modelled drum, a sample from a sample set, or a wavetable vco from a wavetable bank.
In addition there is an integrated stereo panning mixer with 3-band EQ and compression. Add to that 4 mute buttons, 4 internal LFOs or mod envelopes that can be synced to triggers, 4 assignable CV inputs, and a very intuitive and powerful control interface!
Also includes SD card with 20 sample sets from producers such as Richard Devine, deKaro and Instant.
Another big box of Joranalogue modules has arrived, including the brand new CONTOUR 1 Slew Limiter / Function Generator. We also have the full range of other Joranalogue modules in stock – including FILTER 8! These are superbly designed, well engineered…and beautifully realised products. They may be utilitarian at first glance, but look a little deeper to find hidden depths in terms of creativity and flexibility.
For decades, the voltage controlled slew limiter has been a staple of modular synthesisers. With its extreme versatility, it can be used to slew control voltages (CVs), create envelopes, as a low-frequency or audio oscillator and much more.
The Joranalogue Contour 1 brings a fresh approach to this classic circuit. It delivers much improved performance and control by incorporating modern design techniques.
Also in stock from Joranalogue:
Receive 2 – Dual Balanced Line Inputs
Transmit 2 – Stereo Balanced Line Outputs
Mix 3 – Three channel DC-coupled voltage-controlled mixer, with signal boost, optional line out setting & more..
Select 2 – Dual Gated Precision Control Voltage Processor
Switch 4 – Hands-on signal switching and routing solution for your Eurorack modular synthesiser.
Some new madness has issued forth from the tortured mind of Eric Schlappi – the 100 GRIT Touch Controlled Distortion! It consists of a low pass filter, VCA, and distortion section with 8 touch points, voltage control overdrive, resonance, and frequency, along with a plethora of feedback paths allowing it to operate as a hands-on performance instrument with or without any input. Available in both Silver and Black faceplates.
We also have the following insane, multi-faceted modules in stock:
ANGLE GRINDER – quadrature sine wave oscillator, LFO, filter, and distortion effect.
INTERSTELLAR RADIO – “Destructive Transmission Line” – producing several varieties of destructive effects as well as acting as a non-volts/octave complex oscillator when no input is present.
We are happy to announce that we have substantially expanded our Bastl Instruments range – all in the lovely aluminium faceplate versions. There are some real gems among them, with every take on a familiar function coming with a host of unique features.
Virtually every module is in stock, but if there is anything you want please drop us a line as it is much easier to source them these days. We also have some of the standalone units, such as the SOFTPOP and BITRANGER synths.
We liked the look of this as soon as we laid eyes on it – an expanded version of Clouds from Mutable Instruments…with every conceivable bell & whistle to improve and enhance the user experience. 34hp of interactive granular jiggery pokery! Available in Aluminium or Matte Black versions.
We have also restocked the Grayscale PERMUTATION Turing Machine-based random looping sequencer – along with its VARIANT expander. PERMUTATION comes in 3 different versions – 6hp, 12hp & 18hp – all with different sets of features. Most options are currently in stock in both Aluminium or Matte Black versions.
Jason Lim from Instruo has been hard at it again, and we have a slew of new releases, some of which had only been available as custom builds previously. We have the I-o47 Arp-based filter, the VINCA dual VCA, ATHRU wavefolder and F dual fader module. As with all Instruo gear, there are plenty of tricks up their respective sleeves, so please check out the full details on their respective product pages.
We have also restocked the mighty Cs-L complex oscillator, and it’s smaller sibling, the feature-packed Ts-L. Almost all of the other Instruo modules are currently in stock too…including our last TROIKA in aluminium panel (currently available at a much lower price than the upcoming black & gold version)
VINCA – Two channel voltage controlled amplifier with both parallel and series routing capabilities. Also offers four-quadrant multiplication capabilities (ring modulation).
I-o47 – Vintage filter design inspired by the classic 1047 module of the ARP2500, with features including: CV controllable centre frequency, resonance/Q and notch offset along side FM, strike and a complex dual input with wave shaping limiter.
F – Two manual faders providing linear uni-polar positive output control voltages, 0–5V or 0–10V defined using the jumpers on the back
Also in stock:
Ts-L – Feature-packed small form Triangle Core VCO, with integrated Wavefolder, Sub, Lin/Exp FM & more…
Cs-L – Dual voltage controlled complex oscillator, with both Sawtooth Core and Triangle Core VCOs, 2 Wavefolders, Sub, Soft/Hard Sync, Ring Mod, AM & much more..
CEIS – Fully analogue, CV controllable ADSR envelope generator. Features voltage control over the 4 segment faders with multiple gate/trigger outputs for maximum versatility.
TONA – Analogue sawtooth core voltage controlled oscillator, with integrated Wavefolder, Lin FM & more…
TRAIGH – Classic transistor ladder low pass filter (24dB/octave) with built in 3 channel mixer & stable sine wave self-oscillation with 1v/oct tracking.
SCION – The Scíon is a biofeedback sensor built into a quad random voltage generator. Also features random gates, ratcheting/burst generation, slew limiting & more..
HARMONAIG – Diatonic, polyphonic, bipolar voltage quantizer. From one CV signal, four are generated with harmonised intervals the outline the Root, 3rd, 5th and 7th degrees of musical chords.
TROIKA (silver panel) – Beefy sounding three voice Analogue VCO Module, with Lin FM, Sync, Normalled 1v/oct, Internal Wave Blending and Level Mixing
The Expert Sleepers DISTING mk.4 is back in stock! This truly is “the gift that keeps on giving” – and only last week was there yet another firmware update, which add a Stereo Filter and Stereo Tape Delay, along with a host of other improvements and enhancements. For example, the Stereo Chorus and Mono Chorus algorithms were both overhauled, adding parameters for delay time, chorus stages, and feedback saturation.
Everybody should have a DISTING in their rig…and judging by sales, it seems like everybody has! I know for a fact that many folk have MORE than one 🙂
Well we weren’t expecting to ever see THIS vactrol-adorned badboy again! …but here it is – a final run of the excellent Sputnik Modular QUAD VCF/VCA. This module is a Buchla-inspired 4 channel lowpass gate with three different modes (VCA,VCF or COMBO/BOTH) which can be set on a per-channel basis. It features individual outs for each LPG, alongside internal mixing to 3 different sum outputs (ODD channels only, EVEN channels only, and ALL).
This was one of the first modules we stocked at Matttech Modular, and we loved it when we tested it out (see demos below, which sound just as good as we remember them!). We’ve had many customers ask whether there would ever be another run of them….and the answer has always been “no” – but here it is! No idea why these have suddenly appeared again. Maybe the manufacturer got sick of folk asking and did another run to shut them up 🙂
Likely to be the units ever available, so don’t hang about if you want one!
We have also topped up the Vintage Synth Lab VCF-74 mk.2. This has to be one of the most characterful filters we’ve ever come across – and immediately makes anything you put through it sound like it has been locked away up in the attic under dust sheets for several decades (that’s a GOOD thing, by the way). Where the Sputnik works its magic via the use of vactrols, this beauty uses a discrete diode filter circuit, inspired by the 1970s Univox Mini-Korg synthesizer’s “Traveler” filter section.
Super-excited to have some fully-assembled units of the TubeOhm SMR4P MULTI VCF back in stock – one of the most intriguing and unique designs we’ve seen in a while.
It is based on the SMR4mk.II filter circuit, and offers the 15 different filter modes of the 4-Pole MISSION VCF (both originally available for Mutable Instruments’ Shruthi Synthesizer)
It has the ability to switch filter modes under voltage control – along with a unique “internal FM” option which further adds to the available timbres by applying audio rate modulation to the cutoff point. This produces an alternate “dirtier” tone for each of the filter types.
We have tried this filter out in person, and can wholeheartedly recommend it – in fact, Its basic sound is clean, clear and possesses a beautifully “liquidy” squelchy vibe – similar to the Doepfer a105 or Tiptop z2040 at times – but you’re not stuck with a single Lowpass mode. However, when you apply the internal FM it turns into a totally different beast, becoming a lot more aggressive and gnarly. In addition, when you take into account all the 15 modes it is hard to imagine a wider range of filtering in 10hp. Check the video below for examples!
Usually only available in (a rather complicated) kit form, these are lovingly assembled in Germany by the designer himself – Andre Laska 🙂
Wellll….Spanish brand Plankton Electronics have been busy! They released the SPICE standalone distortion/ mangler unit earlier this year via a successful Kickstarter campaign, and it has now spawned 3 offspring in Eurorack format:
NUTONE – Dual channel VCA and distortion, based on the new Korg Nutube vacuum fluorescent display
SPICE VCF – Voltage controlled filter, with a range of tones from rounded to distorted.
ENVF – an Envelope Follower in only 2HP. It will take an audio input and will output a DC output following the amplitude of the audio input.