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
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.
We have just received our first batch of the latest intriguing product from Rossum Electro-Music – the LINNAEUS filter. This is a stereo state-variable digital filter with a unique ability to linearly modulate its resonant frequency through zero.
An alternate mode offers an alternative behaviour that would let LINNAEUS function as a self-contained (i.e., no input required) stereo oscillator and/or FM percussion voice with some really powerful timbral capabilities.
It has its own internal modulation oscillator, the ability to select different filter modes for the left & right channels, smooth morphing through all filter modes and much more…
Some new & exciting products from UK brand Future Sound Systems are in stock: STUMM, MAKROW & OSC1 CYCLICAL ENGINE. We have also restocked the full GRISTLEIZER range (TG2, TG3, TG4 & TG5), along with the POCA VAC1 passive lowpass gate and MX1 mixer.
MAKROW & STUMM were developed by Future Sounds Systems in partnership with Daniel Miller of MUTE Records, and very much geared up for the live performance and controller side of modular.
MAKROW – Modular patch macro-controller, designed with live performance in mind. It allows for dramatic control sweeps & massive sounding patch changes, all at the turn of a single knob.
STUMM – Six-channel bank of high-fidelity audio mutes with grouping functionality, toggled (switch up) and momentary (switch down) switching, and click-less muting.
The OSC1 CYCLICAL ENGINE is Future Sound Systems’ take on the analogue oscillator. It offers a few features unexpected of a basic oscillator, including: integrated VCAs, AM and VC-Mixing, 2- and 4-quadrant-multiplication & much more..
This company has also made quite a splash with their unique take on the wavefolder concept – the MOG WF-1 – and also have a couple of other tidy products in their range: the L-1 TRIPLE LIMITER and MOG AV-1 ATTENUVERTER – all of which are back in stock.
MOG WF-1 & E-1 BUNDLE – Complex wavefolder with unique functionality. It can be used for audio signal manipulation or as a utility module for control voltages. Comes bundled with an expander for switching the Limiter & Distortion features on & off via voltage control.
L-1 TRIPLE LIMITER – Three individual soft knee limiters in one module. Further uses include PWM, Waveshaping & Distortion
MOG AV-1 ATTENUVERTER – A dual attenuverter with integrated summing and comparator circuits. It can be used as a utility for control voltages or as an audio processing unit.
Antimatter Audio have a brand new product out: the V3KT Morphing Vector Mixer/Quadraphonic Panner. Add vector synthesis, vector mixing, dynamic signal distribution, and quadraphonic panning of signals + CV sources to your synthesizer in just 6hp!
Usually known for their digital modules – especially the amaaaaaazing LOQUELIC ITERITAS vco & BASIMILUS ITERITAS ALTER drum voice – Noise Engineering have decided to focus on some analogue processing in 2019….and distortion is the theme!
We have procured stock of the SINC BUCINA (Noise Engineering’s take on a flexible lowpass gate design), LOQUELIC ITERITAS (of course) ….plus the following “RUINAS”:
KITH RUINA – All-analog tonestack: one-knob saturation/drive circuit into a simple and clean two-band EQ. The two sections can be used independently, or re-patched in a different order.
TERCI RUINA – Three classic distortion topologies reinterpreted with a Noise Engineering touch and connected in series for complete sonic annihilation of any sound. Patch in & out at any point. Unapologetic noise & destruction.
NOTE: The latest addition to this roster is the VIOL RUINA – an all-analog distortion and lowpass filter with an internal envelope follower and self-modulating cutoff. This is Noise Engineering’s very first filter, and has proved very popular – so much so that it has sold out immediately via preorders. More coming soon!
We have just taken delivery of the highly sought-after Dave Jones Designs O’TOOL PLUS!
The original unit has been an invaluable part of the Matttech Modular system here since it came out many moons ago – and has assisted in troubleshooting MANY an issue, and for helping understand what is going on with even the most complex module.
The “PLUS” version improves on this amazing product even further, and was several years in the making. An overview of these enhancements is available on the product page – with more detail to be found HERE
We have some choice Pittsburgh Modular products back in stock – including two of our favourite analogue VCOs: the PRIMARY OSCILLATOR, which incorporates a ton of features not usually found on standard analogue VCOs….along with the mighty DOUBLE HELIX OSCILLATOR – a really unique take on the complex dual VCO, with integrated lowpass gate and matrix routing.
Also in stock is the recent MICRO SEQUENCE, which takes 8 step sequencing to a whole new level – and the MICROVOLT 3900 standalone patchable semi-modular synthesizer.
Lifeforms Binary Filter – Classic Multi-Mode Filter, with 2 modes: gorgeous & squelchy; and unstable, adding distortion & self-oscillation
Lifeforms Mod Tools – a diverse analog ecosystem of modulation, featuring Envelope, LFO, noise, sample and hold, mixer, analog logic, slew, and oscillator.
Lifeforms SV-1 – Fully-featured, analog dual oscillator synthesizer voice module
Lifeforms Dynamic Impulse Filter – Variable Response Lowpass Gate, with 3 modes: Filter, Lowpass Gate & VCA. Unique RESPONSE OUTPUT allows the variable decay / “ring” to control other modules.
Lifeforms Percussion Sequencer – Four Channel Programmable Drum Controller. Features sequencing, pads, pattern effects, and 4 inputs for turning any oscillator or sound source into 4 drum voices, via integrated percussive envelopes & VCAs.