The Afterneath Eurorack Module brings the sounds from the Earthquaker Devices effects pedal world right into your modular synthesizer, with an expanded feature set.
The Afterneath otherworldly reverberation machine sounds a lot like it looks – a wizard in a cave in a Eurorack module. You are the wizard or sorceress, control voltage is your wand and the cave is your instrument’s vast, expansive, and magical signal. Do you go inside?
The Afterneath module features one main audio input, one main audio output, an audio send and return for the Reflect feedback path, and nine controls. Four of the parameters are controllable via CV, and each has been equipped with a dedicated attenuverter to process the incoming CV.
Some of the more interesting and unique features include…
Drag – This digital reverb is made up of a bunch of short delays. Drag separates the delay lines creating a stuttering, pingy effect. This is the coolest control on the Afterneath; we highly advise slowly turning (or modulating) this while you let notes ring out for a cool warped speed effect. The effect is more delay-like as you turn it counterclockwise, and it is more reverb-like as you turn it clockwise. You will achieve shorter delay times as you move the control clockwise, and longer delay times when you turn the control counterclockwise. You will notice a change in pitch when adjusting this control with sound present in the effects buffer, or when the effect is self-oscillating.
Mode – Controls the behavior of the Drag control as well as how it responds to control voltage. There are 9 different modes:
- Unquantized: Smooth, unquantized response over the operating range
- Unquantized with Slew: Smooth, unquantized response over the entire operating range, but with a musical slew that is reminiscent of turning the varispeed knob on a vintage British tape delay. The “Drag” will lag behind the knob or CV changes, but then quickly catch up
- Unquantized Volt/Octave: Smooth and unquantized, yet scaled to align with the 1v/octave curve to allow melodic modulation of audio in the buffer, or control the frequency of self-oscillation like a voltage controlled oscillator
- Chromatic Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the chromatic scale
- Major Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the major scale
- Minor Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the minor scale
- Pentatonic Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the pentatonic scale
- Octaves & Fifths: Quantized 1v/octave to omit all but octaves and fifths
- Octaves: Quantized 1v/octave to omit all but octaves
Reflect Send & Return – Allows external patching and processing of the Reflect feedback path. Patching from this output does not interrupt the internal feedback path.
- Pro Tip 1 – You can use the Reflect Return input as an additional audio input if you wish to forgo the feedback loop.
- Pro Tip 2 – You can patch both the main Audio Output and Reflect Send to your audio output module for a pseudo-stereo effect.
- Pro Tip 3 – You can add even more complexity and variation by patching the Reflect Send to a multiple, patching one copy of the signal to one of your audio outputs along with the main out (for example, Main out to your left output and a mult of the Reflect Send signal to your right output). Then, patch another copy of the Reflect Send signal to some external processing such as a filter or VCA and then back into the Reflect Return.
Self Oscillation – It is normal for the Afterneath Module to self-oscillate when using higher settings of the Length and Reflect controls – especially when both controls are set above the 12 o’clock position. When you combine the self-oscillation with CV control over the Drag parameter you have an interesting voltage controlled oscillator.
The Afterneath module has a completely analog dry signal path and a totally digital wet signal path. Its audio input is capable of handling input signals ranging from instrument-level to modular-level, depending on the setting of the Input knob
Power: 95mA @ +12v / 0mA @ -12v
Playlist of AFTERNEATH videos below: