The Noise Engineering Kith Ruina’s inspiration comes from the world of guitar amps. A drive into an EQ is an extremely common configuration for shaping guitar tone, and we find that it works extremely well for synths as well. Think that amp head you always wanted, but 4 HP. A grungy drive into a pristine EQ gives excellent tone control, and with separate ins and outs for the two sections KR can be configured to fit into any patch you throw at it.
- Drive: Amount of overdrive applied to the input signal. At minimum
slight saturation occurs, and at max you’re driving your input into
- Tonestack: KR has controls for each EQ section. Detailed frequency response information can be found on the next page.
- High: High shelf control. 12 o’clock is neutral, with boost to the right, and cut to the left.
- Mid: Changes the frequencies of the Low/High shelf parameters.
- Low: Low shelf control. 12 o’clock is neutral, with boost to the right, and cut to the left.
- Drive In: Input for KR’s drive section.
- Drive Out: Output for KR’s drive section. This jack is normalled to the Tone In. Normalization can be broken by patching to this jack or the Tone In.
- Tone In: Input for KR’s EQ section. This jack is normalled to the Drive Out. Normalization can be broken by patching to this jack or the Drive Out.
- Tone Out: Output for KR’s EQ section.
Patch 1: Take a signal (like a kick drum from your Basimilus Iteritas Alter) and patch it to the Drive In. Patch the Tone Out to your mixer. This runs the input signal through both Drive and EQ sections of KR. Play with the different parameters to shape your input signal.
Patch 2: KR has two sets of ins and outs, meaning you can use the sections separately, or change their order. Patch a sound to Tone In, and Drive Out to your mixer. Patch Tone Out to Drive In. The EQ is now pre-distortion, which gives different tonal results. Neat!
Patch 3: A simple EQ can be very useful in a patch, especially when there are multiple layers. Patch a sound to Tone In, and Tone Out to your mixer. This bypasses the Drive section (which can be used elsewhere in the patch) and gives you a very clean EQ to shape your sound and better fit it into your mix.
Power: 20mA @ +12v / 20mA @ -12v