Continuing the proven Jomox analog drum desktop modules, we have decided to expand into the 19” euro rack market while keeping the tradition of our storeable analog sound production. To achieve this, we had to develop a complete new analog control system for our circuitries inside these modules.
We’d like to make these euro rack products interesting for both live drummers and modular people. Therefore, a CV/Gate control and trigger inputs for drumpad pickups are available.
For regular modular use, analog routable CV inputs and an analog output are accessible via 3.5mm jacks. The Gate can be configured as 0-5V, 0-15V, inversed or s-trigger.
The ModBase 09 Bass Drum and Mod.Brane 11 Percussion modules are scheduled for release in Summer 2013. More modules are to be announced.
Delptronics has announced the release of its LDB-1 analog drum machine.
The LDB-1 “Little Drummer Boy” is a modern recreation of the classic analog drum machines of the 80′s, like the Roland TR-606 and TR-808.
Our goal was to recreate the warm sounds of the classics, using all analog circuitry – not samples. The brain of the LDB-1 is a powerful digital microcontroller that triggers the analog drum sounds and provides the sequencer, programmability and connectivity features.
Easily interfaces with other instruments, synthesizers, DAWs, etc. through analog connections, MIDI, and DINsync.
Introduction of the LDB-1 analog drum machine from Delptronics.
Eight Analog Drum Sounds: Bass Drum, Low Tom, High Tom, Snare Drum, Wood Block, Hand Clap, Closed Hi-hat, Open Hi-hat
Eight voice polyphony. All drums can be played simultaneously, including open and closed hi-hat for a super punchy cymbal
Play Individual Drums.
Play Patterns, including chaining up to 8 patterns.
Livid Instruments has announced Elements, its new modular controller platform.
Introducing Livid Elements, the completely modular MIDI controller platform.
Elements is based on the popular eurorack modular format and provides endless possibilities for creating your own MIDI controller. Finally: DJs, VJs, and musicians can create their own controllers without any soldering, engineering, or complicated assembly required.
“We’ve been dreaming up a modular controller since the very first days of Livid”, states Travis Redding, Livid’s Director of Hardware. Redding, who is responsible for the design of Elements has been working over two years on the layout, configuration, and module integration of this system. Redding explains “We knew we didn’t want a proprietary modular product. We wanted to create a simple, open system that can be used by anyone wanting to assemble their own controller, and make it easy for others to make controller modules. Our vision was that this should be larger than just a Livid product, an easily adoptable format for the growing modular movement”.
Inspired by analog modular synths, Element modules come in many different configurations and layouts so you can easily remix the modules to create your own MIDI controller. Each module connects to the Elements Brain for easy plug-and-play configuration and setup. Modules are housed in Eurorack cases and result in a plug-and-play MIDI controller. The Elements configuration software makes it simple to configure your very own system. The standardized modular format allows for an incredible amount of flexibility and expansion, and Livid is has a variety of cases and modules available from their online store.
With a USB port, MIDI in and out jacks, and an optional 5v power supply, Elements is a massively flexible controller solution. Whether performing with Ableton Live, mixing visuals with Cell DNA, DJing with Traktor, or controlling your favorite analog gear, Elements provides a wide range of control possibilities.
In addition to their own Elements modules, Livid has created a Hardware Development Kit (HDK) for other companies, artists, and designers looking to create and share their own modules. The Elements system allows buttons, rotary potentiometers, faders, pressure sensitive pads, accelerometers, LEDs, encoders, sensors, and other analog devices to be connected through Livid and third-party modules.
The Elements modules are currently available starting at the introductory price of $100 USD each. Bundles including modules and case with elements Brain are available to pre-order. Shipping July, 1st 2012.
Expert Sleepers has announced the ES-5, an “ES-3 Expander” Eurorack module.
We’re pleased to announce the ES-5, an expansion module for the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface.
It piggybacks on one of the ES-3′s stereo channels to provide eight sample accurate, jitter-free gate/clock/sync/MIDI outputs on the ES-5 itself, plus further expansion headers to connect up to five ES-4 Gate Expanders.
The ES-5 is expected to be available late March 2012.
Expert Sleepers has announced the release of the ES-3 mk2, a new version of its popular ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface Eurorack module.
The ES-3 is a Eurorack format module which converts eight channels of ADAT Lightpipe input to DC coupled outputs on 3.5mm jacks, for the ultimate convenience in connection of a DAW directly to analogue synthesizers.
The outputs can be used as control voltages (CVs), for example with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way, and can also be used as audio outputs at high, modular synth-compatible levels.
With the ES-3, a single optical cable is all that is need to bring direct CV control from your DAW right into the heart of a modular system.
The ES-3 mk2 adds two headers to the PCB for connection to as yet unannounced expansion modules.
ES-3 mk2 modules are available to purchase for MSRP £159 GBP + VAT.
AudioThing has introduced Soundscapes Vol.1, a collection of soundscapes, textures and ambiences ready to use as Kontakt instruments or WAV loops.
These sounds are divided in two main categories as the source materials: concrete and gear. The raw concrete samples were recorded in different places across Europe (Paris, Dublin, London and Naples) using studio or handy equipment. The raw gear samples were recorded from hardware synthesizers like a Custom Eurorack Modular Synth, guitar pedals and noisy toys like a Thingamagoop 2.
Everything was then processed and boxed inside a Kontakt instrument with a custom performance view. The pitch bend is assigned to a ±24 pitch transpose, good for glitch effects. All samples are perfect loops, so if you don’t have Kontakt you can load them directly.
Soundscapes Vol.1 features
30 Kontakt Instruments (.nki).
10 Kontakt Multis (.nkm).
33 Samples (48Khz / 24Bit).
Size: 117 MB installed.
Formats: Kontakt and WAV (loops).
Custom performance view.
Native Instruments Kontakt 3.5+ full retail version is required.
Soundscapes Vol.1 is available to purchase for the introductory price of $8 USD until January 19th, 2012 (regular $10 USD).
Kenton Electronics has announced the availability of Modular Solo, MIDI to CV converter for Eurorack A100 format modular systems.
The 3U-/128mm-high, 10HP-/50mm-wide Modular Solo ships complete with a ribbon cable ready to fit into any Eurorack (A100) modular system — simply plug one end into the free slot on the Modular Solo itself and the other into the backplane of the modular case to supply the required power (+12V supply 85mA max/-12V supply 3mA). Control Voltage (CV) and Gate signals can be sent via the ribbon cable to the system bus (selected using jumpers).
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) IN and OUT are on standard (5/180°) DIN sockets; alternatively, the SYNC 24 (or DIN SYNC) interfacing standard (as originally introduced by Roland Corporation on the likes of its TR-808 and TR-606 drum machines) is available from the MIDI OUT socket (by selecting parameter 91 from the front panel editing system).
Analogue output CV (V/oct or Hz/V or 1.2V/oct) and GATE (or S-Trig — with or without pull- ups) are on 3.5mm mono jacks. As supplied (and stored on non-volatile EEPROM), there are built-in presets for the most common classic, vintage synths — including Hz/V varieties (such as Korg’s collectable MS-20), and, if no suitable preset is available, manual configuration is also possible.
Additionally, two digital aux outputs (CLOCK 1 and CLOCK 2) can be used as clock connections or to control stop/start inputs (0v or 5v/10v); four continuously variable aux outputs (AUX 1, AUX 2, AUX 3, and AUX 4) can control effects such as filter cutoff using MIDI controllers (by connecting to any available external control voltage input on a monosynth).
Moreover, Modular Solo is much more than a just a MIDI-to-CV convertor as it incorporates a built-in LFO (with variable rate/speed and waveshapes, including Triangle, Sawtooth up, Sawtooth down, PulseWidth 10%, PulseWidth 20%, PulseWidth 30%, PulseWidth 40%, Square, and Sample & Hold), plus portamento, and many other functions.
The Modular Solo is available to order directly from Kenton Electronics for £195 GBP (including VAT), or through one of their dealers.