Kenton announces Sync-5 active DIN sync splitter box

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Kenton Electronics has announced the availability of its new Sync-5 active DIN sync splitter.

Kenton Sync-5
The Sync-5 receives DIN Sync data from a single source (e.g. sequencer or drum machine) and produces identical copies at the 5 DIN Sync Output sockets.

As implied by name, the SYNC-5 Active DIN Sync Splitter has one DIN Sync input and five DIN Sync output ports to enable users to easily connect several DIN Sync devices to one DIN Sync controlling device — without the usual problems often associated with daisy-chaining devices.

Since Roland popularised the DIN Sync interfacing standard — otherwise known as SYNC 24 — on the likes of its classic TR-808 and TR-606 drum machines, legendary ‘acidic’ TB-303 Bass Line, and early digital sequencers (such as the MC-4 and MC-202 MicroComposers), the SYNC-5 is primarily intended for use with such suitably-equipped, pre-MIDI Roland equipment — all of which work at 24 clocks-per-quarter note. The SYNC-5 can also work with any appropriate Korg devices at 48 clocks-per-quarter note. It cannot convert between the two, however.

Housed in an attractively finished, brushed aluminum box with black screen print, the SYNC-5 ships with an energy-efficient, switch-mode PSU appropriate to the destination country — UK, EU, US, and Australian types are available, so no battery changes required. Simply connect… and forget!

Operation couldn’t be simpler: plug the supplied PSU into the SYNC-5 (which will illuminate its ‘active’ LED), connect the DIN Sync output port of an appropriate drum machine or sequencer to the single DIN Sync input port, and connect one or more of the DIN Sync output ports to the DIN Sync inputs of any devices to be synchronised; start the DIN Sync controlling device and any connected DIN Sync devices will play along in perfect tempo, as indicated by speed of the now- flashing LED.

It’s just like being back in the Eighties again! And that’s no bad thing, surely, since those still-sought-after DIN Sync devices sound better than ever in today’s software-swamped musical climate. (Just remember: the SYNC-5 is not a MIDI device; neither its input or outputs are capable of handling MIDI data.)

Sync-5 is available to purchase for £52.80 GBP (including VAT).

More information: Kenton / Sync-5


Kenton Electronics Modular Solo MIDI-to-CV converter

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Kenton Electronics has announced the availability of Modular Solo, MIDI to CV converter for Eurorack A100 format modular systems.

Kenton Electronics Modular Solo

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.

More information: Kenton Electronics / Modular Solo