Erica Synths has launched Pico System II, a modular system that adds two new modules for the original Pico System.

Pico System II includes the Pico Voice, a sound source which offers considerable timbral diversity, and the Pico Modulator, replacing the Pico EG and the Pico VCA.

The remaining single 3HP space has been filled with one more Pico A MIX to offer more control of the sound sources in live performances.

Pico System II features

  • SEQ – powerful 16 step sequencer with 16 pattern memory.
  • VCO – 32 custom waves in 2 banks, great 1V/oct tracking and LFO mode.
  • VOICE – sound source with 8 sound generation algorithms.
  • VCF1 – Polivoks-inspired LP/BP VCF, ideal for acid-like basslines.
  • TRIGG – 4 trigger pattern generator that also serves as a master clock for the system. Web-based pattern designer app allows user to upload own patterns.
  • 2xDRUMS – 64 sample player with 3 adjustable parameters and CV control over them. Web-based app and Pico Programmer (included) allows user to upload his own sound samples.
  • MULTI – buffered audio/CV/clock signal splitter.
  • RND – sine/pulse LFO and random events (random trigger, S&H and noise) generator.
  • MOD – lin/log ASR envelope generator and linear VCA.
  • 2xA MIX – 3 input audio mixer.
  • DSP – stereo effects processor with 8 great sounding custom effects.
  • OUTPUT – stereo output module with headphone amplifier.

The system includes an external PSU, Pico Drum Programmer, a wrench key and 20 patch cables.

Pico System II is available for purchase for 1,120 EUR + VAT for EU customers.

Erica Synths has also introduced a new series of drum modules in collaboration with e-licktronic at the recent NAMM show.

Erica Synth Drum Sequencer

The Drum Sequencer is designed to provide classical, 909-style sequencing with accents. It features an intuitive user interface and a focus on live performance.

In addition to Trigger/Accent outputs, the sequencer has CV/GATE output for synchronized basslines, and two LFOs for drum parameter modulation.

The Bass Drum and Snare Drum modules are fully analog, 909-inspired modules.
They offer a serious techno sound with lots of CV controlled parameters for modular setups.

Erica Synths Bass Drum & Snare

Erica Synths is developing other drum modules such as Toms, Clap, Rimshot, HiHats, Cymbals, a sample-based drum module and a dedicated drum mixer with extended headroom and a limiter of unique design.

The Drum Sequencer, Bass Drum and Snare Drum are in production and will be available in the first weeks of March 2018.

Also announced at NAMM is the Resonant Equalizer, a module that features a fully analog signal path with 12 uniquely designed bandpass filters that are digitally controlled for increased versatility.

Erica Synth Resonant Equalizer

12 band equalizer with manually and CV controlled band levels and resonance occupies only 20HP of rack space.

Analogue filter boards will be exchangeable and provide different combinations of bands; the first one has 9 semitone distance between bands.

This module should arrive in May 2018.

If you would like to draw your own waveforms and arrange them in wavetables and wavetable banks, you will be happy to hear that the Graphic VCO will arrive February 23rd.

Erica Synths Graphic VCO

This module will let you morph between two selected waves and wavetables, alter the resulting wave in advanced ways, apply FM, phase distortion, ring modulation, wavefold/wavewrap, bitcrush and modulate the effects with an internal synced LFO.

Waves, wavetables, FXes and other settings can be saved and recalled from the memory instantly.

The module has two outputs – the main output and the output with configurable suboscillator.

Lastly, a fully redesigned version of the signature Black Series module Black Hole will be available in April. Black Hole DSP2 comes with 24 custom effects, developed by Erica Synths teamrider KODEK in collaboration with creator of Spin CAD software Gary Worsham.

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