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Raul's World of Synths presents PATCH IT- "The Intermission Patch"

Raul Pena uploaded a new video, as some kind intermezzo between his Doepfer A-144 Morphing Controller/ Waveshaper Video videos. (4 parts in total)
Video 1: Raul's World of Synths presents PATCH IT- "The Intermission Patch" " A multi-part segment of improvised patching. "The Intermission Patch" is aptly named due to it acting as an intermission during the regularly scheduled Doepfer A144 series. Stay tuned for a completed version later this month. For now some patching." Sound and Video by Raul Pena."
Video 2: Raul's World of Synths Presents PATCH IT-" Intermission Patch" Part Two

"New segment of PATCH IT for Raul's World of Synths. A continued exploration of "The Intermission Patch". Part Two of Three. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."
Video 3: Raul's World of Synths Presents PATCH IT-" Intermission Patch" Part Three
"New segment of PATCH IT for Raul's World of Synths. A continued explora…

Critter & Guitari Melody Mill Eurorack Note Generation Module

Critter & Guitari announced their first Eurorack module, the Melody Mill today.

" The Critter & Guitari Melody Mill is a note generation module for Eurorack modular synthesizers.
It contains a keyboard, CV outputs, CV clock input, built-in arpeggiators, a sequencer, and MIDI capabilities.
With the Melody Mill you can:
- Use the CV output to control oscillators
- Connect your MIDI controller or computer into your modular setup using the MIDI input
- Play notes, record and playback sequences and arpeggios on your favorite modules
- Convert MIDI clock into CV pulses
- Clock the arpeggiator with an LFO for strange melodies
- 'Hold' notes for drones
- Connect the built-in square wave oscillator directly to a filter or an amp

The Melody Mill generates 1-Volt per octave, trigger, and gate control voltages.
These signals are used to trigger other synthesizer modules. Notes may be played on the built-in keyboard or received via MIDI.
The notes may be used directly to gener…

Gijs Gieskes Euroboy

It's always refreshing to see new Eurorack creations by Dutch designer Gijs Gieskes.

His latest creation is a Eurorack module that is based on, and controlled by a Nintendo Gameboy device and was presented at the Europe in 8 Bits festival in Amsterdam last weekend, where he also showed some other designs and installations.
As always you can find the schematics of this module on his website HERE

He uploaded a few videos that show off the functionality. Enjoy!
Video: Euroboy doing Tetris
Video 2: Euroboy playing Graba
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QU-Bit Electronix Nebulæ

QU-Bit Electronix is a new Eurorack modular synthesizer company based in North America founded by Andrew Ikenberry and Jason Lim.
They love open source hardware/software, and put their knowledge together to create this first QU-Bit module, the Nebulæ.

Nebulæ is an audio file player/granular oscillator in the Eurorack modular synthesizer format.
It uses sound files to create loops, melodies, granular clouds, drones, pads and any sound recorded audio is capable of generating. It comes with 1 GB of royalty free samples recorded and mastered specifically for Nebulæ.

Main features:
- Plays .wav, .aif, .flac , and .ogg files from a USB device- No naming convention for files
- Independent control of pitch and speed
- 1 V/oct pitch tracking
- MIDI control over all parameters
- DSP engine by Csound ( Csound is a C-Based Audio Programming Language)
- Looping / one shot capabilities

Video 1: Nebulae Drum Break

" Demonstration of the 'freeze' and granular fun…

Random Video: Cardio Bass & Respiration Synth by Ukrets

Mark Mennings (@sensien) brought this next video to my attention.
A nice example of biorythmic/posture control of a doepfer modular.

Video: Cardio Bass & Respiration Synth

" Ukrets uses the biomusic performance and authoring platform. Performed by the Holminid with synthesis by Sensien, using a modular analogue synth. Everything is generated from live biosignals and postures, except the obligatory 808 kick that was added for structural support. The track consists of two patches recorded in succession, mixed without any further editing or processing. Jaala, Finland, July 2013."
" ...we convert the signals from the wireless sensor belt to OSC, which is then used to create triggers and control ableton. This is converted to CV."

Read more about it on MuffWiggler,
and don't forget to check out physiological music

Quick SiteTip: CatSynth.Com

Funny how most of the modular synth-lovers that i know seem to be serious cat-lovers as well.

Because of this, you might also have heard of before...

The CatSynth blog started in July 2006 and covers Cats, Synthesizers, Music, Art, Opinion and more...
Besides that, CatSynth regularly features reviews of music and art.
The focus is on modern, contemporary or experimental work in a variety of media. 
Catsynth primarily covers the San Francisco Bay Area, but occasionally find themselves in New York or such far away locales as an electronic music show in Tokyo or an underground club in Shanghai.

Want to see how it all started in 2006?
Find their inaugural post with the photo of the cat (Luna) that started it all… HERE

2Egress Studio Furniture and Cases

After the recent wave of interesting new Eurorack-modules you might run out of rack-space pretty soon...
I recently stumbled upon a Canadian firm that builds and designs studio furniture and Eurorack cases.

2Egress is a three year old small business located in Toronto, Canada that specializes in technical furniture for recording studios and film editing suites.

"Growing up with an avid woodworking father, Brock inherited a love for all things wooden, and developed a passion for restoring classic racing sailboats.
These experiences have been stepping stones to the high quality, detail oriented pieces that he designs and builds today.

As a schooled audio engineer and musician, it became clear to Brock that studio furniture had become stuck in the 60's and 70's - ugly and utilitarian to excess, the standard pressboard self-assembled furniture available was not recognizing the unique needs nor aesthetic discernment of the industry.
Some time ago they had been invited to build…

Make Noise Sub Timbral Oscillator (STO)

Make Noise released their Make Noise Sub Timbral Oscillator (STO) and it looks quite interesting.
The STO is a "compact Voltage Controlled Oscillator designed for generating SINE waves, Variable wave-SHAPEs, SUB-Octaves, Oscillator SYNC and Linear FM in the analog domain.  The Sub-Timbral Oscillator is the more subtle and melodic friend to the DPO's complex harmonic lattice.

It features:
- Triangle Core with outputs for SINE, SUB and Variable SHAPE
- Unique Variable SHAPE circuit ripples Even and Odd harmonics for subtle timbral shifts
- Linear FM input with Depth control
- EXPOnential input for deep FM, SYNC sweeps or Transposition of sequences
- SUB-Oscillator yields max bass
- S-Gate input for gating or sync of SUB-Osc. independent of other outputs
- Hard SYNC circuit which combined with Linear FM and Variable SHAPE yields harmonically rich sounds
- Pairs well with the MMG or Optomix"
Video: Make Noise Sub Timbral Oscillator (STO)
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Random Video: Doepfer A100 vs Moog Modular by Kevin Farrow

Kevin Farrow posted a nice video, comparing his Doepfer A-120 Moog filter with an original Moog modular system...

Video: Doepfer A100 v Moog Modular by Kevin Farrow

" Spot the difference. This is a comparison of my new Doepfer Modular A100 System fitted with the A120 (Moog) 24db Filter compared to Tom's Mighty Moog Modular.
Not bad considering the Doepfer is about £30,000 cheaper !"
Uploaded by Kevin Farrow

Doepfer A-166-2 Logic Module Announced

Via the Doepfer A-100 Usergroup on Yahoo we found out today that Dieter and his crew are working on an additional logic module (A-166-2).

You probably remember the original A-166 Dual Logic Module, which is a double logic device that combines digital control / clock signals.
Read all about that module HERE.
A typical application of this module is the combination of digital signals of the A-100 gates, clocks and triggers to obtain "gated" clocks or rhythmic clock patterns.
The new A-166-2 "...will also include - among other functions - a flipflop.
( The output will turn high as soon as the first pulse of the "gate stream at audio rate" appears and stay high until the gate turns low.)
Sometimes I'd like to have a flipflop function in certain patches.
A simple zero-crossing comparator could be added to this module too.  The A-166-2 will probably also include a rising edge detector (outputs a short pulse at the rising edge of a digital input signal) and a fall…

I Dream of Wires Extended Interviews

"I Dream of Wires" is a crowdfunded independent documentary film about the resurgence of the modular synthesizer and is written and directed by Robert Fantinatto with Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent) serving as producer and co-writer.

The 'Hardcore Edition', a four-hour long 2-DVD-set, was released a few months ago and distributed amongst the crowd-funders and pre-orderers all over the world.
- sale started September 16 via

The 4-hour long documentary Hardcore Edition is definitely worth watching/buying, but if you don't have the funds, you can also entertain yourself by watching the Extended Interviews that are still online at their Vimeo account.

If you're not familiar with the I Dream of Wires Extended Interview series, they've released 9 of them so far. See the list below.
They will be releasing one more free Extended Interview piece in 2014.

Edit Dec 13, 2013 - I Dream Of Wires …

PatchPierre Twitter Lists

Over the last few weeks I have been making various synth-related Lists on my PatchPierre Twitter account. I personally think they are a great resource for synth-news and can be very helpful if you need a synth repair service or if you are looking for a new case... These lists will be expanded over time, i hope you can help me by DM-ing me the Twitter accounts that I might have missed, or just leave a comment below...

So far I made 7 separate Lists containing:
Modular Synth Makers
A public list of mainly Eurorack module-makers. Feel free to DM me more suggestions...
Synthesizer Magazines
Synth mags... online or printed on dead trees
Synth Shops
Synthesizer- sellers from all over the world
Synthesizer Manufacturers
Makers of synthesizers and drum-machines from all over the planet  Synthesizer Bloggers
Synth fanatics who like to share... - list still under construction...
Synth Repair Services
People and shops who might be able to help you with your broken synth  Modular Case Makers
Makers o…

Doepfer History: MVP1 MIDI Volume Pedal

The Doepfer MVP1 MIDI Volume Pedal was manufactured from 1991 until 1994 and was available as a kit, ready built pc board or complete pedal unit (i.e. built into a foot controller).

The MVP1 was a programmable unit that could be used as volume (factory setting) or expression-pedal.
It featured MIDI In and Out so it could be placed between your keyboard and a sound module.

Via a learn button and internal DIPswitches you could change this module's functions.
Other parameters that could be controlled with this unit were volume, modulation, portamento, aftertouch, pitchbend, and velocity.

The MVP1 was also published as a DIY article in the July 1994 issue of electronic magazine ELEKTOR which was published in different languages (German, French, English, Dutch).

Elektor is a monthly magazine about all aspects of electronics, first published as "Elektuur" in the Netherlands in 1960, and was published worldwide in many languages including English, German, French, Greek, Spanish…

Doepfer A-100LC3 Low-Cost Case Announced

Quite fast after they released their A-100BP case, Doepfer has now announced another new case to house your eurorack modules. This time it is a low-cost case that will probably be available from the end of 2013.

The A-100LC3 is the "small brother" of the low cost case A-100LC6 (and A-100LC9). It is very similar to the A-100LC6 but offers only one row with 84 HP for installation of modules.  The A-100LC3 is equipped with one power supply (1200mA) and one bus board. 
Because of the limited space the power supply of the DIY-Kit #1 with an external transformer is used (same as for the DIY-Kit #1). 
On the left side of the case the connector for the external transformer is located.
The external transformer is not shown in the above pictures.  The outside dimensions in mm are about 445 (width) x 160 (depth) x 150 (height). 
The price of the A-100LC3 will be around Euro 180-200 (including external power supply for 230 or 115V AC, without modules).
One of the benefits of having th…

Intellijel Metropolis Preliminary Info

One of the most interesting modules i have seen in a while has been sent out to various testers in the last few weeks.

The Intellijel Metropolis is a 'complex multi stage pitch and gate Eurorack sequencer', based on the RYK M-185 sequencer from the early Roland M-100 series.
This RYK module has always intrigued me, and i was always hoping someone would bring this style of sequencing/programming to the Eurorack.
(Watch some of the original RYK M-185 demos HERE and HERE)

Intellijel worked out an agreement with RYK earlier this year to create this only official Eurorack adaptation of his brilliant sequencer design.
It has taken many months to procure all the special parts and the design has already gone through several hardware revisions. 
Looking at the prototype picture that i see floating all over the internet, i see it has a quite lot of extra features.
It's a big, space-consuming module (34HP wide) and it looks very impressive with its rows of sliders for pitch and pulse…