Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Modular: Reborn!

So I apparently have great ideas.

I've been working on a few new module ideas for when Analogue Haven gets back to me on when they'll have certain parts back in stock. I won't share these new designs in detail here for a couple reasons, mainly the fact that I never post details about things that may or may not work.

That said, here are two of the neater ideas:

1) Mini-Sequ: this is a small (12hp) 8-step sequencer very much like my full-sized one, minus internal clocking and a few other functions. What's interesting is that I kept per-step reset/on/off switching, added a clock-thru system (basically acts as a mult for the input clock so you can use it for other things as well), and still have transposing and 5th-step gating. It also has the standard clock and reset ins and CV and Gate outs.
2) Digi-Delay: This is a digital delay, which seems to be pretty unique in itself in this modular world, but just about every control on it is very unique: Input volume, Range (max delay time), Delay Time, Delay Time CV, Effect Volume, Signal Thru Volume, Feedback, and Overall Volume. Some of those are unique in that they don't do what you'd think. Feedback, for example, is a literal feedback, taking the delayed signal and inputting it back into the delay.

The interesting part is when I went to Eurorackdb, the ultimate database for all Eurorack modules ever made and to be made.

I looked at miniature sequencers, and found that mine is very unique because it does a lot more than any of the ones on the market, yet will probably be cheaper than most, if not all, other sequencers.

Then, I looked at delays. That's where I found mine would both stick out and be boring. Apparently modular delays are really, REALLY arbitrary when it comes to functionality. They all have a rate control which is voltage-controlled; EVERYTHING  else is totally unique to everyone. However, I can say that mine is kinda like a combo of three or four delay modules, but oddly enough is a totally original design.

When I prove that these designs work, I'll post more about them, but given how unique they are I might keep them partially a mystery. Seriously considering selling my modules, not just because of these, but also because a lot of my modules are rather unique compared to similar modules on the market.

Just thought this was interesting :)

2 comments:

  1. You might want to check out the delay ICs in the family with the PT2399. That one in particular has a very low distortion, and a nice pitch changing effect when you change the delay time, much like an old tape delay.

    Nice post, I'm excited to see your next one! :)

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    1. Thank you! That's actually the exact chip I'm using!

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