8. Ericasynths MIDI to Trigger
The ballot box has been closed and all the votes counted in Future Music’s Gear of the Year Reader Poll 2015.
We can finally reveal the best Eurorack modules of 2015, as voted for by you.
What they say
“This small module turns any MIDI sequencer into a eurorack trigger sequencer in no time! It translates MIDI notes to 10ms trigger signals which are useful for triggering drum modules, envelope generators and any other event in your eurorack modular system.
“Setup of module is hassle free and takes just few seconds to make it work with any MIDI sequencer or controller.”
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7. Synth Tech E950 Circuit Bent VCO
What they say
“The E950 is a 10Hhp DSP-based VCO that combines the famous "smooth morphing" of the E350 Morphing Terrarium with fully licensed "Speak & Spell" technology from Texas Instruments. The E950 has 4 banks of speech ROM data, which is provided by Texas Instruments under an exclusive license agreement.
"The E950 then applies proprietary "bending" algorithms to behave exactly as a standard "bent" Speak & Spell and then extends them to real-time modulation of the internal lattice filter coefficients, something that cannot be done normally.”
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6. Make Noise LxD
What they say
“The LxD, Low Strike Duo, is a dual-response, two channel, direct-coupled, Low Pass Gate, which utilizes vactrols in order to provide simultaneous control over the Amplitude and Frequency Spectrum of an Input Signal. It is, in essence, a VCFA (Voltage Controlled Filter Amplifier).
“Unlike the Optomix, the LxD offers two different filter responses. CH. 1 offers a 12db/ Octave response that is mildly-resonant, while CH. 2 offers a 6bd/ Octave that is non-resonant. The OUTput of CH. 1 is normalled to the INput of CH. 2. This normalization puts the two channels in series, which is similar to the VCF into VCA arrangement made popular by many monosynths of the 1970’s.”
Find out more: Make Noise LxD
5. ALM Busy Circuits Akemie's Castle
“It isn’t cheap and it has quirks, but it’s an actual FM synth with knobs. Wonderful sounding, frighteningly deep, totally inspiring and wild to experiment with.”
FULL REVIEW: ALM Busy Circuits Akemie’s Castle
4. Dinsync DrumDokta 2
“A touch let down by certain inconveniences, it’s still a unique, punchy, mix-cutting electro drum machine, battle-ready with deep live sequencer and intense distortion – great value and great fun.”
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3. Abstract Data Octocontroller
“Just one Octocontroller could supply enough clocking, modulation and randomness source for perhaps even the biggest of modulars.”
Find out more: Abstract Data Octocontroller
2. Make Noise Erbe Verb
“An astonishingly versatile voltage-controlled reverberator, with enormously broad sonic capabilities, capable of transporting your source material to the lush plains of heaven and metallic recesses of hell. Stellar.”
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1. Mutable Instruments Clouds
“A highly rewarding and deep tool for sound design, especially under extreme modulation – there’s nothing else like it in hardware or software.”
Find out more: Mutable Instruments Clouds