10. Modor Formant Filter
The Future Music/Computer Music/MusicRadar Best in music tech 2018 polls received thousands of votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the personalities and gear that have excelled in 2018. Here, we present the best new Eurorack gear of 2018.
Taking up positions 12 to 11 are:
12. Ritual Electronics Miasma
11. Joranalogue Filter 8
Kicking off the top 10 we have the Modor Formant Filter...
We say: An impressive-sounding formant filter - the ability to morph between vowel sounds sets it apart from its competitors.
Read the review: Modor Formant Filter review
9. Qu-Bit Electronix Scanned
We say: With similarities to physical modelling, Scanned features controls for Mass, Stiffness, and Damping. All of which affect the 'virtual string' and how the sound changes through space and time. The difference here is that new sounds are created, not replications of acoustic sounds.
8. Tiptop Audio Z-DSP
We say: Tiptop missed doing something groundbreaking here; then again, the Z-DSP in itself is so well thought-out, it’s still a contender.
Read the review: Tiptop Audio Z-DSP review
7. Mutable Instruments Stages
We say: Whichever kind of modulation you're after, the Stages Segment Generator can deliver ASR envelope, complex 6-stage envelope, LFO, 4-step sequence or switched LFO.
6. 4MS Stereo Triggered Sampler
We say: The STS sounds great, is intuitively laid out and straightforward to use in practice, with enough depth to keep you busy for ages.
Read the review: 4MS Stereo Triggered Sampler review
5. Instruo Cš-L
We say: The Cš-L builds on the classic Complex Dual Oscillator concept that has its origin in the 261e Buchla module of the '70s and recent iterations like the Make Noise DPO. What sets the Cš-L apart is the internal routing and modulation bus which presents a host of synthesis options before you even plug in a cable.
Read the review: Instruo Cš-L review
4. Erica Synths Drum Sequencer
We say: This Drum Sequencer is easy to use, offering classical X0X style live performance and giving you ultimate control over your system.
3. Mutable Instruments Plaits
We say: Plaits isn't just a straightforward update of popular predecessor Braids. The voltage-controlled sound source has been redesigned from scratch on both the hardware and software fronts. The new unit offers direct access to a large palette of easily tweakable raw sonic material, covering the whole gamut of synthesis techniques.
2. Mutable Instruments Marbles
We say: Marbles is a fantastic source of random gates and voltages, and offers an extensive degree of (voltage) control to help you create untold randomness!
Winner: Strymon Magneto
We say: This doesn’t disappoint as an effects module but it fulfils so many other roles that any patch would benefit from it one way or another.
Read the review: Strymon Magneto review