A-envelope is a the first module from Barcelona based electronics company Velectronic. It’s essentially a quadruple envelope that is of course perfect for a 4-voice polyphonic set-up within the eurorack environment. Not only that, but it also acts as an extremely powerful modulation source. All housed in an extremely well-built module with an highly intuitive interface designed for performance!
Six all new algorithms for the COBALT Series’ unique waveform architecture, plus raft of workflow enhancements, empowers users with even more power in their creative arsenal.
Calling all synth-heads! Now there’s even more reason to add a COBALT Series synthesiser to your collection with Modal Electronic’s immediate release of firmware update v1.1. Featuring six new algorithms for their unique waveform architecture, alongside a number of user-requested workflow enhancements, the COBALT8, COBALT8M and COBALT8X furnish producers, performers and synth fanatics with even more fuel to ignite their creativity.
The COBALT Series: Beyond Analogue
Comprising three models – the COBALT8, COBALT8M and COBALT8X – the COBALT Series take the revered attributes of legendary vintage synths from the past, injecting progressive concepts in sound generation techniques without compromising the timbral warmth and iconic workflow modern creators demand. Fusing Modal Electronics’ sophisticated modulation and performance engine, this family of synths deliver an expansive and diverse spectrum of sounds applicable to all musical genres.
Under the hood, the COBALT Series is fueled by dual independent oscillator groups with up to 4 oscillators each and an immense 40 unique complex algorithms to choose from. Fuse this with MPE support, 1:1 integration with MODALapp, an integrated 512-note realtime/step sequencer, a 32-step programmable arpeggiator with powerful animation lanes, connectivity for any situation and Modal Electronics’s proprietary morphable 4-pole Ladder Filter, and it’s easy to see why the COBALT Series heralds a new era in virtual-analogue synthesiser technology.
New in Firmware v1.1
With the introduction of COBALT8 Firmware v1.1, users have access to six new unique algorithms firmly focussed on FM and AM oscillation models complete with dual controls for precise sound sculpting capability. These new algorithms include:
- FM Saw:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Sawtooth as the carrier and a Square as the modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
- FM Square:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Square as both the carrier and modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
- FM Tri:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Triangle as the carrier and a Square as the modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
- Noise AM Saw: Sawtooth Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and Noise filter cutoff (B)
- Noise AM Square: Square Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and Noise filter cutoff (B)
- Noise AM Tri: Triangle Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and Noise filter cutoff (B)
- In addition, Firmware v1.1 adds a raft of new feature updates and workflow enhancements including a Master Clock Mode to continually send MIDI clock information to compatible studio peripherals.
In tandem with the COBALT8 Firmware Update v1.1, Modal Electronics has also released MODALapp v2.7, empowering the synth making community with a number of stability enhancements and performance improvements. MODALapp is a free sound editor for Modal Electronics hardware. It allows precise edits for all synthesis and performance features alongside facilities to effortlessly install the latest firmware updates across the entire line of Modal Electronics Synthesisers.
As a multi-platform app it is available for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Windows computers and Android mobile devices. The additional VST3 and AU plug-ins keep users firmly in the flow while producing music with any compatible DAW software, like Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro X and others
Moog Music announced a new addition to its line of semi-modular keyboard synthesizers. Dark Series for Matriarch and Grandmother strikes the perfect balance between classic and modern, featuring an all-black aesthetic that invokes the timeless look of early Moog modular systems—with all the functionality and versatility these two state-of-the-art sound design machines are known for.
The new visual twist for Grandmother and Matriarch is a nod to the modular control panel designs that inspired their very creation. In 2018, when the first of these two patchable analog keyboard synthesizers was introduced, Moog explained that “Grandmother’s circuits, spirit, and spring reverb are inspired by the classic Moog modular synthesizers designed by Bob Moog during the 60s and 70s.” The instrument quickly became a staple in studio setups and live performance settings, a go-to first synthesizer for beginners, and a multifaceted creative tool for musicians of all skill levels to explore. Following Grandmother’s success, Moog developed an even more expansive, expressive semi-modular analog keyboard synthesizer: the four-note paraphonic Matriarch.
A complement to the distinct multi-colored artwork of the original Matriarch and Grandmother synthesizers, Dark Series presents a style option that celebrates the intersection of tradition and innovation.
Check out Lisa Bella Donna’s first encounter with the Dark Series Matriarch and Grandmother synthesizers alongside their keyless counterparts: Mother-32, DFAM, and Subharmonicon.
Creative capabilities expand with off-grid beats and new expression possibilities.
Brand new in the v1.2 firmware update for Launchpad Pro [MK3] are new features that expand the creative and performance capabilities of the much-loved grid controller.
The first of the new features is called Unquantised Recording, which is activated by holding ‘Shift’ and pressing ‘Record Quantise’ while in the sequencer page of Launchpad Pro [MK3]. When Unquantised Record is active, notes will record directly to Micro Steps, creating beats and patterns with a more organic, human feel, which are a purer expression of a player’s unique musical groove. Unquantised Recording can be used to create out-of-this-world, off-grid beats, reminiscent of the style of J Dilla, ?uestlove and others famous for breaking rhythmic norms.
Also in the v1.2 firmware update for Launchpad Pro [MK3] is a new feature that lets you perform and record sequences with even more intricacy and nuance than before. With the sequencer running, you can momentarily perform the selected velocity, mutation or probability values and record them into the pattern, to build expression and unpredictability into sequences. These functions breathe life into your patterns and help your music and creativity stand out.
Another new addition is the ability to set the threshold of the trigger pads, to find your perfect response, and tailor Launchpad Pro to your unique playing style. Whether you prefer a super-sensitive response or you need to compensate for a heavier touch, there’s a setting for you.
Lastly, Legacy Mode re-introduces the User layout of the original Launchpad Pro. This brings a level of backwards compatibility that opens the door to a world of legacy applications and lightshow performances, and gives long-term Launchpad Pro users a way to transfer their old projects into the Launchpad Pro [MK3] environment.
The firmware update is available through Components, your Novation Product Hub
(Note that this update only applies to Launchpad Pro [MK3]; previous versions of Launchpad or Launchpad Pro are not affected.)
These are getting rarer, but when the conditions are right… the inspiration… Will TTT, … the records, … these records that I’ve brought home today, and are so collectively good that I feel the need to share….the time.. I’ve ring fenced a couple hours on a Friday night.. or Sat morn to be more precise…and the Tennent’s… found a couple of cans in the back of the cupboard… when it all comes together, then you’ve just got to go for it, and share your shite.
Except, there’s no shite tonight.. just some of these beltin records I bought today. Maybe.
Waaooo, stop the bus. Shite on yer own shoes. Minute the needle hits this record, in the bag. Boom job done. I’d have been happy to have just had this purchase from today.
The bus doors are stuck, and I’m 3 stops past my destination. I think I’m heading for the terminus… again. Just as well the bus driver is rocking out the new Hard Beach Entertainment record, HBE008, Reflective Souls.. whoever they may be, the B1 track is sounding like one of those Detroit classics they play on the People Mover, or the number 19 from Ann Abor.
The driver has just mixed it into this double decker of a tune from Karate_Fix & DJ Sotofett. – Arjun (Sex Tags Mania 29). Now you know you’re alway on to a winner with Sotofett, and he likes a journey. You know the sort of records if you take it off before the end you miss something. The sort of record that if you listen to on the bus or a train, or boat or plane come to that, or even my Vespa, then it will take you on a journey, on a journey. And all for £7.00 (with your Techno Bus Pass)
I do love the cliche, that the music takes you on a journey. Especially if it’s a bus journey. Up the back with a carry out.
A Journeyman for me was Markant. When I listened to his records, it was like going on holiday. I used to say fuck going on holiday this year, I’m just going to stay at home and listen to Markant records. This TTT record I’m just listening to, is kind of doing the same. One minute I’m in Majorca dipping my toes in the sea.. in 1976, next I’m having a pish in the ladies toilets in Machu Picchu, and then Cleethorpes. Powerful stuff.
After all that, I don’t have the link, as it’s not on the web site yet. Here’s a pic. CS + Kreme on The Trilogy Tapes. and they’ve probably never even been to Cleethorpes.
The bus driver is know dancing on his seat in his under crackers, and I just said to him, “Here mate, can you keep your eye on the road”, he said “It’s not a rode it’s a Moog”
That’s time for this journey to come to an end. The bus has just pulled up at the Paisley terminus. It doesn’t matter where you go, on your travels, whether with your body or with your records, it’s always good to come home . And put on a Jesse Rae record.
The South Side Shufflers label, no clue where they are from.. probably Amsterdam, London and places like that, but I’m thinking maybe Glasgow, have pressed up these two Jesse Rae tracks from I’m guessing around 1995. Jesse Rae, a true Scottish legend, and dresses like one. What can I say in such a short time about him, as I’m getting kicked off the bus, but he was born with the the Funk, the B-Funk. Fresh outa St Boswells in the Scottish Borders, Zapped with the Zapp, gave the B-Funk to the P-Funk, and wrote ‘Inside Out’ for Odyssey. He is also not influenced by fashion.
For further research, check this. ..
But more importantly buy the record. It’s still brilliant even without a back story.
And remember, never get out of the bus, absolutely goddam right, unless you’re going all the Rae.
It’s (last) Friday night, and I had a pile of records here that I wanted to ‘lay down’.. ‘in da mix’.. get a dump on’.. but can’t locate cable for my Tascam recorder. DJ Pissed off. So ..No Mix ! .. (good name for a Little Mix tribute band that actually),.. but here is a quick batter through some of the records that I was going to ‘drop’.
AA02 – Steve Julien – Apache.Bloodline LP. (Apron)
The Funk(ineven)meister never fails to disappoint me. Just got this home today. I’ll be singing this ‘Apache’ tune in my head in coming weeks I’m sure, thinking WTF is this mofo . Noting. And there’s more on that LP, I’ll look forward to exploring . He’s like the Jimmy Cricket of Techno for me.. “Come here, there’s more'”
INC-005 – Shit I should know who this is.. Richard told me today. But hey, as long as got the catalogue number. I do know it’s on Incensio – in fact I don’t, I dont even know the exact label name.. but it’s something like that, give or take a few letters. I do know it’s a certain hip cool New York couple’s label, and also that no’s 2, 3 and 4 should be out before this one. I’ll check into this a bit further, and update you next year.
Delroy Edwards – LACR023. Live release this week, boom, flying out. Had the test for few weeks, and still I’m flicking through trying to decide best track. They’re all good. VFM ALERT.
LOOD009 – Le Frère – N8ttt (Lights of our Days) Don’t really know what to say about this at time of typing. I’d try and describe it, but it’s the kind of record that describes itself.
Loidis – A Parade in the Place I sit, the floating world. (and all it’s pleasures). ANNO-002 .. Took me longer to type the title of the record than it lasted. Definitely title of the week. It’s taking me on a journey. And so is the music. Oh aye if interested it’s Huerco S, on Hank Jacksons label.
Jayda G and Alexa Dash – Diva Bitch remixes – (Freak Cult) Stripped back, maybe even literally, female vocal house, akin Soul City, coupled with the NY Diva’s to the Dance floor styleee. (Only the cool Diva’s though) … DJ Fettburger on the knobs.
That’s it from me, I’m off to the Parade in the Place I sit, the floating world, and all it’s pleasures.
and have a Dump Dump
They say you can never have too many VCAs…
Inspired by the mighty Mylar Melodies recent video we thought we should round up six of our favourite VCAs…
First up, it’s the bold ALM Tangle Quartet. A VCA that is perfect for summing audio signals. Super-clean, super-silent, super space-efficient and elegant too. This killer from ALM is a firm favourite at RAD.
At two it’s something completely different… the Snazzy FX Hi-Gain. It’s a VCA but also something completely insane/incredible from the brilliant mind of Dan Snazelle. This is part-VCA/part-distortion/all amazing. If you want to explore the outer reaches of sound experimentation with your eurorack system and “BOOST ASYMMETRICAL HAPPINESS” then you should buy at least 2.
Third in our list (which is in no particular order btw) is Mutable Instruments Veils. Launched simultaneously with Blinds it’s a VCA that’s capable of linear and exponential operation with a sensibly spaced panel. For those of us who want something that’s the polar opposite of Snazzy’s creation this is a great, cost-effective module.
“Keep it simple, stupid” said, Dick Dale. Manlike Jason Coates aka Manhattan Analog does exactly that every time. His modules are fantastically well made and efficient, elegant designs. The aptly named Manhattan Analog VCA is a perfect example.
We had to have something with a tube in it in this list. Step up Erica Synths and their Fusion VCA. It’s also insanely thin for a tube-equipped VCA. Skiff friendly!
Lastly, we have the Intellijel Quad VCA. Equally adept at handling CVs or audio signals thanks to exponential and linear operation it’s another ‘built-like-a-tank-module’ from the Vancouver crew.
As with all lists we’re pretty certain we’ll have made some glaring omissions and, of course, everyone will have their personal favourite. So, tell us, what’s your favourite VCA?
Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org with your opinion!
Who’s DJ General ? Who know’s ? Who care’s ?.. but here’s some records he’s bought this week , and listening to now, and deciding to share with you. I think the General seems to have bought a few records with fancy sleeves this week. Maybe he’s more into art than music. Or maybe it’s just.. ‘the arts’. A fancy sleeve however should have no bearing on wether you like a record or not, but it shouldn’t put you off either. . In fact maybe I’ll just go digital. 🙂
Turns out I’m digging the fancy sleeved releases. ..
TTT – Parris. New to me. First record I’ve got by him. Where have I been .. the concoction of electronic music that I love. I’ll need to go and buy his previous releases.. just hope they’ve got good sleeves.
DJ Duke – Green Pastures (Solo Works) – Fresh outa Dublin. But on my deck right now is da man Nicuri’s Remix. (Fresh outa New Joiseee). Proper Tech-House !! .. That was a journalistic genre that just seemed to suck in all the bad records, and then you almost couldn’t say Techno and House in the same sentence, but as I know, you know, and the General knows, many of our favourite records are a blend of Techno and House.. should you want to even try and categorise. .. A good record is good record. (which I suppose is kind of categorising as well). Don’t get me started on pigeon holes. In fact, just make up your own categories. Every record I like, I’m putting into the ‘shite’ category, and who are you to tell me any different !
I seem to have deviated from actually telling you about this record, that has inspired me to rant some shite about categorising music, which I think I’m saying is.. categorise it yourself. Good, Bad, Techno, House, Electronic bamboozlement, The sound of Barry Manilow’s maws 2nd wedding.. whatever the fuck you like. Decide for yourself. But where was I, oh aye, this record.. it’s sort of Techno’y House’y, like the modern sound of New York, meets the original sound of Chicago,. Think Levon Vincent meets Virgo Four…. at Barry Manilow’s maws wedding.
Subapical002 – Compadres of Lundun’s Brokn Toys label, with more Techno leanings.. should you want to categorise. (ps. all categories could be wrong) If you see it in a record shop, give it a listen. Techno-Electro, or maybe Electro-Techno. Track I’m listening to, sounds like a few of my favourite records rolled into one. (from the Techno and Electro genre’s)
Ahh shit, I was going to tell you about another record there, but it’s not got a fancy sleeve…
But before I go.. as far as fancy sleeves go, you’ll struggle to beat this one.. from the Sotofett camp. Fancy sleeve trump card…
In fact I seem to have made it the picture at header of this blog. Fuck knows how I did that. If you’ve actually read this far, then you want to have a good look at yourself !
All I know is that a Pinacolada will never taste the same.
Oh and here’s a wee recording of 3 of tracks I’ve been waxing about, and relaxing to in my back room this Friday evening.. . but ironically, not the pinacolada one. With a cover like that though.. doesn’t really matter what the music’s like, you’re buying it.
I guess the moral of the story is, ” Judge a record by it’s cover” 🙂