Softube Modular Updated

Softube has updated Modular – official Eurorack synth emulation with modules from Doepfer and Intellijel. 

Though there are no new modules in this update – it is great to see proper drag’n’drop implementation for modules. With the new release it is much easier to rearrange modules in the rack. 

The center bar now also follows sideways scrolling in small interface sizes, and the CPU usage has been reduced.

Since Softube now using Gobbler for updates – updating Modular takes just few minutes – Launch Gobbler and click Update on Modular. 

In the next update that is coming in spring Softube promised release of new module “modelling an existing Eurorack hardware module, and you will love it”. I hope to see something like Make Noise Maths that could really increase the possibilities of the Modular dramatically. Also it would be really good to see Mutable Instruments Clouds and 4MS Spectral Multiband Resonator as virtual modules in Modular.

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Intellijel introduced Plonk and other new Eurorack modules

Intellijel in partnership with AAS (Applied Acoustics Systems – plugin developer of virtual instruments based on physical modeling synthesis) introduced new Plonk Eurorack module.

Plonk features:

  • Resonator section models strings, beams, marimbas, drumheads, membranes, and plates.
  • Exciter section comprises a realistic mallet model and flexible noise source.
  • Two Voice Polyphonic at full resolution (24-bit 44.1Khz)
  • Pseudo multitimbrality via CV selectable presets recalled on each new trigger/gate.
  • Full parameter randomization possible.
  • All synthesis parameters can be assigned to the X and Y controls

Street price is $309 and it will be available in Q2 2017

Endorphin.es released Grand Terminal Eurorack Module

Endorphin.es announced about a year ago upcoming update to their Terminal module (now discontinued) which is called Grand Terminal. It comes with a bunch of stereo effects and still works as a great all-in-one envelope, lfo, filter/low-pass gate module.

It is a complex all-in-one module that together with any oscillator (e.g. Furthrrrr Generator) or even on its own represents a full modular synthesizer voice.
On one hand, the module is simple – just two envelopes and two lters which are very handy for beginners, having a block of modules that in some approximation usually could be found in every keyboard synthesizer like Moog, Nord, Prophet, or what- ever. Such a set of blocks is extremely handy for live performances having everything in a yet compact but accessible way.
On the other hand, everything is modular and CV controlled. By pressing a few button combinations, surprisingly advanced possibilities open up without deep menu diving.

• 26 HP, 1” in depth – super slim and Shuttle friendly
• Dual multi-mode lter (ladder, diode, vactrol, state-variable lp/hp/bp and comb) in dual, stereo and serial modes
• Dual looping/AD/ASR envelope generator that acts as band-limited oscillator when cycling at linear slopes
• Stereo “Cabin Pressure” processor with different ambient effects: from shimmered halls and reverberations to a spring simulation over tape/ping-pong delays to a chorus
• Separate mono modular level output and stereo line level output for direct line recording or driving the headphones.
• Easy rmware update via USB
• And of course fully compatible with GatewayT_XP
• I/O: 48 kHz 16 bit audio

Check out intro video and amazing manual: http://endorphin.es/assets/endorphin.es_grand_terminal_manual.pdf

Intro to Modular Synthesis: Making Generative Music

Breaking down some of the most useful module types one-by-one to aid in the pursuit of making generative music on your modular. AKA: How to jumble your shit! TABLE OF CONTENTS:

2:38 VCAS – To Modulate Modulation
8:35 LFOS – To Enact Changes Over Time
11:00 Random Voltage Generators – To Add Life
12:17 Pitch Quantisers – To Make Randomness Musical
14:15 Clock Dividers – For Long, Timed Occurrences
19:49 Sequential Switches – To Jumble Your Shit
23:25 Logic Modules – To Make Ace New Clock Patterns Out of Simple Or Unruly Ones

Qu-Bit Wave – Sampler Eurorack module

The Wave is a voltage controlled, polyphonic sample player. It is designed for the simultaneous playback of high fidelity audio files. Each channel has its own varispeed pitch control, allowing for countless permutations of the original sample. Each unit ships with a microSD card replete with drum hits, synth sounds, vocal samples, and more, ready to get you patching immediately. From drum machine to full-blown music production system, the Wave opens up a whole new world of sounds within your Eurorack modular.

  • High quality audio playback
  • 4 banks of 16 samples can be stored at a time (64 samples total)
  • Unlimited file length
  • Ships with microSD card loaded with Wave one shot sample library
  • Width: 28hp

The Wave will play 44.1 kHz, 16 bit, mono, audio files in the .wav format.
The files should not contain meta data.
Visit www.qubitelectronix.com/waveformat for detailed information on how to format files as well as download our free formatter application that will handle the formatting for you.

Softube Modular Review

First Eurorack Plugin authorized by Doepfer and Intellijel 

Buchla and Moog started with modular synthesizers in 1960s and Doepfer made it affordable in 1990s by introducing the Eurorack standard.

Softube has introduced Modular – their own take on Eurorack bringing unique expandable VST instrument with almost unlimited possibilities.

Softube has great experience on emulating hardware gear – from guitar amps to high-end compressors and vintage EQs. Even some DAWs – Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason have Softube modules embedded out-of-the-box. Their work with Tube-Tech is probably one of the best and closest mixing gear emulation you can find in VST. With all that experience you can expect highest quality of their new plugins.

Unlimited options of rewiring modules with feedback loops and cross modulations was always stopper for faithful modulation of Eurorack systems.

However Softube managed to get a truly analog sound – the sound of its oscillators and filters is amazing. But beyond that you can do everything you can imagine in Eurorack with feedback loops, modulation and audio-rate modulation as well – simply connect audio output of one of your modules into the input of another module.

With DC-coupled audio interface you can send CV signals from the Softube modular right into your modular rig.

Modules that are already presented in Softube Modular would cost you at least $2000 (without the case and power) if you’re making your own Eurorack. But the beauty of the software emulations is that you can add multiple copies of the module – I have not seen Euroracks that have let’s say two Korgasmatrons and three Rubicons… but you can easily do that in Softube Modular.

In Softube Modular basic system contains six Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO)

Basic system also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches, multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a Polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).

Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel is available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon).

What’s next?

We can’t wait to see more brands like Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, 4ms, Verbos, Harvestman and others joining the party while Softube bringing some of their plugins (delay, reverb…) into the Modular format as well.

Pros:

  • Sound is very close to the real Eurorack
  • Unlimited modulation options
  • New modules come in future releases
  • Hearbeat users got drum modules in Modular
  • Up-to 4 voices polyphony support (via MIDI-CV notes distributor)

Cons:

  • CPU hungry (due to the complex mathematics and upsampling – that’s the price of good sound quality)
  • No modules drag’n’drop
  • Very basic sequencing abilities

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Alternatives:

Reaktor Blocks update brings Eurorack and Maschine integration

Native Instruments has updated Reaktor Blocks to v.1.2 (Blocks is modular Eurorack-style extension for Reaktor 6).

New update brings integration of Blocks into Eurorack (or other modular format) setup. NI also introduced couple of new blocks available via Reaktor User Library: Maschine sequencer and NIJI Drums (set of modules that emulate classic drum machine sounds).

First new block is Pitch CV out which is converting Pitch into CV signal that can be sent into Audio output via DC coupled interface and also the block has calibration feature. There are several options how to get this signal from Reaktor into Eurorack: DC-Coupled audio interface (ex.MOTU), Specialized Eurorack Module – ex. Expert Sleepers ES-3 or one of the Roland AIRA modular devices that work as audio interface when connected to USB port of the computer – so you can use their outputs to transmit CV signal from Reaktor to Eurorack.

Second block – MIDI out is converting Reaktor internal CV signals + Pitch and Gate into MIDI Pitch, Gate and CC messages. With MIDI out you can send pitch, gate and CC messages to any MIDI to CV, USB/MIDI/CV device to get that signal as Eurorack CV. Our favorite in this department is Endorfin.es Shuttle Control. This Eurorack module has 16 configurable MIDI to CV outputs and supports Eurorack pitch format (1v/oct) as well as Buchla format (1.2v/oct).

Third new block is Gates and Triggers. Generate up to four gates and triggers from incoming signals. Perfect for pinging filters, triggering function generators and envelopes, clocking sequencers and much more. Connect external modular gear or use them internally in your Blocks patches

Also NI released two new blocks (one block and one block set) via Reaktor User Library. Those are Maschine Sequencer – drum sequencer with 8 gate-outs easy controlled via MIDI Maschine template. For now the MIDI template was released for MKII only (where’s Maschine Studio support?). But MIDI template uses CC messages so it should be easy to configure similar MIDI template for Maschine Studio, Maschine Mikro and even other MIDI conrtollers. Release of Blocks 1.2 opens whole new world of new blocks for various midi controllers – it should be really cool – I can’t wait what amazing Reaktor community will release in the next weeks.

Another addition NIJI DRUMS is set of 8 blocks emulating classic drum machine sounds. 8 drum sounds would play nicely with new Maschine template.

Watch these videos to learn how to use new Reaktor modules: