Percussa Kickstarter for micro Super Signal Processor Eurorack Module (mSSP)

My good friends Bert and Celine over at Percussa have just launched a new Kickstarter for the Percussa micro Super Signal Processor (mSSP) Eurorack Module.

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The Percussa micro Super Signal Processor (mSSP) Eurorack Module is a powerful Eurorack DSP module based on one of the fastest ARM processors available, the quad core Cortex A17 at 1.8GHz, and high end AKM audio converters offering 8 in / 4 out with up to 192kHz sample rate and 32-bit resolution.

It comes with 50 modular synthesis patches offering polyphonic wavetable, granular, sampling and traditional synthesis techniques, multi-channel audio processing and much more, all in only 26HP of rack space and for only $549.

See more details and contribute at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/percussa/percussa-micro-super-signal-processor-eurorack-mod.

Photos from Modular Synth Lightning Patch Walkthroughs at the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup

March 2017 Meetup Slides v2

Last Wednesday I hosted the 55th Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup. The meetup now has over 550+ members! This meetup featured the return of a popular theme from 2016, Modular Synth Lightning Patch Walkthroughs.

Here is the format.

Prepare a modular patch prior to the event. 3 days prior to the vent, send me up to 5 photos or screen shots of your patch which I will projected on the big screen night of the event. Bring you modular synth. Provide 1/4″ stereo outs which will patch into a sub-mixer that runs to the PA. You’ll get a mic, a laser pointer, and 6 minutes to talk about your patch. During mingling time, hang out and show people your patches and rigs.

The meetup was well attended and there were some inspiring rigs and patches. Also I performed with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble. A bit thanks to all those show presented and attended!

Here are some photo highlights.

Want to see more? There are over 50 photos on meetup.com from this event. Check out the photos here.

 

Percussa Debuting SYNTHOR System 8 Wireless Digital Modular at @NAMM2017 booth 4823

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My good friends Bert and Celine from Percussa are introducing a new digital modular system – Synthor System 8 – at Winter NAMM 2017.

Check out at SYNTHOR System 8 at booth 4823. 

Synthor System 8 Includes

  1. Percussa ENGINE – A new digital hardware synthesis module
  2. Percussa REMOTE – A new controller
  3. 8 Wireless AudioCube modular controllers (you can add more or use existing current gen of Wireless AudioCubes)
  4. Aluminium rack ears to mount ENGINE above the REMOTE

Percussa ENGINE

ENGINE (top module in rack) is a software digital modular synthesizer that lets you patch wirelessly using AudioCubes. It’s a stand-alone digital modular with no computer required. Synth modules are automatically linked to AudioCubes.

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Percussa REMOTE

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Remote (bottom module in rack) allows you to configure AudioCubes and set parameters in SYNTHOR without having to touch your computer.

Percussa AudioCubes for Wireless Patching

Patch wirelessly by moving AudioCubes next to each other, and change synthesis parameters simultaneously, simply by moving cubes relative to each other. Up to 15 AudioCubes are supported.

Aluminium Rack Ears

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Aluminium Rack Ears are included to mount ENGINE above the remote control surface for optimal usability.

Learn more at http://www.Percussa.com

(no)poem creative limitations: Modular/Looper/Max/Beatstep Meets Octatrack/Blofeld/Lemur

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CREATIVE LIMITATIONS

In my last post, I mentioned the formation of a collaboration with Darwin Grosse called  (no)poem. When we where putting this project together a few months back we started by defining a set of creative limitations which would inform the art for our first mini-tour through Lincoln and to Des Moines.  

We created this set of limitations:

  1. Desktop only
  2. No keys
  3. No laptops
  4. No synced clocks
  5. No sampling of each other's output

RIGS

For Darwin, this meant a modular-centered rig:

For me this meant an Octatrack-centered rig:

  • Electron Octatrack
  • Waldorf Blofeld Desktop with custom presets from init, custom wavetables, and custom samples as oscillator sources via License SL
  • Instrumentality for Blofeld are via a custom Lemur patch on iPad (USB Midi with Camera Kit) and Octatrack (MIDI)

DIFFERENT WORKLOW = DIFFERENT CREATIVE RESULTS

Different rigs and different workflows yield different results of course. A hardware focus means our eyes are free to focus on graphical scores (more on this in a future post) and paying attention to each other's body language. No keyboards means we have to use knobs, buttons sliders, cables, visual feedback from hardware, and in my case, physics and multi-touch through the Lemur interfaces. Again, this changes the creative result – especially when playing tonal passages without being restricted by a 12-tone keyboard interface.

TRANSCENDING TECH TO SERVE THE ART

If you've been following along here on Modulate This! you know I've gone deep with both the Octatack and the Blofeld for many years now so this upcoming tour is the culmination of a lot of work to create expressive workflows around these instruments. 

UPCOMING POSTS

Stay tuned for more detailed posts on how I'm using Octatrack (see dedicated category), Blofeld (see dedicated category), and Lemur. I'll also do some posts on working with grphical scores and free-running clocks.

Lastly, tune into to Darwin's new blog All Things Modular to learn more about his rig and artistic process.

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