September 21, 2013

The Next Episode...

by Chris Randall

The first production run of Audio Damage modules is officially sold out, at least as far as we're concerned. We've sold the entire production run to Analogue Haven, Alex4 (which is a European distro company started by SchneidersBuero), and EquionoxOz. We've pulled the trigger on the second production run, and will have more backplanes in early November. When this second run shows up, we're going to introduce at least one more new module. Possibly two, but not likely.

Simultaneously, we've begun development on a more powerful CPU/RAM backpack that will enable us to make much more sophisticated modules (think a pretty much full-featured Replicant or Dr. Device in hardware). This will take some months, as these things go, and we'll discuss the feature set here and get some input. We made every attempt, and were largely successful, at keeping the initial Euro release secret. But now that the cat's out of the bag, we'll be pretty open about what's upcoming, unless it's a case where spilling the beans would mean opening ourselves up to competition. However, something like Replicant is an advanced case study in DSP in a Euro context, and is difficult to pull of without starting with an existing DSP library tailored to the task, so I'm not too worried about that. If someone else could have done it, they already would have, since it's such an obvious effect for the Euro environment.

Now, this is not to say that we'll only be releasing DSP-based audio effects. We have plans for several different things, now that we have a WORKFLOW, and finally I get to my point, such as it is. Adam is on the way to Japan, and I'm in charge, and when that happens, my imagination runs wild. (Every time he gets back from Japan, I spend the first three days interrupting his tales of travel to tell him about The Next Big Thing I thought of while he was gone.) One of the things I'd like to think about is a desktop synth.

Now, there is no shortage of desktop synths. One could make the argument that market was all full up. But one could (and in fact did) make the argument that all DAWs come with a delay, so why make one? We built a pretty nice business on that concept. So...

Now, this wouldn't have to be a digital synth (like, say, the MeeBlip -> Blofeld range of devices.) We have strong analog chops up in here. My question is this: if you were presented with a new desktop, a little guy, what would you like to see that you haven't seen before?


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Sep.21.2013 @ 9:34 PM
I can't say for desktop synths. However, it would be really cool to have a little eurorack voice from phosphor.

Sep.21.2013 @ 9:44 PM
Oscillators that could be analog or sample-based (with granular possibilities!) followed by an analog filter. Pop a few choice effects on the back end of the path and I'd be in heaven.

Sep.21.2013 @ 9:46 PM
gm soundset

Sep.21.2013 @ 9:48 PM
only kidding. whether its mono/poly/para some kind of modular software environment for patch creation.

Sep.21.2013 @ 10:05 PM
FM + waveshaping via a wavetable + tuned feedback + resonator + envelopes somewhere between the encore UEG and Malekko/richter envelator

couldn't care less if it's analog or digital so long as it sounds good.

can you take a pic of Adam's reaction when you say "desktop synth" to him?

Sep.21.2013 @ 10:22 PM
It seems like it would be great to be able to patch this theoretical synth into or out of the euro modules in interesting ways. Maybe from choosable points in your normal audio flow. Or I suppose maybe you'd have some normal setup, but allow patching out changes and/or effects. I guess I'm thinking of an Arp 2600?

Personally I'd love to see interesting ways to patch things together. And maybe get more than a pitch and gate out of cv. Like if the filter or anything else is doing some varying curve based on how hard a note is being played, pipe out a cv of that curve in order to enable an outboard effect to match up, with maybe a control to set the intensity of that output.

Sep.21.2013 @ 10:25 PM
I think I just described an envelope output. It seemed different in my head a second ago.

Sep.21.2013 @ 10:33 PM
I would *love* to see a hardware box dedicated to granular synthesis.

Sep.21.2013 @ 10:42 PM
the gotharman little deformer does granular. spendy

link [www.gotharman.d...]

not much for a UI though...

Sep.21.2013 @ 11:40 PM
Somewhere between FM, Granular and Wavetable with analog multimode filters.

In depth sequencer and modulation controls via display or really great UI.

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