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.23.2013 @ 1:58 AM
wgparham
The one thing that no one makes anymore, that should be done better/cheaper than it was (and that I also keep seeming to need on the track that I'm composing) is a good string synth. I love them. A really good synth string is not a common thing anymore. Give me something that can sound like an old paraphonic box, but also has some new tricks in it and I will give you my money.

After that, I wouldn't mind a box that was just a sequencer. Something fun. Like Axon, or Numerology in a hardware box that spit out both MIDI and CV so I could hook it up to everything I own. Or, (dream of dreams) an affordable version of the Wiard Sequantizer that shat MIDI.

- William
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 4:29 AM
RobC
In terms of what it sounds like/ features and so on I just want it to sound "Audio Damage" but I also agree with Mike (?) that I'd love to be able to plug my bass into it to use LFOs, filters and whatever else is there. Doesn't have to have a footswitch- it'll always be on.
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 8:54 AM
inteliko
Patch memory
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 9:03 AM
inteliko
SINE WAVE AS A SOUND SOURCE, not just LFO

Noise source

routing matrix (think Ronin)

multimode filter

multi timbral

parameter locks for randomizing goodness

prog change can be seq'd via midi (not sure if thats possible)

A small sequencer for each voice (evolver) , note randomize with locks... ( think not just elektron, but d-16, and if i remember correct bigseq)
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 9:06 AM
inteliko
Im also with mike kiraly
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 9:09 AM
inteliko
It should be able to create a good snare
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 10:14 AM
inteliko
I just described an Evolver + sine and Elektron seq... ignore me.
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 1:06 PM
robbster
Patch memory; don't care if it's digital VA or true analog, just make it sound good and have XMOD Sync somewhere in the flow; true MIDI ports (screw this USB MIDI concept); preferably polyphonic, 4-6 voices will do nicely); lots and lots and lots of knobs; and here's the kicker -- also make a VST version of the same synth, with all the patches cross-compatibile AND all the knobs mapped automatically (not unlike the Novation K-Station/V-Station model).
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 2:47 PM
krylenko
Probably no one else cares, but I'd really like to see a simple desktop sampler. Essentials would be sampling from the unit itself, one knob per function, a handful of LFOs and envelopes with a simple but flexible mod matrix, overdubbing, multiple loop types, sample/loop start and end knobs, and a characterful filter (digital or analog).

No menus (except maybe for MIDI/setup). No sequencer. No in-depth sample editing or layering. Just sample, mangle, play, and enjoy.

Other cool stuff would be two-"osc" sampling with interesting ring mod/cross-mod/sync options. (I'd be OK with one knob per function with a page switch, for this purpose only.) And/or Kombinat-style bit-level manipulation, and/or actual 8-/12-bit sampling through real 8-/12-bit converters.

Probably gonna have to build this myself though.
 
 

 
Sep.23.2013 @ 5:00 PM
synthetic
No one is doing wavetable very well, IMO. I haven't spent much time with the P12, but I mean wavetable that gets *dirty*. And lots of knobs (or faders).

And a great piano and accordion sound, should go without saying. Without those it'll never sell.
 
 

 
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