September 10, 2015

Stereo Effecting...

by Chris Randall

Yeah, long time no post. I know. I'm a terrible person. Email me if you need my lawyer's address. Extra super-duper busy around here this summer, as we prep for our fall releases. We have several hardware products coming out before the end of the year, and it doesn't leave me much time to do the interesting things that I normally talk about here.

Speaking of, we're pleased to announce the release of ADM10 Kompressor and ADM11 Dimensions. These are interesting inasmuch as they are the first direct ports of our plug-in products to hardware; previous releases have all been sort of based on various aspects of our plugin line, but these two are the first to basically go whole-hog. Kompressor contains the entirety of our Rough Rider plug-in, while Dimensions contains the entirety of Fluid. Both have extra hardware-appropriate features, but the DSP code is almost verbatim.

These also mark the debut of our ad-ab-03 platform, which is the replacement for our initial ad-ab-01 platform (from which all of our 3-knob effects were derived.) We have ceased manufacture of the -01 based products; they are still readily available in various retailers around the world, and we have enough stock on hand to honor warranty replacements and what-not, but we won't be making or shipping any more.

ad-ab-03 is far superior to the -01 models. It has, as you can plainly see in the above picture, four panel-bolted BI 100K-turn pots, custom Rogan knobs, and a USB port for firmware updates. We've double-stacked the boards so we could squeeze 2HP more out, resulting in a 6HP module. All in all, this new platform shows everything we've learned about making hardware in the last couple years, and is a sizeable improvement.

Some products from the existing line will be ported to the new system. Some will not. We haven't come to a firm decision in that regard. We'll keep you informed, though.

In any event, both Dimensions and Kompressor are available for immediate shipment from the Audio Damage store, as well as many of our retail partners. If your favorite store doesn't carry them, be sure to ask, and they'll contact us directly. We also have Sequencer 1 back in stock for direct orders.

In other news, yes, we have several more hardware releases before the holidays. At least one of those will be a Eurorack module. Read that however you want. I've been working 12-hour days for the last week, and I'm going to take the evening off to try out this new version of Reaktor.


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Sep.10.2015 @ 9:08 PM
Duke Fame
Being a non-Eurorack guy, I am looking forward to the inevitability of, er I mean looking forward to the theoretical idea of, AD branching out into non-Eurorack hardware widgetry.

"You hear that Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability."

Sep.10.2015 @ 9:20 PM
Adam Schabtach
@Duke: quoting from The Matrix always goes over well with me. Here's a teaser I dropped a few days ago: link []

Sep.11.2015 @ 2:21 AM
raoul duke
These look great.... bet they sound even better.

Do you think the increasing availability of eurorack FX modules is making it a viable alternative to an API lunchbox audio processing setup?

I can see Eurorack becoming appealing to people who have no interest in patching a synth. Plus it's cheaper to get started than a lunchbox setup.

Won't be long until Eurorack mic pre's, eq's etc. make an appearance I reckon!

Sep.11.2015 @ 8:33 AM
Congratulations on these. Great job. They look great and, generally, we already know they sound great. You say the knobs are custom? I like the knobs.

Sep.11.2015 @ 4:15 PM
Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing what else you have in the pipeline. Your 914 fixed filter bank would be nice... although the UI would be expensive to manufacture.

Sep.11.2015 @ 7:17 PM
Really awesome stuff! Poking forward to adding some AD modules to my system soon. These look great.

Sep.12.2015 @ 1:14 PM
From the standpoint of both aesthetics and functional density, these modules fucking nail it.

Sep.12.2015 @ 9:54 PM
congrats on the new releases! they look great. enjoying seeing the evolution of your designs/features etc. you guys learn fast. :)

Sep.13.2015 @ 4:40 PM
Chris Randall
@raoul duke Personally, I don't see that happening. The Eurorack system isn't very quiet (at least, not 500-series Studio Quiet) and it runs at much higher voltages than pro audio. These (and any Euro module, really) will certainly work fine as inserts, but since they're more or less the same code as the plug-ins, I'm not entirely sure what the point would be.

Sep.15.2015 @ 5:37 PM
>I'm not entirely sure what the point would be.<

All the fuckin analogs, that's what. Jesus dude, I thought you were a pro.

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