March 28, 2006

Messe: Cwejman module pic...

by Chris Randall

Shawn from Analog Haven is at Musik Messe this week, and is promising to send me many pictures of cool shit. Above is the first of many, an image of the entire Cwejman modular lineup. Click the image for a high-res version.

This looks like a pretty nice system to me. Quasi-typical, but there are enough modules in the initial lineup to make a reasonably sophisticated system, from the looks of things.



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Mar.28.2006 @ 12:06 PM
Muff Wiggler
can't tell from the photos...are these 3U or 5U high? frac compatible?


Mar.28.2006 @ 12:18 PM
Chris Randall
You know, I was wondering the same thing. Judging from the size and placement of the 3.5mm jacks, I think that they may be 4U, oddly enough. I'd love to be wrong there.



Mar.28.2006 @ 12:20 PM
Muff Wiggler
i'd love you to be wrong too......4U? wtf hehe

Mar.28.2006 @ 1:08 PM
the harvestman
These are in eurorack format... prototypes were shown at NAMM with a hilarious amount of surface-mount components. Absolutely awesome... the VCO2RM packs an incredible amount of functionality into 20HP. The wide mounting holes make me hope that these will sit well with Analogue Systems modules in Doepfer-tapped rails. Shit, I'd pay a high price for some of things once I get around to assembling a second rack of modules.

Mar.28.2006 @ 2:15 PM
I was thinking of just adding the Oscillator and Filter to my System but even the LFO's and ADSR's are more functional than Doepfer's or AS's.

Mar.28.2006 @ 2:45 PM

I've signed up just to disagree with this as I feel that Cwejman makes fantastically well thought out stuff, with loads of functionality and ergonomics that make them far above much of the other gear inproduction of this type.

The ergonomics on these modules are fantastic, with really well thought out functionality:

Envelope- The gate/trig for the first envelope in their dual envelope is prepatched to the gate/trig of the second envelope, which can be interrupted as needed. The envelopes offer positve and inverted outputs all of the time. The envelopes have CV control of amplitude attenuation, and individual CV control of every stage in the envelope. They also have a switch for log and lin.

LFO- Huge waveform variety on both LFOs with an amplitude or ring modulation output from the both working together. Also, two forms of sync, a switch fo automatic sync between the two LFOs and variable trip point fo the sync. Woah! This sort of LFO has never, ever existed in any modular, though the Synton 3000 can get close using it's facilities.

VCEQ- This is an EQ in eurorack format with three poles which are all continuously variable through the ENTIRE audio range available to the EQ, and all of this is voltage controllable. Quasi-typical? Come on... Buying an analogue EQ that can do this would be horribly expensive and take a couple U of space anywhere else, let alone fitting in eurorack, let alone CV control of freq/bandwidth/level.

VCO- Both oscs have loads of waveforms including pulse-width controllable pseudo-saw (!!!!). Either can be flipped into low frequency duties, they can sync with a switch internally, the variable FM for Osc 2 is prepatched to Osc 1, there's a ring modulator built in and there's inverted phase outputs for each Osc available.

MMF- inputs, dual peak filter types with spacing control, CV control of everything, 14HP of space. O_o

VCA- Three VCAs in one unit, or a stereo VCA with a center channel which can pan around, with 2 of the VCAs being able to go Lin/Log. Nothing does this in eurorack right now.

VM- It's a synth in a module, complete, with 2 envelopes, an osc and a filter. It can also be a standalone filter... Three of these will fit in one rack of euro... that's triads in eurorack in one 3U cabinet... Jazz in 6U.

These modules are everything the 100m did right, plus everything the Arp guys did right, wrapped into eurorack. Don't discount them as quasi-typical. Jesus.


Mar.28.2006 @ 3:10 PM
These modules look great, and I believe your point about the deep functionality, but I think these modules are "Quasi-typical" compared to Plan B, Livewire or some of the newer Buchla-esque Doepfer modules.

Mar.28.2006 @ 3:17 PM
Chris Randall
Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but it's a motherfucking duck. They're nice and all, and I think they're good looking modules, and they have a lot of extra features, but you really need to get a hobby or something if you're losing sleep over the fact that I pointed out that, yes, they're nice, but yes, they're basic building blocks.




Mar.28.2006 @ 3:53 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
They are a great design, but they are the basics, so if you already have a large system, there's not a lot of desire there. But if i were starting out, I'd look at this first. Nice layout, and lots of features, they look great, I just hope they keep expanding the selection.
The VCEQ looks great, but it looks like it lacks an output for each band, which would make it really cool for tricks like the Drawmer Three-Sum:
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Mar.28.2006 @ 4:50 PM
What is going on with the cwejman site, I only see (0x0) on their home page. link []">link []

better info can be obtained by looking through the back windows of analogue haven, see PDFs, look at more images.
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