Review: Mutable Instruments Rings

Rings from Mutable Instruments is a physical modeling resonator eurorack synth module with a healthy dose of joyful surprises lurking in its patch points and parameters. It’s designed to mimic the resonant behaviour of vibrating bodies like metal bars, plates, strings, and more, with the ability to blend and bend their attributes. Controls are available for Coarse Frequency, Structure, Damping, Brightness and Excitation Position. Each of these parameters has an input with a handy attenuverter to control the amount and polarity of external modulation, making it easy to integrate with other modules. Continue reading “Review: Mutable Instruments Rings”

Using AIRA Customiser To Unlock Your AIRA Eurorack Synth Modules

Last month we took a look at the functionality of the AIRA Modular series straight out of the box. You can have a look at that review here. Now let’s check out the other part of the equation: The AIRA Customizer software editor. The app works on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android systems, and for this review I’ve been using both the OS X and iPad versions. The customizer unlocks six slots for any configuration of their 31 virtual sub modules to use in addition to the features of the original module. Changes are then saved into the module’s firmware so you can use your new creation in whatever setting you want. You can even save your patch as an audio file that you can play back from your phone into the Remote input of a module to reconfigure it. This greatly expands the abilities of all the AIRA modular units and really lets you convert them to your personal taste. Continue reading “Using AIRA Customiser To Unlock Your AIRA Eurorack Synth Modules”

Roland AIRA Bitrazer, Demora, Scooper & Torcido Eurorack Synth Modules Out of the Box

Part of Roland’s return to the modular world took the form of four effect units. Each piece was made to work both standalone as a tabletop unit, and as part of a eurorack system. Roland’s AIRA line features the use of their Analog Circuit Behaviour technology; taking Virtual Analog to the next level by digitally recreating hardware from the inside out. It was first employed in re-imaginings of classic pieces that took shape as the TR-8, TB-3, and VT-3. However with these effect units they’re creating something entirely new for Roland. Continue reading “Roland AIRA Bitrazer, Demora, Scooper & Torcido Eurorack Synth Modules Out of the Box”

So you want to start a Eurorack system?

Feel like surfing the rising tide of patch cables and joining the eurorack revolution? Here are a few things to consider before getting your feet wet. I recently went through this process and started my own system, and I thought it would be helpful to share the information that I gathered along the way. I’m assuming you already have a basic understanding of synthesis and CV if you’re here. If you don’t then these video courses in The AskAudio Academy are worth watching. Continue reading “So you want to start a Eurorack system?”

Review: Intellijel Cylonix Rainmaker Eurorack Delay Module

Calling the Intellijel Rainmaker a delay module is kind of like calling a lion a cat, or a cruise ship a boat. The Rainmaker is an unprecedented stereo delay module capable of a diverse range of tones and textures with a huge degree of control. The unit is divided into a delay section and a comb filtering section each with their own separate parameters and CV inputs. The vast functionality of the unit is realized with a menu system for navigating and assigning the various parameters. Continue reading “Review: Intellijel Cylonix Rainmaker Eurorack Delay Module”