How to choose a hardware sequencer

Korg Arp OdysseySo, you’re thinking of going Dawless and are considering a hardware sequencer. What are the options and what could they bring to the sequencing table?

Sequencers tend to come in two forms. Firstly there’s the MIDI sequencer which mostly deals in the familiar musical territory of notes and arrangements, and secondly, there’s the analogue sequencer that trades in voltages, gates and patterns. They are often conveniently found in the same piece of hardware but can be used very differently. One of the first questions to ask yourself is what am I sequencing? Do you have MIDI-enabled synths and sound modules that you want to run from a central hub or is your desk full of synths with CV and Gate inputs that are looking for a machine to take them over?

Korg ARP 2600 mini SQ-64 sequencer

Korg ARP 2600 mini and SQ-64 sequencer!

If purely MIDI sequencing is your thing then really the computer-based DAW is by far the easiest and most fully-featured solution but once you start to introduce the odd synth that wants CV then spilling out of the computer box into a standalone box starts to get really interesting. What’s really fun is that there’s no proper way of doing this or a correct solution that’s going to replace your laptop. Instead, we have all sorts of possibilities that bring different strengths and ideas to what can become a bit of a journey.

In this article, I’m going to bring together a bunch of possible products that offer a range of sequencing opportunities that will hopefully inspire you into making a good choice. Some will be standalone, some will be Eurorack based but with a little modular skiff, they can be standalone as well. I’m going to assume that, like many of us, you probably want a bit of MIDI and a bit of CV to cover all the bases. We’re deliberately avoiding all-in-one groove boxes or synths with built-in sequencers, this is about pure sequencing.

Simple Sequencers

At the most basic level, a simple row of looping notes can leave you free to explore the sounds and scope of your synthesizer. But a simple sequence can often bring a surprising amount of versatility and be great fun when performing. If you want to make things more complex then you can always add another one and sync them together.

Single track sequencers appear most commonly in Eurorack. There are deliciously simple ones like the 8-step Pittsburgh Modular Micro Sequence or the 16-step Erica Synths Pico SEQ or 2HP Seq. There are the classic random musings of the Music Thing Turing Machine or the 12-notes of Tenderfoot Lattice that can spin off into 3 or 4 note loopings. But my current favourite is the 8-Step from Wavefonix. It has a classic look coupled with the simple interface of 8 knobs to define the pitch. Each step has a switch that turns it on, skips it or resets the sequence back to the beginning. These simple features let you fiddle about with your sequence in a performance to generate dynamic and evolving sequences. It’s fun and intuitive although it follows no musical scales and so a Quantizer is a useful companion.

Outside of Eurorack the Arturia Keystep and Keystep 37 offer a simple and effective sequencer with both MIDI and CV connections. It’s not really about entering or editing individual notes, although you can do that, it’s about hitting record and playing in a sequence using the keyboard. Very quickly you have musical things going on that you can transpose or overdub, or pause while you play notes over the top. The Keystep is the most instantly useful thing I own for getting something going.

Arturia KeyStep 37

Arturia KeyStep 37

As a standalone basic hardware sequencer it’s hard to beat the Korg SQ-1. While strictly speaking it has 2 channels of 8-steps it’s so easy and useful that it belongs in the first category of simple sequencers. Both channels A and B have their own CV and Gate outputs letting you control two different sound sources and there are multiple modes that affect how these channels relate to each other. The 8 buttons for each sequence let you skip around, mute notes and jump into different timings for some excellent performance possibilities.

Korg Arp Odyssey Module with SQ-1 sequencer

Korg Arp Odyssey Module with SQ-1 sequencer

Complex single track

As I started writing about single track sequencers I realised that there are some that have deep functionality and yet still only produce a single note at a time.

The ones that spring immediately to mind are the RYK M185 and the Intellijel Metropolix that are based on the same concept. Both follow the idea that each step can have up to 8 pulses which are governed by pattern switches that give them a different gate configuration. You find yourself being able to generate complex sequences of varying lengths that respond really well to experimentation. Both the M185 and Metropolix have a lot more going on with modulation, splitting tracks into two, slide and MIDI.

RYK M185

RYK M185

For a complex and interesting 8-step standalone sequencer look no further than the 0-Ctrl from Make Noise. Along with 8-steps of pitch, you get strength and timelines, voltage control over direction and pressure and touch gate outputs for expression and triggering events. It’s a very playable sequencer that loves to be interacted with and has a habit of doing surprising things to your synths.

Make Noise 0-CTRL

Make Noise 0-CTRL

Multitrack sequencing

When you want to start writing songs and tracks with your synths and modular then you’re going to need more than a single sequence. 4-tracks of sequencing seems to have become the sweet spot for crafting enough melody as the bedrock of your performance and for that you’ve got several options.

But first, let’s start with a 3-channel analogue sequencer from Analogue Solutions. It’s called Generator and it lays it all out in front of you with these marvellous rows of 16 knobs. While you can use it as a 3 track sequencer it also encourages you to consider sequencing your modulations and rolling a channel into your filter. It has a row of touch plates designed to enable easy transposition or to reset sequences or to simply output CV. It has an innovative pattern system that interactively changes the arrangement of gates for instant variations. It’s a really nice sequencer to play with.

Analogue Solutions Generator

Analogue Solutions Generator

The Black Sequencer from Erica Synths is a mighty chunk of Eurorack sequencing. It can handle 4 channels of CV/Gate but these can also be transformed into all sorts of modulation and CV generating tracks. The 16 encoders are wonderfully clicky and let you twist in sequences really quickly and also act as an interface for many other functions. There are a load of randomisation options, probability, gate lengths and pattern generation, quantization, time divisions and modulators. It can run your whole rack while digging into MIDI in both directions. The song mode lets you chain dozens of patterns or you can seamlessly move from one pattern to another in performance mode.

Erica Synths Black Sequencer

Erica Synths Black Sequencer

For a standalone sequencer, Korg has gone for a deliciously sleek and stylish look with the SQ-64. It fits very neatly in front of your modular or any other synth and offers 4 tracks of CV or MIDI sequencing. Each step is represented by a button and you can show all 64 steps of one track across the front panel or banks of 16 steps for all 4 channels at once. Seeing it in action with all those lights running through the steps is simply fabulous. Each track can have its own timing, direction and movement and you can dial in different randomisations, loops and repeats while quickly taking out tracks and dropping them back in. The 4th channel deals with trigger outputs giving you a dedicated drum machine with 8 outputs on CV or 16 over MIDI. You have a lot of per-step functionality in terms of modulation and probability and the buttons can convert into a keyboard for note entry. While it doesn’t have a knob for each step it has an elegant and fast-moving workflow.

Korg SQ-64

Korg SQ-64

While the Arturia Keystep offers a fast way to set something going the Keystep Pro brings everything else to turn your sequences into a full-blown track. The keyboard makes everything immediately musical and while not everyone wants to be pushed into a piano paradigm it can be enormously helpful to people who do. You have 4 sequencer tracks that can be directed to synths, modulation or drums although there’s only one set of CV trigger outputs. There are a lot of performance controls with rolls, transpositions and randomisation. It has the weight and presence of a proper instrument that feels at home with analogue and MIDI gear and is very accessible.

Arturia KeyStep Pro

Arturia KeyStep Pro

Choice

The choices we have are amazing and there are many more than we have touched on here. Through the use of sync and reset or MIDI sync there’s no reason why you can’t chain different sequencers together depending on what your needs are and how they grow. Standalone sequencers have the advantage of being portable and ready for action in any situation but Eurorack based ones tend to bring an experimental edge and expect to be infected with CV from other sources. You have to think about the space, the cost and also the workflow. You’ll find them a very different experience to using your computer, there’s nothing quite like interacting with the knobs and buttons of a machine with your fingers rather than through a mouse. Although many of them have USB or MIDI connections so you don’t actually have to go fully Dawless unless you want to.

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Bespoke Synth: A modular DAW for jamming and exploration

Bespoke SynthBespoke is an alarmingly blank void that quickly becomes a bewildering adventure in audio and CV connections, modular sound design and complexity.

Bespoke Synth

It’s not a DAW in the way we usually understand that word but it’s certainly software designed for music production. It’s one of those bits of software that looks nerdy, complex and probably impenetrable to non-programmers – but it doesn’t have to be. Developer Ryan Challinor says Bespoke is a bit like smashing Ableton Live to bits with a baseball bat and then asking you to put it back together. So, Ryan has taken all the elements and concepts found in music software and broken them down into modules which you can then patch together in familiar or new ways. The idea is that you can essentially create a “bespoke” layout that works for you – clever.

Most obviously it comes across as a modular synthesizer like Audulous or Reaktor. A place for patching together synthesis and sequences and it has over 190 modules to let you do that. But it can also be a live looper, a complex sequencer, it can host VST instruments and plugins, it can be a MIDI controller performance platform, and it can be a place for livecoding python (told you it was nerdy) and many more things besides.

Ryan developed it for himself and his own workflow but is opening it up to anyone who wants to give the blank void of Bespoke Synth a go. It can be a bit daunting because you have very little to go on when you run the software. You have to begin by exploring and experimenting. There are a couple of example projects you can load but they don’t tell you a whole lot. Also, all the building blocks are not there or at least not in a familiar way. I just spend half an hour trying to find a filter only to discover it’s there as part of the oscillator, so it’s not necessarily going to follow the rules you expect it to.

It looks fabulously mad and spacey though. I love how the patch cables animate with the signals that are passing through them. It’s both baffling and exciting and full of all sorts of potential if you can get your mind around it. Your best bet is to watch Benn Jordan’s video on it below!

Bespoke Synth is open source and completely free if you want to use it although the website encourages you to pay a few dollars to help out with the costs but it’s the same version regardless. You should definitely give it a go.

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Wavesfactory Quantum: smart transient shaper plug-in with 16 effects

Wavesfactory Quantum featuredThe competent use of modern transient shaper plug-ins brought larger-than-ever beats to mankind. If you are like me, you’d think bigger is always better when it comes to drums. But transient shapers are excellent tools for reducing the impact of hits as well. It’s not all war drums and trap 808s – sometimes the song calls for sparse one-shots. Whatever the case, Wavesfactory’s new Quantum plug-in looks like one rude boy of a transient shaper. It combines smart transient detection and editing with a collection of 16 effects – a no-holds-barred affair that can make or break your beats.

Wavesfactory Quantum transient shaper plug-in

Quantum’s detection algorithms split audio signals into attack and sustain components. That’s two paths, and each can be processed independently. Unlike most transient shapers, this one supposedly doesn’t need a threshold parameter, which means a lot less work setting it up on multiple different tracks.

Transient shaping is one thing, but mangling attack and release stages separately with creative effects is the stuff of audio occultism. Maybe think of Quantum as an effects processor that hits transients instead of dual- band frequency ranges. That ought to give you a hint at the possibilities.

The built-in 16 effects basically mirror any modern DAW’s bundled suite of creative plug-ins. One’d expect simplified variants of the typical dynamics, frequency, time, space, pitch and modulation fodder we know – but the effects in Quantum are full-blooded. They could exist as separate effects plug-ins on their own. That’s near-limitless processing potential.

Wavesfactory Quantum

Price and availability

Quantum is on an introductory sale for EUR 99, down from the regular EUR 149. A free demo version can be downloaded from Wavesfactory. The plug-in works under macOS (10.9 or later) and Windows (7 or later) in 64-bit AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 formats.

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New from Plugin Alliance: The Suhr PT100, Pete Thorn’s Signature Plug-in

Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100 Pete Thorn SignatureThe new Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100 Pete Thorn Signature plug-in faithfully reproduces tubes and boutique circuits into ones and zeros for your convenience. Which means that if you wanted to get Pete Thorn’s amp setup within your DAW, it’s now as simple as downloading a plug-in.

Suhr PT100 Pete Thorn Signature

The world-famous guitarist and YouTuber Peter Thorn is not only known for his tour/session work with legendary artists such as Chris Cornell and Melissa Etheridge, but is also considered one of the leading authorities in terms of sound in the guitar community. The development, modification, and practical testing of the original Suhr PT100 signature amplifier took a whole 5 years. And you can now easily add this boutique amp sound to your favourite DAW.

Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100

Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100

Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100

The Suhr PT-100 is an impressively spec’d version of the classic Plexi-style guitar amp head. It’s the sound we associate with icons like Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, and Jimmy Page, among many many others. It’s the sound we all know and love, that classic Plexi-tone.

Developed by Brainworx, this plug-in emulation offers a huge selection of tones, from unadulterated clean to wonderfully crisp to screamingly high gain. It has three distinct amp channels that make this possible.

Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100

Plugin Alliance Suhr PT100, a neat virtual amp stack with three great channels on offer

Three high-end guitar amplifiers in one

Channel 1 has an American style voicing and delivers sparkling clean to slightly crisp sounds. The second channel replicates the approach of classic British vintage amplifiers, but with additional gain. Channel 3 pushes things even further, delivering an extreme high-gain tone that is thick and juicy, with rich harmonic overtones and a decent shovel of sustain.

Better than the original?

The plugin version of the Suhr PT100 offers further extensive possibilities for sound shaping, thanks to the Brainworx FX rack. You get integrated effects, low and high-pass filters, a noise gate, and a power-soak circuit that elicits additional saturation from the amplifier, making the plugin more versatile than the original. Plus, you don’t need to make your ears bleed to get those driven valve amp tones to your DAW. Or deal with the hassle of mic’ing cabinets.

The plug-in contains 120 Impulse Responses taken from boutique speaker cabinets and vintage microphones, as well as high-end consoles, pedals, and some sweet outboard devices to deliver studio-ready guitar sounds in no time.

You even get presets curated by Pete Thorn himself. The master says: “It sounds and feels like playing the real amplifier.”

Specifications and prices

The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 to 11 (currently only with Intel CPU) and Windows 7 to 10 as AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, and VST3. For installation and authorisation, you sill need the free installation manager. The PDF user manual can also be downloaded from the website.

At the moment, Plugin Alliance is offering the Suhr PT100 plug-in at an introductory price of USD 79.99, which will later go up the regular price of USD 149. If you do purchase it, until the 16th of October, you also get the option of getting any other plug-in from the company for only USD 29.99. And if you’d rather try the plug-in before parting with your cash, there’s a free demo version available for download too.

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AKG Ara: USD 99 USB microphone tackles entry-level recording

AKG ARAIn October 2019, HARMAN-owned AKG introduced the first USB microphone in its long history – the Lyra. This way, AKG lined itself up among the very few premium studio mic brands that throw content creators a straw like that. The USD 199 Lyra must have seen enough success to warrant expanding the line with another, more affordable model – the USD 99 Ara.

AKG Ara USB microphone

The Ara is a USB-powered and connected condenser microphone that toggles between cardioid and omni polar patterns – a feature rarely, if ever seen in this price range. The cardioid pattern lets you record sources in front of the mic while rejecting side and rear sounds as much as possible for sensitive condensers. This is what you’d choose to record a podcast or voiceover. Likewise, the omni pattern captures audio from the front and rear sides which makes it possible to record guests and instruments with room sound.

Sporting a clean, practical look in the recognisable AKG style, the Ara mounts on its own integrated stand and has headphone output, mic mute, and pattern selection controls on the front. I assume the headphone output volume doubles as a gain control, which makes sense on a mic geared towards novices. The Ara records digital audio in respectable 24-bit / 96kHz resolution at a maximum loudness level of 120dB. Add the included accessories, such as the USB cable and microphone stand adapter, and AKG offers a robust package for the money.

AKG ARA front
AKG ARA side

I like how the USD 99 price point is where USB mic makers are really duking it out in terms of added value. I mean, they have to – if everyone can whip up a decent USB mic at that price nowdays, how do they compete? And how are customers supposed to choose? While brand loyalty is absolutely a thing, more often than not such mics are marketed to people with a vague (if any) understanding of who’s who in pro audio. So there you have it – AKG does dual polar patterns, RODE does DSP, and the Yeti Nano… looks cute, I guess.

Price and availability

The Ara is available for pre-order from AKG and its dealers, such as Thomann (affiliate link) for USD 99. It may take a few weeks before stock ramps up and the mic is ready for direct shipping.

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Superbooth 21: DOCtron IMC presents Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain

Doctron IMCDOCtron IMC stands for “Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain” and is practically the “secret weapon” in the Hamburg artist’s arsenal. For the first time, the assembly is available in a complete package format for everyone in good financial standing.

DOCtron IMC – Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain

The mastering chain starts with a 2-band British EQ with low and high shelf filters. With one of the three red buttons on the side, you can switch it to bypass if necessary. Next up is a VCA bus compressor (SSL style) with an auto-release function and a switch for feed-backward and feed-forward compression style for the next section. Side-chain with return and send I/O is available as well.

According to Stimming, the most important part in the chain are the Lundahl output transformers with adjustable drive and gain reduction. That’s the stuff that makes audio sound expensive, so feel free to indulge. All of the unit’s inputs and outputs are designed for 6.35mm jacks. The only exception is the headphone output on mini jack.

Maintaining a completely analog signal path, the device weighs just 990 grams and measures 56 x 146 x 142.5mm. The housing is not beautiful, which – in the analog gear realm – usually indicates a robust and stage/tour-ready construction. In any case, the weight and dimensions are very convenient for touring artists.

Martin Stimming’s Instant Mastering Chain should not only fare well in the studio, but also live. The compressor, filters, and transformers will surely add some ‘balls’ and sizzle to the signal. Predictably, it all comes at a cost.

Doctron IMC - rear
Doctron IMC - front

Price and availability

You can now order DOCtron IMC for the cool price of EUR 2799. Currently only orders from Europe are being accepted. The delivery time for the device, which is assembled by hand in Middle Franconia, is six to eight weeks.

If you are attending Superbooth 21, you can take a look at the hardware in person at Booth W240.

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Lunatic Audio Narcotic: This sequenced multi-effect plug-in is addictive

Lunatic Audio NarcoticReady for some mind-numbing sequenced effects? Lunatic Audio has released Narcotic, a new multi-effect plug-in with some serious sequencing and a very versatile motion engine. If you’re into modulated, sequenced effects that add motion to any audio track, be sure to check this one out.

Lunatic Audio Narcotic

Narcotic is a new multi-effect that injects motion into any lifeless audio track. Sure, it’ll do simple, static effects as well, but its true strength lies in complex, evolving, modulating, sequenced patterns that can turn your audio into something completely different. With its comprehensive selection of effects, it’s also an all-in-one sound designer’s tool.

The term multi-effect is being taken seriously here. The long list of effects includes pretty much any effect you could think of. Choose your poison: reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, tape saturation, compressor, cabinet, equalizer, filters, glitch, rotary speaker, lo-fi, phaser, pitch, clipper, stutter, tremolo, vibrato, stereo widening and more. Phew!

Six of these effects can be loaded into the plug-in’s six slots, which are applied to the audio signal in a series. Each section also includes a modulator with a powerful step sequencer. You can sequence any parameter to create stepped effects that move with your music. Global settings include the input and output levels, swing (for all sequencers), tempo, shape, dry/wet mix and the phase, gate, floor, human and depth parameters. There’s also a large X/Y pad, which provides visual feedback and lets you control effects using your mouse.

All in all, Narcotic looks like a very powerful rhythmic effects tool for sound design and music production. If you love plug-ins like Devious Machines Infiltrator, Output Movement, Portal or Thermal or Cableguys ShaperBox, this one should be right up your alley.

Price and compatibility

Lunatic Audio Narcotic is now available for an introductory price of USD 99 (down from USD 149). This offer is good through September 28, 2021. It runs on macOS 10.8 or higher (M1 supported) and Windows 7 or higher as a standalone application or as an AU, VST and AAX plug-in (32/64 bit).

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iZotope RX 9 is coming! Buy RX 8 until October 12 and get a free upgrade

iZotope RX 8 dealsThings are moving over at the iZotope HQ! The Boston audio software maker is preparing its move in the chess game that is the Fall product season with nothing less than RX 9 – the next major release of its flagship audio restoration and spectral editing suite! To that, iZotope is discounting RX 8 Standard, Advanced, and Post Production Suite 5 to provide an upgrade path towards RX 9 for new users. Hint – it’s a free upgrade if you buy ahead of the launch! Of course, prior owners of RX 8 will be treated to upgrade discounts and loyalty pricing, so all is fair in the end. Note that upgrades and crossgrades to RX 8 are also discounted, but the RX 9 upgrade offer still stands.

iZotope RX 8 (Standard, Advanced) deals at Thomann

The following offers are available until October 12, 2021:

  • iZotope RX 8 Standard – EUR 299, down from EUR 399
  • iZotope RX 8 Advanced – EUR 799, down from EUR 1200
  • RX Post Production Suite 5 – EUR 999, down from EUR 1999

There are additional offers here at Thomann.de (affiliate link)

Alas, we know jack about what’s coming in RX 9. Otherwise, we’d be spilling the beans in typical Gearnews fashion, for we love iZotope products like mumble rappers love AutoTune. I can only presume that iZotope is doubling down on AI-driven features to keep its blade in the spectral game sharp. This year, Steinberg put in serious effort to turn its competing SpectraLayers 8 suite into an example of how AI technology can make production people’s lives easier. In this regard, iZotope has a fantastic foundation to build upon with the assistants integrated into oZone and Neutron. Those were a lifeline for guys like me who still feel challenged by the whole white-gloved mastering and frequency placement thing. It’ll be a long while before the tech exhausts its potential. Anyway, stay put for more information as it trickles down the interwebs…

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IK Multimedia releases the UNO Synth Pro software editor

IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro EditorIK Multimedia has released a software editor for the UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop. That’ll make it much easier to create your own sounds and keep track of your patches on the pair of analog synthesizers. The UNO Synth Pro editor is available as a free download for macOS and Windows.

IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro Editor

Even with analog synths, using a software editor makes sense in many ways. Not only do you get a clear interface that puts all of the synth’s parameters at your fingertips, which is especially useful with matrix-driven user interfaces like on the UNO Synth Pro. An editor also makes it easier to automate parameters in your DAW and save the settings with your projects.

IK Multimedia already offered editors for the UNO Drum and UNO Synth, so it was only a matter of time until the new UNO Synth Pro would also get its custom software. After announcing it about a month ago, the UNO Synth Pro Editor finally became available today.

The interface not only lets you load and save presets, but also provides access to global settings like MIDI, pitch bend range and master tuning. The best part, however, is that you can easily edit all of the synthesis parameters without having to switch back and forth between the oscillators, filters, envelopes and LFOs of the 3-voice paraphonic synth. The software runs standalone or as a plug-in in your DAW, so you can automate parameters and save settings with your DAW projects.

The Engines view gives you access to the oscillators, filters, mixer, envelopes, LFOs and voice settings. Matrix provides an overview of the modulation matrix – expect the editor to come in especially handy here. In Effects view, you can adjust the synth’s effects such as delay, reverb, modulation and drive.

The editor also features a virtual keyboard, which is useful for creating arpeggios and scales.

It’s a good-looking software editor that’ll be a huge workflow improvement for all owners of the UNO Synth Pro.

System requirements

The IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro Editor runs on macOS 10.10 or higher and Windows 8 or higher (64 bits). Unlike the UNO Synth Editor, the editor for the UNO Synth Pro isn’t available for iOS, which is a bit of a bummer. The plug-in version comes in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX formats. The editor requires Firmware version 2.0 to be installed on the UNO Synth Pro.

The IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop analog synthesizers are available from Thomann.de*.

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Superbooth 2021: 6m0d6 – TR-606 inspired drum module from Tubbutec and LPZW

6m0d66m0d6 is a relatively compact 5 channel percussion module that pulls heavily on the feel of the Roland TR-606 while taking it to completely new places.

6m0d6

This is quite a stunning collaboration between LPZW.modules and Tubbutec which brings the sounds of the TR-606 to life in Eurorack form and then opens them up for complete transformation. 6m0d6 replicates the original 606 circuits but then adds further parameters to massively widen the scope of the sound. If you want it to sound just like the original then you’ll find some very helpful markings on the front panel to set everything to. Otherwise, feel free to go to town on the knobs.

6m0d6 includes all seven TR-606 sounds including Bass Drum, Snare, Low and HighTom, Cymbal, Open and Closed Hi-hats. On the original, there was no scope for sound tweaking outside of level control and Accent. In the 6m0d6 everything is out on the table. You have Tuning and Decay on everything, Tone and Envelopes to play with, Noise sources to tweak, and other ideas like Metal Spread and Cymbal Pulse. Along with the white noise and Metal sound of the original you’ll find a third XOR ringmod source for the snare and cymbals. This is a regular adventure playground of a percussion module.

You get 8 trigger inputs including the Accent feeding into 5 separate outputs for the channels plus a mix output. There’s also an additional 8 CV inputs to control parameters. The knobs are packed in quite tight but I definitely appreciate the compact size of such a fully-featured drum module.

The 6m0d6 would match up perfectly with Tubbutec’s 6equencer module which is a drum machine also based on the TR-606. It’s available in both regular Eurorack 3U and a rather cool looking 1U version.

6m0d6 and 6equencer

6m0d6 and 6equencer

You’ll find LPZW.modules in booth Z270 and Tubbutex in booth Z255 at Superbooth.

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