The Bastl team is on a roll and it has a lot of exciting things going on at Superbooth 2017:
Here it is, at last! The Thyme is best described as a sequenceable robot operated digital tape machine. And a pretty cool one, if you ask us.
With a lot of parameters at hand it enables the exploration of all the time based effects and the vast space in between their classical multi-effects categories!
Each of the 9 different parameters (Tape Speed, Delay Coarse & Fine, Feedback, Filter, extra heads Spacing and Levels, Dry Wet Mix and Volume) has a dedicated and very flexible modulation source – called the Robot – which can be phased out differently for left and right channel to create psychedelic new sound effects.
The Robot can either be an LFO with many different waveshapes, external CV source or an envelope follower to enable effects reacting to dynamics. On top of everything there are 8 buttons to select a preset and those presets can be sequenced by a built in meta sequencer.
Pricing and Availability: The Thyme is ready for production – pricing and availability will be announced in May 2017. Visit the Thyme product page
Peter Edwards a.k.a. Casper Electronics will show his new invention: a portable, experimental synth called the softPop. softPop is a playfully organic, semi-modular light and sound synthesizer with wide variety of sounds: from random dripping water pops to heavy subtractive basslines.
Its fully analog core consisting of heavily feedbacked system of dual triangle-core oscillator, state variable filter and sample and hold is played through an intuitive interface of 6 faders that provides countless combinations which can be explored by anyone.
It can also process external audio thru the filter while using the envelope follower to intuitively synchronise to the incoming signal. The analog soul is enhanced by a quantize feature (auto-tune) and pattern generator with two memories A and B. For adventurous and courageous souls there is a secret chamber in the back for hacking & modding.
Pricing and Availability: Pre-orders will be launched in a couple of weeks priced somewhere below 300 eur. Visit the softPop product page.
The expressiveness of a drumming performance and the freedom of a eurorack modular synthesizer finally have a dedicated interface! Kong is a dual drumpad interface that amplifies the drumpad signal and converts it to trigger and velocity CV signals.
The Gain knob helps to amplify signal from any drumpad and serves as a sensitivity setting for the velocity, too. The whole architecture is fully analog and the Velocity CV signal is generated by sample and hold circuit with extremely low drift which makes it perfect for controlling crazy patches by hitting a bunch of drumpads.
Pricing and Availability: Kong is available NOW for preorder from noise.kitchen for 109 eur without tax. Preorders will ship in June. Visit the Kong product page.
Dude is a portable battery operated 5 channel audio mixer with mini jack inputs and output (Volca mixer, anyone?).
Each channel has a dedicated mute button and up to +20dB gain to boost weak signals or saturate line level signals. It is a monophonic mixer but can drive your headphones and therefore its perfect for small portable rigs or submixes on stage.
It runs on four AA batteries (or external powersupply) and it is almost as small as its batterypack. Because each channel has enough gain that it can be turned into tone generator by feeding the output back to an input thru a passive eq and other simple circuits.
Pricing and Availability: The first batch of the Dude is available NOW from noise.kitchen for 75 eur excluding tax. more information: Visit the Dude product page.
microGranny2 as a DIY kit
microGranny is a granular sampler with built in microphone that operates samples on a microSD card. The microGranny2 was introduced about 3 years ago and still is a very popular machine (we totally recommend it if you’re into fun and gritty sampling devices!).
After several updates Bastl is now offering it as a DIY kit.
Pricing and Availability: It is available NOW from noise.kitchen for 130 eur excl. tax. Visit the microGranny product page.
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