Waldorf Music are introducing their so-called ‘Eurorack Pack’ — a stylish, state-of-the-art, self-contained modular synth system, comprising the kb37 Controller Keyboard and three colourful new modules for the popular Eurorack format to accompany the already-available nw1 Wavetable Module launched last year.
Three different modulation sources in one module make the mod1 Modulator Module the control centre of any ‘Eurorack Pack’ patch. From simple envelopes and LFOs to complex looped multistage curves, the mod1 delivers endless modulation options — and all based on all-analogue circuitry.
The dvca1 Dual VCA Module is built around two VCAs (Voltage-Controlled Amplifiers) with a wide range of options, including the most important one of all: an ability to musically colour the signal. Starting in dry mode results in transparent analogue amplification, and turning the Colour knob introduces a warmer timbre derived from a state variable filtering circuit. But beyond that, simultaneous Linear and Exponential control as well as specialised AC and DC coupled inputs are also provided. Positive Gain control makes the dvca1 a true ‘amplifier’ and flexible ‘Linked’ modes make modulated panning perfectly possible.
The cmp1 Compressor Module is an analogue compressor that’s designed not only to add punch to the signal path, but also to be modulated in intriguing and unconventional ways. Side-chaining with an adjustable Balance control opens up a huge set of modular possibilities. The cmp1 has all the features expected from a modern compressor, including Attack and Release controls, automatic and manual modes, hard and soft knee, as well as output Gain and Bleed amount for the original signal.
The kb37 Controller Keyboard comfortably accommodates and powers all four Waldorf Music modules. It can house up to 100 HP of Eurorack modules in its conveniently-angled panel sitting atop a 37-note, full-sized Fatar TP9 keyboard, featuring a high-quality key-bed that transmits velocity and aftertouch. As such, the kb37 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD provides flexible control for any mounted modules, thanks to its high-resolution, temperature-stable 16-bit CV (Control Voltage) interface, and also offers MIDI I/O. As well as providing perfect connectivity, capably serving performing players and sound designers’ desires with an array of realtime control elements such as pitch and mod wheels, the kb37 is compact and easy to transport — just like a conventional synthesizer keyboard, bringing both style and reliability to any performance setup.
The nw1 Wavetable Module is already available to purchase through Waldorf Music’s global network of dealers and retailers at an SRP of €345.00 EUR (including tax). The newly-announced ‘Eurorack Pack’ products — kb37 Controller Keyboard, mod1 Modulator Module, dvca1 Dual VCA Module, and cmp1 Compressor Module — are expected to ship during the third quarter of 2016.