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ALM/Busy Circuits Jumble Henge

Eurorack Module By William Stokes
Published May 2021

This may offend certain modular enthusiasts, but I’m a big believer in restriction aiding creativity. Eurorack designers across the board generally pride themselves on their modules’ endless CV input possibilities — which, granted, is one of the main things we love about modular synthesis — but what happens when a module presents an unapologetic WYSIWYG interface: just a handful of audio inputs, one mix knob and no CV inputs? ALM/Busy Circuits’ latest offering is just that. A globe‑spanning collaboration between the British company and Australian developer WORNG Electronics — who specialise somewhat in stereo imaging — the Jumble Henge is based on WORNG’s 14HP SoundStage Stereo Spectral Mixer.

The premise is simple: an arrangement of inputs form a visual representation of the stereo field, with eaALM/Busy Circuits Jumble Henge: 8HP, +12V 70mA, ‑12V 70mA.ALM/Busy Circuits Jumble Henge: 8HP, +12V 70mA, ‑12V input representing a pre‑allocated slot in the stereo image. The lateral position of an input corresponds to its panning, while the vertical position corresponds to its filtering. Patch a source into the top right input and you’ll have a bright sound panned hard right. Patch it into the bottom left input for a low‑passed sound on the left. On first glance it might look like the angular font and graphics of the SoundStage have simply been given the Greyscale treatment, but with the Jumble Henge ALM have added some features and taken some away, compacting the SoundStage’s core functionality into...

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Published May 2021