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Intellijel Tetrapad & Tête

Eurorack Modules By Rory Dow

The Tetrapad and its expander, the Tête, offer a wealth of functions based around four touch- and pressure-sensitive sliders. On the TetraPad itself, each slider offers a pair of CV outputs and a clickable encoder used for a variety of functions. In its default mode, each slider outputs fader position and pressure CVs, but by switching modes the sliders can be set to function as switches, drum pads, voltage stores, chord generators, a keyboard or four independent LFOs.

Intellijel Tetrapad: 20HP. +12V 130mA, -12V 15mA.Intellijel Tetrapad: 20HP. +12V 130mA, -12V 15mA.On its own, the 20HP Tetrapad makes an excellent multi-purpose controller. When adding the 8HP expander, however, the functionality of the Tetrapad changes so much that there is actually a separate manual for the Tetrapad plus Tête. Everything the Tetrapad can do on its own is still possible, but the Tête becomes the brains of the operation adding extras like an OLED screen, sequencer, gesture looper, preset saving, plus a selection of freely assignable modulation inputs and outputs.

Together they work in one of three modes: Combo, Notes or Voltages. Combo mode is perhaps the most flexible, allowing for each of the four sliders to be configured separately. Each slider can be assigned a role as a simple fader (unipolar or bipolar), crossfader, euclidean pattern generator, dual switch, LFO or a four-way voltage store. The pair of CV outputs...

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Published July 2020