Qu‑Bit have been on a progressive Eurorack journey for the last five years or so. Hark back to the much lauded Chord oscillator module, in its MkI form, and the sense of scale was much larger, providing generous spacing across the panel, complete with sizeable pots. One might wonder if their many fans pleaded with them to shrink the form‑factor, to a size which was more forgiving for Eurorack users with limited rack capacity. Let’s face it, most of us are working in a skiff‑based world, and like prime London real‑estate, space is at a premium. Their most recent modules have exhibited size‑shrinkage, while the operational side of their latter modules appears to have increased exponentially, or at least that’s how it feels.
You could easily apply this to Cascade, which is their latest in a line of more bijou modules concealing a mighty amount of functionality. Described by Qu‑Bit as “a ratcheting envelope generator, VCA and sound source”, it packs plenty of functional content into a 10HP panel.
Despite its form, Cascade does not feel terribly cramped. Qu‑Bit module panels are always incredibly clear, with three outputs blocked together at the bottom of the module. Elsewhere, there are six pots, with CV control of each. The only exception to this is the offset pot, which relates to the VCA level, for the purposes of hearing your signal without CV attenuation.
Let’s begin with the first element on parade, which relates to ratcheting. Providing Cascade with a gate trigger will immediately get you off...