Superbooth 2019: Erica Synths Presents 13 New Modules And A New System

Black Sequencer, Black Spring Reverb, Black Stereo Delay and Black Input are among new offerings from the Latvian synth design experts.  

Berlin, Friday, May 10, 2019 — Erica Synths announced several new products at this year's Superbooth in Berlin: a total of 13 new modules and a new Black System II. The new modules include a Black Sequencer, Black Spring Reverb, Black Stereo Delay and many others.

BLACK CLASSIC SYSTEM II

From rich synth leads, massive basslines and cosmic sounds to impressive drones in stereo, Erica Synths Black System II – a well-considered selection of Black Series modules - is designed to be a reliable instrument for work in the studio or in  live performances. It can be used with keyboards, midi sequencers or as a standalone unit — and with some creative patching, users will find that the possibilities of the system are virtually limitless. Erica Synths Black Series modules are also recognized for their build quality, which makes this instrument a lasting investment.

The Erica Synths Black System II contains following modules:

  • Black Wavetable VCO
  • Black VCO
  • Black Modulator
  • Black Mixer
  • Black Multimode VCF
  • Black Polivoks VCF
  • Black Quad VCA
  • Black Output module
  • Black Midi-CV interface
  • Black CV Tools
  • Black Xfade
  • Black Dula EG/LGO
  • Black Octasource
  • Black EG
  • Black Stereo Delay
  • Black Joystick controller

Retail price: 2,600 EUR (tax excl.)

BLACK SEQUENCER

Erica Synths Black Sequencer takes the classical modular sequencing to the next level by adding tons of features required for contemporary modular synthesizers. Black Sequencer features 4 channels with CV, gate and modulation outputs, up to 64 step sequences that can be chained in longer ones, independent track time divisions, multiplications and lengths. CV and Gate recording, built-in quantizer, MIDI in/out and many other features essential for composing and performing electronic and experimental music. Even though it provides many programmable parameters per step, it’s intuitive, easy and straight-forward to use, and, we believe, it will become a master controller of many modular setups.

Features:

  • 4 CV / Gate / Modulation tracks
  • CV / Gate / MOD recording
  • Clock and Reset In / Out
  • Microtonal tuning
  • MIDI In / Out for clock and recording
  • 16 encoders for easy sequence input
  • Up to 64 steps per pattern
  • Song mode
  • Note, Glide, Gate length, Modulation adjustment per step
  • Probability, repeats and ratcheting per step
  • Performance record mode
  • Adjustable shuffle per track
  • Timing divisions / multiplications per track
  • Built in quantizer
  • Random pattern generator
  • Tap tempo
  • 16 banks of 16 patterns memory
  • SD card slot for backup and firmware updates

BLACK STEREO DELAY

Erica Synths Black Stereo Delay is a hi-fi stereo delay with lot of unique features, based on our custom DSP engine. Developed in collaboration with Tim Pechersky aka TeemKaa of Useful Circuits. Tape, digital and ping-pong modes of delay, hold with overdub and delicate delay time and feedback control in combination with CV and trigger control over various parameters make this module not only great effects unit in your modular system, but also - an instrument on it’s own.

Features

  • Stereo delay with adjustable delay time
  • Tape, digital and ping-pong delay modes
  • Tap and clock synchronization of delay time
  • Reverse delay mode
  • Hold mode (samples up to 20” of audio) with Add (overdub) feature
  • Trigger control over Hold, Add and Reverse
  • CV control over delay time, dry/wet mix and feedback
  • Feedback path soft limiting compression
  • Add to hold soft limiting compression
  • Adjustable stereo delay spread

Recommended retail price - 310 EUR (VAT excl.)

BLACK SPRING REVERB

Erica Synths Black Spring Reverb is a different take on spring reverberation units. Firstly, it has a built in compact spring reverberation tank and vactrol-based audio compressor, secondly, it can operate an external tank and combination of both internal and external ones for effects unheard before. Thirdly, apart from feedback send-return loop, it has built-in feedback effects – delay, various filters, etc; feedback amount and effect parameters can be controlled manually and via CV, making the module an experimental instrument on its own.

Features:

  • Built-in compact spring reverberation tank
  • Manually and CV controlled feedback amount
  • Vactrol-based compressor
  • 5 distinct feedback effects
  • Selection between internal, external reverberation tanks or combination of both

BLACK INPUT

Erica Synths Black Input module interfaces your modular system with other instruments. It features a preamp, versatile envelope follower and most importantly – an accurate, low latency pitch tracker that converts incoming audio into CV, so you can play your modular synth in unison with any external monophonic instrument, even a voice.

Features:

  • Balanced XLR, 6,3mm and 3,5mm inputs
  • Input preamp with adjustable gain and level indicator
  • Envelope follower with adjustable threshold and envelope rate
  • Gate and Trigger outputs
  • Accurate, low latency monophonic pitchtracker
  • Continuous and quantized (by semitones) CV outputs
  • Three pitchtracker modes'

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More

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