Saturday, 11 March 2017

Superbooth 17 Berlin 20-22 April

Nonlinearcircuits Null-A will be at Superbooth 17, Booth E273. The booth was booked by Gareth of Oscillosaurus, who kindly offered to share the space to help promote other Australian Eurorack manufacturers.



btw - cellF will be performing in Berlin on May 12, 13 at HKW

Friday, 10 March 2017

NULL-A................2



Null-A2 is an all-in-one analogue synth packed into 42HP. 
PCB set (2) - USD50
Panel - USD50 
Shipping for these will be USD20 (includes tracking & signed delivery)

I will start selling assembled units from late May, expect USD550.

It features:


2 VCOs
1 state variable VCF
1 ladder VCF
1 VC Delay
3 VCAs
2 LFOs
Mixer
Headphone amp
Sequencer
Clock Divider
Sample & Hold (S&H)
Sloth chaos generator


It does not feature MIDI, micro-processors or any software. 

There are several presets that run between the switches of the jacks. If you insert a patch-cable into either jack the preset is disconnected.



The interesting one is the signals from the Sequencer, Sloth chaos and Tri from LFO2 are mixed and fed to the S&H sample input. This means it is continually generating stepped and smooth CVs (for there is a Slew pot) that are different but related to everything else that is going on.

The Clock Divider gives divisions of /2, /8, /32 and /128. 

The Sequencer has 4 stages but the direction control can be used to make it count forwards and backwards enabling more complex sequences. In normal operation, the ‘x’ output gives the CV generated by the stages 1 thru to 4, meanwhile the ‘y’ output will give a CV signal generated by stages 4 thru to 1.

The VC Delay can be used to generate reverb type sounds but can also be pushed into making all sorts of unexpected zipper noises and effects when the Time and Feedback pots are turn high.

The third VCA is built into the input of the Ladder VCF. If nothing is patched into the ‘CV VCA’ input, the VCA is always on. 

The Sloth Chaos is a very slow CV generator, it can be used to liven up a patch and create slowly evolving sounds. It cannot be controlled, it does what it wants.













Envelope Follower

This Envelope Follower PCB was developed for use in the cellF synth, it is based on the design in the Buchla Easel. Obviously it has a few changes; a gain pot rather than a hi/lo switch and a gate output. It is a wonderfully sensitive and expressive EF, that works nicely with regular microphones and guitars.
The 1/4" jack connects to the switch of the 3.5mm input jack, the outputs are pre-amp (20x gain), envelope and gate. The LED indicates when the gate is on.
note: the panel shown is just a proto-type.



PCB - USD8
Panels - coming soon




Friday, 6 January 2017

8HP Triple Sloth



This module contains 3 Sloth chaos circuits. Each one runs at a different rate; Torpor takes approx. 15-30 seconds to travel around 2 strange attractors, Apathy takes 60-90 seconds and Inertia takes 30-40 minutes.
There are no controls for Inertia, it does what it wants.
The pots for Apathy and Torpor do not specifically alter the frequencies, rather the weight of the outputs. Various settings will cause the signals to spend more time travelling around one strange attractor rather than the other.
Apathy and Torpor also have CV inputs. Sometimes the CV signals are injected onto the chaotic signals but depending upon conditions may cause windows of periodicity or voltage jumps. Generally the results are good.
The X, Y & Z outputs for each Sloth are taken from different stages of the circuit and are all different to each other, although Z is simply the inverted version of Y. The three Z outputs are also fed into a Difference Rectifier and the results of this are available from the + and – outputs at the bottom of the panel. The Difference Rectifier outputs are (ignoring diode voltage drops):
out + = VApathy +VInertia - VTorpor  If greater than 0, otherwise 0
out - = VApathy +VInertia - VTorpor  If less than 0, otherwise 0

 PCB set (2) - US$24
Aluminium Panel - US$20
assembled - US$210

This is not a suitable build for beginners, if you are new to synth DIY, I suggest you get the thru-hole single Sloth.
 





Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Multiband distortion does sax

trip on Muffs posted this track, def worth a listen.
His description -
my multiband distortion processor, recently made this weird thing that sounds like a prepared sax: https://soundcloud.com/tclutterbuck-1/saxthing

It's all four channels of the multiband distortion through four vcas in a feedback loop which acts as a kind of noise source, which is then sent through a bunch of filters which are mixed together and sent into back into the other mbd input. Whole thing is modulated by some lfos through two nlc neurons which provide that pinch bendy stuff, it sounds bloody awful and I love it. no wiggling required, analogue physical modelling let's go


https://soundcloud.com/tclutterbuck-1/saxthing

Saturday, 10 December 2016

CellF at Mofo in January 2017

Don't forget to head south to Tasmania in late January to see cellF running for 3 days at the Mofo festival. Each day cellf will perform with a different musician (to be announced). All the synth and neural interface designs are by nonlinearcircuits - 100% analogue.

cellF at Mofo info