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’14 Analogsynthesizer Insights

Last November we delivered the first ’14 Analogsynthesizers to VERMONA-dealers. Since then we are continuously manufacturing the synth. We are able to make between 10 and 15 units per month. That doesn’t sound like a huge amount but measured by those numerous necessary work steps, this is no mean feat!

There are a total of about 45 units made. So as you can see: We won’t reach the limit of 222 ’14 Analogsynthesizers within the next couple of days. High demands on the instrument currently means delivery times of up to eight weeks. You will need to be patient if you already ordered or plan to order one. In order to overcome the waiting time we have listed two links about the ’14 Analogsynthesizer for you:

Enjoy reading, listening and watching!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

NAMM 2017

We packed our suitcases and are on our way to NAMM 2017 in Anahaim. During the last months we are busy building ’14 Analogsynthesizers but still found some time to create some new eurorack modules.

We already showed twinVCFilter at last years Superbooth in Berlin. Now you can try out the final version. Additionally we made an extension module that gives out all filter types in parallel as well as a notch. twinVCFilter will be available in the first quarter of this year.

uniCycle is a analog oscillator eurorack module. Beside the standard waveforms sine, triangle, saw and rectangle it offers an even-waveform as well as a special sawtooth with doubled frequency that can be pulse-width-modulated.

There will be use in many eurorack systems for quadroPOL - an extremly versatile four-channel polarizer / true ringmodulator. It also can be used as mixer for audio-signals or control-voltages as well as voltage source.

After we brought vermona-style electronic drums and percussions into eurorack format with twinCussion, we now present a creative method to trigger them: randomRHYTHM. Beside its use as gate sequencer it is a unique clock-generator and -divider.

As you see, this year’s NAMM is very eurorack-related from our side. However, we don’t forgot to bring our stand-alone-classics with us. Just come by to check out DRM1 MKIII, PERfourMER MKII and Mono Lancet ’15.

We are looking forward to inspiring conversations, new acquaintances and sun.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

Six Mono Lancet reviews

This week Ask.Audio published a review of our monophonic synthesizer-expander Mono Lancet ’15. We looked through some of the reviews of its predecessor and were a bit surprised that the oldest of them was published in 2010 - six years ago.

Six years don’t make the synthesizer a ‚classic‘ (like our 16-years-old DRM1) but it may be on its way to get there.

The most obvious difference between Mono Lancet ’15 and its predecessor is the LFO. Mono Lancet had three waveforms for modulations whereas Mono Lancet ’15 has six. The main features are equal on both versions:

  • two analogue oscillators
  • a 24-dB-lowpass-filter with resonance
  • a VCA
  • a LFO
  • an ADSR-envelope generator
  • expandable with the Modular Dock eurorack module

Following, we link to six reviews that are available online, which makes one for each waveform of Mono Lancet ’15s LFO. Enjoy reading (and listening to the sound samples).

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

Links to the reviews

twinCussion: review and videos

German-based online magazine Amazona.de recently published a detailed review of our twinCussion (1) eurorack-module. Even if you don’t understand German you should check out the review (2) as it comes along with a couple of audio demos.

Ziad Sarrouh published two videos on his Youtube-channel. Both showing twinCussion in action. In the first video - Vermona TwinCussion quick Oscillators test (3) - he demonstrates the modules two sound sections. In his second video - 'Touch Me'- Modular Techno part 2 - Ziad Sarrouh uses twinCussion for kick drum- and hihat-sounds.

Enjoy reading, listening and watching!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

Links
  1. twinCussion product page
  2. go to Amazona.de’s review
  3. Ziad Sarrouh - Vermona TwinCussion quick Oscillators test
  4. Ziad Sarrouh - 'Touch Me'- Modular Techno part 2

3x PERfourMER MKII videos

Thanks to social media platforms we can see and listen to what our customers create using VERMONA gear. We are astounded about what is possible with the instruments in your hands.

We’d like to share three PERfourMER MKII videos that we discovered lately. And of course, we are aware that there are a lot of more videos worth to be watched and listened to.

  • Patrick Jordan made an impressing track, only using the PERfourMER MKII without adding any effects. Click here to go directly to the video on Youtube.
  • Pablo K made a track in combination with some other gear (i.e. the Kick Lancet). Here you can go directly to the video.
  • Zaphyd calls his video „Vermona Perfourmer mk2 demonstruction“ and gets some really crazy sounds out of it. You can find the video here.

Enjoy watching and listening.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

’14 Analogsynthesizer production started

Finally, we started producing the first ’14 Analogsynthesizers. And it’s about time - after all, we plan to deliver the first units next month.

It’s awesome seeing how the individual parts merge into something beautiful that we worked so hard on. But looking beautiful is not the point. In the end, each instrument has to fulfill our high tonal standards. Thus each synthesizer will be carefully adjusted and checked and has to pass our obligatory endurance test. A thing well done needs time.

Limit and price

We will only make a total of 222 ’14 Analogsynthesizers. You can get one from our authorized VERMONA dealers at a price of 2.400,00 € (EU price, including 19% VAT).

Those who are curious can also get their hands on the ’14 Analogsynthesizer at our Elektroakustische Manufaktur and of course, acquire one directly here. As a little bonus we would use this opportunity for a detailed introduction to the synth and show you our little manufactory. Vogtland is always worth a visit!

More information

The ’14 Analogsynthesizers product page will be ready in about two weeks. There you will find detailed information about the synth and its functions.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

twinCussion - video and SOS review

We made a little video (1) that gives you some visual and audible impressions of our latest eurorack module: twinCussion.

As you already may know, twinCussion (2) is a twofold percussion module featuring analog oscillators, super-fast envelope generators and VCAs as well as plenty of in- and output jacks.

twinCussion also made it into the current October issue of British Sound On Sound magazine (3). So along with our video you can read what Paul Nagle thinks about the 24-HP-eurorack-module.

Enjoy watching, listening and reading.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach

PS: We’d like to invite you to subscribe to our Youtube channel. By doing so you won’t miss any upcoming videos.


Links
  1. Link to our twinCussion introduction video on Youtube
  2. Go to twinCussion product page
  3. read the Sound On Sound twinCussion review

In & Out

In the video above DivKidVideo explains the features of our twinOUT-module - Thanks! But why are modules like the twinOUT or the TAI-4 necessary. Why not just using a suitable cable to connect the modular system to the outside world?

unbalanced vs. balanced

Inside an unbalanced cable there are two wires: a signal wire and a ground wire. Typically, the signal wire in the center of the cable is surrounded by the ground wire. The latter serves as shield against noise but also carries part of the audio signal and therefore the audio signal is not completely protected against outside interferences.

A balanced cable uses three wires: two signal wires and a separate ground wire. The ground wire again is the protection against interferences and both signal wires carry the audio signal in the following way:

  • the so-called hot wire carries the „normal“ audio signal
  • the so-called cold wire carries a 180 degree out-of-phase-copy of the same signal.

Possible interferences affect both audio signal wires with at the same time in phase.

The receiving device with balanced input brings the two signals back in phase and sums them up. As a result the interferences were canceled out and you’ll get a clean signal

twinOut and TAI-4

twinOUT and TAI-4 convert unbalanced signals into balanced signals. The most obvious difference between both modules is the fact that twinOUT is „just“ an output module and the TAI-4 has additional input channels.


But there is another difference. twinOUT converts the signal with active electronic parts whereas the TAI-4 uses special audio transformers. Beside converting the signal, transformers separates the ground signal which prevents ground loops.

How important are balanced inputs respectively outputs in a modular system?

That very much depends on the rest of your equipment. It doesn’t make any sense to use modules with balanced in- or outputs if you only have devices that cannot handle balanced signals. But, if your following equipment i.e. is a mixing console or audio interface with balanced inputs you should think about getting a twinOUT.

Also in live situation, where long cable distances are common and where you may find many sources for interferences, such as stage lights, the TAI-4 can be your hero against hum.


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’14 Analogsynthesizer - State of affairs

How time flies. It dates back to January 2015, when we presented a first prototype of our ’14 Analogsynthesizer at the NAMM show. We also showed the unit on this year’s winter NAMM as well as on Superbooth 16 (1), along with an announced delivery date for this summer. Well, the summer slowly ends... but where is the ’14 Analogsynthesizer?

Previous history

Last year, we were happy celebrating our company’s 25th anniversary. VERMONA is an important part of this – a brand we revived in 2001 by introducing the DRM1 (2). To celebrate this jubilee year, we planned for something special: an uncompromising instrument, handmade in our Elektroakustischen Manfaktur: The ’14 Analogsynthesizer.

Much too early, Bernd Haller (3), the company’s co-founder, experienced engineer of electronics and passionate musician, deceased early in the same year. All of a sudden we had to rethink our plans and projects. We decided to postpone the synthesizer-project for the time being.

Current status

We revisited the project early this year and have now reached the exciting stage.

The ’14 Analogsynthesizer is no of-the-peg-instrument. Each unit is carefully manufactured by hand and needs its time to reach completion. From mid October on, we will accept first orders and start delivery in November. More details about the order process, scope of delivery, pricing and unit limitations will be announced early in October.

Since the first public appearance of the ’14 Analogsynthesizer, we consistently receive requests for this instrument. We thank you for your patience and your persistence. The wait is soon over and we assure, it was worthwhile!

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach


Links
  1. Our Superbooth 16 quick review
  2. DRM1 MKIII product page
  3. local press newspaper article about the Bernd Haller and the ’14 Analogsynthesizer (German)

Five outstanding features of the qMI 2 - quad MIDI Interface

It seems that rack space is the highest good with eurorack systems. There is a huge offer on interesting modules, the frame is filled in almost no time and you are still thirsty for expanding the system. Making a MIDI-to-CV/gate converter with 24 HP makes no sense at all, does it?

We say: Compared to its amount of features the qMI 2 is lithe and lissom!

Following we will show five functions of the quad MIDI Interface that saves space by making the one or the other additional module useless.

1. Four not just one

The qMI 2 has four individual CV/gate-channels and replaces four single MIDI-to-CV/gate modules. With POLY and M2 it offers two playmodes that can hardly be realized using individual modules. And the automated alteration of M1 and M2 playmode using a gate signal is unique.

If you need to convert more than just one MIDI signal into analogue voltages, you should consider the qMI 2.

2. Converts eight MIDI controllers to control voltages

Beside the 1V-per-octave outputs the qMI 2 offers two more CV outputs per CV/gate-channel. These control voltages are generated by a keyboards or DAWs modulation wheel, aftertouch, velocity and pitch bender respectively MIDI-CC# 7 (volume). With an up-to-date sequencer software these controllers can be drew in easily and sent to the qMI 2 on up to four MIDI channels.

BTW: Pitch bender offers a 14-bit-resolution and qMI 2 responds to it!

If extensive MIDI control of various modules is important for you, the qMI 2 is your converter!

3. Clock outputs

qMI 2 has three clock outputs that transforms the incoming MIDI clock to analogue trigger signals. Each output can separately set to quarter-, eight-, 1/16-notes or triplets. The clock speed also can be doubled for all three outputs in common. A versatile clock-divider is already on board the qMI 2!

Synchronizing LFOs such as our fourMulator or quickly creating a four-to-the-floor-beat can be done easily. Probably, you have much more applications in mind for this handy feature.

4. Replaces Multiples

A classic synthesizer patch with several oscillators and envelopes requires splitting CV- and gate-signals. Gates can be split using passive multiples but for control-voltages you should use an active one.

With the qMI 2 you can resign on multiples for that purpose at all. Using the M1-playmode, all coupled CV/gate-channels work in parallel, so the qMI 2 gives out up to four identical gate- and 1-volt-per-octave-signals as well as 2 x 4 control-voltages for modulations.

As you can see: The four-fold design of the qMI 2 makes sense - not only for polyphony or rotating voices.

5. Manual gates and triggers

Many patches longing for manual triggers and gates. I.e. for triggering a drum sound or opening a VCA.

If you already own a qMI 2 you don’t need specialized modules for that. The buttons of each CV/gate-channel generates trigger- or gate signals.

Probably you will use this feature more often than you think.

The MIDI standard exists for more than 30 years and controlling pitches and VCAs via CV and gate is even older. Despite, conversion from the digital into the analogue world is highly topical. With the qMI 2 we can give you the right tool for that in eurorack format.


Links
  1. qMI 2 product page
  2. qMI 2 user guide