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Axoloti Modular Synth – DIY Clavia Micro Modular-Style (Indiegogo Projekt)

Axoloti is a DIY Modular synth project that has a lot in common with the  Micromodular , Micro Modular Modular Synthesizer by Clavia

here’s what it does an looks like – the GUI – much like the Nord Modulars…

and here’s his speech at the 31C3

(not that fast but listen to it! he’s at the ccc explaining it to nerds not among synth / musicians)

the basic thing is this piece of hardware with MIDI, some buttons and a little display – and it reacts to OS X, Windows and Linux. hope this thing will be done and made, so just do it!
And of course this is not closed source like the Clavia. It’s an ARM Cortex M4F. ARM is sort of the real antagonist to Intel. It’s a Processor. Not a DSP. But it’s the number cruncher. Can be compared to fast Tablets and Smartphones but would need a lot of details – in fact it is a fast load of power for doing a modular synth.

check this out it is easy to “read” as a synth guy: and don’t get shocked it’s not just windows – its ALL platforms! participating is about 60€ – just to give you an idea. plus shipping etc.
you might add a front panel, and solder some potentiometers, faders, leds and switches to the GPIO pins.


Dieses “kleine” Projekt erinnert sehr stark an den Clavia Micro Modular und basiert auf einem kleinen Board mit ARM A4 Prozessor- die Aktion hier handelt von dem eigentlichen Kern (Core) – und wird passieren, wenn du das Projekt bei Indigogo unterstützt. Da es bisher keinen Nachfolger gibt und Clavia keinerlei Signale gibt den G3 zu bauen, vielleicht einfach mal ein belgisches Modularsystem? Und offen! Denn hier hält keine Firma die Quellen zusammen und “closed source” mäßig zusammen, weil – könnte ja mal wieder irgendwann kommen (kommt aber nicht, kann man sicher sein, erstmal).
Komplett würde es durch die “Control” genannte Einheit, die noch nicht so weit ist und vielleicht als nächstes weiter entwickelt werden könnte, je nach dem wie erfolgreich das Projekt wird.

UPDATE: it did work! there’s enough money to run the first batch and a little more – the official site is http://axoloti.be
UPDATE: 19.Jan: about 480 will be made

Forum-> Axoloti – DIY Micro Modular? – auf Indiegogo


an older patch



ok – this is not part of the indiegogo thing.. but it may help to understand the “nord modular” similarity – but this is not yet ready. this is sort of the control part and therefore referred to as “control”

The advantage of Axoloti Control over a midi controller is that you don’t need to midi-map parameters in order to tweak your patch. It can show parameter names and real world units rather than just midi numbers. Or show a oscilloscope waveform or edit a step-sequence



the midi i/o etc. being part of it is smaller – it’s this one – it’s the basic thing you need to do the work. so – this is what isn’t like the nord – it’s not one machine you could buy (of course) but the most important stuff is in here. referred to as the core. hence the name.


Forum • Axoloti – DIY Micro Modular? – auf Indiegogo.
what is in it so far..

audio input
audio output
digital in (including optional pullup or pulldown configuration)
digital out (push-pull or open-collector)
analog in
digital PWM outputs
pulse-width modulation
saw with sync
square with sync
lowpass biquad
bandpass biquad
highpass biquad
lowpass 1st order
highpass 1st order
controller in
controller out
keyboard (incl. velocity, release velocity, polyphonic pressure)
bend in
bend out
channel pressure
1,2,3,4… input mixer
Logic operators
similar as in Pure Data
Delay lines
similar as in Pure Data
bandpass-filter based spectrum analyzer (constant-Q)
FFT-based spectrum analyzer
Square root
Soft saturate (non-antialiased)
infinite gain clipping (alias-free)

another demo and patch – which is quite easy to understand

this one features samples – re-organising a breakbeat (I did this a lot on other systems so it is a good demo)
look at it – it’s a lot easier than coding / clicking that on Max or PD – looks like a want one to me..

Alpha Juno Fans ho(o)vering over this

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Synthesizer-Magazin: SynMag #45 am 17.7.2014

SynMag #45 Mitte Juli 2014 (ca. 17.7.)


SynMag Das Synthesizer-Magazin: #45



Roland TR8 – Instant Electro oder – ein guter TRhronfolger?

Audiowerkstatt – MIDI Zeitversetzter und Raumkrümmer (DIN-Sync, MIDI-Clock)

Bastl Instruments Trinity – Kästchensystem für den LoFi Sound

Clavia Nord Lead A1 – Ist minimaler auch besser? Wie gut seht er zwischen Nord Lead 2x und 4?

Modular Synthesizer Meeting Happy Knobbing 2014 – Advanced Gearporn!

Elektro für 100€ – Geht das? Ja!

(upcoming: Moog Theremini)

Die andere Seite

Ableton Dark Synth und Vocalism – Additiv und “was mit Stimme”…

Xils Lab 4 – Der doppelte EMS mit vierfacher Matrix

Cakewalk Waveshaping in Mega-Deluxe (von Windows zum iPad): z3ta+

“it’s bigger on the inside”: Monoplugs B-Step Sequencer

Cakewalk Sonar DAW X3 Check für die Windowsinsel

Buchtipp Elektronik in der Popmusik

Menschen & Studioporn

Jam El Mar

Patrice Bäumel

The Horrorist

Erik Seifert

Pyramid Peak

via SynMag – Das Synthesizer-Magazin

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23-26.1.14 USA, NAMM 2014 – Overview – Übersicht

start hoping, wondering, wishing for news..
wie immer können wir jetzt schon wünschen und spekulieren und bangen.und auf einen G3 Modularsynth mit Sampling hoffen und das alles: Forum • 23-26.1.14 USA, NAMM 2014.
important highlights @ NAMM 2014 so far:

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Clavia Nord Lead A1 – Analog Modeling Synth – reduced to the – minimal maximum

Clavia were the people who introduced the term “virtual analog”, now it’s time to change the claim but – what has changed? this time it isn’t just a synth that has the structure of a Prophet 5-kind of Poly Synth and it’s approach to be controlled by twisting knobs – no – this time it is more emulation and simulation of existing synths like Moogs and Rolands.

but they want it to be less than any Nord Lead ever made – but with FX this time – Clavia Nord Lead A1, A1R  as key and rack version.
lead a1 panel

nord a1


this 4 octave Nord Lead A1 is a lot like the classic ones but they add the filters from the Lead 4 (moog and tb=roland) filters – simplified. One LFO, simple routing and the OSC section with several kinds of synthesis techniques – on the lower one the way those 2 OSCs interact (sync, FM..) – with fx, simple envelopes. the Arper has it’s own clock – which is good – but there is no 2nd LFO anymore. this is not for synth nerds – right?

3 scenarios:

1) Nord Lead 2x will be dicontinued – the A1 will be replacing it as the low price end, the Nord Lead 4 being the top end – even though without aftertouch (which I don’t understand in a 1.7€k Synth)?

2) all 3 models will stay in the shops, the A1 sold unter or about the same price as the Lead 2x..?

-> so it’s about which one is the lead synth or replacement – to me the nl4 could be seens as the new Nl2 without aftertouch and drum mode but with fx and patch darwinism AND those analog modeling filters – found it very nice to use and very “hi-resolution” sounding.

since the nl4 is new it’s not about replacing the nl4, so – maybe starting a new kind of series. but..? this A1 thing comes at 1600-1650€ – so this is not the low end (atm), so – this must be a new kind of category. but it has only the FX and some labeled filter types, everything else is reduced to .. the min.

3) imagine yourself.. but to me it only makes sense they want to drop the NL2x and replace it – lower the price and hope they are ok with one LFO (why?) – I don’t know. over 1k€ this will be the hardest job ever.
why don’t you just send us the G3 modular – take my money and ..

in short – I don’t understand the concept of an entry level synth at this price – this time it’s for those not reading this blog, right? is there anybody out there who found the NL2 too complex? ..
note – the comparision chart does not mention filter envelopes and more – feature wise this synth is not on top – it’s not even comparable to simple analog synths – I don’t believe that price tag!

but the positive aspects:

1) That red knob is multi-functional – the dial under the 2nd display gives access to more than one – it has shape, dual osc tuning and all that stuff.
2) the simplified user interface may help – after understanding it and things not in the NL4 will come – almost!!
3) the chorus and ensemble from the Logan String Synth sounds very beautiful
4) LED display changes colour to show it’s in performance mode
5) it sounds good and hi-resolution
6) it sort of changes and helps the entry level user to get an idea of a synth with a smaller amount of controls

an official said: no, this is a new kind of synths – it’s not gonna replace the NL2x or NL4 – and also may come in a rack version later (depends)..


Jedes Mal, wenn Clavia was ankündigt, dann hoffen wir auf einen G3, ein Modular mit Samples. Das ist schon seit Jahren so, es kam entweder ein neues Klavier. Der Nerd ist traurig.
so, dann kam der NL4, das wurde auch Zeit – ihm fehlt der Aftertouch und man muss sich entscheiden, ob man FM, Sync ODER Ringmod will – oder – nein – es gibt gar keine Ringmodulation. Dafür aber Effekte, den Drum Mode sollte man vergessen – was man beim NL3 aber mit einem geschickten FM-Modus abdeckte und etwas mehr Filter-Option. Im NL4 kann man zudem den wirklich hochauflösenden Sound absolut als Pluspunkt zählen und verkneift sich dann Aftertouch, obwohl die neuen alle teurer sind. Aber jetzt – jetzt ist alles weniger als beim NL4 und die Kosten 200€ weniger – Also – wenn man da wählen muss – dann NL4 oder NL2x – und zwar wegen Aftertouch und Drummode oder Hi-Res-Sound und Effekten. Nur an was denken wir bei den nächsten verdeckten Bildern? Sind die, die man mit dem A1 ansprechen will überhaupt empfänglich für Rückseiten-Fotos vor der Messe?

Alles vereinfachen, damit man nichts falsch machen kann.
“es ist nicht gefährlich – es ist ja für Kinder”-
Und wenn man was falsch macht, fallen alle Kühe um?

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Clavia G2 -ebook/Patches: Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space

this is a new ebook focussing on patches and how to patch on the Clavia G2..

yes, the G2 has Delays an Reverbs already, but what can be done with other modules to have “room” and “space”?..

stereophonic, spectral stereo, pseudo stereo,ambiophonics, phasebrato, complementary Comb Filters, sample delay, can control, Shift register and Multiplexer modules, creating single delay presets, simulating ‘old way’ delays, basic feedback delay, basic cascading delays, mixer taps, damping, digital comb filters, delay experiments, 8 tap delay architectures,delay matrixes, switchable spaces, resonators,resonator matrixes, swirls, waveguide  reverbs, physical modeling, modulated air pressures

here is how it sounds like..

experimental things..

find it and more here: Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space.

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Nord Lead 4 – Performance Synthesizer

as said, there will be a Nord Lead 4 – Performance Synthesizer.- here it is. it seems there is no drum mode like the nl2 had and which I really loved and found very handy and intuitive.
the price tag is around 1.650k€ rack and 200€ more for the keyboard.
->Synth Database NordLead 4 & NordLead 4R

nordlead 4 rack
nordlead 4 rack

Key features – underlined: the specials

  • 4-part multi-timbral with 4 separate outs.
  • 2-Oscillator Virtual Analog Subtractive synthesis with Frequency Modulation, Hard and Soft Sync and True Voice Unison.
  • Morph and Variation performance controls.
  • Wavetable synthesis, including unique Formant Wavetables.
  • 12/24 dB Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass filters section plus transistor and diode ladder filter simulations.
  • 2 LFO/Arpeggiator sections and Mod Env section with flexible routing possibilities.
  • LFO, Arpeggiator and Delay can be synchronized to the Master Clock (or external MIDI-Clock).
  • Crush, Talk and Distortion, Reverb, Delay effects (available per slot)
  • 2x oversampled sound engine.
  • 49-key velocity sensitive keyboard (C-C) (Not Nord Lead 4R).
    Forum:  Neuer Clavia Synth @ Messe FFM 2013

NordLead 4

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Clavia Nord Lead 4 coming (at MusikMesse 2013)

just some drone noise on http://nordlead4.com/

the noise links are

so it’s quite an idea what Clavia may bring us next month.. and yes, the NIC says it is owned by Clavia, so this is not a hoax. see you in Frankfurt – I will be that at booth A58 Synthesizer-Magazin ;)
Forum • Neuer Clavia Synth @ Messe FFM 2013.

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