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Electrosmith MU Modules - Assembled and DIY

Post by Electrosmith » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:56 pm

Hello!

We are very excited to announce a new line of MU modules!

Two designs are shipping today:
3340 VCO
2144 LPF

These are available assembled or as full DIY kits.
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Post by JohnLRice » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:26 pm

I think this is pretty cool because not only are they priced low and offer assembled and kit versions (with all SMT pre-populated and nice build guides), they are also offering just the sub-modules separately, which are the main circuit SMT pre-populated PCBs and at very low prices like $15 to $30 so DIYers take note! Also, you can even get unbranded submodules to put into your own products if you want! See the FAQ:
Q - Can I use your submodules in my new product?

A - Absolutely! We offer unbranded submodules that can be purchased wholesale. Send us a message through our online form and we can provide more details.
Yes, they've gone with more of a MOTM look with solid black panels and AlcoSwitch type knobs, like the Noise Engineering 5U modules, but if both of those companies keep bringing out modules and maybe others join in with that style, building small to medium sized systems that will not only look cohesive but be versatile and powerful? :zen:

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Post by sbuge » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:35 pm

Very nice modules and good prices too :yay:
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Post by josaka » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:32 pm

nice.. like the look.. yet another walllet stamping..
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Post by daveholiday » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:34 pm

I am not sold on the styling....but at the price.....YUP!

I have the Corsynth C110 and love it more than sex....sometimes

The 3340 VCO might have some competition in the near future but damn....the price....
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Post by JohnLRice » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:54 pm

This is a demo of the eurorack version of the filter but the 5U should sound exactly the same. The first 2/3 of the video has good examples of how it sounds.
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Post by daveholiday » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:52 am

I just took a look at the build guide. Very clear and well written, looks to be a pretty simple build!
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Post by josaka » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:21 am

got that 80s electro vibe.. which I love..
korg poly 61 ...the electrosmoth filter and osc sound like this..
clue may be in the name. :)

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prolly confuse most here.. :)

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Post by tardishead » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:09 am

Thats an all time classic tune

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Post by ba1 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:34 am

Can the VCO get into LFO territory?

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Post by JohnLRice » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:51 am

ba1 wrote:Can the VCO get into LFO territory?
I'm not sure . . .the manual says the Coarse Frequency Knob has a range of 3.45 Hz to 34.5kHz, the Fine Frequency Knob has a range of 7 semitones Volt per octave voltage input can accept a range of -7.5V to +12V so . . . it "seems" if you were to set the coarse knob fully counter clockwise and then fed it several negative volts it would work as a slow LFO but there may be a limit to how slow it can go? :despair:

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Post by josaka » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:42 am

tardishead wrote:Thats an all time classic tune
its odd.. most Americans are either unaware or dismissive of this 'ghetto' music.. but in the UK most from that era know/love it.. and it is reveered..
newcleus played in camden the other day..I went along and cosmo D said pretty much that as well.. "UK kept Electro alive ..in America we were dead.." yet another great American genre neglected by Americans..

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Post by soup » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:41 pm

The young just eat their parents here. Electro gave birth to miami bass, freestyle and booty music which shaped southern hip-hop and whatever the kids are calling what they do now. Egyptian Lover even had a bit of a career resurgence lately. (I'm old so lately = the last 5 years or the massive attack joint.)

But regarding the original topic ... I built a pair of the electro-smith vco's from their submodules and sending -10v to the efm input will let you go pretty slow. It will stop/lock up if you zero everything but you can get down around 0.01 Hz before it does.

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Post by josaka » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:13 pm

soup wrote:The young just eat their parents here. Electro gave birth to miami bass, freestyle and booty music which shaped southern hip-hop and whatever the kids are calling what they do now. Egyptian Lover even had a bit of a career resurgence lately. (I'm old so lately = the last 5 years or the massive attack joint.)

But regarding the original topic ... I built a pair of the electro-smith vco's from their submodules and sending -10v to the efm input will let you go pretty slow. It will stop/lock up if you zero everything but you can get down around 0.01 Hz before it does.
I make electro now.. and still find the space synth genre still most alluring..
I dont find those 808 genres have any appeal for me.. Im just a kid a space kid @ heart..

electro also spawned the beast that is techno.. these days people are calling anything with a straight 4 beat and a synth bass techno. :/

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Post by synthcube » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:21 pm

awesome

if you guys are up for making kits available via other sellers, we're in!!

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Post by daveholiday » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:31 am

Seems like JLR has a filter and an OSS...care to give us your 2 cents...or maybe one of those sexy JLR glam shots!
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Post by JohnLRice » Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:00 am

daveholiday wrote:Seems like JLR has a filter and an OSS...care to give us your 2 cents...or maybe one of those sexy JLR glam shots!
:ninja: I finally got a chance to try it just a little while ago and posted a quick noodle on Instagram:


I haven't tried it in detail yet but first impressions are that it sounds quite good with the only possible negative so far is that the output volume is reduced when the resonance it turned up, but that is typical with a lot of LPFs. One feature I really like is that it not only has two audio inputs but each one has its own attenuator! :party: Very handy for building small systems because you can get away without having a separate mixer in a 2 VCO 1 VCF setup. :tu:

EDIT: and you might have seen this quick picture I posted in the 5U system thread:
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EDIT 2: I forgot to mention the VCO! :doh: It also sounds quite good! Note that in the Instagram test I posted I'm running both the ElectroSmith VCO and a SSL VCO into the VCF with the SSL VCO mixed a little lower than the ElectroSmith. (seemed like the SSL VCO has a slightly hotter output but I didn't verify that) Both tracked beautifully over a wide range. Only small negative I noticed is that due to the Fine tune having a range of about an octave and possibly in combination with the small pots and knobs used, trying to tune it in perfectly seemed a little fiddly. (I have somewhat shaky hands)
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Post by daveholiday » Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:14 am

JohnLRice wrote: the only possible negative so far is that the output volume is reduced when the resonance it turned up
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I think there is a filter module out there that has a compensation circuit....but doesn't have the individual inputs with attenuators!

Still love my Corsynth C110 anyway!

Those oscillators are a bargain...please keep us up to date as you use it!
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Post by CF3 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:23 am

josaka wrote:
tardishead wrote:Thats an all time classic tune
its odd.. most Americans are either unaware or dismissive of this 'ghetto' music.. but in the UK most from that era know/love it.. and it is reveered..
newcleus played in camden the other day..I went along and cosmo D said pretty much that as well.. "UK kept Electro alive ..in America we were dead.." yet another great American genre neglected by Americans..
Actually its not true. There’s lots of American electro. Like Ectomorph, Aux 88, DJ Stingray, Adult, the whole UR crew, etc. America is a vast country with MANY independent music scenes. Its still even pretty big in Miami with DJs like Danny Daze pushing it.

But I digress...... these modules look fantastic. Been toying with putting together another MU rig. These might push me over the edge. :nana:

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Post by JohnLRice » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:19 am

CF3 wrote: these modules look fantastic. Been toying with putting together another MU rig. These might push me over the edge. :nana:
:tu: They also have a dual VCA and FV-1 DSP reverb/DSP boards so hopefully they will do a 5U versions of those as well? (and maybe an EG? 8-) )
https://www.electro-smith.com/electro-boards

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Re: Electrosmith MU Modules - Assembled and DIY

Post by daveholiday » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:04 pm

I am considering a couple of the 3340 VCOs for some basic oscillator duty. Is anybody using these now, and if you are, what are your thoughts?
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Re: Electrosmith MU Modules - Assembled and DIY

Post by josaka » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:03 pm

dave they are the staple base of oberheim classics and prophet 5 the newer the neutron and in the roland sh-101 etc.. I am getting some at some point..

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Re: Electrosmith MU Modules - Assembled and DIY

Post by daveholiday » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:35 pm

josaka wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:03 pm
dave they are the staple base of oberheim classics and prophet 5 the newer the neutron and in the roland sh-101 etc.. I am getting some at some point..
WTF..... so you chime in with an opinion....and you don't even own one.....JESUS H. CHRIST....what is this gearslutz!?!?!? :hihi:

Yea this chip has a pretty respectable lineage , and really at $140 bucks for a simple DIY it seems like a no brainer. I just wanted to make sure there weren't any glaring faults of the module before pulling the trigger. I had a less than desirable VCO that would randomly revert to the "Brown Note" during sequencing. Needless to say, it was inconvieniet when wiggling by myself.....and super awkward when doing demos of my modular for friends who would come over for dinner. My church politely said we didn't need to host choir dinners anymore!

I'll keep you posted when I pick one up!
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Re: Electrosmith MU Modules - Assembled and DIY

Post by josaka » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:30 am

more unsolicited nonsense...



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