[ANNOUNCEMENT] synthCube acquires Blacet Research

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[ANNOUNCEMENT] synthCube acquires Blacet Research

Post by synthcube » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:44 am

We are delighted to announce that we have finalized an agreement with John Blacet's family and estate to acquire the assets, IP, brand and inventory of Blacet Research.

Planning is underway now for a number of activities, including re-activating the Blacet website.

For the time being inquiries can be made at blacet@synthcube.com.

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Post by soup » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:02 am

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Post by Kent » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:37 am

Hells, yeah! Please increase the reach by offering Euro format to the product mix. Blacet designs should be more widely appreciated.

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Post by mamonu » Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:15 pm

:goo: :party:
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Post by synthcube » Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:57 pm

Kent wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:37 am
Hells, yeah! Please increase the reach by offering Euro format to the product mix. Blacet designs should be more widely appreciated.
we could not possibly agree more :guinness:

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Post by chvad » Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:59 pm

great news!

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Post by Flareless » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:07 pm

That's great to hear. Congrats everyone @ SynthCube :tu: :yay:
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Post by whitewulfe » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:47 pm

Great news! Thanks for keeping Blacet alive!

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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] synthCube acquires Blacet Research

Post by synthcube » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:57 am

Update as of 1/15/20

1) Website and Content: we have recovered the Blacet Research website and associated content. We are in the midst of refreshing the hosting and domain information, and will be re-launching the site when it's ready again! Please stay tuned for details.

2) Store Stock and Inventory: we are in the midst of making arrangements to have all of the Blacet Research inventory items relocated from west to east. Once it is here, we will process it through our inventory system and make it available again via the synthCube and Blacet Research websites.

3) Asking your input to what's next for Blacet: We are proud and humbled to be adding John Blacet's great work to the synthCube portfolio. We are actively seeking your input -- what's next? Older products that could be refreshed and brought back? Blacet designs ported to other synth formats? Etc.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Post by CoreInside » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:07 am

good luck! euro would be cool

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Post by Kent » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:46 am

With my product management hat on:

Primary Focus for 2020
Euro is the most widely adopted format in the market
Many of the designs are old or superseded in Euro. Ascertain which ones are not worth the effort (FX/Reverb)
Find what has remained unique in the Blacet portfolio (Binary Zone, Time Machine [amazing after all this time], maybe the Mini Wave). This would take some exploration of the market.
Be sure of which products have obsolete components and whether anything can or needs to be done about that.

Explore the licensing of designs to software companies like Softube.

Profit

Secondary Focus
Explore the licensing of designs that you won't touch for some time.
Explore discussions with Studio H, Northern Light Modular and others regarding collaborations/licensing/preset management (maybe bring this to Frac?)


To gain liquidity, I'd go for Euro ports and a few Frac greatest hits.
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Post by chachi » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:19 pm

my heart wants blacet to just be frac but I know that’s a dead end. I will let others speak to the euro port as I’m perfectly happy having frac and euro together. But I do think there should be an eye towards shrinking some of them if possible.

modules that I think should be in play:
- Binary Zone: seems to me to be the most requested module in the WTB section, and even showed up as an inspiration for a Makenoise instagram post. Might be tight in 1u frac but is close.
- original Frequency Divider: the one with the big divider knob, it’s like a baby Binary Zone. this one seems like it could end up 1u.
- Window Comparator: already ported to 1u, super fun module that gets respect from those who know, not a lot of WCs from anybody else out there.
- VCO: just a great standard vco, maybe this doesn’t make the euro transition but it would be great if it hung around in frac DIY kits.
- Time Machine: prob were already gonna have this come back but it’s such a great design
- Super VCA: kind of redundant with Veils and Intellijel’s quad VCA but it would be awesome to keep it in frac kits, I base my output stage around quad VCAs like this.
- TEM: I want one, I think most people never got a chance to try it, maybe just frac kits?

honestly, the panel graphics of frac kits in general are terribly uninspiring. i KNOW the metal box stuff is cool but boy the minimal legending is a turn off. blacet’s stuff is also not amazing graphics-wise but it did have a look. I don’t know what I actually want to see as far as change here... :despair:

just wanted to thank you SC folks again for doing this. blacet’s is an important catalog and honestly with the world moving to content as an ultimate resource, probably a very smart move on your part.
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Post by nickbtx » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:24 pm

This is fantastic news! Can't wait to see the frac rack offerings.

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Post by chachi » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:56 pm

just noticed blacet.com is back up, are you guys actively taking orders?

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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] synthCube acquires Blacet Research

Post by chachi » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:59 pm

thinking about it further, the clock on the Binary Zone is nice but in a modern context you would most likely have a global clock module (or at LEAST a hex zone :twisted:) so wouldn’t it be cool if you had the BZ without the clock and instead put the double freq div on the left side?? this seems to be the module he was going for with the original 2020. while i’m just throwing things out, maybe a scaling switch for the inputted clock as only having voltage dividers (and not multipliers) sometimes means i have to double or triple the clock somewhere else to get it fast enough for usable divs. maybe the clock would have to be onboard to get trivial clock multiplication....?

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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] synthCube acquires Blacet Research

Post by hox3d » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:14 pm

I'd like some of these module for LW/4U format, but I know that would not be as popular as other formats...
Anyway, if it works in Euro it should work in LW format, depending on the PCB size.

Maybe, if designing new board, think about it in a way that would allow Euro, 4U or 5U to use these with a format specific motherboards for controls ?
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Post by noisefor » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:11 pm

Following other suggestions, i.e. keeping alive (porting to other format) the stuff that was unique and transcends (sadly i had to sell all my blacet some years ago):

1) Porting to Euro - using SMD parts to make smaller and less deep -or- sideways mount PCB/skiff friendly?
2) Time Machine (amazing and unique circuit i think about often), MiniWave (so much fun), VCO (was super flexible/smart and feature packed - i would buy one for euro if they existed), Hex Zone (with some improvements to interface and scaled down size - a wonderfully flexible sequencer).

Mostly glad it will continue in whatever format it lives on in!

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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] synthCube acquires Blacet Research

Post by mamonu » Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:59 pm

my 2c

Yes Blacet on Euro is a good idea for liquidity. I think Kent rightfully proposes that. :goo:
(no shitstorm from me ,no siree)


I however like Frac Format. :guinness:
I like the spacing and the uniformity of black
So if certain modules were still availiable I would still buy them in Frac format and not in Euro. :guinness:

Blacet ones I would want and get in a heartbeat in frac format?

1FU Window Comparator
Binary Zone
SuperVCA
frac panels for the E350/E340 at the least or again full F350/F340 on sale
(other Synthtech modules that have MOTM connector too are gagging for a frac panel)
MiniwaveExpander


cherry on top? :omg:

O&C in frac/15V
its easily doable and some companies in Buchla/4U formats with the addition of a small board already have the luxury of that.



in anyway it makes me sleep better at night knowing that this development has happened.

All the best :party:
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Post by Samuron » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:30 pm

Awesome news; got the email today.

I put in a vote for MU panels/conversions.
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Post by soup » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:46 pm

Any efforts to keep the frac format alive will be appreciated. With John's passing there haven't been any cases available. His v3 cases were quite nice but I would absolutely love it if the rails would come back.

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Post by construct09 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:29 am

Banana frac please :bugbrand: :blacet:

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Post by mamonu » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:32 am

soup wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:46 pm
Any efforts to keep the frac format alive will be appreciated. With John's passing there haven't been any cases available. His v3 cases were quite nice but I would absolutely love it if the rails would come back.
yes. RAK-3s are nice
but RAK2s or rails or however the older style was called was nice too.

And a lot of times people upgrade rack by rack instead of 2xrack
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Post by chachi » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:21 am

i waffled on the rak-3 when he did that last price break. it’s so nice and I did need the two rows anyway, but the single row is probably more versatile. I just did a rack reformat and ended up alternating rows of frac and euro, couldn’t have done that with a rak-3.

definitely support the conversion panels suggestion.

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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] synthCube acquires Blacet Research

Post by a100user » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:24 am

Well done Synthcube, so glad that you are keeping John’s work alive.
I'm looking for nothing at this moment in time

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