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Post by tuj » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:40 pm

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This module freakin rules. I cannot believe how left out the guys exclusively in euroland must feel? I'm in love. Are there any other worthwhile pattern generators like this, euro or frack?

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Post by qu.one » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:48 pm

i do love my noisering (euro)... but i ordered a BZ earlier this week! can't wait to have my row of blacet in the mix.
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Post by Kwote » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:46 pm

I love my noisering (frac) ! I want another, (Euro). I'll also take another BZ, Divider/Logic and a side order of homefries!!
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Post by Kwote » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:47 pm

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Post by Kent » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:12 am

The Badassery Zone is my favorite Frac module on most days. Very closely followed by the Metalbox Wave Multiplier.

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Post by rezzn8r » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:43 am

tuj wrote: Are there any other worthwhile pattern generators like this, euro or frack?
I think the BZ is pretty unique. I've not seen anything else quite like it. Paired with a quantizer it's pure genius.
You'll find much :love: here at Muff's for the Binary Zone.
Another worthwhile, but totally different pattern generator would be the Klee.
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Post by cram1960 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:07 am

I just got the BZ recently, and (since I'm kinda new to modularity in general)

I can't seem to figure out how to put it to good use.

Can someone give me some beginner's tips/suggestions to using this thing well?

Thanks!

Craig

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Post by haricots » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:47 am

I just scored a 5U Binary Zone. I had one when I owned a Frac system and miss it. It will be nice to have it back.

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Post by tuj » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:38 pm

cram1960 wrote:Can someone give me some beginner's tips/suggestions to using this thing well?
Setup your basic vco->vcf->vca patch, vca mod'ed by eg, use a sequencer for cv to the vco and for the gate to the eg. then run the seq clock to the binary zone, and the binary zone out to the decay of the eq, no attack, sustain or release, and use it to modulate the decay.

http://www.renkucorp.com/audio/exm/bz_dirty.mp3

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Post by cram1960 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:59 pm

Thanks tuj,

I tried it this afternoon, but I switched it up and drove the BZ into my Kraftzwerg for the drum-like rhythm on this:

http://soundcloud.com/cram1960/modular-army-minimarch

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Post by rezzn8r » Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:12 pm

haricots wrote:I just scored a 5U Binary Zone. I had one when I owned a Frac system and miss it. It will be nice to have it back.
5U BZ! Sweet score! :party: your old frac BZ is doing quite well, by the way :hihi:
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Post by Kwote » Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:56 pm

cram1960 wrote:I just got the BZ recently, and (since I'm kinda new to modularity in general)

I can't seem to figure out how to put it to good use.

Can someone give me some beginner's tips/suggestions to using this thing well?

Thanks!

Craig
Taken from this thread: viewtopic.php?t=18447

I have both the BZ and Divider/Logic. They go really well together. I cooked up a cool patch last night where I was running the BZ main out to trigger a kick(Metalbox 8008) and getting some crazy pattern while running the BZ’s clock to the Divider and using the outs from that to trigger my snare(Cynare) and hat(filtered white noise enveloped by dual ad) sounds. Pretty cool stuff. A lot that can be discovered with this method.

More of my two cents: Leave the output on the 5v position and keep the /2 and /4 up the most. Of course it's just general. Play around with all the divisions as much as possible and discover all the infinite patterns.
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Post by babysealclub » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:47 am

I added a bicolor led to my BZ lag circuit. I was going to add a trig in to switch the lag setting, but sold it before I had a chance.

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Post by electrik noize » Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:36 pm

tuj wrote: I cannot believe how left out the guys exclusively in euroland must feel?
I read that one can take a divide by N module and a biploar mixer and
achieve similar results, maybe not quite the same though... Anyone tried this?

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Post by DGTom » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:49 pm

Yep, takes several modules & abit of patching, but, 160, 2 X 138cs & an 171 will pretty much get you there. Still won't have the "hold / reset" input & a few other tricks, still a cool patch tho.
babysealclub wrote:I was going to add a trig in to switch the lag setting,
This is a really good idea! Might take a look at doing it actually, I 'play' the lag button alot anyway, being able to pulse it would be awesome!

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Post by babysealclub » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:07 pm

I think for the LED mod I just used a three lead common cathode led with one anode (and current limiting resistor) to U5 pin 1 and the other to U5 pin 13.

You might try putting a jumper from R12 to the lag switch. This way you maybe could use the internal clock for lag switching.

Just an idea.

Wish I still had mine...


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Post by rezzn8r » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:54 pm

tuj wrote:
cram1960 wrote:Can someone give me some beginner's tips/suggestions to using this thing well?
binary zone out to the decay of the eq, no attack, sustain or release, and use it to modulate the decay.
Kwote wrote:I have both the BZ and Divider/Logic. They go really well together. I cooked up a cool patch last night where I was running the BZ main out to trigger a kick(Metalbox 8008) and getting some crazy pattern while running the BZ’s clock to the Divider and using the outs from that to trigger my snare(Cynare) and hat(filtered white noise enveloped by dual ad) sounds. Pretty cool stuff. A lot that can be discovered with this method.
Great ideas.
I tend to use it a lot as a sequencer plugged to 1v/oct of a vco with, or without quantizing.
Lately I've been using it to program key transpositions on my modcan quantizer. A favorite patch is Sequencer to QuantizerA, QuantizerA to VCO. BZ to QuantizerB, QuantizerB to TransposeCV on QuantizerA. Use the longer division outs on the BZ. Great way to spice up a sequence!
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Post by chachi » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:08 pm

i want one of these so bad. are they totally out of production never to be made or kitted again?

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Post by Rob_C » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:29 pm

chachi wrote:i want one of these so bad. are they totally out of production never to be made or kitted again?
Go to Blacet.com to get the email address or phone number and contact them.

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Post by diophantine » Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:50 am

Blacet hasn't made these in years. Your best bet is the buy/sell/trade forum here, or even eBay. Every couple months one will come up for sale....

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Post by chachi » Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:16 pm

i know, i know, but you never can tell when is a good time to make a special announcement about their return or maybe one of you doesn’t like it as much as you thought you would. or maybe i just wanted people to talk about how great they are. for inspiration!

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Post by fracmonkey » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:20 am

Blacet sold hundreds of these but the demand dried up. Too costly at this point to retool. Used ones, as suggested, are the best bet.

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Post by Cat-A-Tonic » Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:42 pm

There are other modules inspired by the Binary Zone:

http://www.modular.fonik.de/pdf/VCPS8_doc_v2.pdf

http://www.industrialmusicelectronics.com/products/14

You could also patch similar with a divider and a mixer.

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Post by Kent » Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:21 pm

fracmonkey wrote:Blacet sold hundreds of these but the demand dried up. Too costly at this point to retool. Used ones, as suggested, are the best bet.
Thanks! Good to know, Mr. B!

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