Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ARP 2600 Filter Adaptation - Tonus VCF Eurorack 4012 Module

G-Storm Electro is now on Facebook

G-Storm announces a new all-analog eurorack module, the Tonus VCF. For a long time I wanted a vintage ARP 2600 synthesizer. Then it dawned on me, all I really wanted was a faithful adaptation of the filter in my eurorack. I'm calling it the Tonus VCF on account that the Tonus ARP logo design was used on the earliest 2600s. Without any further adieu, let’s listen to the Tonus VCF in action!

Great care was taken to keep the Tonus VCF design as close to the original as possible including component selection and transistor pair matching. My modules are painstakingly hand-crafted in the USA in limited quantities. The first units are planned to be available on next week, but my parts suppliers are dealing w/ holiday shipping volumes this time of year. Asking price $200 USD, international shipment available. Full details and specs at Modular Grid.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

G-Storm Electro Now On Facebook

Check it out here and now. You know it's all about synthesizers, modular, and everything electronic music production. Like, comment, share, and review my hand-crafted modules as well.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tonus VCF Module First Look [ARP 2600 4012 Filter Eurorack Adaptation]

Details are now available at Modular Grid. Yes it's real, and it's spectacular. Should be available for $200 usd in the next week or two on
In my previous video I showed a breadboard circuit of a classic analog synthesizer filter. The identity of the filter was left a mystery. Today in this video I not only reveal that it is a faithful Eurorack adaptation of the 4012 module from the early ARP 2600 synthesizers, you will get a sneak peek at my hand-crafted prototype design - the Tonus VCF - and hear it in action!

I jump right in and see how the Tonus VCF sounds by sending the resonance into self-oscillation. Be warned, demonstration of resonance self-oscillation can be shrill. Then I cut the resonance and send a sawtooth to the audio input, then a square wave, then a complex digital waveform from the Pittsburgh DNA Symbiotic Waves. After that I remove the audio inputs, return to pure resonance self-oscillation, and this time send the Sawtooth into the CV input to make the filter go berserk with some Filter FM. These are the kinds of sounds the ARP 2600 was known. Last I use an LFO and Sample-Hold as CV inputs. Audio recorded direct to Tascam DR-05, no effects.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Classic Filter Module Coming Soon - Photo

In my last video post I showed a breadboard circuit of a classic filter module. I have been hard at work developing this into a Eurorack module, a photo can be seen here. More info coming soon.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Classic Synthesizer Filter Breadboard

My first video in HD 1080p! Today I am demonstrating a classic lowpass filter circuit study on a breadboard. Shrill audio alert! - Self-oscillation audio tests are performed here. All I can say at this time this circuit is not exactly Moog per se, and the self-oscillation droid sounds are another BIG clue. I run a pulse from my Pittsburgh Synth Box, sweep the frequency cutoff, then use CV modulations with an LFO and then sample/hold. I am planning a glorious eurorack module of this circuit so stay tuned.