Exploring the versatility of LVL, the Eurorack Dual Signal Summator Module

The LVL module is a versatile Eurorack dual signal summator module that is well-suited to handle the backbone operations of modular synthesis, including signal addition, subtraction, attenuation, and inversion. The module comes equipped with two identical manually controlled voltage summators, each with three inputs and a switch that allows for attenuation or attenuation/inversion of the summator action. The module also features bicolor LED indicators, providing clear information about the status of the inputs and outputs.

One particularly useful feature of the LVL module is that it is normaled to a 3-input, 2-output mini matrix mixer if only Summator 1 inputs are used. This means that the three inputs of Summator 1 are normaled to the respective inputs of Summator 2, which effectively turns the LVL module into a mini matrix mixer. Additionally, +6V is normaled to Summator 1 bottom-most input (input 3) jack. This allows for the respective (blue) knob of Summator 1 and Summator 2 to act as a manual DC offset controls.

One benefit of the LVL module is its versatility. It can accept and process all types of voltage signals that are typically found in a Eurorack modular system. This makes it an essential module for any Eurorack setup.

In conclusion, the LVL module is a high-quality, versatile, and efficient Eurorack dual signal summator module that can handle all the backbone operations of modular synthesis with ease. Its manual voltage control, bicolor LED indicators, and normaled inputs make it a practical and versatile option for any Eurorack system.

Example Usage

If you have two audio sources and want to mix them together, simply patch both sources into two of the inputs on Summator 1 on the LVL module. Adjust the levels with the corresponding knobs and switch the summator's switch to "attenuator" mode to mix the signals together. The mixed signal will now appear at the output jack for Summator 1. If you want to process the mixed signal further, you can patch it into one of the inputs on Summator 2 and adjust the levels and switch according to your needs.

An intermediate-level usage example of LVL is to use it to create complex modulation sources by summing and attenuating multiple modulation signals. To achieve this, patch multiple LFOs, envelopes, or other modulation sources into the three inputs of each summator. Use the level controls and switch to adjust the mix of each signal and the direction of modulation. This can lead to intricate and evolving modulation patterns that can bring new life to your patches. Additionally, using the manual DC offset controls can add an extra layer of control and creativity to the modulation sources.

Further Thoughts

In a performance, LVL can be used to create complex polyrhythms by summing two different clock signals and dividing the resulting signal down to a lower frequency using its built-in attenuverters. By adjusting the level controls of the inputs and tweaking the attenuverter switches, LVL can generate an array of rhythmic patterns. Adding a third clock signal to the mix and patching it through the second summator of LVL can create even more complex patterns, making it a must-have module for any musician looking to add a touch of creativity to their performances.