The Rare Waves Grendel DC-2 Drone Commander 2 - Black Panel Version is a powerful and unique eurorack module that all electronic music enthusiasts should consider. With the Main + Expander features of the previous Grendel DC-2e system fused into a single 35HP module, its new low-glare brushed aluminum finish and anodized silver or black panels make it a visually striking addition to any eurorack setup.
The DC-2 is an all-analog synth voice module that features two VCOs, two VCFs, and two synchronized sawtooth LFOs, a special dual sine wave LFO dedicated to VCO PWM, an attack-release envelope generator that controls low pass gate, and a triggered variable shape ‘Slide’ LFO. The module also has 12 control voltage I/O patch points, 4 clock and gate I/Os, 2 audio outputs, and 1 audio input. These features make it one of the most versatile drone synths available on the market today.
One of the most notable updates of the DC-2 is the increased dynamic range, less noise, and hotter audio outputs at both the ¼” and 3.5mm output jacks. Moreover, the module uses extensive discrete transistor OTAs in its circuits, which provide a warm, dark, and unique tone unlike any other.
Notably, all 12 solid metal knobs on the module double as push-pull switches for secondary functions such as signal routing, envelope gate on/off, and filter mode. The filter mode, in particular, is noteworthy because it offers four different filter configurations for the main filter, low pass gate, and VCA.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a powerful drone synth that offers unique features, unparalleled sound quality, and versatility, the Rare Waves Grendel DC-2 Drone Commander 2 - Black Panel Version is the module for you. Its update makes it even better than its predecessor, and its combination of high-quality features, noise reduction capabilities, and discrete transistor OTAs make it one of the most unique drone synths on the market.
If you're just starting out with the Rare Waves Grendel DC-2 Drone Commander 2 - Black Panel Version, a great way to get started is by experimenting with the dual sinewave LFO dedicated to VCO PWM. Try patching this LFO to one of the VCO inputs and adjusting the PWM control to create subtle or drastic variations in your drone sound. You can also try using the attack-release envelope generator to control the low pass gate, and experimenting with the variable shape 'Slide' LFO to add movement and interest to your sound. Start by playing around with these controls and see where your creativity takes you!
Connect the Rare Waves Grendel DC-2 Drone Commander 2 - Black Panel Version to an LFO module, such as the Batumi Multi-Function LFO, using the 12 control voltage I/O patch points to create evolving and dynamic drone sounds. With the two synchronized sawtooth LFOs and special dual sinewave LFO dedicated to VCO PWM, you can experiment with different modulation options to achieve complex and unique textures. Play around with the solid metal knobs, which double as push-pull switches, to adjust the signal routing, filter mode, and envelope gate on/off, to further sculpt your sound. The DC-2's extensive use of discrete transistor OTAs in its circuits guarantees a warm and dark tone that is perfect for creating atmospheric soundscapes.
The Rare Waves Grendel DC-2 Drone Commander 2 can be used to create unique drone sounds by utilizing its dual VCOs and synchronized LFOs. By sending control voltage signals to the various patch points and tweaking the solid metal knobs with push-pull switches, users can bring out the warm, dark, and distinctive analog textures that this module is known for. Additionally, the variable shape 'Slide' LFO and attack-release envelope generator can help add depth and movement to the drone sounds, while the 15v/oct input can be used for pitch bending and vibrato modulation. The DC-2's hotter audio outputs and low noise operation also ensure that the resulting drone sounds will be clear and powerful.