1. Exploring the Sound Capabilities of Erica Synths Black VCO2: An Analog VCO with Unique Waveshaping Features

    The Erica Synths Black VCO2 is an all-analog, highly accurate and stable VCO that features four simultaneous waveform outputs, a one-octave down sub-oscillator, a SAW waveshaper, and two modulation LFOs. The module is designed to provide a distinct, rounded square wave, unlike the harsh, logic divider based sub-oscillators. With its skiff-friendly design and a wide octave range, the Erica Synths Black VCO2 is an excellent analog sound source with plenty of patch points for modular use. This article explores the sound capabilities of the module, highlighting its unique waveshaping features and its potential uses in electronic music production.

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  2. Exploring the Multi-Directional Sounds of the Jolin Ashiko: A Quad Stereo VCA Module Review

    The Jolin Ashiko is a quad stereo VCA module that allows users to create multi-directional sounds from mono sources. With 4 stereo full range VCAs and individual toggle switches for mono or stereo mode, the Ashiko is versatile for controlling up to 4 sources with independent CVs and sending them to 8 different outputs. The module features transistor-based CV inputs designed to give the best results with LFOs and selectable hard/soft switching curves. It works with audio and CV sources and has a "Whatever" power connector that doesn't require attention to polarity. Overall, the Jolin Ashiko is a powerful tool for manipulating stereo images and creating unique soundscapes in a quadrophonic system.

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  3. Exploring New Sonic Horizons with the Pittsburgh Modular Taiga: A Comprehensive Review

    The Pittsburgh Modular Taiga is a modern modular instrument that allows exploration beyond traditional analog synthesizers. The Taiga stands out with a trio of huge analog oscillators, the smooth Pittsburgh Filter, and the warmth of the Dynamics Controller, creating new sonic textures and performance possibilities. This comprehensive review covers all aspects of the Taiga, showing how it is possible to break new ground in sound exploration with this full synthesizer voice.

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  4. Exploring Chaotic Drones and Swarming Sounds with Veratrum Eurorack Module

    The Veratrum Eurorack module is a noise and texture voice with five oscillators that go through a pseudo ring modulator, producing chaotic drones, swarming sounds, and clicks and blips on lower frequencies. The module features two touchpads that control the volume and pitch of two of the oscillators, three VCO with frequency pots and CV input jacks with offset potmeters, and one LFO with ramp, saw, and triangle waveforms. The module also includes a vactrol lowpass filter with CV input jack and two audio outputs: square swarm and filtered. This module provides an excellent opportunity for exploring and creating chaotic, swarming soundscapes in eurorack systems.

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