STUDIO ELECTRONICS SCI FI

STUDIO ELECTRONICS SCI FI

STUDIO ELECTRONICS SCI FI

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SCI FI is an ingeniously vintage-circuit-inspired Richard Nicol/Pittsburgh Modular original.

As the reader might already know, ring modulation is a signal-processing electronic function: an implementation of amplitude modulation or frequency mixing, performed by multiplying two signals. This beloved other-worldly, warm, and at times clangorous coloring dates at least as far back to Bode's Melochord of 1947, technology which was ultimately licensed to Robert Moog in the early 1960s. Of course analog maestros Don Buchla, and Lord Tom Oberheim made their marks, circuitry culminating, to our eyes, in the brilliantly rhythmic, and wildly expressive Yamaha CS-80 Ringmod circuits and controls.

Back at the Modstar Ranch: The¬†SCI FI's outputted ring-modulated signal is the¬†sum and difference¬†of the frequencies present in each waveform‚ÄĒa signal rich in partials‚ÄĒoften producing a haunting, bell-like, metallic, and sometimes softly grinding, understated modulation awash in harmonic and non-harmonic tones. S.E. brought its own brand of dynamic¬†ModMax Pedal-flavored Ringmod to the world in 2002.
 
SCI FI¬†is getting better all the time with its companion¬†LFO FREQ¬†(low frequency oscillator), true analog¬†PINK, and digital¬†WHITE¬†noise,¬†S¬†&¬†H‚ÄĒa true sample and hold generator, with¬†RANGE¬†control, and¬†¬†LAGgenerator‚ÄĒa slew limiter which craftily smooths out changes in audio or modulation signals: higher values = smoother signal flowing. This module is every bit as creamy sounding as it is electrically charged: the higher frequencies coat the sound with a sparkling quality one wouldn't naturally expect, but it is a welcome sound indeed.
 
Potentiometer Potential
Six attenuation pots: RING MOD, LFO FREQ, WHITE, PINK, RANGE, and LAG.
 
 
Patch it Up
Seven patch points: RM X IN, RM Y IN, GATE, SOURCE, RM OUT, WHITE, PINK, and S & H OUT.
 
All Controls and Patch Points
RING MOD¬†‚ÄstAdjusts the ring mod depth.¬†
LFO FREQ¬†‚ÄstAdjusts the rate of the sanple & hold.¬†
WHITE¬†‚ÄstAdjusts the white noise level.
PINK¬†‚ÄstAdjusts the pink noise level.
RANGE¬†‚ÄstAdjusts the sample & hold depth or intensity.
LAG¬†‚Äď Adjusts the sample and hold lag or slew limiting (glide): in the circuit after the sample & hold and before the range attenuator.
RM X IN¬†‚Äď Ring Mod X waveform input.
RM Y IN¬†‚Äď Ring Mod Y waveform input.
GATE¬†‚Äď External gate input for sample & hold.
SOURCE¬†‚Äď External audio input for sample & hold.
RM OUT¬†‚Äď Ring Mod output.¬†
WHITE¬†‚Äď White noise output.¬†
PINK¬†‚Äď Pink noise output‚ÄĒthe pink noise is normaled to the source input of the sample & hold.¬†
S & H OUT¬†‚Äď Sample & hold output.
 
Vitals
Size - 10hp
Depth - 39.7mm with ribbon cable attached 
Power Usage  -


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