Filter Madness - Lyrinx Filter, Vintage Resonator, and Allpass Filter! Plus, VM 1.3.15 Update!

We've been busily concocting fun and fabulous new filter modules to further expand Voltage Modular's sound palette... check 'em out! 

Lyrinx Filter

The Lyrinx Filter ($15) precisely replicates the unique Voltage-Controlled Formant Filter of the super rare Synton Syrinx synthesizer. Consisting of two bandpass and one lowpass filter with multiple routing configurations, its excels at creating unique vocal-like timbres and includes extensive CV capabilities. This lets you easily create funky "talking" synth sounds. Lyrinx is super easy to use and capable of a very wide array of timbres. Here's a video showing some of what it can do:

Vintage Resonator

A couple of us loonies here at Cherry Audio have recently (and somewhat coincidentally) acquired vintage Moog Polymoog synthesizers. One of the most interesting and compelling features of this imposing synth is its "resonators" section. It quickly became obvious that we needed to clone it, thus Vintage Resonator ($15) was born! Originally described as something of a parametric EQ-on-steroids, the resonators section is really three state-variable filters in a parallel configuration, each operating in a chunk of the frequency spectrum (low/mid/high). The filters are globally switchable to operate in highpass, bandpass, or lowpass modes, and they're fantastic at imparting an organic feel to otherwise blah patches. If you've ever heard "The Model" by Kraftwerk, almost every sound in the track makes use of the Polymoog's resonators section. 

By most accounts, the original Polymoog version has two major shortcomings: the filter slopes are a little too shallow to create really dramatic resonance effects, and the filter cutoff frequencies aren't CV controllable. We've addressed both of these issues with a 12/24 db slope selector, as well as bipolar CV inputs for each filter's cutoff frequency (which allow killer phaser-ish swept sounds). Best of all, Vintage Resonator costs a fraction of the original, and we excluded the Polymoogs-are-always-broken "feature." Check out this video of Vintage Resonator in action:

Allpass Filter

The Allpass Filter (FREE with Voltage Core package) can be a little confusing on the surface - it would seem that an "allpass" filter wouldn't do much of anything, but in reality, allpass filters alter the phase of a user-definable area of frequencies. You've probably heard allpass filters in action: the classic swooshing sound of phaser effects is the sound of continuously varying an allpass filter's center frequency. In actuality, it's usually the sound of multiple allpass filters in series, as the "swoosh" becomes more prominent when cascading multiple allpass filters. 

This module was originally created to help prototype our wicked Hex Phaser module, and we thought users might enjoy using it to create their own Frankenstein modular phaser effects. In addition to its frequency and width controls, it includes a bipolar CV input for frequency modulation - plug an LFO into this to sweep the frequency and create your own DIY "swooshery." 

Voltage Modular and Module Designer 1.3.15

New updates to Voltage Modular and Module Designer have been released!

Voltage Modular 1.3.15 contains a new preference in the Interface preferences called "Delay Play Trigger and Gate Until Measure Boundary". If this preference is activated, when hitting Play in a DAW, Voltage Modular will wait until the start of a measure before sending the Play trigger, ensuring the sequencers will stay in sync with the project. This useful preference is on by default. Note that this new preference solves tempo sync issues for Cubase users.  

Module Designer 1.3.15 will now compile properly when JDK 12 and above is installed. Since Voltage Modular’s own custom Java engine is compatible with Java 11, when using JDK 12 or over, Module Designer will issue a command to the compiler telling it to compile Java code that is compatible with Java 11.

Voltage Modular's one-year anniversary is coming next month! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements!

Jul 16, 2019