An Affordable "Ultimate" Modular System? | Fess' Find

If you're on the hunt for a modular rig that is both cost-effective and portable, the Tangible Waves AE Modular Synth Explorer “Ultimate” System might just be the perfect choice for you.

This innovative modular system was originally born as a Kickstarter idea to produce an analog modular synth that was compact and affordable. The result is an unparalleled cost-effective synth brand that offers well under $100 per module which is done so by the use of small pin-sockets and single conductor patch wires instead of conventional minijack-cables. This switch alone dramatically reduced the cost and saves a lot of space on the module.

Tangible Waves Synth Explorer Ultimate

Despite the system's lower price point, the Explorer "Ultimate" is fully loaded with features and a plethora of modules that invite experimentation and modification with code and circuits. This system includes the Master I/O module, which features power, MIDI, CV/Gate, and audio in/out. The 2OSC/d module contains two oscillators with sawtooth and square waveforms, while the Drumkit 010 module offers lofi drum samples. The 2LFO module includes two low frequency oscillators with various waveforms, and the 2ENV module offers two attack/decay envelopes with a looping function. In addition, the Tangible Waves Synth Explorer "Ultimate" also boasts a fully programmable module based on Arduino called Grains, which allows users to create their own unique sounds. To top it off, the system also includes an oscilloscope, frequency spectrum analyzer, tuner, and voltmeter all in one module.

Other modules in this system include the Wasp Filter, an iconic filter with a lot of character, and the SV Filter, a state-variable filter that can go into self-oscillation. The system also includes dual sample and hold modules (2S&H), dual attenuator and CV generator modules (2ATT/CV), multi-mode clock divider (MM-DIV), 8-step sequencer (SEQ8) and and the BRAEDBOARD module that offers a blank canvas for circuit experiments.

All in all, the Ultimate system provides great synthesis power at an affordable price. It is available for purchase at Noisebug, an authorized Tangible Waves dealer located in Pomona, California. If you prefer to build your AE system incrementally, consider visiting their shop.

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