Erica Synths and Gamechanger Audio Announce the Plasma Drive Eurorack Module

True to its name, Gamechanger Audio has released a few truly groundbreaking effects pedals in just a few short years. Its first pedal—the Plus Sustain Pedal—brought the functionality of a piano's sustain pedal to guitars and other instruments through inventive, instantaneous sampling. Last year's release of the company's Plasma Pedal—which uses a xenon-filled tube instead of circuits and transistors to create distortion—led us to place it in our "4 Pedals Predicting the Future of Dirt" video.

Now, Gamechanger has collaborated with fellow Latvian company Erica Synths to bring this same plasma-based distortion effect to a Eurorack module.

The Erica Synths Plasma Drive gives you "a previously unexplored method of achieving signal clipping in 16HP," according to Erica Synths' press release. Instead of normal methods of overdrive, the new module boosts the audio signal to 3,000 volts and "transforms it into a series of continuous high-voltage discharges" in the xenon-filled tube. Those discharges are then converted back into a thick, heavily distorted audio signal.

Erica Synths and Gamechanger Audio Plasma Drive announcement video

As you can see in Erica Synths' demo video above, the plasma tube fires and pulses in time with the signal. The module includes knobs for Voltage CV, Input Level, Dry/Wet blend, Voltage, Treble, and Bass. You can add one octave up and one or two octaves down through tracking oscillators, which can be switched on and off with the toggle switch or with trigger signals.

According to Erica Synths, key features include:

  • Unique distortion flavor
  • CV control over distortion and dry/wet mix
  • Assignable equalizer (pre- and post effect)
  • 1 octave up & 1 and 2 octave down tracking oscillators
  • Powered via conventional eurorack PSU ribbon cable, with power consumption around 150mA

Set to premiere at NAMM 2019 later this week, the Plasma Drive will be available February 20, with the expected retail price of 310€, roughly equivalent to $350 USD. Check back soon for availability. For all the latest product releases and news coming out of NAMM 2019, check out our ongoing coverage here.

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