The Thru box allows you to pass both MIDI and DIN Sync data to four seperate devices simultaneously. MIDI Thru boxes are quite common, but 1x4x2 is the first to provide DIN Thru capabilities.
Power is provided via MIDI.
Note, this product does not convert MIDI clock messages to DIN Sync. For MIDI to DIN Sync conversion please see our Swynx product.
Based on our highly successful Revolution concept, the Orb provides an intuitive interface that we feel most accurately represents the principles of time and music. From ancient sundials to modern day analog clocks, time has been represented as the circle, a cycle which never ends. For time itself is nothing more than our perception of the revolution of planets as they journey through their celestial orbit. It is this motion that we call time that can be measured, divided, and arranged to provide the foundation of music. This circular cyclic theme can furthermore be found throughout music in everything from song structure and repeating rhythms to the fundamentals of sound itself, being the sine wave. With this understanding we must conclude that music is cyclic and should so be represented in its natural form.
Continuing our tradition of hand building quality products, this sleek compact unit is housed in a rugged aluminium chassis with a high contrast white on gun metal grey finish for superior viewing of controls in dark environments, and bright blue LEDs all around. New spherical switches allow quick selection of multiple steps by sweeping through the surface of step keys.
Let's start with the sequencer....
As you can see, the sequencer's interface is circular, which provides several benefits over the traditional linear-style step sequencers. Visually, it is easier to divide a measure of music into equal parts. The circular interface also provides a more intuitive way of displaying patterns playing as cyclic loops, either forwards or reverse, and will help you better understand the underlying geometric symmetries used throughout our Remixing process. This design also allows the user to carry out all sequencing functions with a single hand.
There are 256 recordable patterns available, each recording note duration, pitch, accent, glide, loop point, time signature, and swing amount. Pattern editing features include copy/paste, pattern shifting, pattern transposing, multiple pattern cueing for chaining patterns together live, and LED chase. In addition, all pattern editing and recording can be done while the sequencer is running, and it will automatically save all your edits so you don't have to stop creating!
The Orb also provides the ability to play patterns forwards or backwards, as well as remotely select patterns to play using MIDI program change messages.
There are 16 songs to arrange the patterns in, each recording its tempo, the bank/pattern for each step, the transposition of each step, and the song's loop point. Each of the 16 songs can contain up to 3,580 measures, and multiple songs may be chained together so they play sequentially.
In addition, the Orb provides our unique Remix feature which gives 256 variations for every pattern and song, for more than 65,000 possible patterns right out of the box. Whether you're improvising during a live set, creating variations for other parts of a song, or simply have a case of writer's block, our Remix feature is sure to inspire you and speed up your creative process.
Patterns and songs can be backed up via SysEx dumps to other Orb units, Revolution units, or your computer. In addition, all patterns and songs created in the Orb can be played in the Revolution units, just as all Revolution patterns and songs can be played in the Orb.
The Orb provides separate 1/4" jacks for the CV out (1V/oct standard) with adjustable Glide Time control, Gate out (positive polarity type, 0 to +12V), and Accent out (positive polarity type gate, 0 to +10v) for playing most analog synthesizers. Or if you prefer, the Orb can act as a MIDI to CV converter allowing any MIDI keyboard/controller, or sequencer to contol an analog synthesizer. It's also possible to sync most pre-MIDI analog sequencers and arpeggiators to MIDI clock by using the Gate out signal as a programmable clock source.
MIDI In/Thru/Out are all provided for syncing playback with external sequencers, playing MIDI sound modules, or using the Orb as a MIDI to CV converter.
***PLEASE NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS CURRENTLY SUPPLIED WITH A US 2-PIN MAINS PLUG AND WILL REQUIRE A UK 3-PIN ADAPTER***
More than 250 preset instruments are built into the Transient to get you going right out of the box, and to help you learn how to achieve certain results. There are also 40 User locations to store your own custom Instrument settings.
Over 400 audio samples provide the foundation of sound in the Transient. These samples focus on classic drum machines and modern analog percussive sounds. There are two voices to play these samples, and sample selection for each voice can be modulated with things like knobs, CV's, or random values. While internal processing of these sounds is all 16 bit resolution, a 12 bit DAC is used to add more vintage character.
A unique architecture in the Transient allows these digital samples to have similar sound characteristics to what you would expect from analog drum machines or synthesizers, and natural sounds. Natural sounds never repeat in exactly the same way, and the Transient achieves similar results by altering the phase and amplitude of samples.
Percussion instruments typically have a very limited, if any, ability to change their pitch. So instead of changing the playback speed of samples (as most sound modules do), Ring modulation can be applied to alter the perceived pitch and harmonics of a sound.
The sample Mod selection allows different combinations for samples to be Amplitude or Ring modulated, by periodic waveforms, envelope shapes, or other sample waveforms. It is also possible to apply two of these processes simultaneously to a single sample.
Modulation oscillators provide both typical waveforms and new envelope waveforms. That means all envelopes in the Transient are looping. Envelopes do not have adjustable ADSR times like most synthesizers. Instead the total time or frequency of the envelope is adjustable, and so is the phase the envelope or waveform starts at. The modulation oscillator can cover both the LFO and audio range for some really nice results.
Amplitude modulation can be used to apply Fades, Tremolo, Envelopes and Audio-rate modulations to samples.
Ring modulation can be used to change the phase of waveforms, creating subtle changes in repeating samples. It can also be used to change the perceived pitch, and harmonic content of a sample. It can even rectify a sample when ring modulated with itself, or allow two samples to share their "sonic DNA" with each other creating all sorts of new combinations in harmonic content.
The Mixer allows control over the mix of two voices, and the multi-mode filter allows you the sculpt the tones. By applying CV control to these, the voices come alive and begin dancing to the dynamics.
The Digital section can be used to add a little more character to sounds by Companding, Distorting, or Bit Crushing the audio, along with changing the Bit Depth and Sample Rate for each effect.
The Dynamics section provides control of the final output sound level. This can be used as a simple set-and-forget level control, assign a knob to act as volume control, allow external CV's to control the dynamics, or combinations of these can be applied simultaneously.
Making beats has never been easier!
The Trig In jack accepts a wide range of trigger sources (gates, oscillators, LFO's, even audio), to play sounds in the Transient. Two CV inputs allow external control voltages to modulate or modify parameters. And of course the Audio Out provides the final audio output.
There are two CV attenuator knobs to scale each CV input source, and two more knobs K1 and K2 that can be assigned to control multiple parameters simultaneously. These K1 and K2 knobs allow you to basically morph between different modulation amounts for various parameters. And finally, a Parameter control is used to navigate through the parameters, and adjust parameter values.
In addition to the CV or K1 or K2 modulation sources, a Random generator is also provided as a possible modulation source.