Hold Your Breath (7:05)
Hold Your Breath (Luca Agnelli remix) (7:43)
Hold Your Breath (Maximes Dangles Repeat remix) (7:41)
The card contains eight digital algorithms inspired by a set of the most classic analog Chorus effects ever to be made like the Dimension D, Solina ensemble and some very rare devices as well. True to the modular spirit, the control parameters offer a wide range from subtle and smooth, to fast LFO modulation sea sick wobbles, with a lot of sweet spots in between.
Using the Z-DSP's own stereo analog feedback path to apply feedback to the effects results in beautifully lush and organic animated drones. Using those feedback inputs as an additional 2 input channels of direct injection into the DSP chip, the ZDSP can take up to 4 external sources for generating impressive stereo drones with a classic Chorus touch. The end result is a great tool for the design of atmospheric sounds completely in the modular environment.
The module was designed, tuned and tested to sound like the crash and ride sounds from a 909 fresh off the factory line. The sound circuits use a combination of low-fi 6 bit sound samples that pass through a series of analog elements that provide envelope and filtering to the source sound.
TipTop Audio enhanced the circuits by adding manual and voltage controllable tuning to each voice which result in a wide sound range: from hard industrial sound at the low end to the original crash/ride sounds to brilliant HihHts at high settings.
Like other TipTop drum voices also the Cymbl909 has high output level, allowing you to further enhance the sound by distortion and clipping. Play dynamically with the volume of the drum sounds with the Accent parameter, whose CV input is normalized to the gate input. Which means you just need to turn up the accent knob to play the sound with full punch.
Crash: tune CV input; gate input, normalized to accent CV input; Crash audio output
Ride: tune CV input; gate input, normalized to accent CV input; Ride audio output
60 mA +12V
40 mA -12V
0 mA 5V
The wave folder creates new waveforms from the standard sine, triangle, sawtooth and square waves, has a dedicated output jack and CV input with an attenuator making it very easy to create beautifully animated folding sounds. Adjustable voltage controlled Inject alters the bias point creating an even wider palette of sounds.
The subdivide generator squares the fold output generating 4 more sounds spaced one octave apart, each with its own gain knob and mixed to the Subdivide output jack. Mixing the four can create anything from discordant square wave swarms to sweet harmonic oscillator stacks, from a stable square version of the folded wave to freaky PLL like glitched slides.
Overall results can sound evil at times and sweet at others, a true multi-faced devil.
With Numberz you can:
- Download free Z-DSP programs from the web and "burn" them into cartridges
- Modify programs for new and interesting effects
- Write and debug Z-DSP programs in a real-time environment
- Share your programs online with other Numberz users
- Share your programs on Z-DSP cartridges with other Z-DSP users
- Create your own text for the Z-DSP LCD display
Major and Minor keys are both built in to let you switch scales in a very playable way, making it pretty easy to explore musical progression. There are also 24 user scales ready to be filled up with your own custom scales. A built in sketch pad records and plays back keys entered manually on the keyboard and slider in sync with external clock and reset signal, or Tiptop's SyncBus which chains the QuantiZer recording function to the Circadian Rhythms time line for precise recording and playback. Scale CV in can be set to switch between changing scales or transposing pitches using CV from sequencers. Quantization can be set for free run or Trigger mode for even more interesting ways to interact with external sequencers.
Quantizer sets a new performance standard for Eurorack that offers incredibly stable CV quantization minimizing glitches on input, utilizes high precision temperature compensated 1V/Oct CV generation on output and features stunning conversion latency of less than half a millisecond. QuantiZer can be set to process a wide variety of CV voltage input ranges, +/-5V CV from LFOs, bi-polar envelopes and such, or 0-10V / 0-5V standard CV from sequencers. Continuing the tradition of advanced Tiptop digital modules, the QuantiZer Firmware running the digital brain is upgradeable via a USB thumb drive interface at its back allowing for continuous improvement and fine tuning of function and stability over time.
The RS808 comes with two switches that give a total of 4 different positions: two are the classic Rimshot and Clays sounds as found on the original, and two are unique to the RS808 module adding a range of snappy "click" sounds the circuit is capable of producing. Two control knobs were added, each have different effect for the selected sound. In general, these controls can be categorized as Pitch and Snap as they control the frequency of the oscillator and decay of the envelope generator. The RS808 is an exact reproduction of the original circuit which sounds like a fresh machine coming off the assembly line back in the 80's.
Compatible with all the other drums in this series, the RS808 includes a hot modular level output gain stage capable of producing signals that can be easily distorted if desired. On the inputs, we have designed a dual-input pulse-shaper circuit so you can trigger the RS808 with trigger/gate signals from step sequencers, clock dividers, or any other pulse/clock sources. This eliminates the need to shape pulses sent to the module ensuring the same stable sound at peak power, regardless of your pulse source. These distinctive features make integrating this legendary sound generator into your modular synth easy, unleashing the power of real analog drums.
As every drum module from Tiptop Audio also the RS909 has a gate input which is normalized to the accent input, making possible to play the drum with full power without the need to patch a lot.. Of course the accent input's intensity can be controlled as well as the output level of the module.
The rimshot sound is generated by two oscillators which in the original TR-909 were tuned to fixed frequencies. This limitation was omitted by Tiptop Audio as they equipped the module with two frequency potentiometers for detuning the oscillators. The original settings of the 909 are marked with black dots.
The principle behind these algorithms is basically a mathematical feedback formula excited by external signals which self oscillates as a damped tone. The type and harmonic content of the external signals these algorithms can react to is extremely wide and so are the tones that they can impart to a sound.
The card contains six Karplus- Strong and two Spring models. When fed with an external pulse or bursts of noise they self-oscillate creating synthetic sounds similar to glass, spring, bell and variety of string tones. When structured sounds like high pitched FM tones, drones, drum sounds and vocals pass through they get a harmonized type effect, many times in an unexpected way. his card is anything but standard as it takes the natural 'springy' artefact of digital audio, and, instead of fighting to eliminate it, actually makes use of it as a new source of sound inside the modular.
Traveling is a breeze; it folds down and is ready to go in less than a minute and it's easy to carry in one hand, even when completely filled with modules. It was made to fit in an airplane overhead bin and provides the convenience of a universal power supply wherever you go. Under the spotlight, Station 252's clean, professional design enhances your system's appearance and seamlessly integrates with your electronic music performance.
Station 252 is the product of careful electromechanical engineering. The result is a rack system made of three rows of 84HP for a total module space of 252HP that converts into four different positions. Constructed from carefully selected lightweight materials, this entire Eurorack weighs only 13lbs/5.9kg when empty and is built to last.
Station 252 comes equipped with a complete hardwired ZEUS Studio Bus power supply system, the world's only high-power system that can guarantee low noise with minimal bleed-through between modules for a clear sounding synth. This monster power system has proven record of reliability, safety, and performance all around the world. Included are three Zeus Studio Bus boards supplying up to 7200mA of audio grade power to your modules, that is twice more than previous version of Zeus. ZEUS keeps your modules in a coot space, optimizing their performance and extending their lifecycles. The Station 252 can take power anywhere in the world from 100-240VAC.
Pitch shifting in the Z-DSP uses a technique called 'rotating tape head' delay lines named after pioneering tape based experiments in Germany in the 1960s. The tape heads move at speeds independent of the tape playback path and two heads are crossfaded to make a continuous output capable of beautiful pitched delay effects, harmonization and smooth reverbs.
These pitch shifting algorithms are much like the earliest digital pitch shifters released. Sounds similar to the Eventide H910, AMS 15-80 (with Pitch board) and Publison DHM 89 can be achieved. These programs are intended more for pure effects rather than the complex multiple harmony lines later devices and plugins became known for producing. Chords from single VCOs can easily be made using the 'Interval' programs on the card though.
Using a Z3000 to clock the Z-DSP, complete chaos from the delay lines and pitch shifting emerges, creating great and unexpected new sounds. Modulating the stereo pair of analog VC-Feedbacks animates the time and distance of the pitch shift opening up these algorithms for additional control from CV and audio signal alike.
The TOMS909 contains all three of the TR-909's original Low, Mid and High tom-tom circuits adapted for use in the Eurorack modular synthesizer format. The module was tested to sound like a fresh machine coming off the assembly line back in the 80's. To add flavour to the beast, TipTop Audio have extended each tom's arming range so it's easier to dial soft bass drums on the lower ends and high-pitched toms on the other. In addition, all three toms are voltage controlled, letting you play the tom's pitch with CV sequencers like the Z8000, reshape .e tuning with envelopes and LF0's, and create new metallic sounding percussive sounds using audio rate frequency modulation of the internal analog oscillators.
The toms circuitry is made up of 9 triangle oscillators and a stack of filters, VCA's, and envelopes which, in total, took about half of the space on the original 909's circuit board. Utilising the latest in electronic design technology tipTop Audio have managed to squeeze this enormous circuit consisting of more than 450(!) components, into an area only 16HP wide. It is a beautiful board with hundreds of tiny, shiny components, its a little analog jewel.
Each tom includes a trigger and accent input with accent level control, manual tune, voltage-control tune input with attenuator, and independent audio out. In addition, a MIX out is available that sums all three toms together. On each gate input TipTop Audio have designed a dual pulse-shaper circuit so you can trigger your TOMS909 with Trigger/Gate signals from sequencers or any other pulse/clock sources.
uZEUS with flying bus boards: this version features two ribbon bus boards. All you have to do is plug in your modules and play.
The uZEUS mixes linear and switching power technology to produce 1000mA at +12V, 500mA at -12V, and 170mA at +5V and uses a standard +15VDC non-regulated wall adapter for power.
Z-Rails are sold in sets of two (2) aluminium, clear or black anodized rails, each containing a nickel-plated brass threaded strip with 3mm threads using 5.08mm spacing. The racks are easy to install into any frame using two (2) M4 screws, one for each side of the individual Z-Rails.
The Z3000 is bilingual - equally fluent in the language of sound (frequency) and music (notes and octaves). Its intelligence comes from its built-in arithmetic processor, which allows for relevant data to be displayed constantly, taking the guesswork out of tuning your modular.
The 73000's analog core generates four waveforms with substantial character, giving you the sound signature that can only be created by a true analog VCO. The Z3000 unique circuitry allows for high levels of synthesis complexity such as frequency modulation, all while maintaining excellent wide-range tracking and without falling into chaos. The Z3000 brings a world of new possibilities that will give rise to a whole new sound spectra within your modular synthesizer.
Control knobs for the Attack, Decay, and Release segments are scaled. The first 0-50% of the knobs' rotation is dedicated to high-resolution adjustment in the millisecond range; this allows for a fine adjustments that reduce clicks and pops to a minimum with the lowest possible delay and loss in snappiness. Conversely, the rotation of the knobs from 50% to 100% provide envelopes that can last anywhere from several minutes to infinity.
The output levels are fully adjustable with signals that can reach up to 10V in either polarity and can be mirrored into the opposite polarity or clipped using the voltage-controlled deviator scaler. A bi-colour LED indicates intermediate values in both polarities and their crossfade state.
The Attack slope switch allows selection of a logarithmic or exponential curve for the Attack segment; this subtle effect helps further the fine adjustment of the Attack segment slope. A shoot button is provided to let you fire the envelope manually. The Z4000 also provides a retrigger input allowing you to create legato notes when using a classic keyboard interface.
Going down to nuts and bolts, the 74000's smoothness and snappiness is made possible by a four-segment active-charge discrete circuit which is an extended version of circuits found in classic two-segment rise/fall transient generators.
The Z4000's feature set in just 8HP: a Tiptop envelope generator.
The Z-DSP interface includes VC digital parameters, VC Mix/Dry, manual and sequential program switching, and a pair of VC feedback loop paths with exposed patch points that let you insert the rest of your modular into the DSP process. The Z-DSP lets you go far beyond ordinary processing, breaking the rules and allowing you to patch right into the heart of the DSP chip through the clock input, allowing for some digital madness and creative sound design.
*For sound examples, please visit - http://www.tiptopaudio.com/zdsp.php?goto=music
All samples on the card are available for playback at 48k, 64k and 96k for maximum versatility in pitch control while maintaining latencies of as low as 0.25 ms.
Design by: Glitchmachines
Type: One Shot
Character: Percussive, Texture
Only compatible with the Tiptop Audio One Digital Audio Flux Eurorack Module.