OUT NOW: MODOR'S FORMANT FILTER IN A EURORACK MODULE!
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EURORACK FORMANT FILTER

We received the question quite a few times: 'When will you break up the Modor NF-1 in Eurorack pieces? Well, we 're not going to build Eurorack modules for everything there is in the NF-1, but we tought our formant filter is that special and unique we can't leave the modular world deprived of it ... :-)

So, here we are: Modor's Formant Filter in a Eurorack Module!

Modor's Formant Filter is a special filter that does a kind of 'vowel morphing' between three vowels. The big central FORMANT control is responsible for that, and on the Eurorack module there's of course a CV control (with attenuation) on this parameter.

You can imagine a formant filter as a set of parallel bandpass filters, picking up and amplifying a set of small frequency bands. For example, with these frequency bands around 750Hz, 1200Hz and 2800Hz, you get the sound of an 'A'. So far, nothing special. There are more formant filters around composed of a set of parallel bandpass filters.

It gets more interesting when you're able to 'morph' between different sets of those formant frequencies. Behind the central FORMANT control, there are 3 of those sets of frequencies. One at full left, one in the middle, and one fully right. So you can for example morph between A-E-O. Or U-I-E. Or AO-UI-EU. Or ...

That's what it does: morphing between different sets of formant frequencies, and that's why it sounds a lot more genuine vowelish than many other static bandpass combinators.

There are 10 preset vowels, that can be selected with the VOWEL button: A-E-O-I-OE-U-EI-EU-AO-U-UI. The vowels of the Dutch language... :-)

The 1-2-3-4 controls on top give you the possibility of composing your own vowels by manually adjusting the frequency bands.

DEMO SOUNDS

A few basic demo sounds of our Eurorack Formant Filter. First a clean sawtooth melody without filtering, next a few examples of the same melody treated by the formant filter.

See our prototype module in action at Superbooth '17 in Berlin. Video report by Sonicstate.

 

CONTROLS

The center big FORMANT control does the morphing between the three vowels, the AMOUNT control sets the amount of CV modulation for this control.

The three leds above the buttons show which of the three vowels is selected for editing. That depends on the position of the FORMANT control.

The VOWEL button chooses which of the 10 factory presets go into the active vowel. SHIFT+VOWEL saves all the actual settings to be reloaded when the modular system is powered off and on.

The 1-2-3-4 controls select the 4 frequency bands of the active vowel. SHIFT+1-2-3 sets the presence of the first three frequencies, SHIFT+4 sets the volume of the active vowel.

SPECIFICATIONS

EURORACK
  • Width: 16 HP
  • Depth: 12mm
  • 140mA +12V
  • 20mA -12V
POLYPHONY
  • Or: 2-voice polyphonic
  • Or: stereo
FRONT PANEL CONTROLS
  • 6 rotary knobs
  • 2 pushbuttons
  • 3 indicator leds
CONNECTORS
  • 2 audio inputs
  • 2 CV inputs
  • 2 audio outputs
           
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