The Voltage Research Laboratory based in Pittsburgh has created an organic modular synthesiser designed to help musicians and music makers explore the “natural systems and lesser-known fringes of analogue synthesis”. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the modular synthesiser which is this week launched via Kickstarter and already blasted past its required pledge goal of $60,000 with still 29 days remaining on its campaign
The Voltage Research Laboratory is a completely different analog synthesizer where every function of the instrument has been influenced by the behaviours and systems of the natural world. “Wildly experimental and extremely deep, the Voltage Research Laboratory is a sonic playground created to explore the natural systems and lesser known fringes of analog synthesis.”
The Voltage Research Laboratory is 100% eurorack modular format compatible and is comprised of 3 separate eurorack modules housed together in a purpose-built, handmade eurorack enclosure. Offering musicians a “unique modular synthesizer designed to reward deep experimentation and encourage the creation of unique sonic systems”.
The development team at Voltage Research Laboratory responsible for creating the organic modular synthesizer :
“The unique sound palette of the Lifeforms Voltage Lab originates with a complex oscillator pair that utilizes a wide range of shaping and manipulation options to move away from basic geometric shapes to more harmonically rich tones. A custom wave folder with enhanced waveform warping, linear FM, amplitude modulation, ring modulation, waveform cycling, hard sync, and more are available for extreme sonic research.
A set of multi-function generators work as interactive voltage processing systems to create and modify complex control voltages. The function generators act as voltage controllable envelopes, LFOs, slew generators, and more to produce evolving control signals. Voltage controllable parameters and multiple unison modes create complex and intertwined modulation systems through time.
Twin dynamics controllers pull everything together. A unique circuit expanding on the classic low pass gate, the dynamics controller with variable response adds an organic depth to the sound of the Lifeforms Voltage Lab by simulating the natural behavior of sound. The multi-mode signal processor features a 12db resonant filter, VCA, and percussive low pass gate modes.”
For more details on the modular synthesizer and to make a pledge from $299 jump over to the official Kickstarter campaign page by following the link below. If manufacturing progresses smoothly worldwide shipping is expected to take place sometime around September 2019