Future Retro Transient Plus Sample-Based Percussion Module
Future Retro Transient Plus is a sample-based percussion module in eurorack format. Transient Plus can recreate individual drum voices or sound like an entire drum machine or loop is playing, morphing from rhythm to rhythm, or at times sound more like a synthesizer when retriggering samples at audio rates and creating other special effects. It's easy to use, introduces new ways to quickly sculpt your beats with endless possibilities and it sounds great!
Up to 256 User Instruments can be stored and loaded from the microSD card, and Transient Plus comes loaded with original factory Instruments to get you going right out of the box and to help you learn how to achieve certain results. Instruments can be named as well as backed up to a computer.
Up to 600 individual user samples (16MB total) can be loaded into Transient Plus using a microSD card. Over 400 audio samples come preinstalled with the original factory sound set; 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, CVs or random values. While internal processing of these sounds is all at 16-bit resolution, a 12-bit DAC is used to add more vintage character. Additional factory sound sets can also be purchased and installed in your Transient Plus, or users are free to create their own custom sound sets.
A unique architecture in Transient Plus allows these digital samples to have similar sound characteristics to what you would expect from analog drum machines or synthesizers as well as natural/organic sounds. Natural sounds, after all, never repeat in exactly the same way; Transient Plus achieves similar results by altering the phase and amplitude of samples.
Transient Plus allows you to change the playback speed of samples up to +1 or -5 octaves from the original recorded pitch. Playback speed can be affected by numerous modulation sources. Ring modulation can also 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.
Two modulation oscillators provide both typical waveforms and new envelope waveforms. That means all envelopes in Transient Plus are looping; envelopes do not have adjustable ADSR times like most synthesizers. Instead, the total time or frequency of the envelope is adjustable along with the phase at which the envelope or waveform starts. The modulation oscillator can cover both 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, while the multimode filter allows you the sculpt the tones. By applying CV control to these, the voices come alive and begin dancing to the dynamics.
The eigital 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.
A multimode filter provides low pass, band pass and high pass filter types; the filter can also be bypassed completely. The filter frequency can be modulated by knobs, CVs, random generators, and also includes the ability to use the internal modulation oscillators as LFO and audio-rate mod sources.
The dynamics section provides control of the final output sound level. This can be used as a simple set-and-forget level control; alternatively, you can assign a knob to act as volume control or allow external CVs to control the dynamics. Combinations of these options can be applied simultaneously.
The TRIG IN jack accepts a wide range of trigger sources – gates, oscillators, LFOs, even audio – to play sounds in Transient. Two CV inputs allow external control voltages to modulate or modify parameters. And, of course, the AUDIO OUT jack 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. The K1 and K2 knobs allow you to basically morph between different modulation amounts for various parameters. Finally, a parameter control is used to navigate through the parameters and adjust parameter values.
In addition to the CV, K1 or K2 modulation sources, a random generator is also provided as a modulation source. Transient Plus also includes a sequential mod source that can be used to step through sample waveforms automatically – just the thing to recreate sliced audio loops!
|Module Power Usage||150mA @ +12V
17mA @ -12V
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