Studio Electronics Boomstar Modular System Modstar Sci Fi Module


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Studio Electronics Eurorack Ring Modulator and Noise Source Module

Studio Electronics Sci Fi is an ingeniously vintage-circuit-inspired Richard Nicol / Pittsburgh Modular original. As the reader might already know, ring modulation is a signal-processing electronic function, an implementation of amplitude modulation or frequency mixing performed by multiplying two signals. This beloved otherworldly, warm and at times clangorous coloring dates at least as far back to Bode's Melochord of 1947, technology which was ultimately licensed to Robert Moog in the early 1960s. Of course analog maestros Don Buchla and Lord Tom Oberheim made their marks, circuitry culminating in the brilliantly rhythmic and wildly expressive Yamaha CS-80 ring mod circuits and controls.

Back at the Modstar Ranch: Sci Fi's outputted ring-modulated signal is the sum and difference of the frequencies present in each waveform, a signal rich in partials, often producing a haunting, bell-like, metallic and sometimes softly grinding, understated modulation awash in harmonic and non-harmonic tones.

Sci Fi is getting better all the time with its companion LFO FREQ (low frequency oscillator), true analog PINK and digital WHITE noise, S&H — a true sample and hold generator with RANGE control and LAG generator — a slew limiter which craftily smooths out changes in audio or modulation signals: higher values = smoother signal flowing. This module is every bit as creamy sounding as it is electrically charged: the higher frequencies coat the sound with a sparkling quality one wouldn't naturally expect, but it is welcome sound for certain.

Potentiometer potential
Six attenuation pots control the CHANNEL 1, CHANNEL 2, CHANNEL 3, CHANNEL 4, CHANNEL 5, and CHANNEL 6, delivering smooth, detailed and complex expression.

Patch it up
Seven patch points — RM X IN, RM Y IN, GATE, SOURCE, RM OUT, WHITE, PINK, and S&H OUT — connect inspiration and intuition to voltage direction and submission.

  • Module controls
    • RING MOD knob: adjusts the ring mod depth.
    • LFO FREQ knob: adjusts the pitch or range of the ring mod.
    • WHITE knob: adjusts the white noise level.
    • PINK knob: adjusts the pink noise level.
    • RANGE knob: adjusts the sample and hold intensity.
    • LAG knob: adjusts the sample and hold lag or slew limiting.
  • Patch points
    • RM X IN input: ring mod X waveform input.
    • RM Y IN input: ring mod Y waveform input.
    • GATE input: gate or trigger input.
    • SOURCE input: external audio input.
    • RM OUT output: ring mod output.
    • WHITE output: white noise output.
    • PINK output: pink noise output.
    • S&H OUT output: sample and hold output.
  • Physical specifications
    • Size: 10hp
    • Module depth: 39.7mm (with ribbon cable attached)
    • Power usage: 41mA @ +12V, 48mA @ -12V
More Information
Manufacturer Studio Electronics
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer  
Module Type Modulation
Module Width 10hp
Depth 39.7mm (with ribbon cable attached)
1U Module No
Module Power Usage 41mA @ +12V
48mA @ -12V
+5V Required No

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