After Later AudioQuarks Modal Synthesizer


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After Later Audio Quarks

Quarks from After Later Audio is a compact version of the Mutable Instruments Elements module, a modal synthesizer that excels in creating bells, gongs, strings, and wind sounds. This classic module is free from menu diving and switches to let you focus on the panel itself: what you see is what you get when patching with the Quarks. A full voice, the Contour knob allows you to adjust the envelope shape and with the built in reverb, you can simply patch in a gate and CV to start getting going with a field of chimes. After Later Audio's Quarks is a great medium size between the full size original and micro-sized clones.

Quarks Features

  • Three generators with mixer: bowing noise, blowing noise, percussive impulses
  • Envelope contour for bowing and blowing
  • Bowing noise generator: particle-like scratching noise with 2-pole low-pass filter
  • Blowing noise generator: granular pitched noise with wavetable-like scanning between various tone colors
  • Percussive impulse generator: interpolates through a collection of impulsive excitations – including sampled sticks, brushes and hammers, and models of damped mallets, plectrums, or bouncy particles. 2-pole low-pass filter and pitch control
  • Internally uses 64 zero-delay feedback state variable filters
  • Coarse, fine and FM frequency controls
  • Geometry: Interpolates through a collection of structures, including plates, strings, tubes, bowls
  • Brightness. Specifies the character of the material the resonating structure is made of – from wood to glass, from nylon to steel
  • Damping. Adds damping to the sound – simulates a "wet" material or the muting of the vibrations
  • Position. Specifies at which point the structure is excited
  • Space. Creates an increasingly rich stereo output by capturing the sound at two different points of the structure, and then adds more space through algorithmic reverberation
  • All exciter and resonator parameters have a dedicated CV input with attenuverter
  • 1V/Oct input for controlling main resonator frequency
  • FM input
  • Gate input
  • Strength input, for amplitude control of the exciter section
  • Pre- and post- exciter envelope external audio inputs
  • Stereo audio output, with adjustable width/reverberation. It is also possible to output the raw exciter signal on one channel, and the raw resonator signal on the other
  • Eurorack module
  • Width: 22hp
  • Depth: TBD
  • Current draw: 130mA @ +12V, 10mA @ -12V
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