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IO Instruments Himalia
Providing an abundance of noise flavors with a few extra tricks up its sleeve, the IO Instruments Himalia is a five-voice source of analog and digital noise, as well as containing a square wave oscillator and sample player.
Analog noise is available with filtering to select between red, white, and blue noise types, while the digital noise section offers a digital noise output reminiscent of retro game sounds. There's also a dedicated output for the clock of this section, allowing the Himalia to be a clock source for other members of your patch. Additionally, a bank of six square wave oscillators is present, featuring spread, filter, and tuning adjustment. These can be used to make TR-808-style cymbal sounds, but the additional parameters make a wider range of sounds available.
Himalia can also function simultaneously as a sample player. In the center section, there are 16 transient and 16 drone samples available with ratcheting, tune, and bit-rate controls. This section may also be optionally used as an 8-bit melody generator, accessed by simply pressing a button on the front panel.
Himalia offers a vast range of noise types and can fit into almost any patch you can think of, providing a wide range of functions and versatile modulation options.
- 5 sources of various noise, modulation, and sample playback
- Analog noise that goes from red and white to blue noise
- Digital noise with sample and hold output
- 16 transient and 16 drone samples
- Samples have tune, bit rate, and ratchet controls
- Bank of six square wave oscillators with filtering, tune, and spread controls
- Eurorack module
- Width: 16hp
- Depth: 25mm
- Current draw: 90mA @ +12V, 70mA @ -12V
We added in a Noise Engineering BIA for the kick, Intellijel Quadrax for envelopes and a Malekko Quad VCA for mixing and extra VCAs. Everything is sequenced with the Arturia Keystep Pro.