JoranalogueStep 8 Sequential Tracking + Sampling Register
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Joranalogue Step 8
Patch programmability is one of the finest joys of creative modular synthesis, and since Joranalogue's Step 8 covers sequencing, switching, and an abundance of other uses, it promises to be a crucial centerpiece of any patch. Joranalogue refers to the Step 8 as a Sequential Tracking/Sampling Register, as it can be thought of as a one-to-eight switch with a precision track-and-hold or sample-and-hold circuit at each output. It's an ideal tool for Analog Shift Register effects, polyphonic adapting, and hocketing in your Eurorack modular synth.
The core behavior of Step 8 is set by the Cycle/Shift switch, and defines how voltages are remembered by each stage. In Cycle mode, advancing a stage, via the manual button or an external trigger, will route the input to the next stage, much like a standard sequential switch, except in that the internal sample/track-and-hold will keep holding the voltage. But should you want that traditional behavior, the Solo/All switch mutes inactive stages, dropping their output to zero volts. Shift mode turns Step 8 into a shift register, where voltages are passed down the line to the right.
Each stage offers its own slider functioning as a unity gain attenuator, as well as individual voltage and gate outputs. When no external signal is patched in, Step 8 generates an internal positive five volt signal for the purposes of sequencing or voltage mapping. Stage movement can be manipulated via control voltage, with a Pause gate input allowing for advance triggers to be ignored, as well as Reset and Reverse inputs. Maybe step sequences aren't your thing? If so, the Stage input accepts continuous voltages from zero to five volts, presenting each stage with equal accessibility to LFOs, random voltage generators, or other sequencers.
If defined functionality isn't your vibe, step up to Step 8 from Joranalogue, and whip up what you need on a patch-by-patch basis.
Step 8 Features
- Analog tracking/sampling register
- Eight low-droop hold circuits
- Cycle and Shift modes
- Solo mode mutes inactive stages
- Internal five voltage source
- Individual stage and gate outputs
- Trigger input and output
- Pause, Reset, and Reverse gate inputs
- Addressable Stage input and corresponding Scan output
- Eurorack module
- Width: 16hp
- Depth: 35mm
- Current draw: 110mA @ +12V, 45mA @ -12V
Joranalogue's unique approach to synthesizer design leaves a lot open to the performer's imagination. Rather than building straightforward, conventional sound sources, controllers, or processors, they instead make highly multi-functional modules that can cover a lot of different ground in any given patch. While that can be inspiring for some, it might be intimidating for others...but luckily, Boris is here to show us the way.
In this demo, Boris shows how a number of their modules can interact to create everything from evolving sound design to high-controlled rhythms and beyond. If you're into super powerful, performable modular synths—and hey, who isn't?—then you're gonna want to take a long hard look at what Joranalogue is doing.