Make NoiseMimeophon Stereo Multi-Zone Color Audio Repeater


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Make Noise Mimeophon

Make Noise & soundhack's Mimeophon breaks the boundaries between all types of time-based effects, capable of everything from Karplus-Strong synthesis and flange effects to full-on delay and looping. Following in the footsteps of several of their previous digital modules, it might just make you reconsider what a delay effect is, and how it can be used.

Another collaboration with soundhack's Tom Erbe, the Mimeophon is a synthesis tool based on exploiting the repetition of sonic material. A glance through its features seems to reveal an obvious kinship to the Echophon, Erbe-Verb, and Morphagene. It is a complex and well-considered time-based effect whose potential branches well beyond a simple label such as "delay" or "looper." Mimeophon's scale of operation is uncommonly wide: it can perform temporal processes as short as 1.3ms to as long as 41 seconds, making it just as useful as a flanger, for instance, as it is as a delay.

Mimeophon offers stereo input and output (perfect for adding in line with a QPAS or Morphagene). It provides two primary controls related to perceived effect duration: Zone and Rate. Zone shifts the overall timescale, ranging from microsound to lengthy looping ranges. Best of all, altering Zone doesn't incur the Doppler shift effect associated with most delays: pitch information is preserved while timescale changes.

If whooshy, wobbly delay modulation effects are what you want, though, don't fret: the Rate control can take you there. Complete with tempo sync (and clock division/multiplication), CV input, and a micro Rate input for subtler doppler modulation, Mimeophon's Rate control is the destination for more traditional delay-like effects. The Skew button also allows for temporally offset operation between the left and right audio channels, effectively allowing the Rate control to inversely affect each side for swirling spatial images and ping pong-like effects. The Rate output produces pulses at skewed tempi, allowing Mimeophon's repeat effect to act as a synchronization source for other devices.

Users can utilize incoming gate signals for Flip and Hold, allowing for rhythmic engagement of reverse and freeze-like effects: altering the contents of entire zones, be they lengthy or minuscule.

And then the true mysteries: Halo and Color. These controls work together with the Repeats control in order to create soundscapes whose characteristics gradually shift over time: Halo creates stereo smearing effects, while color focuses feedback into particular ranges for an evolving timbral focus. While what these controls actually do internally is not easy to describe, they are a huge part of Mimeophon's sound: a cascading, swirling universe of tones that breach between delay and reverb, clean repeats and murky smears.

Complete with voltage control of all parameters (including wet/dry mix), Mimeophon is an inspiring and fresh addition to the Make Noise product line. Despite what might initially seem like overlap with modules like the Echophon, Erbe-Verb, and Morphagene, Mimeophon provides access to completely new ground: diffused echoes, reversed soundscapes, granular transformations, rhythmic repetitions, and lush halos await.

Mimeophon Features

  • Stereo multi-zone color audio repeater
  • Designed in collaboration with Tom Erbe of Soundhack fame
  • Continues the forward-thinking legacy of modules like Phonogene, Echophon, Erbe-Verb, and Morphagene
  • Perfect for all sorts of time-based effects from Karplus-Strong to delays, microsound to lengthy loops
  • Zone control provides access to nested layers of repeats, acting as a master timescale control
  • Rate provides playback speed/Doppler-style "delay rate" control
  • Skew for offsetting left and right repeat rates
  • micro Rate for subtler Doppler effects
  • Flip and Hold for reverse and freeze effects
  • Repeats, Halo, and Color interact to create effects that smear in space and change in spectral focus over time
  • Gate output derived from Rate control
  • Mono or stereo input with stereo output
  • CV or Gate control for all parameters
  • Eurorack module
  • Width: 16hp
  • Depth: 30mm depth
  • Current draw: 100mA @ +12V, 10mA @ -12V
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Delay Based Effects With The Make Noise Mimeophon
There are multiple effects that can all be generated with a delay, these are often called time-based effects and they include flanging, chorus, delay, vibrato, looping and Karplus-Strong.

The Make Noise Mimeophon module combined with an LFO can create all of these delay-based effects and more since it has other options like skew, reverse and a reverb like halo effect. With the traditional time-based effects used as a starting point you can develop great sounding traditional effects or go off in another direction completely.
Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer : "Recordings from the Åland Islands"
Artists Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer came by the Perfect Circuit Studio for a short performance and to discuss some of their workflow!
Make Noise Mimeophon
The Mimeophon music synthesizer module is a stereo, multi-zone color audio repeater by Make Noise and soundhack, coded by Tom Erbe.

The Mimeophon (from Greek mimeo (repeat/copy) and phon (sound)) is a modern take on various historical sound copying, echo and repeating devices. It allows for Stereo modulations of Time, Space and Timbre of Mono or Stereo sound sources. The Mimeophon is capable of modulating and morphing time scales of repeated sound from micro-sound to note to phrase length while also coloring and spatializing the repeats.

- Full Stereo In and Out
- Color Coded Modeless Algorithm: morph between Karplus, Flange, Chorus, Echo, Looping and everything in between
- Rate continuously controls Repeats frequency within Zones
- Skew lets Rate control Repeats differently for Left and Right channels
- μRate offers dedicated Doppler Modulation
- Tempo Sync for Doppler Free modulation of Rate, create complex repeat patterns
- Control number of Repeats up to and beyond Infinite
- Halo smears Repeats in stereo space
- Color focuses feedback energy for timbral shifts over time
- Rate Out generates Pulses at Skewed Tempos, completing the conversation within the modular system
- Zones may be Flipped for backward repeats
- Hold sound for non-destructive modulation of infinite loops
- Fully Voltage Controlled Time, Space and Color modulation algorithm
- Reasonable power consumption
- Pairs well with Morphagene, QPAS, and X-PAN
Make Noise Mimeophon Stereo Multi-Zone Color Audio Repeater Reviews