Qu-Bit ElectronixData Bender Stereo Circuit Bent Effect


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Qu-Bit Electronix Data Bender

The Qu-Bit Data Bender is inspired by circuit bending and the different ways audio equipment can break or fail...and puts those under voltage control. Based on various digital manipulations of an internal audio buffer, Data Bender is the right choice of you want glitchy, artifact-laden, stuttering sounds.

The audio buffer allows up to one minutes of stereo audio sampling time. The Bend control acts like an old tape machine with varispeed wobbles up or down. The Break parameter is like a skipping CD or scratched record, disjointedly jumping around the audio buffer and introducing skips and glitches. Corrupt...well, corrupt does bad things. It imitates all sorts of audio processing errors such as formatting the wrong data type, underrunning a buffer, using the wrong sample rate and bit depth, and more. These can all be controlled with CV, fine tuned and tamed, or left to run wild. The Freeze input locks the audio buffer in place and doesn't let anything enter or exit. It can be clocked from an external source to keep all the messiness in time.

While Data Bender is capable of lo-fi effects, it has a 96kHz sample rate and runs at 24-bit, making it a powerful audio tool. Get all the nastiness of circuit bending and audio equipment breaking under voltage control and in sync with the rest of your modular system.

Data Bender Features

  • Stereo circuit bent audio processor
  • Break imitates skipping CDs and vinyl
  • Bend tape warble
  • Corrupt utterly destroys the audio data
  • Clock input
  • CV over everything
  • One minute internal audio buffer
  • 24-bit/96kHz operation
  • Freeze input freezes audio buffer
  • Eurorack module
  • Width: 14hp
  • Depth: 28mm
  • Current Draw: 58mA @ +12V, 60mA @ -12V
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62HP: Contextual FX Processor - Small Eurorack Effect System
Back again with our trusty Intellijel Palette case, this episode of 62hp journeys into the world of Eurorack effects processing in a system dubbed the Contextual Effects Processor. While the name is a bit of a play on the inclusion of the Harlequin’s Context from Shakmat, the modules chosen for this system were picked for their versatility and ability to fit into a wide range of musical situations.

For our effects, we turned to the Data Bender by Qu-Bit Electronix for glitchy, digital artifacts, the expansive Milky Way from Endorphines for general purpose effects like delays and reverbs, and the crushing Guillotine distortion from Ritual Electronics. We’ve also got a Bastl Cinnamon for filtering and additional drive, and the Katowice by XAOC Devices supplies crossover filtering and multi band isolation for situations where surgical sound shaping is needed. External sounds enter the system through a pair of Mutable Instruments Ears modules, but we can also take advantage of their built-in contact mics for generating and processing sounds fully within the system itself.

The Harlequin’s Context is a preset programmer for generating linked sets of control voltage sources. Each of the four channels can be set up as an LFO, envelope generator, and more, and the configurations of all four are stored together in scenes, which can be accessed manually with buttons on the front panel or sequenced and scanned through for ever-changing modulation in your patches. When paired with a traditional modulator like ALM’s Pip Slope, any system (especially one loaded up with all kinds of effects like this one) can come alive in compelling ways.
Qu-Bit Electronix Data Bender Stereo Circuit Bent Effect Reviews