Shakmat ModularMod Medusa Euclidean LFO


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Shakmat Modular Mod Medusa

You've heard of Euclidean rhythms, now get ready for Shakmat's Mod Medusa: a clever take on control voltages synced across musical intervals of time. The basic principle of the Euclidean algorithm remains intact here—that is, equally distributed events over a specified duration of time—but rather than sticking with rhythmic triggers, Mod Medusa calculates LFO cycles that fit within defined patterns. For example, with a Euclidean rhythm that would be three pulses across eight steps, Mod Medusa would produce an LFO cycle that spans three steps twice, and then a single cycle of two steps before looping the pattern around again.

Mod Medusa can do this for all four outputs independently, or derive three alternative outputs from the main signal, through means such as mathematical calculations or simple phase offsets. As for the generated waveforms, the Shape and Symmetry controls respectively morph through exponential, linear, logarithmic, or sinusoidal contours and skew the rise and fall times of the resulting wave. There's also a VCA CV input for scaling the output levels with an external signal. If you're looking for unique modulation options for your rig, Mod Medusa will not disappoint.

Mod Medusa Features

  • 4-channel Euclidean LFO
  • Patterns generated by Length and Density controls
  • Shape and Symmetry controls morph and skew between various waveforms
  • Internal clock divider
  • Peak Sync mode aligns waveform peaks with beat
  • Eurorack module
  • Width: 12hp
  • Depth: 21mm
  • Current draw: 55mA @ +12V, 30mA @ -12V
Product Demo Videos
Shakmat Mod Medusa: Demo
In a simplistic way, The Mod Medusa could be described as an Euclidean LFO : an “algorhythmic” modulation source which produces variable period LFO signals synced to rhythmic patterns. Those patterns are generated by algorithms such as the Euclidean one or different ones coming from the White and Knight's Gallop. The Mod Medusa has 4 outputs generating 4 correlated LFOs, which give different “polyrhythms” according to the chosen mode. Generated waveforms can easily be twisted using the symmetry and shape parameters which continuously morph the signal into different waveshapes. Many on-panel controls, assignable Gate and VCA Inputs turn the Mod Medusa into a strong performance tool. A very unique approach which leads to instantaneous and original results.
Shakmat Modular Mod Medusa Euclidean LFO Reviews