WMDCrucible Metallic Percussion Voice


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WMD Crucible

WMD's Crucible follows in the footsteps of their Chimera and Fracture, this time providing an endlessly flexible digital engine for creating the sounds of cymbals and other curved metal surfaces. Unlike the granular/sample-based Chimera and Fracture, though, the Crucible's sounds are entirely synthesized—it employs a network of digital delay lines and filters to create everything from strikingly realistic cymbals and cowbells to outrageous, impossible gongs that change shape and size in real time.

Crucible offers three modes of operation: cymbal, cracked cymbal, and curved plate. Its Excite parameter and CV control allow continuous redefinition of the makeup of the virtual exciter, allowing a range of effects—and additionally, using a combination of two inputs, one can vary where on the surface the exciter strikes: edge, middle, or bell. It also features a velocity input and dedicated Choke input, enabling dynamic playing and muting inconceivable in typical analog or sample-based cymbal emulations.

Crucible also offers CV-controllable "deform" and an audio input for sonic experimentation. It can produce an endless range of metallic sounds, and CV inputs for each parameter provide the potential to create an ever-changing array of percussive sounds from even just the Crucible alone.

Crucible Features

  • Digital percussion voice for creating curved metal and cymbal sounds
  • Uses delay lines and digital filters to create everything from classic physical models to unreal, enormous percussive surfaces
  • Provides everything from a strikingly realistic to starkly impossible sound
  • Three modes of operation: Cymbal, Cracked Cymbal, and Curved Plate
  • Separate/independent pitch and size controls
  • Additional controls for Tone, Deform, Decay, and Excite
  • Positional trigger inputs: edge, middle, or bell
  • Audio input for bizarre physical modeling effects
  • Dedicated choke input for precisely-timed muting
  • Eurorack module
  • Width: 8hp
  • Depth: 30mm
  • Current draw: 60mA @ +12v, 17mA @ -12v
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Product Demo Videos
WMD Crucible Metallic Percussion Eurorack Module SYNTHPLEX 2019
WMD showed the Crucible at SynthPlex 2019, the next module in their lineup of drum modules. The Crucible is a metallic percussion synthesizer which uses physical modeling synthesis techniques with delay lines and filters. The Crucible is designed to produce cymbal and gong sounds, but you can get other interesting sounds out of it as well.
WMD Eurorack Drum Machine With The New Crater Kick Drum + Tiptop Audio Effects Modules
This jam pairs WMD's Metron, their full arsenal of drum modules, Mutable's Plaits, and Tiptop's new ZVERB and ECHOZ effect modules to create a heavy-hitting drum machine in just 104hp of space. With the recent introduction of WMD's Crater, we needed to see just how huge a WMD drum machine could sound.

WMD's four drum modules work in tandem to produce an entire kit's worth of unique, articulate, and highly detailed percussion sounds. Chimera produces metallic sounds using a purpose-built granular engine pre-loaded with samples of everyday objects; Fracture uses a similar engine for scattered, particulate tones. Crucible is a physically-modeled cymbal module, capable of producing sound ranging from realistic ride cymbals to impossibly large metal sheets. Crater, the newest member of the WMD drum family, utilizes a combination of analog and digital components to produce huge, powerful kicks with the impact of a 909 but the body of an 808.

Tiptop's ZVERB and ECHOZ provide tailored versions of effects from their years of development on the Z-DSP multi effect module, while the Metron keeps everything moving while the MSCL glues the mix together.
WMD Crucible Metallic Percussion Voice Reviews