XAOC DevicesKatowice Stereo Variable-Band Isolator
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XAOC Devices Katowice
Katowice from XAOC Devices is a stereo band isolator that isolates and manipulates a selected range of frequencies. It splits incoming stereo signals into low, mid, and high bands. The knobs and associated CV inputs define the frequency and width of the center frequencies. This ranges from 160Hz to up to 10kHz with a width of one to ten octaves.
The low and high frequencies are always automatically adjusted, so the sum of all three signals is equal to the incoming audio. Each band passes into a high-quality VCA with control over the signal's amplitude using the slider and CV inputs. The output of each band and the sum of all three bands post VCA are available as stereo pairs. The first of XAOC's line of stereo devices, Katowice is useful as a band-limiting EQ, crossover network, or DJ-style kill filter under voltage control that fits many niches.
- Stereo variable three-band isolator
- Splits incoming audio into three bands
- Mid-range is defined between 160Hz–10kHz with a range of one to ten octaves
- High and low bands are automatically adjusted proportionally to the mid-band
- 24dB/oct slopes
- VCA per band
- CV over mid-band frequency and width
- Stereo outputs for low, mid, high, and summed signal
- Eurorack module
- Width: 10hp
- Depth: TBD
- Current draw: 100mA @ +12V, 100mA @ -12V
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