Wednesday, February 18, 2009

From that dude who really likes hammonds...


For a few months I'd been hearing on and off on the forums (I make it sound like I actually go to more places than Muff Wigglers, which I don't) about Suit & Tie Guy's modules. Always a positive response. Some with more enthusiasm towards their praise than others, but mainly all positive non-the-less.

Always being the child who wanted to do as the cool kids do of course I had to find out for myself...


Having owned both an Arp 2600 and Odyssey I was hoping for something to remind me of those days, and for that it did not disappoint. I was able to revisit those sounds within a close enough distance to relive that feeling of squirting blippy S&H tantrums at random as well as match its growl decently for my taste. But, as always; individual user experiences may differ.

Trying for an Arp 2600 style S&H w/ spring reverb.



Sweeping the frequency of the cutoff with a little FM from the same oscillator.




The module was confusing to me at first. I wasn't getting sounds I expected it to make right away and I dismissed it as a bad module. (a typical scenario for modular owners. NONE ARE IMUNE!) But after stepping back and actually using my brain I found this module to be very fun. Its not a set and forget unit, oh no. This unit wants voltage and it wants its constantly. The offset makes for wonderful tonal shifts when running outputs from your audio interfaces such as a drum loop or what have you. I spent a good portion on the evening trying out different combinations on source input, knob settings and CV choices.

I would recommend these modules to any euro-rack, frac-rack user, or MOTM user. since they are available in all three formats.

I love the look of his Frac layouts. Being a stickler for asthetics I could go on about his 14HP eurorack module size or the colorful knob selections but these are really petty arguments when it comes down to it. I am not regretful for purchasing these units and look forward to his future releases.

10 comments:

felix said...

I dig. I dig.

I really like what I've heard from the PL-LPF so far. I'm looking forward to your samples.

J.w.M. said...

Cool review-- And I really agree. The look of his Frac modules is great (some of the best -- if not _the_ best -- looking Frac modules out there). Not quite so crazy about these. Luckily, I'm a frac guy. For now.

All that aside, these sound really really great. Full of color, beefy, etc.

Nice review!

Chris Rooney said...

Personally I like the way his euro modules look, I'd like it if they took up less realestate but they look like some kind of junked out test equipment, or maybe rejects from a radio ham's basement sale, I wish more modules went for that look.

Machinate said...

first of all, lulz at title ;)
secondly, great write-up. Needs audio, tho ;)

suitandtieguy said...

thanks for the warm write-up.

these modules are also available in Moog/Synthesizers.com format with Synthesizers.com power connectors.

Christopher Jon said...

With the Wave Folder, try this as a starting point:

Ease off on the Gain (like almost noon, or right before it starts passing sound on its own), feed it a sine (harmonic or otherwise), Offset at 0, Fold Mix around 3 or 4. Modulate the Amount with an LFO and feel the meerrrooowwww. Stick a different LFO into the Offset Input and you're in drone hell! Fucking love it.

kidtesla said...

Them things sure are beautiful!
Very enjoyable article,thanks!
I've become addicted to the sound of P-L/LPF.It has added a great new filter choice to the world of euro modules. imo,14hp feels very comfortable.

analogassailant said...

Get them samples up! ;-)

Prosper said...

Where's my Xoxbox you scamming fuckhead that doesn't return emails or PMs after you take my money?

Prosper said...

Where's my Xoxbox you scamming fuckhead that doesn't return emails or PMs after money's taken?