If you would like to submit a question please submit it here
How do I contact someone about <something something to contact about>?
You can contact me (Steve R – I’m the only one here) via this form
Is Monorocket producing cases for Eurorack Modules?
Is Livewire still producing Eurorack Modules?
Will the AFG ever be available again?
The Audio Frequency Generator (AFG) is available now. If you’d like to purchase one, contact your preferred dealer. If they tell you they don’t have any, you can contact me
Will the Frequensteiner ever be available again?
The Frequensteiner is available now. If you’d like to purchase one, contact your preferred dealer. If they tell you they don’t have any, you can contact me
Will the <any other Livewire module you’re looking for> ever be available again?
With a couple of exceptions – probably yes. Now that I have the case company gorilla off my back, I’m nearly 100% outsourced, operational and almost ready to resume regular shipping.
PRODUCT GENERAL QUESTIONS:
Where are the manuals for Livewire modules?
There is only one model that has an “official” manual (Dual Cyclotron)
You can download it here
Really? 13 years and only one manual for one module?
In 2005 modular pioneers were content with the fact that new modules were even being produced at all*
The early philosophy regarding documentation of functionality was “leave it to exploration and forge your own path”
Take heart. Beginning in 2016 I made documentation part of every new module release going forward.
*revisionist history alert – the single biggest complaint I’ve received over the years is lack of documentation. I just don’t have the bandwith to go back and write manuals for modules that have been in the wild for more than 10 years.
PRODUCT SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:
I noticed different jumpers on the back of the AFG;
What do they do and are they different for v1 and v2?
SINE (all versions)
This jumper selects the “surgical sine” mode. This gives the option of selecting a “cleaner” sounding sine wave at the expense of losing a bit of amplitude as the frequency goes higher.
FLUX CAPACITOR (all versions)
These jumpers complete internal connections to the onboard circuit in order for it to function without an external module connected.
SYNC (V2 Only)
This jumper selects HARD or SOFT sync modes, expanding it’s SYNC compatibility with modules made by other manufacturers
PRODUCT OF FORUM LEGENDS STATUS:
Will there be a FLUX CAPACITOR module for the header on the back of the AFG?
Yes – the PCB is being designed now (posted 28 Oct 2018)
Will there be an X MOD module for the header on the back of the AFG?
Yes – development will begin when Flux PCB prototyping begins (posted 28 Oct 2018)
Will there be an AUDIO COMPOSITOR module for the header on the back of the AFG?
Chaos Computer Expanders:
What is the status on EXPANDER MODULES for the Chaos Computer?
Development of expansion modules for the Chaos Computer is somewhere between “concept” and “breadboard”.
I’m officially declaring any development of expansion for the Chaos Computer to be “open source with some conditions”* and will happily share specs etc on how to utilize with the expansion headers to anyone interested. (posted 28 Oct 2018)
The actual release of the Chaos Computer had more to do with completing all of the work started by Mike Brown than the routine develop/sell/ship cycle of every other Livewire module.
Development of the Chaos Computer stopped in the summer of 2006 when Livewire’s primary distributor requested that Mike give priority to developing a VCO (AFG began shipping 2 years later)
Mike resumed development of the Chaos Computer in Jan 2009 which was eventually completed with the assistance of Tim Ressell (Circuit Abbey) and began shipping summer 2013.
*I’m using the term “open source” for lack of better way to say: “here’s what you need to know – go forth, produce, multiply and prosper (read: make a profit, engage in commerce, spice up your life). The only thing I’m going to ask in return is some cross promotion, which will basically be listing your product on the livewire-synthesizers.com website as a welcomed companion to the Chaos Computer line.