release: ian staer

Pre-order of Iterated Processes. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

all artists using monorocket/livewire gear has access to this page to promote and sell their work. submit links and copy via email to: releases at

release: ian boddy

Modulations is now out on Ltd. Ed. vinyl from Kinetik Records in Greece. This edition features cuts of 4 tracks performed on modular synths. DiN UK store stock & full digital release in about a week.

bandcamp page

bolt is back (the sequel)

A Livewire customer recently took the time to email me about the new appearance of the Livewire front panels. Rather than repeat the mistakes I made in 2016 and not addressing the changes, I excerpted part of that email exchange to explain why they were necessary.

“The font on the panel looks different than the original module line…

Q: “Is that true?

A: yes

Q: “…any way you could use the original font?”

Short answer: No
In addition to making a distinct delineation between the 10 – 20 year old designs and manufacturing processes by updating the appearance of the front panels:

  1. All the fonts used on the original panel couldn’t be embedded in the Illustrator design files. This had something to do with licensing. I’m already paying Adobe for font licenses, so I opted to use fonts that were less likely to cause a problem when I opened up the design file in the future (fonts that I’m already paying for)
  2. The original Livewire logo couldn’t be trademarked. Specifically, I want to be able to use the lightning bolt independent of the text. The original lightning bolt is a universal electrical symbol. Trademarks have to be unique.

regarding the update to the lightning bolt icon:

You may have noticed the logos on the AFG2’s are different. This was supposed to be a nod to the Chaos Computer display and to associate Livewire Synthesizers with “synthesizers” more than “high voltage”.

Customers hated it, I got backlash, the new lightning bolt is the result.


Monorocket has just launched the following webpage with the accompanying statement:

“an initiative to help…

The proposal:

“Each person involved must have or open a YouTube channel The 1,000 involved must subscribe to each other’s channels so that each one can monetize their channel.

Likewise, those 1,000 people should try to reproduce the videos of the others’ channels and encourage others to get involved Let’s call it #tumesiguesyotesigo or #YouFollowMeIFollowYou

Livewire Synthesizers has created this page to collect and amplify this initiative. Please visit each of the YouTube channels via the thumbnails posted below, visit their pages and click their subscribe buttons.

If you have a YouTube channel and would like it included on this page, please email your URL to:

Flux Capacitor Update 9 Jan

Heres some audio examples of the Flux Capacitor controlling the ANTI MATTER SINE and ANTMATTER TRI of an original AFG (limited edition black PCB)

The ANTI MATTER feature in the AFG is an internal wavefolder. What makes this process different than using an external wavefolder module is: the folding is applied the sawtooth core before going to the individual waveshapers (vs. feeding a TRI or SIN into the module for folding).

The patch (pic above) used Malekko Heavy Industry Oscillator into the CV1 input for audio rate FM to the folding range. The 1vOct inputs of the AFG and the Malekko Oscillator were fed a repeating sequence.

The Pittsburgh Modular Timetable was used to subdivide an incoming trigger and fed to the Flux TRIG input. This hits the FLUX CAPACITORS on board AR (A is fixed value, R is adjustable via the FALL control).

EXAMPLE 1 and 2: INITIAL control manually sweeping the folders range. The high end “sizzle” heard at 00:16 is the FM oscillation from the Malekko Oscillator. The sweep of that FM Oscillation is the by product of mixing with the CV from the onboard AR (triggered from the subdivided output of the PGH mod Timetable):

EXAMPLE 3: Same as EX1 and EX2 with MORE AR:

EXAMPLE 4: Same as EX1, EX2 and EX3 with added VCA+EG after the AFG SIN/TRI output and 11+ minutes of knob tweaking.

EXAMPLE 5: Same patch with a Frequensteiner in HP between the AFG and VCA (cutoff adjusted manually):