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.

ianstaer.bandcamp.com

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 monorocket.com

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.

Voltage Mechanic Prototype Sale (SOLD OUT)

SOLD OUT – KITS AND FINISHED VERSIONS AVAILABLE SOON

In 2011 a short run of PCBs was done to produce a protoype Voltage Mechanic for the NAMM demo system. One unit was completed for the show. The remaining PCBs are being handbuilt will available for sale.

(Production and Kit versions will be available soon)

If you’d like to purchase one of these contact me via the comment section.

Voltage Mechanic Specs:

Function: 4 input Control Voltage Processor w Sample and Hold

Controls:
SPANNER: Variable Phase/Amplitude Control (center = no signal)
HAMMER: Voltage Offset
HACKSAW (switches) Half Wave Rectification:

  • = 0 to +5v
    center = no rectification
  • = 0 to -5v

4 individual post process CV Outputs
MIX Output
INVERTED MIX Output
RATCHET VOLTAGE OUT (Sample/Hold Output)
RATCHET VOLTAGE INPUT (Sample/Hold Clock)

AFGs available

Refurbished AFGs are available at the Reverb store.

These are units that failed initial inspection and have been brought up to specs. There may be a few scratch and dents on the panels. Basically – 100% functional (but couldn’t be sold as new)

Get yours here and keep checking back for future deals (maybe even some cases…)

#YouFollowMeIFollowYou

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: 1k@monorocket.com

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):


AFG RTFM

User manual for the AFG coming soon

UPDATE: THE AFG USER MANUAL IS AVAILABLE NOW: HERE

The current objective is a one page “quick start”.

If the user (you) would prefer something more “in depth”, please submit your desires in the comments.

A separate post will serve as a working draft (or a living manual) for your review.

(DISCLAIMER: Comments will be delayed pending moderation. The comment system is literally defenseless against the waves of cyrilic text that come in every day)

Case Production Ends

In an effort to guarantee the future success of Livewire Synthesizers, I’ve decided to bring the case building operation to a full stop.

The last day for accepting case orders will be June 30.

All warranties/guarantees for existing orders will remain in effect.

Monorocket unofficially began in 2006 as part of a bid to build Eurorack versions of a well known manufacturers modules (it never happened). Monorocket took over full production of Livewire Synthesizers beginning with the launch of the Special Edition “black back” AFG July 2008. Monorocket began producing cases in July 2009 to fill demand for a segment in Eurorack that had few options (the rest is history).

I’m not going anywhere, this is just extreme time management

steve R

cases: ann annie modular field trip series

Portland area artist ann annie made a series of videos featuring her modular system built around a red M6.
Check out the videos below and check out her new release on bandcamp:

modules: FLUX begins

yep… we’re going there:

10 years after the initial release of the AFG the expander headers are about to get connected.

First in line will be the Flux Capacitor.