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.
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?
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:
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)
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.
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
INVERTED MIX Output
RATCHET VOLTAGE OUT (Sample/Hold Output)
RATCHET VOLTAGE INPUT (Sample/Hold Clock)
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The AFG user manual is now available (as a DRAFT ) on it’s own page in the manuals section of this website. Click the USER MANUALS item in the MENU above and it will list all of the manuals currently accessible.
(PDFs will become availalble when the manuals are proofed/finalized)
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):
9 months of dealing feature creep and rethinking panel sizes has ended and the final weeks before ordering a production prototype begins. Here’s a screen shot of the ANTIMATTER SINE being hit with an external SINE at audio rate:
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
I’ve streamlined the site to allow you to locate availability and order directly from the product pages
If I’m out of stock on what you’re looking for contact me here and I’ll find it for you: https://www.monorocket.com/blog/contact/