Words from Robert
The last two months have been challenging. You’ve heard me write this a few times now over the years, but it’s true, operating a small manufacturing business is quite a challenging thing and sometimes the problems tend to become overwhelming, especially in these crazy times. We’ve had to deal with illness, delays in receiving parts from China and lately the soaring US Dollar (or falling Euro?). We are now paying almost 20% more for parts than before, however we’ve decided to not pass this extra cost on to our customers. The wait list still stretches back to orders from May, but we’ve again re-organised our production workflow and are quickly catching up. As always, we are very grateful for the patience and support of our customers!
Those challenges notwithstanding, we are as happy as ever to create synth modules and to see how they are being used by our incredibly creative community!
Good News and bad News
The HEARTBEAT module was advertised a bit too early and it took me a very long time to finish the firmware, but it is now finally done and all orders will be shipped as soon as possible! This taught us a very valuable lesson to never again promise a module again before it’s not absolutely complete and ready to ship!
Inspired by the current energy crisis which is the result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, I have been thinking about energy consumption and have started development on a solar power / accumulator module! More info on this once it gets past the prototype stage.
The KUZMIN Filter has sold reasonably well and we have been able to donate close to 1500 Euro to UNICEF to help children who are affected by the war in Ukraine.
The ORNAMENT & CRIME module is currently on hold. Due to the global chip shortage, we have not been able to source any more Teensy 3.2 boards, which are absolutely essential for this module. This means that for the time being, we can’t produce those anymore!
After the announcement at Superbooth in May, I had to change the layout of the base and micro modules a bit and now finally the boards have arrived ready from production. The following modules are now available for purchase from our online shop - a whopping 14 new modules! (ok, some are shrunk versions of existing AE modules, but anyway…)
You can order these modules now in our shop.
I'm also thinking about a case for one row of these micro modules in the usual case widths that can be attached the same way as cases are already connected, via the hinge kit. Let me know what you think about this idea!
Just a reminder, that both Wonkystuff and Keurslagerkurt are currently developing their own micro modules which will fit into this base system! Stay tuned for their announcements!
Music made by the Community
AEtherwaves on Internet Radio
This internet radio show dedicated 2 hours of play time to showcase the awesome tracks made by our community for the AEtherwaves Albums. This is a great way to reacquaint yourself with a collection of the songs from all 3 albums:
The Demo Patch - This is Robert himself playing the “Demo Patch” at Superbooth 2022
Superbooth Interviews - Not really music, but The 5th Volt has interviewed various members of the AE Modular community while at Superbooth and you can see all those interviews in this playlist:
Ole Cane Pole - a new album by @funbun which is a collection of tracks which were originally made for the Black Warrior Lures YouTube channel. Imagine yourself on a boat on a river with a fishing rod … https://blackwarriorlures.bandcamp.com/album/ole-cane-pole
Live set by @madonpoliris - this was presented at a meetup in Wollongong, Australia:
Threnody for Titan - This one is a collaboration of our two most prolific artists. @pt3r and @maydonpoliris. True to their form it is both interestingly weird and extremely atmospheric! https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2180/threnody-titan-collab-maydonpoliris
River of Electrons / Embodied Synthesis #1 - A debut from our newest artist on the forum @interstar: https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2179/river-electrons-embodied-synthesis-1
Open Mic in York - This is a live performance at the Electronic Open Mic in York by our very own @namke aka Wonkystuff! https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2175/open-mic-york
Open Mic in Salt Lake City - This a short excerpt from a live performance by @matthewd: https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2172/second-open-mic
Starter Rack 2 Jam - @maydonpoliris showing what can be done with “just” a starter rack 2! Pretty impressive stuff! https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2163/starter-rack-2-jam
Wellen unserer Zeit - a music video of spoken word (in German) and sounds made with the AE Modular … very mysterious and very beautiful track made by @glitchyfrog: https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2134/wellen-unserer-zeit-waves-time
Of sweet Dorian - it’s great to hear from @chmeee5 again, this time with this “banger” recorded with Bandlab: https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2159/sweet-dorian
Vanishing tower - This is a beautiful duet between a bass guitar and the AE Modular by @101: https://forum.aemodular.com/thread/2142/vanishing-tower
4COMP - This is a new module made by @pt3r who is our master drone expert (see and hear his new soundscapes above). Hopefully he will make this module available for sale at some time!
Mixer Comparison - This is not a hardware project, but a great resource for anyone who may be confused by the many different mixer modules of the AE Modular. This is a great comparison matrix made by our Wiki Master @pol:
Filter Comparison - Again the works of @pol this sheet gives you a comparative overview of the different filters of the AE Modular system:
Meetups and Events
Hopefully we will see some kind of AE Modular presence at these upcoming events. If you plan to go to any of these events and would like support with presenting AE at the event then please contact us!
Leeds Synth Fest - Leeds, UK, August 14th
This meetup has free entry and is organised by DivKid. If you’re nearby, you should definitely try to attend! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/460328272613452/
Knobcon - Chicago, USA, September 9th - 11th https://www.knobcon.com/
This year we will have Toms aka Kyaa manning a booth at Kobcon and showcasing the AE Modular and his own amazing modules! If you’re in the area, please visit him and say hello!
Synthfest UK - Sheffield, UK, October 8th https://www.synthfest.co.uk/
Please make sure to visit John at his desk with Wonkystuff and say hello when you're in the area!
Robert Langer, founder of tangible waves. Here, I will share some thoughts, background infos and news about AE modular and tangible waves.