Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Malekko / Wiard Borg Filter Episode 1 - Low Pass Gate

Here's the first installment of a series of videos of the new Malekko / Wiard Borg and Boogie Filters

The Borg is an incredible mutant module birthed in the mind of designer Grant Richter of Wiard. It's a cross between a Buchla low pass gate and a Korg MS-20 filter. Thanks to Malekko Heavy Industry the module is now in Eurorack format and it sounds amazing!

We are sequencing a Cwejman VCO-2RM sine wave oscillator with an Analogue Solutions Oberkorn MkIII. The gate output of the sequencer is triggering a Plan B Model 10 Polyphonic envelope set to a really short pulse. Really really short. Using this type of envelope with a regular VCA would result in a click, no tone.

The Borg plays nice in this instance but the next video will show the meaner side of this beast. There's actually a jumper you can remove from the back pcb which gives you an extra large helping of resonance.

The "Peaking BP" is actually a pot with a switch. In the off mode, fully CCW, the Borg is in VCA mode. When you start to turn it clockwise it begins to take on a whole new character. The knob at the right we're adjusting is the CV input amount. This also has a big effect on the character of the low pass gate sound. Malekko Rocks!

Order them here. Our first shipment will be here on Friday5/22.

P.S. The sweet blue LED does light with every trigger pulse, you just can't see it because of the frame rate of the camera or something.

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