I received a package with a couple of Soundmachine modules the other week but didn’t take the time until now to post something about it. Sorry.
The modules were neatly packed in their respective box and Soundmachines even shipped washers so I don’t have to worry about rack rash when mounting them.
The LP1 came with washers too, and of course a power cable and screws – but hey! – that’s standard and I didn’t expect anything less.
Soundmachines have really considered these modules to be used in a skiff. They’re really not deep at all. And the LP1 being really flat as you can see below.
And finally a nice little test to see that they work as they should. Blinkenlichts!
So, what’s an LP1 and an LS1? Did you say “light”?
Yes. The LP1 is called “Lightplane” and the LS1 is called “Lightstrip” and that’s what they are – sort of. They both consist of a capacitive surface and some LED’s and a couple of jacks. Depending on where you put your finger, the module will output CV either between 0-10V or 0-5V. A jumper on the back sets either mode. The LP1 has three jumpers so you can decide if the different axises should have different settings. Well thought through. There’s another jumper on the back used to tell which direction you’d like to have the module mounted. Jacks up or jacks down? You choose.
So the LS1 is really just a fancy looking modulation wheel sort of controller?
Both yes, and no. Yes, it does the same job as a modulation wheel. You can use the “mode” button to switch between two modes. One where it always till return to zero after you release your finger and one where it will stay on the last voltage when you release it.
And no it’s not really a modulation wheel either since it has a nifty record mode. This is where the fun begins. You can record your finger movements and have the module to repeat it over, and over, again. Much like an LFO but with great control over the output.
And in the same way the LP1 is much like a joystick (used in vector synthesis), but with the same recording facilities as the LS1, hence making it a multi-dimensional LFO, sort of. Just like the LS1 it can be used with, or without, the hold mode as well.
It’s got 3 CV output: x, y and z. Practically enough the Morphing Terrarium has three inputs: x, y and z. Match made in heaven.
Both the LP1 and LS1 have got a gate output, which can be an input for some serious recording timings. Read more in the PDF manual.
I’m working on a demonstration video for the modules, but you’ll have to bare with me a few more days so I can find time and give you something worth watching. I have a patch ready using all my patch cables so it won’t be long now.
Meanwhile, just search for the modules at YouTube or Vimeo to get a good look at what they can do.