The A-Series Modular Synth is the first fully modular synth for Reason, where you can design your synths however you want for whatever sound you can imagine. And because all the modules are mix-and-match, all those Reason effects and devices that you already have can go right inside your custom synth. The A-Series 1 is the first rack extension in series.
(Current version 1.0.4 - see update notes below for details.)
The A-Series Modular Synth is a set of modular synth components to allow you to design your own synth in Reason. The A-Series components aren't hard-coded together, meaning that the audio and CV signal paths between all the components that make up your synth are completely up to you.
The A-Series 1 is the firsts of two rack extensions to launch in the A-Series. The other is the A-Series 2. The A-Series 1 contains a midi-to-CV converter, a VCO, an envelope generator, a VCA, and an LFO. The A-Series 2 contains a poly splitter, a sample and hold, a noise generator, a VCF, a ring modular, and a mixer.
The A-Series 1 rack extension contains the following modules:
A-19SEQ - A midi-to-CV converter, receiving midi signals from a midi keyboard or the Reason sequencer, of from rack sequencers like the Matrix, and converts the signals into CV (note) data and gate (velocity) data. These signals can then be routed to control any other device, such as a VCO or envelope generator.
A-11VCO - A voltage controlled oscillator generating four waveforms - saw, square, triangle, and sine - all at the same time. The A-11VCO has a 7-octave range with coarse and fine tuning, can accept and mix a second pitch modulation signal to create FM-like effects, and can modulate the pulse width of square waves. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
A-14ADSR - An envelope generator with three speed ranges and standard attack, decay, sustain, and release parameters. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
A-13VCA - A voltage controlled amplifier allowing multiple signals to control a sound’s gate shape, with two gain CV ins and a two-in audio mixer. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
A-14LFO - An LFO with four signal waveforms - saw, square, triangle, and sine, three cycle speed ranges, with both free-running and tempo-synced cycles, and pulse width modulation of the square wave signal. Each parameter can be controlled by CV input.
Here are some videos to help you learn more about the A-Series and how to use each component.
More information about the A-Series in general: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAa0boMlvgg
An introduction to the concept of modular synthesis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRrFEzwVpZQ
The A-19SEQ midi-to-CV converter in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYqzzmNZngo
The A-11VCO voltage controlled oscillator in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbptfKGuONI
The A-14ADSR envelope generator in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezsl2YrRxTk
The A-13VCA voltage controlled amplifier in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exg_sxjiquY
The A-14LFO in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjNT83Yljl0
If you have any questions or suggestions, send them to [email protected]
** 1.0.2 UPDATE **
1) Bug fixes relating to note cv out resetting on gate-off messages. 2) Other minor fixes.
** 1.0.4 UPDATE **
Reason 7.1 compatibility update