Over on the AE Modular Forum (which is a great community resource if you’ve not visited), it has been noted that the rbss does not always play nicely with the Tangible Waves quantizer module — unfortunately, this is ultimately down to a small issue with the output of the rbss (prior to serial number 130). The good news is that this is a relatively simple fix for the earlier revisions of the rbss, requiring just the addition of a single component.Continue reading “rbss & quantizer issue”
The next module for redesign is the mm33 — the order for the next batch of PCBs has just been sent off…
The redesign of course uses the new font and graphic design previously seen in the qvca, but the mm33 electronics have also been redesigned:
— The module now uses surface mount components, so it’s a little bit neater than the original mm33! We have yet to decide whether to offer a kit for this version, we’ll keep you posted.
— Gain for each channel has been increased to improve the behaviour when using the mm33+ within feedback patches.
— Each output channel now has a switch to select whether the output is targetted for CV or audio (CV signals are relative to 0v, whilst audio signals are centred around 2.5v). It is of course possible to use the audio setting for CVs if that is what you want to do!
The updated module will be available on the webshop just as soon as they arrive!
Following the sell-out of the first run of qvca modules, a second batch of PCBs has been ordered, and these will be made available on the webshop just as soon as they are available! Electronically the new run differs only slightly from the first batch, for manufacturing and calibration purposes.
Hopefully it will also be clear that the design has changed somewhat since the first ‘red circles’ version; it is intended that all of our modules from now on will follow the same design patterns. We are sticking with the black PCB panel, with highlights being a combination of silkscreened white and exposed (tinned) copper tracks.
The typeface has changed (using the SB Flip font family from SelfBuild Type Foundry), and the AEModular logo has been replaced (for now at least) so as to indicate that these modules are 3rd-party and not made by Tangible Waves (although we are still of course in close communication with Robert and the TW crew!).
Obviously the panel graphic is a segment of the wonkystuff W logotype!
Anyway, I’m now off to redesign some more panels…
Now that the UK has left the EU, it looks like there will be an impact on selling modules etc. from the website. Information seems very patchy — especially for a new business like us, where we are trying to just keep ahead of the curve!
We have already seen some shipping prices increase, but for the most part these are relatively minor. Since wonkystuff is not VAT registered, we have not been charging VAT (we are legally not allowed!); so unfortunately it looks like customers in the EU will now be charged VAT and import duty by the local customs organisation or postal service. This is subject to any minimum values which may apply in your territory.
This makes me very sad (and worried!), but I hope that some level of ‘normal’ can be reached soon — change is always disruptive, but I am hoping that there will be some certainty in the coming months.
Just to say that we’re now pretty much on Christmas vacation, there may be some building going on in the spaces between festivities, but we hope to be back up to speed at the beginning of 2021.
Thanks to the Government’s behaviour, we have no real idea about the impact that Brexit will have on shipping (both PCBs and components coming in to us, as well as delivering to our valued customers). It may be that shipping costs will change, but we just don’t know unfortunately…
UPDATE 22/12/2020 — Since the UK borders are now shut because of Covid-19, as well as the uncertainty regarding postal services at the moment, I have decided to shut the shop until the new year. My hope is that there will be some way to continue shipping in the new year.
It is highly likely that the orders which were posted earlier this week will be delayed, and orders placed this week will not be posted until we know what is going on.
Well, what a year.
My plan was to treat 2020 as a depth year; getting to know the gear that I have in a bit more detail rather than simply buying new shiny things. However, it didn’t quite turn out like that…
In April, my long-term collaborator (and fellow wonkystuff-er) Ash bought himself an AE Modular system and having enthused about it to me, I also went and purchased a starter rack 2 with a SEQ16 (from Juno), with a mind to do some long distance (York-Leeds) collaborations with Ash, and also perhaps to work on modifying some pre-existing wonkystuff sound-generators to the AE Modular standard for future adventures with our Orlando Ferguson project.
A few months on, and September saw the release of the mm33, a variation of our long-existing 5×5 matrix mixer, tailored for AE Modular — it turned out that it was the very first 3rd-party module for the AE system… and the rest of the year went by in a bit of a blur!
I would like to thank everyone who has bought modules from us, all those who have offered ideas and support via the forum and Discord channels, and to Robert and Carsten for their unwavering support (and probably too many emails — sorry Robert!). We wish the AE Modular community all the best for the future.
We have a couple of things in the pipeline (hinted about on our instagram!) for the start of 2021, as well as some more off-beat ideas from the other members of the wonkystuff team… I hope that we will be able to add more content to our YouTube channel also, especially regarding the new modules!
On a more uncertain note, we will have to wait and see how the stupidity of Brexit impacts us, but at the moment we are in a ‘wait and see’ mode; I hope that things like shipping costs etc. will not be disrupted too much; the impact of Covid is of course still being felt, but we all hope that this will be mitigated soon.
Here’s wishing you all a happy Christmas and new year — we hope to see you in 2021!
John, Ash and Simon
For those people in Australia, we just had news that our shipment of rbss modules has landed at mini modular and hopefully they’ll be on the webshop soon. They’re doing a great job to service this area!
Something that is on its way from the PCB manufacturer… hopefully it’ll test out OK!