Mod­u­lar Monthly

Qu-Bit Elec­tronix Chance

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Qu-Bit made a splash on the Euro­rack scene back in 2013 with the gran­u­lar sam­pler Ne­bu­lae, be­fore go­ing on to re­lease a se­ries of FX, mod­u­la­tion and con­trol mod­ules. Our per­sonal favourite from Qu-Bit was the Nano Rand, which of­fered four switch­able ran­dom al­go­rithms and ran­dom gates that were al­ways mu­si­cal de­riv­a­tives of the in­ter­nal (or ex­ter­nal) clock. It was fan­tas­tic for ‘mu­si­cally ran­dom’ CV and gate sig­nals, so we were de­lighted when we saw Chance en­ter the new Qu-Bit prod­uct line up.

Chance is a one stop shop for ran­dom sig­nals with noise sources, mu­si­cally chang­ing rhythms, ran­dom bursts, smooth or dis­crete stepped ran­dom and a ran­dom wavetable LFO that ran­domly shifts wave­shape and LFO rate – ace! The Qu-Bit web­site states that “Chance is a unique mod­u­la­tion source that uses chance oper­a­tions and mu­si­cal volt­ages. In­spired by John Cage’s use of the Chi­nese div­ina­tion text, I Ching, Chance gen­er­ates ran­dom volt­ages in re­sponse to a dig­i­tal gen­er­ated coin toss.” But if all that sounds a bit too ex­per­i­men­tal for your tastes, rest as­sured Chance still of­fers lots for you too.

Think about a drum­mer play­ing a hi-hat – how­ever hard they try they can­not play the cym­bals ex­actly the same each time, nor could a gui­tarist pluck a string in the ex­act same place with the ex­act same pick­ing an­gle and ve­loc­ity. Adding some sub­tle changes to our patches can add more or­ganic, life­like and all-round more hu­man mu­si­cal re­sult.

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