Timber and 1983 join the brand’s Eurorack line-up
Bastl were showing off several new products at Superbooth in Berlin last month, with a clutch of new modules on display, along with the launch of a product we’ve been waiting on for quite a while…
On the Eurorack front, the Czech brand had two new modules to show us, Timber and 1983. Timber is described as a ‘dual waveform lumberjack’. This is a waveshaping module that can produce rich timbres by adding harmonics to any signal, with both waveshaping circuits being controlled by the same parameters. A crossfader enables you to fade between the two shapers or between either one and the clean input signal.
1983, meanwhile, is a polyphonic MIDI to CV interface with creative voice allocation and automatic tuning capabilities. There are four channels of CV and Gate outputs, each of which can ‘listen’ to the waveform of an oscillator. Press the Tune button and everything automatically plays in tune, while the Update and Window inputs allow for creative mangling of the voice allocation and open harmonic content to be animated in a modular environment.
In addition to these, though, Bastl have also announced that a whole new line of Eurorack modules is coming soon, which will be created in collaboration with Casper Electronics. These are scheduled for release later in 2018.
Lastly, away from the Eurorack world we finally have a proper release for Bastl’s Thyme, their ‘robot-operated digital tape machine’. We first saw this at Superbooth 2017 and have been excited ever since. It promises a combination of complex modulation provided by multiple LFOs alongside digital space and tape-style processing. The company says that this is the most advanced instrument it’s ever created, opening up huge sonic possibilities for real-time sound manipulation. It’s available now for 439 euros.
As for the Eurorack modules, Timber will cost 170 euros and be released in July, while 1983 will be selling for around€250 euros when it arrives in September.