Bastl mod­ules

Tim­ber and 1983 join the brand’s Euro­rack line-up

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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.

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