Blacet Research module 2010 Klang Werk Balanced Ring Modulator

Controls

  • Signal Gain
    controls the volume/gain of the input signal
  • Carrier Freq.
    controls the frequency of the internal carrier signal
  • Carrier Env.
    ?
  • Ext. Carrier Freq. AC/DC
    ???
  • Carrier Source (Ext./Int.)
    selects the carrier source: external/internal
  • Carrier Wave
    controls the volume of the carrier wave?
  • Carrier Wave Type (1/2/3)
    selects a wave type for the internal carrier signal
  • Carrier Wave Env.
    ...
  • Mix
    controls the mix between the input signal and the effected signal

Sockets

  • In
    audio input
  • Carrier Freq. Ext.
    external carrier signal input
  • Carrier Freq. CV
    carrier frequency control voltage
  • Carrier Wave CV
    carrier wave volume control voltage?
  • Out
    audio output

Various

Blacet Research

  • Advanced, high SNR, maximum carrier suppression, Analog Devices balanced modulator IC.
  • Built-in voltage controlled, low distortion, high stability, sine wave carrier generator.
  • Built-in voltage controlled, 3-way waveform modulator operates on the sine wave or external carrier input.
  • Built-in envelope follower for separate +/- control of the carrier generator and waveform modulator.
  • Built-in X10 signal preamp with signal level LED.
  • Built-in output mixer for signal/effect mix.
  • Choice of external or internal carrier, with AC/DC coupling switch (for VCA use).
  • 3 RU high (5.25", 133.4mm) by 3" (76.2mm) wide; allow 7" (177.8mm) depth. Compatible with Paia FracRak. Voltage required: +/-15vdc regulated @ +60/-30mA. Optional on-board regulators for +/-18vdc unregulated supply. Jacks: 1/8" (3.5mm). Panel is black anodized, with white lettering.

The Balanced Modulator with its bell-like, dissonant modulations is one of the key sound generators of electronic music. In operation, the two input frequencies are multiplied and the sum and difference output with the fundamentals suppressed. The resulting tones can exhibit rare beauty or serious cacophony.

With a built-in envelope follower and three way voltage controlled waveform modulator, this module goes way beyond conventional ring modulators. Klang Werk packs a whole lot of modular synth into a small package, but doesn't take anything away from its use as a traditional module. It truly is the "WERKs".

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