I Dream of Wires on DVD and Blu-Ray


Switched On is now selling copies of I Dream of Wires Hardcore Edition on DVD and Blu-Ray!

I Dream of Wires is the documentary that encompasses the resurgence of the modular synthesizer and the culture around it. 

The Hardcore Edition is a four hour long journey into the expanding modular universe.  


"Inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer — for many, it's an all-consuming passion. Established musicians such as Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Carl Craig and John Foxx show off their systems and explain why they opt to use this volatile but ultimately rewarding technology. Meanwhile, a new generation of dance and electronica artists including Clark, James Holden and Factory Floor explain why they've stepped away from laptops to embrace the sound and physicality of modular synthesizers. Innovative companies like Modcan and Doepfer, driven by a desire to revive modular synthesizers, discuss how they planted the seeds that have now grown into a major cottage industry. What started out as a "vintage-revival scene" in the '90s has grown into an underground phenomena with a growing market of modular obsessives craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces. Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument — it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bonafide subculture."

Watch the trailer below:

                         

                 DVD: $30.00                                                       Blu-Ray: $35.00

 

The Moog MiniFoogers have arrived!


Moog's new line of effects pedals offer the analog sound and hand-built quality of their infamous MoogerFooger line in a smaller package and lower price. As expected they all sound fantastic. Not all of the awesome modulation options from the MoogerFooger series are present, though the people at Moog have paired down the most commonly used types of expression for use with external modulation or an expression pedal. The MiniFoogers' price range are all under $200, making these high-quality effects available to the musician on a budget. 
Switched On is now carrying:

Moog MiniFooger MF-Boost: $139.00
The MF Boost is an Expression enhanced, twin topology boost pedal that allows you to select between an articulate VCA signal path and a colored OTA signal path. 
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Moog MiniFooger MF-Drive: $169.00
The MF Drive is a unique, filter-based overdrive pedal that employs a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and classic OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to input gain and picking dynamics. The bi-polar tone control and sweep-able filter work with input gain to offer each player completely customizable sounds from creamy British overdrive to cranked American tube amplifier and even fuzz. When the filter Peak switch is engaged and an expression pedal is connected, the harmonic content is shifted to the filter’s cutoff position adding tonal and dirty wah performance possibilities not found elsewhere.
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Moog MiniFooger MF-Ring: $149.00
The MF Ring is an analog ring modulator that is based on the best selling Ring Mod in the world, the Moogerfooger MF-102. Its unique tone voicing circuit adds a new musical dimension to ring modification, making it easy dial in everything from octaves and choral dissonance to harmonic undertones and synthesized lead lines.
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Moog MiniFooger MF-Trem: $179.00
The MF Trem is an analog tremolo pedal based around a balanced modulator and Sub Audio VCO. This unique design creates a wide range of tremolo effects that are based on phase cancellation and addition. Create classic optical and hard tremolo effects that are reactive to harmonic content, or push up the depth control and shift into the beginnings of lush phasing and chorus. 
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The MF-Delay is not in stock yet unfortunately. It has seen a delay (no pun intended) in manufacturing. It will be out soon and we will certainly make a public notice when it is available! In the meantime you can hear it in our demo below.

Here is a video of us demoing some the MiniFooger prototypes with a Hohner Clavinet D6 earlier this year.

Korg MS-20 Mini, Volca Bass, & Volca Keys are back in stock.

Switched On just received another batch of Korg's recent affordable analog synthesizers: The Korg MS-20 Mini, Volca Bass, and Volca Keys. Check out the wicked demos by Korg and the team here at Switched On. 

In our demo we wanted to show off the distorted quality you can get out of an MS-20 Mini when you feed it back on itself and use its resonant highpass and lowpass filter to tune the gritty growl. See below....

Read more about, or purchase, the MS-20 Mini here.

Tatsuya Takahashi is the hardware designer and chief engineer of the Volca series. In the video below, he shows some of the sequencing features that are specially tuned for creating excellent bass lines. 


Read more about, or purchase, the Korg Volca Bass here.

Here is Tatsuya once more showing off the innovative new Volca Keys. 


Read more about, or purchase, the Volca Keys here.

Switched On demonstrates the Future Retro MondoVox


"The Future Retro Mondovox provides new ways to play, control, and breathe new life into your MIDI sound modules. With the Mondovox, you can polyphonically play up to 16 monophonic synthesizers in ways you would expect to find in features-laden polysynths, expanding upon those ideas for many new and exciting possibilities."  -Future Retro

 
In this demo we go through some of the features of the Future Retro MondoVox with Korg's most recent line of analog monosynths. The Mondovox turns these 3 MIDI capable monophonic synthesizers into a 3-voice, 8 oscillator polyphonic synthesizer with 4 independent filters!
 
The Mondovox takes polyphonic MIDI data and translates it to where each voice is on its own MIDI channel. This allows for new ways to engage a spread of monophonic synthesizers or anything with MIDI! This can include multi-timbral, polyphonic, or virtual synthesizers. 
 
You can read more and purchase the Future Retro Mondovox here
 

The Super Synthesis Super 37 is back in stock!

Super 37s are back in stock!

The Super37 is a new and innovative powered case for Eurorack modular that includes an itegrated 37-key velocity sensitive keyboard built right into the case. It features 
104hp of Eurorack compatible tip top z-rails, midi, a keyscan module, and rugged steel chassis with wood paneling. 


To read more and purchase a Super 37 for yourself click HERE. 

The new Moog MiniFoogers & Hohner Clavinet D6



We recently got a chance to try out the new Moog Minifooger series: MF Drive, MF Boost, MF Delay, MF Ring, and MF Trem. As expected they sound fantastic, are easy to use, feature options for expression pedals or CV, and are set to retail for $200.00 or less! Switched On will carry the full lineup after they start shipping next month. 
 
We used the Moog MiniFoogers to process a Hohner Clavinet D6. The Moog MiniFoogers were designed with guitar and bass in mind so we thought the Clav would be a unique way to utilize these fresh faced new stomp boxes. Signal flow in the pedal chain goes from right left. In the beginning of the video we briefly go through the individual pedals, tweaking different settings as we move down the line. After that we began to improvise settings with combined effects with extreme settings. 
 



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Intellijel Dual ADSR and uVCF now in stock.

Switched On carries the fine wares of Intellijel. We just received a new batch of the Dual ADSR and uVCF modules for Eurorack synthesizer systems. For purchasing information, please contact us via email or reach us by telephone: 512-782-8806 (12-6pm Central Standard Time, 7 days a week). And if you have a chance, come try out these, and the rest of the Intellijel line, in our shop. 
Dual ADSRµVCF
About the Intellijel Dual ADSR...

  • The circuit is based in part on the Roland SH-101 / System100m design with several enhancements.
  • Manual GATE buttons
  • Three timing ranges: (1 second, 10second, 1minute A/D times)
  • Normal and inverted outputs
  • End of Decay (EOD) logic output
  • Cycle mode (which GATE logic control)
  • Retrig input (allows re-triggering of the envelope if source gate held high)
  • Dynamic control of the envelope output level (each ADSR is routed through a linear VCA and the control is normalled to +5V via the LEVEL jack. You can patch another control source like an LFO or VELOCITY level from a keyboard to this jack.

About the uVCF...

This is another great David Dixon filter design that has been on the workbench for a while. It is a very clean and precise filter that also doubles as an excellent sine VCO. It responds very well to FM and the small size should make it a nice choice for smaller systems/lunchboxes.

  • Low pass (LPF) 2-pole , high pass (HPF) 2-pole and bandpass outputs (BPF) 1-pole.
  • FM1 input acts as 1V/Oct when full CW tracks very well over 4+ octaves
  • FM2 input has a bipolar attenuator
  • At full Q you get very low distortion sinewaves with a range of 2Hz to 20Khz

The Korg Volca Beats, Bass, and Keys have arrived at Switched On!

The highly anticipated Korg Volca series has arrived at Switched On.

Each unit retails for the unbelievably low price of $149.99. Upon arrival, the crew here at Switched On immediately began to dig into the Volca series to see what all the hype is about.  The Volca Beats and Bass seem inspired by the classic Roland TR-808 and Roland TB-303, but Korg has improved on them with additions like midi, delay, and motion recording. Despite the similarities to legendary vintage gear, the Bass and Beats have their own personalities, are a tiny fraction of the price of vintage units, and sound like professional instruments. The Volca Keys appears to be a new instrument concept of its own. It is almost inconceivable that a 3-voice analog polyphonic synth and sequencer, that sounds this good, is available for $149.99. 

To purchase or read more about each Volca, simply click on the photos below. Supplies are limited so don't hesitate to pick one up soon!


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