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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-16 > STUDIO ELECTRONICS: Quadnic


The Quadnic is the latest modular offering from those West Coast gurus at Studio Electronics. Dave Gale examines how tuneful these chips really are

Top line: the LED display indicates which oscillators are being noodled with. The Master mode button enters the Master & Slave mode

MIddle line: the Process-mode pot makes the magic happen. One moment you sound nice and pure, the next you get your head bitten off, in a frenzy of phase modulation

Bottom line: plenty of CV inputs for pitch, and audio outputs to route those gnarly tones to the next stage of your modular. Or maybe ‘sum it up’ from the Mix Out socket instead?

When I were a lad, home computing was becoming all the rage, and generally speaking, there were three camps; ZX Spectrum, BBC Model B or Commodore 64, the latter containing the sound chip which has become legendary in certain musical circles. It is this chip which gave rise to the idea of the ‘three oscillator and white noise’ compositional construct heard in so many early computer games, and now the musical genre known as ‘chiptune’. Think Super Mario and you’ll be on the right track… So no surprise, then, that any digital oscillator which offers this sort of architecture and functionality might immediately be compared to the chiptune or Commodore 64 SID chip, as it was better known. Well, that was my initial mistake, when encountering the Quadnic for the first time.

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