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In-depth Feature:  Sherman Filterbank 2
In The War Against Boredom, The Sherman Filterbank 2 Is Truly A Weapon.
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Check out the Resonator pedal by Frostwave. This is a clone of the filters from the old Korg MS20 monosynth and is simple to use with real clarity and punch. This comes in at $357 Australian.

The Electrix FilterFactory has four filters, two switchable high/low pass and two band pass. The MIDI is better but the Sherman wins on chaos and tweakability. DISCONTINUED

Mutronics make the Mutator which is a pair of 24dB filters with envelope follower capabilities. Great for stereo applications. The envelope controls are not as strong as the Sherman and it is not as "modular" yet remains a firm favourite of many artists and is probably the Shermans nearest foe. £600 inc. VAT and shipping.

Check out Moogerfooger MF-101 Lowpass filter. This is a simple but great sounding filter with envelope following abilities. $314 US

Shermans' own QMF is a monster made of four Filterbanks with a big modular patchbay on the left but again with no memories. This is a dream machine clocking in at well over two grand. It is also a limited edition thing (95 only) so if you can get one then get one.

Other than these alternatives it could be worth beginning a modular synth collection. A good starting point is the Doepfer A100 modular system. A simple 24Db low pass filter (A-120 VCF1) comes in at about Euro 70.00

More Resources              Articles - full listing
  • Sherman Website
  • Filterbank 1 @ Synthsite
  • Filterbank2 Manual -PDF
  • Buy the Filterbank 2
  • Mail the Author
  • Hear the Sherman get wicked 1
  • Hear the Sherman get wicked 2
  • Her the Sherman get wicked 3

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