NAMM: Don’t Worry, Electrix Are Back

GB MK2 versions a-gogo      27/01/05

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Like many who go before their time, the Electrix range of processors reached cult status, with several of their units changing hands for more than the original list price. The Filter Factory is expecially in demand, with many studio engineers using it for it’s hands on vibe. We know for a fact that it was used on a number of the tracks on Madonna’s Music album. But enough name dropping, Electrix is back.   In 2001, just after the release of its flagship loop-based recorder, the Repeater, the Electrix division was put on hiatus to enable IVL to focus on their core businesses. Over recent years, end-users have continued to seek out Electrix products, some of which are selling for nearly twice their original price on the used market. Over the past year, several of the original Electrix group have helped bring back the company and plan to introduce new products that will be available in the first quarter of 2005.   IVL President Phil Scott said, “We have always believed in the brand and are extremely pleased to see that the legacy of Electrix will continue”. Hooray! Many of the original Electrix range are now available in MK 2 versions with higher specifications see Electrix descriptions below:
MO-FX MK2 makes it easy to synchronize time-based effects. Synchronizing - Flange, Tremolo, and Delay just got as simple as tapping in a tempo or sending MO-FX MIDI clock. Sculpt your sound without losing the beat! Analog modeled Distortion will take you from subtle warming to total crunching mayhem. The Flange spans from subtle pulsations to powerful howling jet screams. The Tremolo and stereo panner has sine, triangular and multiple square wave patterns. Analog Modeled Delay of up to 2.6 seconds with tape delay, looping, pitch shifting effects, and a stereo ping-pong mode. Synchronized timing and separate beat division control for each effect block. MIDI in out and thru lets you automate and sequence every single control setting and movement.
Warp Factory MK2 - The Ultimate Vocoder Make any sound speak! Simply plug in a microphone to use the built in oscillator for the classic vocoder voice. Or combine any two signals to create human-like, “intergalactic” sounds. 24 intelligent filter bands deliver incredible sound clarity. Front panel mic input and built in oscillator equals plug n’ play vocoding. Use Gender Control to bend from male to female formants without affecting the pitch. Formant Freeze captures the vowel sound so you can sustain your "ooooos, aaaaas, or eeeees" forever. A mic bypass path allows you to easily toggle between affected and unaffected vocals. MIDI in out and thru lets you automate and sequence every single control setting and movement.
Filter Factory MK2 - Analog High Order Filter Put the analog edge back into your sound! Run keyboards, samples or guitar tracks through the Filter Factory MK2 and you'll get everything from thick, retro filter sweeps to sub harmonic rumblings or even tweeter-shredding mayhem. Four Filters types include Low pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Notch filters. LFO (low frequency oscillator) with beat divisions syncable to tap tempo or MIDI clock. Five waveforms types sawtooth, inverse sawtooth, triangle, square and random. Distortion gives you everything from a bit of extra punch to in-your-face buzz. Smooth Analog Sounds with Full MIDI automation. MIDI in out and thru lets you automate and sequence every single control setting and movement.
Filter King MK2 - Vintage Filter Big analog sound in a small package! Nothing sounds as great as real analog filtering. Filter King MK2 can turn the dullest, most lifeless samples into lush, warm, phatt sounds. Choose between Four Filter types, Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Notch filters. The Envelope Follower creates a unique sound-shaping palette with depth, shape and band limiting controls. The LFO can be used at the same time as the Envelope Follower for some funky modulations. Dial in one of the Five Waveforms; saw tooth, inverse saw tooth, triangle, square and random. The Expression Pedal input lets you play the frequency like a Wah pedal.
EQ Killer MK2 - Frequency Killer  Most EQs are too gentle to do anything creative with. EQ Killer MK2 transforms the EQ concept and gives you ultimate control over frequency manipulation. Dial in low, mid and high EQ bands each with level knobs as well as latching and momentary kill buttons. Tunable Crossover Frequencies - Low Pass and High Pass filters let you fine tune your EQ bands. Momentary Buttons - our silent, spring-loaded buttons let you instantly kick frequencies in and out and play the EQ. FX Send and Return produce totally new sounds by effecting only the frequency bands you kill.
Repeater MK2 Loop Based Recorder & Sampler While computers are great, they don't always make for an easy user experience, especially during a live performance. The Repeater MK2 allows you to experience live loop recording, sampling and overdubbing like nothing else. Sync your loops to audio via built-in BPM detection or MIDI and control them with your hands or feet. Record a loop and then speed it up or slow it down - without affecting the pitch. Let Repeater loop the rhythm parts while you play the lead. Create deep sonic textures and towering, multi-layered loops. Inspire yourself by jamming to your own riffs and grooves. New features include - More expressive loop creation and control, better support for both ambient and beat-driven looping, enhanced front panel control and enriched MIDI implementation to name a few ...more details to come.
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