REVIEW :Cre8audio East Beast semi-modular synthesizer EXCLUSIVE!

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Superbooth 22: Cre8audio East Beast, a new semi-modular analog Synthesizer with a spiced-upwards East-Coast engine in collaboration with Pittsburgh Modular.

In mid-April, Cre8audio, makers of the NiftyCase, expanded their portfolio with the NiftyKEYZ, a modular keyboard with 4 vocalisation polyphony and cool extras. After that came the Function Junction, a clever multi-functional module where the review is in the works.

2 new products in one month. That doesn’t stop the visitor from introducing something new exclusively for Superbooth 22. In Berlin, they will premiere the East Creature, a new affordable semi-modular Synthesizer.

Cre8audio E Beast

For the evolution of the East Beast, Cre8audio has once again teamed up with Richard Nicol and Michael Johnsen of Pittsburgh Modular.

East Beast is an E-Declension-style semi-modular Synthesizer that has a fixed signal flow. But if you lot patch it, you lot can break it in a matter of seconds and wild new audio possibilities open up upwardly. The structure consists of
nine individual patchable modules: an
oscillator, filter, envelope, VCA, LFO, multi-mod tool, sequencer, MIDI to CV converter, and a button keyboard.

The core is based on Pittsburgh’southward oscillator that entered the 5th generation made from 100% modern components. It offers sine, triangle, sawtooth, square, and pitch noises every bit waveforms that can be combined. Plus PWM and linear FM via dedicated hardware controls. The developers promise a very rich-sounding oscillator with unique timbre and very stable tuning.

Then, it hosts an original PGH multimode filter, which the developers say has a creamy shine character with no dead spot. It gives you lowpass, high-pass, band-pass, or a combination of the three for an even wider sonic palette. There are no built-in effects, and thus the pure audio indicate path ends at the main VCA output.

Cre8audio East Beast

Analog Meets Digital Modulation

On the modulation side, it has a newly-developed analog envelope generator designed for fast, percussive attacks. Also analog is the dual-range LFO with a triangle moving ridge output with audio-rate modulation capabilities. A piffling weak with a single waveform, here I would have liked another waveform or two.

Also the analog modulation system, Cre8audio also incorporated a digital multi-modern tool with a dedicated CV output. It can either be a random number generator, an additional LFO, or an envelope generator. I like the mix of analog and digital here.

Right out of the box, Due east Beast has a stock-still signal period also for the modulations. However, by patching the xviii Eurorack compatible patch points, you unchain them and tin can use them differently. For this, it includes independent mod outputs (env, LFO…)

MIDI, CV/Gate & Sequencer

East Beast works like a classic synth without a patch cable via MIDI or with the integrated keyboard. Cre8audio has taken intendance of all those who desire to plug it into their modular synth. Remove information technology from the case and it becomes a 40HP Eurorack fully-featured phonation module with CV/gate inputs.

Farther, it includes a clock-synced arpeggiator and a 32-step sequencer. It is powered by an internal clock controllable i.east. clockable via tap tempo, manually, or via an external source.

Starting time Impression & Availability

The new Cre8audio/Pittsburgh semi-modular mono synth looks very wild. The engine, nevertheless, is non that super wild every bit the interface suggests. It’due south classic subtractive but spiced up with some unique bits.

So only by exploring and patching it, you tin can unchain the beast from the East Declension side and discover wild, unusual timbres. An heady parcel for the request price. I’m looking forwards to hearing more demos.

Cre8audio East Animal will be available in June 2022 for 249€/$249,99 USD street price. MSRP 349,99€. It includes the synth, power supply, 5x Nacza Noodles patch cables, and two 3.5mm to 5-pivot MIDI Din adapters.

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