STG Soundlabs - Time Suite

STG Soundlabs - Time Suite

  • $1,475.00


Manufacturer Description:

the Time Buffer ($150 separately)

The Time Buffer is a critical element of the Time Suite. It acts as an
inlet, conditioner, and buffered distributor for DIN sync (or Sync 24)
from your drum machine or other source of Sync 24 to the Time modules in
your modular synthesizer. There is also a courtesy outlet so you don't
lose that precious DIN sync output on your master device. For some
reason they kept on making boxes that had a DIN jack for sync input or
output but never through!

Up to 7 Time modules can be fed synchronization internally from the Time
buffer. If for some reason you need to construct a larger sequencing
network within one cabinet a populated PCB can be supplied from the
manufacturer upon request.

This module only draws power from the 5 volt rail of your system.

the Voltage Mini-Store ($295 each separately)

The Voltage Mini-Store is an 8 stage voltage sequencer which draws
synchronization from the Time Buffer, to allow it to run at
musically-useful divisions of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth
notes. There is a toggle to select its clock divisor, and this
selection does not become active until the sequencer returns to stage
one. Because of this behavior logic, not only the dials but the divisor
control itself becomes an exciting performance control in a live or
studio situation.

There is also an external shift input which when a 1/4" TS cable is
inserted breaks the connection with the internal sync24 bus and puts it
under external control, to allow it to be driven from another Time
module such as the Trigger Mini-Store's trigger output, or a simple
oscillator. The response to external shift clock is well into the audio
range, allowing this sequencer to become a sort of digital oscillator. I
have not measured its response with laboratory test equipment but I can
say that it responds to the full range of a Synthesizers.com Q106
Oscillator with no external voltage applied, and quite nicely.


When connected to a Shift Manager panel, this sequencer becomes a
seriously-enabled sequencing element. The Shift Manager allows you to
control the sequence length from 1 to 8 stages, provides a Stage One
trigger output and input, and allows you to set the sequencer to stop at
the end of the sequence instead of cycle to stage one. The length
control (like the clock divisor toggle) does not take effect until the
sequencer cycles back to stage one. When a trigger is applied to the
Stage One input the sequencer will hang at the first stage until the
trigger signal is released to 0V, and then advances to the next stage at
the next clock divisor or external shift input clock signal. The Stage
One output pulses high whenever the sequencer is returned to stage one:
under Sync24 control it is a short pulse and under external control the
output is high for the duration of the pulse width of the external clock
pulse. There is also a toggle switch which allows the sequence to end
at whatever stage is selected with the sequence length rotary switch
control, and the sequencer will only advance to the first stage when a
pulse is applied to the Stage One input jack. This feature allows the
Voltage Mini-Store to be used as a tempo-synchronized stepped envelope
generator if you wish.

The Voltage Mini-Store's output swings from 0V to 4.8V approximate. This
module only draws power from the 5 volt rail of your system.

the Shift Manager ($150 separately)

The Shift Manager connects to up to three Mini-Store units (labeled
left, middle, and right) and allows you to control their sequence length
and behavior.

the Trigger Mini-Store ($345 each separately)

The Trigger Mini-Store is a 16 stage trigger sequencer which draws
synchronization from the Time Buffer, to allow it to run at
musically-useful divisions of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth
notes. There is a toggle to select its clock divisor, and this
selection does not become active until the sequencer returns to stage
one or advances to stage nine. Because of this behavior logic, not only
the toggle switches but the divisor control itself becomes an exciting
performance control in a live or studio situation.

The control surface is, due to space considerations, split between
column A and column B. The first 8 stages are in column A and the second
8 in column B. Both columns share 8 stage indicator LEDs, and have
active column indicator LEDs underneath them. This arrangement may seem
bizarre at first, but this is the way the Projekt Elektronik Voltage
Store Units (Moog 960 expansion variety) which were commissioned by and
designed for Tangerine Dream presented their controls as two courses of 8
controls with row indicator lamps, so I don't really see a problem with
this. (if it was gud enough for Christopher Franke...)

There is also an external shift input which when a 1/4" TS cable is
inserted breaks the connection with the internal sync24 bus and puts it
under external control, to allow it to be driven from another Time
module, or a simple oscillator. The response to external shift clock is
well into the audio range, allowing this sequencer to become a sort of
burst generator.

When connected to a Shift Manager panel, this sequencer becomes a
seriously-enabled sequencing element. The Shift Manager allows you to
control the sequence length from 2 to 16 stages, provides a Stage One
trigger output and input, and allows you to set the sequencer to stop at
the end of the sequence instead of cycle to stage one. The length
control (like the clock divisor toggle) does not take effect until the
sequencer cycles back to stage one or advances to stage nine. When a
trigger is applied to the Stage One input the sequencer will hang at the
first stage until the trigger signal is released to 0V, and then
advances to the next stage at the next clock divisor or external shift
input clock signal. The Stage One output pulses high whenever the
sequencer is returned to stage one: under Sync24 control it is a short
pulse and under external control the output is high for the duration of
the pulse width of the external clock pulse. There is also a toggle
switch which allows the sequence to end at whatever stage is selected
with the sequence length rotary switch control, and the sequencer will
only advance to the first stage when a pulse is applied to the Stage One
input jack.

This module only draws power from the 5 volt rail of your system.

the Time Divider ($240 separately)

The Time Divider generates clocks and periods of musically-useful
divisions and is driven by the STG Soundlabs sync bus. It does not
operate without the Time Buffer and a Sync 24 source to drive it.

In addition to the outputs there is a purple tempo LED and two mode
switches for gate versus trigger shapes and normal or inverted rhythm.

*A NOTE on Module finish: All STG Soundlabs MU/5U modules are anodized
to look "vintage, original Moog modular". This process does make STG
Soundlabs front panels impervious to rusting, and the graphics will
never flake off. However, the black anodization is susceptible to
inconsistencies and what some may refer to as aesthetic imperfections.
The faceplates are not shiny, and are vintage looking. Please understand
this before ordering.