STG Soundlabs - Time Suite Ultra

STG Soundlabs - Time Suite Ultra

  • $1,860.00


Manufacturer Description:

STG Time Suite
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.

Roland SBX-1

The SBX-1 lets computers and electronic instruments communicate and synchronize with each other. It supports a vast array of both analog and digital devices through DIN SYNC, MIDI and USB, and any of these can be the master clock source. You can use the SBX-1 itself as the master sync and control your external devices with its rock-steady internal clock. With hands-on control over timing and groove, and support for CV/GATE, the SBX-1 is far from just an ordinary sync box.

Adventures Through Time
The SBX-1 converts incoming performance information from an external device to both CV (pitch) and GATE (note) signals, so it offers possibilities far beyond what you would expect from a simple sync box. You can use it to play analog or modular synths. You can output the LFOs that you create in the SBX-1 along with performance information, modulate them, and even use them as trigger signals.

You can also add analog and modular devices to your computer-based production environment, or design totally new and innovative live performance setups that combine AIRA gear, such as TR-8, TB-3, and SYSTEM-1, with vintage analog or modular synths. The SBX-1 not only bridges worlds—it opens doors to entirely new ones.

Timing is Everything
When it comes to music, timing is fundamental. The SBX-1 keeps everything tight, syncing your analog and digital devices to your computer, or as the master sync source controlling the tempo of all your devices. In addition to the SBX-1’s internal clock, you can set the master to MIDI, DIN SYNC, or USB/MIDI. Physical knobs for TEMPO and FINE tempo along with TAP tempo give deep control of the overall groove and let you freely adjust your timing to sync-up with DJs or other performers in a band.

When you’ve absolutely got to have that swing, the SBX-1’s Shuffle function can add variable swing to patterns generated by external sequencers and rhythm machines—even those that are not equipped with a shuffle function, such as TR-808 and TB-303. Choose between 16th and 8th note swing, and correct timing errors with the quick-access, performance-friendly SYNC button.

Play Time
The SBX-1 comes complete with CV/GATE output jacks so you can control analog and modular synths from your external MIDI device or computer. MIDI notes and CC information from external sources are converted and output as CV/GATE information, and this creates all kinds of creative possibilities.

You can create LFO signals in the SBX-1 that are synced to either the internal clock or tempo from an external source. You can register up to five types (three types with AUX) of different LFO settings and output these as CV signals simultaneously from three channels (CV/BEND/AUX). You can also register up to five types (three types with AUX) of different MIDI notes as trigger settings and output these as GATE signals simultaneously from three channels (CV/GATE/AUX).
 
Switch
[DIN SYNC IN] Switch (24, 48)
[DIN SYNC OUT1] Switch (24, 48)
[DIN SYNC OUT2] Switch (24, 48)
[TRANSPOSE] Switch (H, M, L)
[POLARITY] Switch (+, -)
[BEND] Switch (WHOLE, OCT, LFO)
[AUX] Switch (1, 2, 3)
[POWER] Switch

Buttons
[CLOCK SOURCE] button (D-SYNC, MIDI, USB, INT)
[SYNC] button
[SHUFFLE] button
[STOP] button
[PLAY/PAUSE] button
[TAP] button
Knobs
[TEMPO] knob
[FINE] knob

Indicators
[D-SYNC] indicator
[MIDI] indicator
[USB] indicator
[INT] indicator
Display
7 segments, 4 characters (LED)

Connectors
DIN SYNC (IN, OUT1, OUT2) connectors
MIDI (IN, OUT1, OUT2) connectors
USB COMPUTER port: USB type B
DC IN jack
CV jack: Miniature phone type
GATE jack: Miniature phone type
BEND jack: Miniature phone type
AUX jack: Miniature phone type

Power Supply
AC adaptor or supplied from the computer via USB
Current Draw
150 mA (When using an AC adaptor)
200 mA (When using USB bus power)

Accessories
Owner’s manual
Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY”
AC adaptor

Size and Weight
Width
220 mm
8-11/16 inches

Depth
135 mm
5-6/16 inches

Height
52 mm
2-1/16 inches

Weight
790 g
1 lbs. 12 oz.

Included: C.B.I. MIDIQ Cable (All Five Pins Wired for SYNC24): Specify Desired Length!