Modular synth, guitar pedal and musical instrument manufacturer WMD has released Fracture – a percussion synthesizer module for small-format Eurorack modular systems.
Initially inspired by audience applause, hip-hop samples, and classic drum machines, Fracture is much more than another percussion module or ‘sample player’ for expanding Eurorack modular system setups, since it uses granular synthesis techniques to generate a wide palette of sounds while maintaining a simple, intuitive interface.
‘Granular synthesis’ is a technique that operates on the microsound time scale, based on the same principal as sampling. Samples are not conventionally played back, but split into smaller segments or grains (of around one to 50 milliseconds) that may be layered on top of each other, played at different speeds, phases, volume, and frequency.
Unlike WMD’s first Eurorack percussion synthesizer module, Chimera, which involves impulse-rich samples at its tonal centre, Fracture uses single-impulse samples such as claps, ping-pong balls, opening a beer can, and many more.
It then plays back a group of similar such samples in a pseudo-random order resulting in unique hits. DENSITY, DECAY, and TAIL settings all affect tone and how ‘tight’ the user’s virtual clappers are playing together.
Fracture features a number of other sound-sculpting tools packed into its slender frame, including a stereo output, built-in H (Hall) and R (Room) REVERB, two trigger inputs for different sound types, three types of filter, three types of envelope, and a free-running, voltage-controlled ‘applause’ capability. CV (Control Voltage) over all parameters is also available.
Shipping now, Fracture is available to purchase through WMD’s global network of authorised dealers with an MSRP of $269.
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