Top Waveshaper, Distortion Modules
Top Waveshaper, Distortion Modules

Top 10+ Waveshaper / Distortion Modules 2021

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  1. Erica Synths Plasma Drive
  2. Doepfer A-184-2
  3. Erica Synths Pico Drive
  4. AJH Synth V-Shape black
  5. Befaco Sampling Modulator
  6. Doepfer A-137-1 Wave Multiplier I
  7. Dreadbox Dystopia
  8. Tiptop Audio Fold Processor
  9. Joranalogue Audio Design Fold 6
  10. Erica Synths Fusion VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmod

1. Erica Synths Plasma Drive

Erica Synths Plasma Drive

Eurorack module

  • Distortion Module with Plasma Technology by Gamechanger Audio
  • Input Level, Wet / Dry Mix, Voltage and Voltage CV controls
  • Treble / bass equalizer
  • EQ bypass switch
  • Additional overtones via octave up / down switch
  • CV Inputs for Voltage and Wet / Dry Mix (3.5 mm)
  • Octave and sub-trigger inputs (3.5mm)
  • Width: 16 HP

2. Doepfer A-184-2

Doepfer A-184-2

Sinus Converter / VC Crossfader

  • Eurorack module
  • Combines two functions in one module: triangle to sine converter as well as voltage-controlled crossfader
  • Power requirement: +30 mA (+ 12V) / -30 mA (-12V)
  • Width: 4 HP

3. Erica Synths Pico Drive

Erica Synths Pico Drive

Erica Synths Pico Drive; Eurorack module; combined Overdrive and Wavefolder; manual controls for Drive and Gain; Gain CV input with attenuator; Drive CV input; output signal limiter; power consumption: 29mA (+12V) / 29mA (-12V); width: 3 HP; depth: 35mm


4. AJH Synth V-Shape black

AJH Synth V-Shape black

Eurorack module

  • Waveshaper and distortion in one module
  • Both units can be used separately or connected in series
  • CV inputs for shape and distortion intensity
  • Hard and soft clipping selectable
  • Audio input & output for shaper and distortion
  • Shaper output is normalized to distortion input
  • Current consumption: 75 mA (+12 V) / 45 mA (-12 V)
  • Width: 10 TE
  • Depth: 26 mm

5. Befaco Sampling Modulator

Befaco Sampling Modulator

Befaco Sampling Modulator; Eurorack module; multi-function module for modifying CV and audio signals; can be used as VCO, trigger generator, complex Sample & Hold, waveshaper, down-sampler, 8-step sequencer and more; internal VCO with Rate and Fine tuning controls; 8 switches for internal stepsequencer (on / off / reset); selector switch for internal or external clock; connections: signal input, clock in, pitch-CV in, hold in, clock out, trigger out, signal output; power consumption: 48mA (+12V) / 18mA (-12V); width: 8 HP; depth: 47 mm


6. Doepfer A-137-1 Wave Multiplier I

Doepfer A-137-1 Wave Multiplier I

Wave multiplier

A-137-1 is a voltage controlled waveform multiplier. The basic idea of a wave multiplier is to multiply the waveform of an incoming audio signal (e.g. triangle/sinus/sawtooth of a VCO) within one period. This creates additional harmonics in the audio signal. The period duration and thus also the pitch of the signal remain unchanged – in contrast to frequency multiplication such as with the PLL module A-196.

The A-137-1 works as an “inverse low-pass filter”, i.e. it adds additional harmonics to a signal poor in overtones, whereas a low-pass filter (e.g. A-120) filters out overtones from a signal rich in overtones. Therefore, the A-137 gives the best results in combination with comparatively low harmonic waveforms (e.g. triangle, sine) as input signal. For overtone-rich input signals (e.g. sawtooth) the A-137 can also be used, but the effect is not as spectacular as with a triangle signal. With square-wave signals, the effect of the A-137 is hardly noticeable.

The Multiples parameter (adjustable manually and by control voltage) defines the number of waveform multiplications within a period. The two parameters Folding Level and Symmetry (both adjustable manually and by control voltage) set the upper and lower level at which the convolution of the signal takes place. The function of these two parameters is shown graphically in the diagram below. The Harmonics parameter (adjustable manually and by control voltage) adds further harmonics (i.e. in addition to the harmonics created by waveform multiplication) by sharpening the waveform edges (amplification and limiting) and adding overshoot peaks (attenuated waves at the edges).

  • Input Level to adjust different input levels for the optimal effect of the module
  • Multiples: Number of curve multiplications, manual setting
  • Harmonics: Adding additional harmonics by an effect similar to the resonance of filters, manual adjustment
  • Folding Level: Value of the upper and lower folding level, for explanation see sketch below, manual setting
  • Symmetry: Symmetry of upper and lower convolution level, see sketch below for explanation, manual adjustment
  • Width: 14 TE / HP
  • Depth: 65 mm
  • Current consumption: +40 mA (+12 V) / -20 mA (-12 V)

Inputs/outputs:

  • Audio In – also suitable for control voltages
  • Multiples CV In: Control voltage input for the number of curve multiplications, with attenuator
  • Harmonics CV In: Control voltage input for the Harmonics parameter, with attenuator
  • Folding Level CV In: Control voltage input for the convolution level, with attenuator
  • Symmetry CV In: Control voltage input for convolutional symmetry, with attenuator
  • Audio Out: Output for the processed audio or control signal.

7. Dreadbox Dystopia

Dreadbox Dystopia

Dreadbox Dystopia; Eurorack module; noise generator, Bitcrusher filter; Bitcrusher 1sec to 8kHz; parallel dual filter (12dB LP/HP); noise bypass when external signal is pluged in; 4 LEDs for level control; power consumption: 56mA (+12V) / 67mA (-12V); width: 10 HP; depth: 35 mm


8. Tiptop Audio Fold Processor

Tiptop Audio Fold Processor

Wave multiplier and sub-octave generator module

  • Classic diode design that adds odd harmonics by folding the incoming signal, generating up to 4 square waves spaced one octave apart
  • Width: 12 HP
  • Depth: 42 mm
  • Power requirement: +60 mA (+12 V) / -55 mA (-12 V)

9. Joranalogue Audio Design Fold 6

Joranalogue Audio Design Fold 6

Joranalogue Audio Design Fold 6; Eurorack module; analog Wavefolder; contains a parallel and serial Wavefolder circuit with 6 stages; manual controls for Fold, Shape and Symmetry; connections: two signal inputs, CV inputs for Fold and Shape, signal outputs for the serial Wavefolder (Main) and parallel Wavefolder (Alternative); power consumtion: 40mA (+12V) / 40mA (-12V); width: 4 HP; depth: 35mm


10. Erica Synths Fusion VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmod

Erica Synths Fusion VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmod

Erica Synths Fusion VCA / Waveshaper / Ringmodulator; Eurorack module; two audio inputs with Input Fader control; two manual Bias controls for the vacuum tubes and different effects on the audio signal; two Bias CV inputs with attenuators; “Direct” switch for usual VCA mode; Drive control for the main output “OUT 1+2”; independant Ringmodulator, normalized to VCA output; power consumption: 48mA (+12V) / 69mA (-12V); width: 14 HP; depth: 36mm


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