Steady State Fate Entity Ultra-Kick
Current: 110mA @ + 12V, 110mA @ -12V
Manual Pdf (English)
Current: 110mA @ + 12V, 110mA @ -12V
Manual Pdf (English)
SSF Entity Ultra-Kick (UK) is a new kick drum synthesizer with dual core resonators.This unit, which has evolved the single core design of its predecessor, the Entity Bass Drum (BDS), implements a second resonator core called CHARACTER in addition to the main core that handles frequency components. The CHARACTER core, which is a key feature of the UK and determines the ability to generate a variety of impulses / attacks and overall acoustic characteristics, can be modulated on the main core via the RIPPLE feature. The saturation circuit that was placed on the output stage of the BDS has been improved and newly mounted between the main core and the character core.It also has a built-in Autodyne Yuzuri compressor.It has New York style mix balance control and side chain function.
The Ultra-Kick (UK) can be triggered using the trigger button in the center of the module, or any positive signal that transitions from 0V to 2.5V. Any signal patched to the TRIG input will be shaped by the built-in trigger adjustment circuit to the appropriate trigger amplitude and duration required for the module to operate.When the trigger is active, the front panel LED will illuminate, indicating the duration of the input signal when the TRIG input is used.
You can use the V / Oct input, which has a tracking performance of at least 5 octaves, to create basslines and percussive melodies that accurately follow the pitch CV, and for example, by patching sequences that change within an octave, drums. You can give the pattern a pleasant variability.
The image above shows how the RESONATE control affects the waveform.The RESONATE value defines the amount of resonance produced by the excitation when the main resonator is excited by the input trigger.This excitation will eventually fully decay unless the next trigger re-excites the resonator core before the end of the resonant transients.
Trigger signals are essential for sound design in the UK, except when the RESONATE control is at or near maximum.This is a special case where the high feedback value required for the module to self-oscillate.Even if the self-oscillation does not require a trigger, the transient can be given a click feeling.In this way, RESONATE modifies the overall duration of sounds created in the UK.The following sections explain how this feature interacts with PITCH ENVELOPE to get a variety of kicks, basses, and other percussive sounds.
The UK has a built-in fixed attack, VC Decay quasi-exponential envelope generator.This envelope provides a control voltage for frequency modulation of the main and CHARACTER resonators, as well as a fixed amplitude control signal that affects the resonance response of the characteristic core.EPSA fixed-amplitude copy of the envelope signal is available from the output.It can be used for external modules or self-patched to one of the UK's voltage controlled features.also,DUCKA version of the envelope that is scaled and inverted for ducking the external VCA and offset to the positive electrode is available from the output.DEPTHModulates depth / intensity,PITCH DECAYChanges the decay time of the modulation envelope.In the image above, three simplified examples of how envelopes affect the waveform are shown.It is important to understand here that the duration of the waveform determined by the RESONATE control can be shorter or longer than the decay time of the envelope.If you want the decay time and resonance time to match, you need to adjust both parameters appropriately.
The pitch of the main resonator core is set by the FREQUENCY control.The range of this control is approximately 8Hz to 80Hz, but there is a difference between the "basic" frequency you set and the resulting output frequency.This is highly dependent on the depth and duration of the modulation envelope and, by design, raises the pitch of the main resonator until the modulation envelope settles down.This behavior was mentioned in the envelope section above, but you need to understand it to get the sound you want.For this reason, the pitch set by the FREQUENCY control can be thought of as acting as a base level or offset for internal or external modulation with V / OCT inputs.
You should refer to the details in the RESONATE and ENVELOPE controls section to understand how these parameters interact to produce a wide range of sounds.Below are some examples to illustrate these points.
Any of the above examples can be further refined by taking advantage of the six sound shaping parameters described in the sections that follow.
Punch controls the soft clipper / saturator of the interstage transistor.Soft clipping is a concept similar to hard clipping that adds gain to the signal and finally cuts the peaks of the waveform to create distortion.This type of distortion is considered a harsh sound because of the high frequencies generated by the clipping transitions.Soft clipping rounds these transitions to create warmer, deeper bass distortion.The Punch circuit of this unit is implemented between the output of the main (FREQUENCY) resonator core and the input to the characteristic (CHARACTER) resonator core. If the Punch control is at the full aperture, the input signal will be slightly attenuated without distortion. As you apply Punch in small increments, the volume and low end will begin to boost, and saturation will be applied at higher settings from the soft clipping area.You can also control the voltage of the parameters from the PUNCH CV INPUT at the bottom of the module.
Character controls the second resonator in the UK's dual-core structure.The final stage of this resonator provides impulse transients for the excited waveform and excellent control over the overall sound quality.The effect width of this parameter ranges from subtle variations of impulse transients to unison effects, and also performs overall lowpass filtering of the resonance waveform of the main core.This resonator is excited by the output of the main core and, like the main core, is pitch-modulated with an internal envelope.It shares the 2V / Oct tracking input with the main core, but the resonance response is different. The Character's resonance response is more attenuated and is not affected by the RESONATE setting. As mentioned in the Envelope and Frequency sections, PITCH DECAY ENVELOPE is tied to the Character's resonance circuitry to provide extra power to excite the Character's core's initial impulses.This provides a novel way to give total control over accents, clicks and percussive attack styles.Create more complex impulse transients. Character resonance adds complexity to the initial impulse transients by increasing the DECAY envelope time with less attenuation and allowing the two cores to collide in a very short amount of time.These effects are even more pronounced and go into more complex areas when used in conjunction with the RIPPLE controls in the next section.The CHARACTER parameter can also be modulated using the CHAR CV input and attenuator at the bottom of the module.
Ripple introduces the excited main (FREQUENCY) resonator waveform to the dedicated FM input of the CHARACTER resonator core.Especially when combined with Character and Punch parameters, it expands the range of impulse transient sounds. Raising the level of Ripple increases its strength and breadth for interesting FM and wave distortion effects. Punch dramatically changes the effect of Ripple depending on the settings. With a minimum Punch, Ripple's effect is the cleanest, so you won't get an extremely intense sound.If you set the knob to about 9 o'clock or more and add Punch, the roughness and presence will be emphasized to enhance the impact and transient effect. Extremely high Punch values give priority to distortion over Ripple effects. Since the level of Character also affects the effect of Ripple, various effects can be obtained depending on the settings of each level of Ripple, Punch, and Character.Also, increasing the level of RESONATE will increase the effect of the main (FREQUENCY) resonator core on the Character core via Ripple.In this way, Ripple can be used as a wave shaping function in addition to the initial transient sound design.For example, adding a little Ripple to the tom drum example in the FREQUENCY section can greatly improve the tom and bongo synthesis.
The Dynamics feature set includes a Feed-forward auto-compressor, a voltage-controlled 6dB / Oct high-pass sidechain filter called BASS DRIVE, a New York-style wet level crossfader labeled DYNAMICS, and a discrete. It consists of a voltage-controlled GAIN-DISTORTION equipped with a feedback-type distortion limiter.