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Steady State Fate Vortices & V-CV Expander

¥67,900 (Tax excluded ¥61,727)
An audio mixer modeled after a vintage analog console and tape machine

Format: Eurorack
Width: 16HP
Depth: 26mm
Current: 110mA @ + 12V, 105mA @ -12V

V-CV Expander (included): 
Width: 2HP
Depth: 23mm
Current: 0mA

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Vortices is a compact 14-input / 7-output audio mixer that emulates the saturation effects and frequency response of vintage analog consoles and tape machines.In addition to the basic main functions required of a mixer, 2 inputs corresponding to monaural and stereo sources including CV-capable pan control, crossfade of two signals, and AUX input are implemented.By dividing the mix bus, it provides a high degree of freedom in routing / mixing in a modular environment.

    • Implemented / tape saturation / level control / hard limiter / high frequency shaping / on 6 channels with attenuator out of 4 channel monaural mixers
      • VC panning function for channels 1 & 4
      • Channel 2 & 3 VC crossfade feature
      • Two AUX mono inputs
      • Stereo output
      • Direct crossfader output
    • Of the 8-channel (4 stereo pairs) stereo mixer, 3 channels with an attenuator are equipped with a hard limiter.Provides a brighter frequency response than a monaural mixer
      • Normalization between LRs corresponding to monaural signals
      • One AUX stereo input
      • Stereo output
    • Master mix output
    • Equipped with a stereo jack specification master mix output on the back of the module
    • Input level / saturation control with attenuator via the included V-CV expander

How to Use

Vortices supports monaural and stereo sources divided into two mix bus sections, in addition to the master mix stereo output and the master stereo jack output on the back of the module.Mixed output for each sectionTo provide.Individual bus outputs and AUX inputs can be used for overall sound processing, panning, crossfading, as well as effect chain deployment and feedback patching. The two mix bass sections each provide different types of sound coloring and frequency response.

The frequency response of vintage consoles tends to produce rounded tones without emphasizing high frequencies, reducing the roughness of FM sounds and digital source material, and smoothing the sound with less strain on the ears. Provides a sophisticated mix by forming.Saturation / compression / limiting is inspired by a series of processes that post-process the signal from a vintage console using an analog tape machine, allowing you to add a touch of warmth to extreme saturation compression. ..This ability tends to emphasize the mid-low range, but the built-in hard limiting feature adds an extremely mid-high range crunch.




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Amp bias function

The Bias feature, which emulates the tuning of Class-A Tubes and transistor amplifiers, is a symmetry adjustment that sets the static operating point of the tube / transistor to obtain the least distortion linear response possible.By increasing the bias (DC offset), the vacuum tube / transistor can be put into an asymmetrical saturation state. Vortices provide enough gain to provide saturation / compression on their own, and the output is also symmetric if the input signal is perfectly symmetric at 0V.For example, +/- 5V is symmetric, but + 6V / -4V is asymmetric.Symmetrical saturation / compression tonality demonstrates the predominance of third-order (ODD) harmonics.However, if half of the waveform is asymmetrically saturated than the other side, the level of the second order (EVEN) harmonics will increase. Vortices can generate asymmetric saturation / compression when the input source is biased (offset) by the DC voltage of the positive or negative electrode.This can be achieved by using an external CV processor or mixer with offset adjustment before inputting the signal to Vortices, or by using an envelope or LFO (Long Frequency Oscillation) to externally tune the audio source.If you don't have an external mixer available with or without offset adjustment, you can get an alternative timbre structure by patching an envelope or LFO to an unused channel on the same mix bass.In this case, the signal is clipped by an internal hard limiter, producing an asymmetric distortion effect.In all amp bias cases, the symmetry of the final output remains unaffected, allowing all channels to be biased without exceeding the master output's maximum headroom of approximately 3Vpp.


The included Vortices CV expander adds a CV input for controlling the signal level of three stereo inputs and four monaural inputs.When connecting, it is near the expansioner's connection header, between the front panel and the board.Be sure to set the switch to the EXP positionSet.Use the included 10-pin ribbon cable to connect so that the red stripes are in the same orientation (bottom).There is no change in the main functions of the main unit by connecting the expander.When a CV is input to the expander, the corresponding channel attenuator automates the level / saturation control by adjusting the incoming CV level.The recommended CV level for full-scale operation is approximately 10V.