AJH Synth MiniMod Dual Contour Eurorack ASR Module, Dark Edition
The AJH Synth MiniMod Dual Contour Envelope Generators offers the sound of the highly desirable RA Moog Model D envelopes in Eurorack format.
- Eurorack format dual envelope generator based on the original RA Moog design
- Independently switchable from AD to ADSD response
- Manual gate trigger switch
- Duplicates the unique re-triggering behaviour of the original
- 'Dark Edition' Vintage Black panel
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The Dark Edition modules are electrically identical to the Classic Silver modules, the only difference is the style of the front panel.
Two independent Contour Envelope Generators in a single 12hp wide Eurorack module. These are very accurate replicas of the Model D contour generators, with identical circuitry and component values running on the correct +9.3V and -10v supply voltages of the original so they exactly replicate the original envelope response along with all of it's eccentricities. Extra features include manual trigger buttons and envelope status LED's
The contour generators played a larger part in the sound of the Model D than many people realise. There are two factors that make them unique, firstly the exponential slope when it's used in conjunction with the (near) linear slope of the original VCA which is responsible for the famous Model D 'punch'. Secondly, the re-trigger behaviour is quite unique, multiple retriggering increases the output level so that either the volume increases incrementally or the filter opens incrementally with each extra key press.
AJH have added independent Decay switches for each individual Contour Generator rather than the shared switch on the original synthesiser, these switches change the Contour response from AD (switch up) to ADSD mode (switch down).
AJH MiniMod Contour Envelope Generators Specifications
Module Width: 12hp
Module Depth: 26mm
Current Usage: 38mA Positive, 15mA Negative
The MiniMod Dual Contour Envelope Generators in Depth
Several design compromises were made on the original Model D Contour generators to keep complexity, component count and costs lower. These compromises actually made a considerable contribution towards the signature sound of this synthesiser.
In the original Model D the maximum sustain level on both contour generators is limited to around 80% of the full sustain level, and it has been suggested that this was due to an incorrectly calculated resistor value. This partly contributed to the 'punch' of the Model D sound, as even with the sustain control at maximum level there was still an attack / decay transient present. Some Model D's were modified to correct this behaviour, and AJH have corrected this 'fault' on both MiniMod contour generators. But hey, don't panic! It's easily replicated by setting the Sustain knob to 8.5 instead of 10. They've just given you a choice, 8.5 = original behaviour and 10 = full sustain.
Both contour generators share the same exponential response curves, which in combination with the (almost) linear response of the VCA combine to create the epic, punchy bass lines that the Model D is so famous for.
Gate / Trigger
The Gate input will activate envelope generation with a positive going pulse between 2V and 12V and it is protected against negative going voltages, so any Eurorack Modular signal sources or control voltages can safely be connected to it. A 16 way Eurorack power connector is used, and by default both envelope generators will react to trigger pulses on the distribution bus, but this is easily overridden by plugging a patch lead into the Gate input. AJH have included a manual trigger button for each contour generator so that the gate can be manually activated: this is independent from the Gate input pulse and can safely be used at the same time.
The Decay switches change the response of the Contour generator from AD (Attack, Decay) to ADSD(Attack, Decay, Sustain, Decay) individually for each Contour generator. So, when in AD mode the sustain control is deactivated, therefore holding the gate high or holding down a key on a keyboard has no effect after the initial trigger, the decay curve commences on completion of the attack curve whereas in ADSD mode the sustain control sets the level of the output until the key is released, after which the decay curve comes into play.
The model D runs internally at lower internal control voltages than the Eurorack standard, so AJH have increased the output to bring it into the (rather loose!) Eurorack standard of 0-8 Volts, however it can go as high as 10.5v when using multiple retriggering, so they have added an onboard jumper which reduces the output voltage by 30% to allow for this phenomenon in the rare cases where this may cause a problem.
But They Aren't Even Full ADSR.......
On the Model D this wasn't as large a problem as one would expect, as the envelopes act in the same way as ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelopes, but with the limitation that the Decay and Release slopes will always be identical, so they are effectively an ADSD (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Decay) rather than ADSR envelope response. AJH have included the ability to switch rapidly from ADSD to AD mode with the decay switch, this was used as a musical effect by some famous Model D users and this effect usually isn't possible with a regular ADSR module.