AJH Synth MiniMod Glide, Hold and Noise Eurorack Module, Dark Edition
The AJH Synth MiniMod Glide, Hold & Noise module duplicates these functions from the highly desirable RA Moog Model D in Eurorack format.
- Eurorack format module offering the Glide, Hold and Noise functions based on the original RA Moog design
- Enhanced Glide with Glide up and Glide down functions
- Hold behaviour perfectly replicated
- Analogue White, Pink and Red noise available simultaneously
- '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.
There is a lot of power and function contained within this deceptively small 6hp module. It features both the Glide and the Noise generator circuitry from the vintage Model D synthesiser.
The MiniMod glide uses a discrete dual FET circuit which includes a hold function that can gate the glide effect. Glide is only active when the Hold CV input is high, so if the hold input is connected to the gate output of a Midi/CV convertor then the glide will be active only while the key is actually depressed, emulating the exact behaviour of the original Model D synthesiser.
AJH have also increased the versatility of the module by adding Glide Up only and Glide Down only modes in addition to the standard Glide Up & Down mode of the original circuit.
The Noise Generator is completely separate from the Glide circuitry. There are three outputs offering White Noise, Pink Noise and Red Noise. The noise source itself is all analogue and uses a specially selected transistor in avalanche mode which is amplified and filtered by discrete transistor based circuitry.
AJH MiniMod Glide, Hold & Noise Specifications
Module Width: 6hp
Module Depth: 54mm
Current Usage: 35mA Positive, 35mA Negative
AJH MiniMod Glide, Hold & Noise in Depth
AJH originally thought that any generic glide/slew module would be able to produce the famous Model D style portamento effect. So, they tried using a standard R/C based Slew module, which produces an exponential glide slope. The problem here is that the pitch does not rise or fall evenly, and because of this it sounds nothing like the effect from a vintage Model D. So, they set about reproducing the original glide circuitry which has a slight exponential curve on both the rising and falling slopes. Also, the glide slope is asymmetric – it glides up considerably faster than it glides down. These two factors contributed considerably to the original sound, so AJH have replicated the module by using exactly the same dual FET transistor circuitry as the original. An issue with the original circuit is that it only works over a range of around 4 octaves, however by careful tweaking they have extended the range to over 5 octaves.
The Hold Behaviour
Originally the glide circuit was part of the keyboard controller and the glide effect was only active while one or more keys were depressed, as soon as all keys were released the hold circuit came into effect and held the CV voltage at a constant level and disabled the glide. This state was held until there was another key press, upon which the glide effect resumed.
AJH have replicated this behaviour on the MiniMod Glide by having a gate input which can be connected to the gate output of Midi/CV convertor (or any other gate/trigger signal) to control this effect. If nothing is plugged in to the gate jack then the input is normalled so that the glide is permanently active. Gate voltages of up to 12volts are permissible, the hold will go high on any input gate voltage between 3 volts and 12 volts.
Three Glide Modes
AJH have added a very useful extra feature which was not available on the Model D – you can select Glide up only, Glide down only or both. So, for example in 'glide up' mode, if you play a higher note then the sound will glide to that note at a speed determined by the glide control, but if you play a lower note the sound will disregard the glide setting and jump immediately to the lower note. The opposite effect is available in 'glide down' mode. These modes are available in addition to the existing glide mode which is selected with the switch in its centre position.
White Noise, Pink Noise and Red Noise are simultaneously available from their respective outputs. The White and Pink noise can be used as both audio or random CV signal sources, whereas the Red noise is mostly at sub audio frequencies and is commonly used as a random CV voltage source.
The noise source itself is all analogue and uses a specially selected transistor in avalanche mode which is amplified and then filtered by discrete transistor based circuitry. AJH carefully selected the NPN transistor that they use as a noise source by measurement and analysis using a 24bit Audio range Spectrum analyser. This method allows them to select transistors with exactly the same noise signature as the original.
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