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Analogue Solutions | RED SQUARE v2


Red Square is a patchable analogue monosynth that can also be used as an effects processor. It has some of the advantages of a modular synth (re-wireable synth circuits, external control, external signal routing) and the advantage of a pre-patched monosynth (easy to use, instant sound, tidy front panel). Its 1/4" jacks sockets mean it can easily be integrated into a studio just like any synth or processor.

Red Square introduces 'modular synthesis' style sound creation for all those that are either daunted by the complexities of modulars, do not have to space for them, or for those that find them too expesive. Red Square gives you the oppurtunity to create a diverse range of sounds by using patch cables to re-route the signals. Red Square is a quick and easy to use synthesiser as its design is in a more familiar monosynth format.

The top row of controls on Red Square act as a complete (pre-patched) monosynth. This section allows Red Square to be used straigth away without having to patch any sections together. All that is needed is a MIDI cable and an audio cable. This means Red Square can be used straight away with no fuss or confusion as a powerful and flexible synthesiser sound machine. The top row synthesiser comprises VCO1, Noise, External Signal, Sub Oscillator, LPF, EG1 and the VCA. The Ring Mod output also goes to the filter audio input, but its inputs must be patched first. The additional sections like EG2, VCO2, Ring Mod, etc, can be patched into the monosynth to create even more varied and complex sounds, or they can be used independently or in conjuction with other synthesisers.

Don't think of Red Square as just a patchable synthesiser as it is also a versatile analogue effects processor. Red Square has a panel full of professional quality 6.35mm jack sockets which allows it to be integrated into your studio set-up just like any effects processor. But instead of just another DSP processor, you have a warm, fat, or even down right dirty analogue effects processor.

The analogue filter or ring modulator can be used as two independent effects processors or chained in series for dual effects. They can be wired into your mixing desk's effect sends and returns just like any other effects unit. The additional sections of Red Square can be patched in to modulate the effect on your external audio signals. All this and you can still create and use an independent synthsiser patch too.

BrandAnalogue Solutions
Engine TypeModular (Semi)
Voices (max)1
LFO1 Sample & Hold, Saw Down, Square, Triangle
Engine Detailed2 VCO Saw Down, Square, Triangle, White Noise
Filter (VCF)1 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch, Resonance
Envelope (VCA)2 ADSR
Key typeN/A
AudioMono out, 2 in
CV-gate2x CV and Gate I-O
Extra infoMidi to CV
Produced:2005 - 2005
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.


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