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The PLANAR is a 14hp vector mixer / quad panner with a bunch of useful features that has been in development at Intelligel for almost a year in collaboration with David Dixon – incorporating his ingenious way of implementing vector mixing (among other things in the design).
The result is a very fun module – with just a few audio and CV sources and some inter dependencies (i.e use the joystick CV to simultaneously modify the signals being processed by the VCA’s) you can quickly get highly complex sounds to control and play with.
Vector mixing: put up to four sources into inputs A, B, C and D and then use the joystick to create the vector mix. Positioning the joystick in any corner will isolate that particular source. Putting the joystick in the center will create an even blend of all four sources. Resulting mix is taken from the mix output.
Quad panning: plug one source into input A and steer it to outputs A, B, C, D. You can also do stereo panning by just using a pair of outputs.
Sense gate output: this is a slew detector that means the gate is only active when you are moving the joystick. Excellent for driving Envelopes/VCA’s to coordinate so that the output mix is only heard/used when the joystick is being moved.
Manual gate output: pushbutton to manually trigger a second gate output.
CV outputs: the joystick produces either unipolar (0-5v) or bipolar (-5 to +5v) switchable outputs.
CV inputs: the module accepts X and Y axis inputs. By using out of phase LFO sources (such as outputs from the Dr. Octature) you can create really interesting swirling/circular patterns.
This input is also very useful when coordinated with a CV Recorder. You can record the modulation from the X, Y outputs and then turn the joystick off (see switch at top left) and playback the modulation into the X and Y input. This will allow you to recreate a complex quad panning or vector mixing jam.
It’s Reversible too! You purchase the module as standard (Joystick at top) or Reversed (Joystick at bottom). Please email to specify which version you wish to purchase – otherwise you may receive either. Both versions are provided with a second reversible faceplate as a spare, if you so wish to change module orientation in the future. There are jumpers on the back of the module so you can coordinate the reversed orientation of the joystick. This is to facilitate use in a skiff. The optional panel can easily be replaced after removing the curled nut washers. The driver tool required is part # 382-0006 at www.mouser.com.
NB.the joystick units used are very expensive and have a long lead-time (plus large minimum order). As a result the first batch will be limited.