New DIY kit coming soon: MIDI Narrator

MIDI Narrator is a MIDI-controlled speech synthesizer featuring a classic 8-bit speech chip from the 1980’s, the General Instrument SP0256-AL2.  Fresh DIY kit coming soon from Rare Waves!

Concert Dedicated to Grendel Drone Commander

We’re surpised and very honored to learn of an upcoming concert dedicated to the Grendel Drone Commander!  And the venue is a 700-year old Italian church, no less.  For the evening’s program, the seven performers have agreed on one rule:  only Drone Commander + FX.  We unfortunately cannot attend in person but would be very grateful for any audio, video, or photos from the event.

Time: Saturday April 21, 2018, 8PM – 11PM.
Location: Ex Abbazia di San Bernardino (Genova, Italy)
Performing Artists: Stefano Bertoli, Gedron, Jagolab, SKR Project, Shin/Fate, TheNoise, Urbanspaceman
Facebook event page

Concerto dedicato al Grendel Drone Commander,
SETTE Drone
SETTE Commanders
Tutto in una notte!!!

 

Grendel Drone Commander Classic Pedal

All the sounds of the original ‘ammo can’ Grendel Drone Commander, in convenient FX pedal format … plus Gate In, stomp switch, and an external audio input.  Grendel Drone Commander Classic Pedal is avaialable now, direct from Rare Waves! Visit our Ordering page for details.

GDC Classic Pedal Available Now

Drone Commander 2 Standalone in Custom Colors

The Drone Commander 2 Standalone is now available in custom tolex color finishes!

custom colors DC2e case

Grendel prototype synth jam

A demo track featuring several mystery synths from the Rare Waves R&D lab. This recording features the LMS-17 Light Matrix Synthesizer, which is an updated version of a rare device called dRONEMATr1X we produced in 2009.

Drone Commander 2 Standalone

dc2e comp

We’ll soon be offering the Grendel DC-2e Drone Commander 2 in a standalone format. It comes with a custom fitted Eurorack case. The case features a removable lid, tolex vinyl covering, and convenient power supply. Orange and black finish are standard options; custom colors available by request.

Game sound design with Lite2Sound PX

Sound Designer Kyle Fraser of 343 Industries shows some sounds he’s getting with our Lite2Sound PX photodiode amplifier kit.

This is a complete episode of The Sprint. Fast forward to the segment beginning at 8:23 to see Kyle’s demonstration of Lite2Sound PX.

Lite2Sound QB – coming soon

Rare Waves LLC and Eric Archer are developing a new model of our Lite2Sound photodiode amplifiers – the Lite2Sound QB. Many sources of light contain hidden tones and modulated frequencies that can only be heard with a light sensitive receiver. Creative audio producers, field recording enthusiasts, and sound designers are finding that photodiode amplifiers offer a new ‘secret weapon’ to expand their toolbox of sound sources. The video clip shows just a few samples of Lite2Sound QB in action, but we feel that the real magic is field recording in technology-saturated spaces. We will present more examples soon.

L2SQB 001

Reverberant Drone Relaxation

Thirty-one minute ambient relaxation music recorded with the Grendel DC-2e Main Module and a spring reverb effect.

Drone Funk

Synthesizer demo with Grendel DC-2e Drone Commander 2 Eurorack and Grendel RA-9 Grenadier. Two tracks of DC-2e, one track of RA-9, plus a touch of mystery synth. Grendel synthesizers are available from I/O Music Technology, Detroit Modular, Switched On, NoiseBug, Perfect Circuit Audio, Analogue Haven, Noise Kitchen, and SchneidersLaden.