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.

Triple Grendel synth jam

Demonstrating some sounds you can get with the Grendel DC-2e Eurorack voice modules, and the Grendel RA-9 Grenadier. And a third, mystery synth!

Grendel synthesizers are available from I/O Music Technology, Detroit Modular, Switched On, NoiseBug, Perfect Circuit Audio, Analogue Haven, Noise Kitchen, SchneidersLaden.

DC-2e and RA-9

Demoing the Grendel RA-9 Grenadier and DC-2e Drone Commander 2.  A sequenced LFO effect is obtained by patching the Grenadier’s sequencer output to the LFO CV input of DC-2e.  The track was composed with MIDI in Reaper DAW software, using a 4-channel MIDI-to-CV converter to interface the analog intruments.  The analog snare drum and bass drum are new prototype designs in development here at Rare Waves…

Grendel DC-2e Eurorack

In stores now!

This video walks through getting started with the Grendel DC-2e Drone Commander 2, beginning with using the Main Module by itself (0:30). Next, see how to control it from a MIDI keyboard, using the Expander module and a MIDI-CV converter (3:40).

A self-patch that gives additional filter modulation is demonstrated (5:35). After that, one of the MIDI-CV converter’s auxiliary CV outputs is patched in to control DC-2e’s LFO rate with the MIDI mod wheel (7:00).

The next section demonstrates VCF 1’s self-oscillation (8:35), including how to cancel the filter’s self-oscillation so only the dry tone of the VCOs is heard (9:50). Then, VCF 1 is set up as a third oscillator, creating a constant-pitched drone note to accompany melody played on the VCOs (10:50).

Last, some examples of pitch modulation using the MOD knob are shown (11:40), leading to full-on crazy town.