All the other controls are nifty like this too: the Envelope
knob morphs between five typical synth envelopes, giving you blips, tines, swells, reverses, organs – and a thousand intermediate shapes too. Punch
dials in compression and distortion to rough up your sound. Glow
brings in chorusing and ambient reverb; Shimmer
brings modulation effects to add movement to pitch and amplitude, and at higher levels adds in some slapback delay for even more richness; and Warmth
tinkers with a variety of behind-the-scenes elements to bring some analogue-style instability to your sound. In each case, one control handles multiple jobs simultaneously and sensibly.
In the drum-style NanoMods, some of the controls are drum-specific – for example, there's a Bend control in place of the Glow knob, and a sweepable peaking EQ instead of the Warmth dial so you can accentuate certain frequencies for extra-powerful beats.
Right in the centre of the NanoMod control panel is the filter bank: two filters running in series, giving access to a huge range of timbres. The Grit Filter
is a static filter with 16 cutoff points, convolved from two switchable classic analogue models: the MS20 and the Wasp. We created 16 custom impulse responses of each of these filters being driven hard, with a hefty nudge of resonance, to ensure a warm and gritty sound that teeters on the verge of distortion, covering cutoff settings from 100Hz through to 12kHz. You can give your patches the thick warm grunt of the MS20 or the raw edge of the Wasp at the click of a switch. Then, below those controls, is a continuously-variable 4-pole resonant low-pass "Smooth Filter", wired to the Sweep knob, and of course fully automatable in case you want to get advanced with your filtering possibilities. The Grit Filter and the Smooth Filter can be used independently (by setting one or the other to Bypass) or in conjunction for some really powerful filtration madness!
NanoMods feature our Glitch
control, which randomises all the parameters in an intelligently musical way – so you're more likely to get a sound you like, rather than just a noisy chaos. Clicking the Glitch button is a great way to break a creative block, spark some inspiration, or generate an intriguing new starting point for tweaking.
NanoMods may be small, but they're growing… in number at least. Keep checking back for the latest additions to the NanoMod library!