AVAILABLE
Downloads: Famine 1500 Manual Famine 1500 Kit Manual
MSRP (assembled): US$177
MSRP (kit): US$137
Module width: 8hp
Supply Voltage ±12VDC
Current Draw (quiescent/no load) +12V: 16mA -12V: -14mA
Output Voltage 0 to ~±10.7VDC
Output Current +12V: 1,500mA -12V: -1,500mA
Output regulation Linear
Control Voltage (CV) inputs ±5V
+5V power rail Passthrough only (no starve)
Bypass type True bypass
CV input coupling Direct
CV input impedance 47kΩ
CV Chaining I/O CV In & Thru, +V, -V
CV Chaining connector 1×4 0.1″ pitch header
Mounting Depth 26mm
Rear I/O Connectors
(Input & Output)
2×8 shrouded box header
1/4″ quick connect

Famine 1500 module includes: two 12″, 18 AWG, 4-wire (+5V,+12V, G, -12V), quick-connect wiring harnesses and two M3x6 mounting screws and washers.

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Downloads:
MSRP (assembled): US$177
MSRP (kit): US$137
Module width: 4hp
Supply Voltage ±12VDC
Current Draw (quiescent/no load) +12V: 16mA -12V: -14mA
Output Voltage 0 to ~±10.7VDC
Output Current +12V: 500mA -12V: -500mA
Output regulation Linear
Control Voltage (CV) inputs ±5V
+5V power rail Passthrough only (no starve)
Bypass type True bypass
CV input coupling Direct
CV input impedance 47kΩ
CV Chaining I/O CV In & Thru, +V, -V
CV Chaining connector 1×4 0.1″ pitch header
Mounting Depth 40mm
Rear I/O Connectors
(Input & Output)
2×8 shrouded box header
1×4 0.1″ pitch header

Famine 500 module includes: one 12″, 24 AWG, 4-wire (+5V, +12V, G, -12V) to quick-connect wiring harness, one 9″Doepfer-style 16-pin to 16-pin ribbon cable, and two M3x6 mounting screws and washers.

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Downloads:
MSRP (assembled): US$197
Module width: 2hp
Supply Voltage ±12VDC
Current Draw (quiescent/no load) +12V: 16mA -12V: -14mA
Output Voltage 0 to ~±10.7VDC
Output Current +12V: 250mA -12V: -250mA
Output regulation Linear
Control Voltage (CV) inputs ±5V
+5V power rail Passthrough only (no starve)
Bypass type True bypass
CV input coupling Direct
CV input impedance 47kΩ
CV Chaining I/O CV In & Thru, +V, -V
CV Chaining connector 1×4 0.1″ pitch header
Mounting Depth 42mm
Rear I/O Connectors
(Input & Output)
(2) 2×8 shrouded box header
(2) 1×4 0.1″ pitch header

Famine 250 module includes: one 12″, 24 AWG, 4-wire (+5V, +12V, G, -12V) to quick-connect wiring harness, one 9″ Doepfer-style 16-pin to 16-pin ribbon cable, and two M3x6 mounting screws and washers.

Comparison view (prototype units):

Compatibility list

List of modules tested compatible with Famine at bottom of page.

Let us know (via the contact page) what modules you’ve tested and your opinions on the result and we’ll add it to the list.

What is Famine?

Famine is a voltage-controlled power starvation module, a teasing taste of electronic death – with the ever-present threat of the real thing. Your system will squeal, stutter, fuzz, and shriek, in new ways as you torture it while discovering the sublime joys of Schadenfreude.

Famine is capable of handling 1.5A, enough for an entire busboard of modules.

All/Split:
• In the All position, positive and negative rails track together using the All/+V knob and CV input and the -V knob and CV input are ignored.
• In the Split position, positive and negative are separated and controlled from their respective knob and CV input.

Crush/Wrack:
• In the Crush position, positive and negative mirror each other, i.e., +5V & -5V, +6V & -6V.
• In the Wrack position, positive and negative track inversely, i.e., 0v & -10V, +1V & -9V, +8V & -2V, etc.

Starve/Feed:
Starve position to starve, Feed position to bypass circuit entirely.

L.E.D.s
The LEDs indicate the level of starvation and glow brightest at 0V output.

Notes:

• Most effective on analog systems. Since digital is based on the principle of either on or off, there’s not much to play with there. Systems with bootup periods are particularly annoying.
• NO RELAYS, GAUGES, MOTORS, FANS, OR OTHER INDUCTIVE SYSTEMS (see below).

Disclaimer:

Famine may destroy your system. Although commonly used, voltage starvation is a largely unstudied technique and the dangers it poses are not well known or understood, but are rumored to range from general malfunction to actual fire and catastrophic failure. Any use of this module is entirely at your own risk.

NOT RECOMMENDED with inductive or electromechanical systems. Inductive kickback has been known to be a danger to circuitry in AC power distribution systems. The currents in Eurorack are highly unlikely to cause damage, but it is a non-zero possibility.

Details, samples, updates, and discussion can be found in the Famine thread on ModWiggler.com.

Videos:

List of modules tested with Famine:

Modules found particularly enjoyable to starve/most noticeably (and usefully) affected by starvation marked with “*”, based on our own opinion and those of our testers.

Let us know (via the contact page) what modules you’ve tested and your opinions on the result and we’ll add it to the list.

  • 2HP
    • 2HP Freez
  • 4ms
    • 4ms PEG
    • 4ms Percussion Interface
  • After Later
    • After Later Audio Buffered Mult
  • Bastl
    • Bastl CV Trinity
    • Bastl Dark Matter
    • Bastl Waver
  • Behringer
    • Behringer Neutron
  • Doepfer
    • *Doepfer 12 stage vactrol phaser A 101-3
    • Doepfer LPG A 101-2
    • Doepfer VCDLFO A 147-2
    • Doepfer Standard VCO A 110-2
    • *Doepfer Wasp filter A 124-5
  • Elby Designs
    • Elby Designs ED720
    • Elby Designs ES75
  • flight of harmony
    • f(h) Choices
    • f(h) Famine 1500, 500, 250
    • *f(h) IMP
    • *f(h) Infernal Noise Machine
    • *f(h) Parasite Antifilter
    • f(h) Plague Bearer
    • f(h) Sinner
    • *f(h) Sound of Shadows r2, r3
    • f(h) V’amp
  • Gieskes
    • Gieskes 2preamp
    • Gieskes Nodrums
    • Gieskes VCO Fan
    • Gieskes VU Perc
  • Harvestman
    • Harvestman English Tear
  • Ieaskul F. Mobenthey (IFM)
    • IFM Denum
    • IFM Fourses
    • IFM Sprott
    • IFM Swoop
  • Ladik
    • Ladik J-120
  • Make Noise
    • Make Noise Teleplexer
  • Mutable Instruments
    • Mutable Instruments Shelves
  • Noise Reap
    • Noise Reap ISD Sampler
  • PM Foundations
    • PM Foundations C-Div
  • Snazzy FX
    • Dreamboat
    • Kitty Eyes
    • Chaos Brother
    • Dronebank
    • Eternal Spring Filter
    • Kick_Me
  • ST Modular
    • ST Modular singer
    • ST modular delay v2
  • Synthrotek
    • Synthrotek Arcadian Rhythms
  • Tiptop
    • Tiptop fold processor

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