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Quad Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filter (VCRBPF) / Waveshaper / Distortion / FSU unit


The final run of Quad Plague Bearers has been completed and all units have been sold.

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What is the Quad Plague Bearer Desktop Unit?

It is four independent Plague Bearers housed together to infect, corrupt and pervert a signal beyond recognition.

It contains four Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filters that were designed with the goals of maximum signal alteration and maximum parameter control. Each filter has controls for varying the high and low corner frequencies of the pass band, as well as variable gain and an input attenuator. Each section of the Plague Bearer can be used as a filter, an oscillator, a noise generator, or even as a resonance oscillator!

Depending on the settings, the filter can be a lowpass, highpass, single-bandpass, or multiple-bandpass. Adjusting the resonance point can cause the filter to self-oscillate in many ways: By adjusting the controls to just below the point of oscillation, and then applying a pulse, square, or other abrupt-edged input signal waveform will “ring” the filter. A simple “click” on the input can give a percussive output sound – from bass drum to bell to a harsh metallic clang; Crank the controls up and this beast will scream like a banshee! The oscillation can be damped or continuous. Chain a couple in series and get accumulating feedback – the build-up can be slow, fast or instantaneous. White Noise is easy to do – you don’t even need an input signal! Turn the input all the way down, and then slowly turn the gain up. You can adjust the “color” of the noise with the frequency controls. Daisy-chaining multiple filters can give a “comb” or multi-phase noise. About phase-shift characteristics: A single filter can give a STRONG chorus effect if so desired, useful as a sub-oscillator or just to “fatten” a sound.

We (plural for real this time) finally got around to plug in some equipment into this thing! Here are some samples of us running a bass and a guitar through this thing – He played them while I tweaked yon knobbies. The recordings were accidentally done at 22kHz because I wasn’t paying attention and used the default recorder on Leviathan, my ancient battle-worthy laptop. I’ll do better next time.

Bass 1 2:06
Bass 2 3:03
Bass 3 1:23 Deep n’ Dirty
Bass 4 0:32 Fuzzy
Guitar 1 1:00
Guitar 2 0:58 Decent distortion
Guitar 3 0:33
Guitar 4 0:59 Crushing distortion
Guitar 5 1:00 I call this sample the “screamer”
Guitar 6 1:59 WE LOVE THIS ONE. Hellish distortion, towards the end it sounds almost like something is trying to talk to you in the background.

The Plague Bearer’s patch bay is designed to fit the most patch options possible in the small space available. Each filter has four Input/Output (I/O) connections: High CV, Low CV, Signal In, and Signal Out. Each of these has two 3.5mm jacks. Each pair is direct-connected as a multiple – NOT a summing node! I have found this setup to be the most fun!

For maximum flexibility, the Plague Bearer can run off two 9V batteries or a 12V.A.C. wall wart (U.S. wall wart included with unit*). The batteries are mounted externally in an unobtrusive location for ease of replacement. The power source is selected via the power switch.

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How to order:

The small batch of “Inverted Panel” Quad Bearer units are now available for pre-order and shipping in January, 2017. To place a pre-order, please fill out an inquiry using our contact form here

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