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Metalbox & Bananalogue Wave Multipliers
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Metalbox & Bananalogue Wave Multipliers
Subject description: Are they different?
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Are they different? How, in terms of sound and function? Is the Metalbox WM based on the Serge design too?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hello,

You can read in www.metalbox.com : 'We are proud to offer CGS designs in Frac rack format'.

In the description of the wave multiplier module on Ken Stone website ( http://www.cgs.synth.net/ ) you can read: 'The idea for this project came from the fabled middle section of the Serge wave multipliers. I have never seen or heard one of these units, nor have I seen its schematic diagrams, but armed with descriptions and suppositions by various people who had seen them, and a couple of photos of CRO traces from the output of the module, I decided to design myself one.'

In www.bananalogue.com you can read: 'The WVX is based on the classic Wave Multiplier module designed by Serge Tcherepnin. Top and bottom sections of the unit are independent and transform an input wave in various ways. The effect is non-linear and useful on both audio and control voltage range wave forms, the most pronounced effect coming from low harmonic content waveforms like sine and triangle.'

It seems that they are different.

I only have experience with bananalogue and I'm very satisfied with the WVX and also with the VCS. They are very well build and they are very interesting modules.




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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Metalbox's stuff, while okay seems to lack the sophistication of the Bananalogue stuff. Personally while I don't have experience of any of these, I'd go for the VCS and WVX too- simply because they are both cheaper and more versatile.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I think if you buy both you got al the waveshaper levels in from the Serge.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

from what i can surmise the metalbox wave muliplier is the way to go. the WVX is only 2 frac spaces and the metalbox is 3 which equals out to more I/O, knobs, etc.

for just 15 usd more i'm banking on the metalbox as an essential module for my future setup.

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of course if i was really ballin i'd probably get both!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Kwote wrote:
from what i can surmise the metalbox wave muliplier is the way to go. the WVX is only 2 frac spaces and the metalbox is 3 which equals out to more I/O, knobs, etc.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

less can be more. but not always. i enjoy metalbox's demos much more than bananalogue. i'd love to have both but i'm convinced from the features listed and demos that i'd be happier with the metalbox.

the VCS shouldn't enter the conversation imo because it's not a wave mult.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Kwote wrote:
less can be more. but not always. i enjoy metalbox's demos much more than bananalogue. i'd love to have both but i'm convinced from the features listed and demos that i'd be happier with the metalbox.

the VCS shouldn't enter the conversation imo because it's not a wave mult.

glad i found this place. now i have one more spot to keep me from getting any work done Laughing


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