Haken Audio EaganMatrix Module Eurorack Synthesizer Now Shipping
/MUSEWIRE – Music Industry Newswire/ — Music instrument innovator, Lippold Haken, inventor of the Continuum Fingerboard and its various child incarnations, announced this week his latest product, the Haken Audio EaganMatrix Module, a eurorack format hardware synthesizer has started shipping. The EaganMatrix is a modular digital synthesizer invented by Edmund Eagan, utilizing a DSP engine designed by Lippold Haken.
As long time customer and early adopter of the original Continuum Fingerboard (prior to the built-in synth engine days), I pre-ordered the EaganMatrix Module when previewed at Superbooth. Since I’d started to build a large custom eurorack setup, the timing could not have been more perfect. I received my unit today (March 5, 2022).
This is the same EaganMatrix Sound Technology internal to the Continuum Fingerboard, the ContinuuMini, and Expressive E’s Osmose keyboard. The EaganMatrix allows the user to finely craft their musical sound by digitally connecting audio and control modules via a patching matrix. The EaganMatrix Module contains a sophisticated digital modular patching world of its own, ready to interact with your other Eurorack modules to make musical results never before possible.
Haken Audio describes the device as: “The EaganMatrix Sound Technology, originally created for the gesturally highly sensitive Continuum, is now available to you in a Eurorack module. The EaganMatrix Module will quickly become a ‘goto’ component in your modular sound design and sonic composition.”
The EaganMatrix Module is a full-featured EaganMatrix Sound Engine for Eurorack, and can be controlled by control voltages and/or MIDI. This versatile module can act as a sound source, a sound processor, a CV source (via connection to an external Control Voltage Converter), a Midi source, or a customizable combination of all these capabilities.
The EaganMatrix Module provides a truly versatile framework for both studio and live performance. Flexibility is key, due to its audio inputs and outputs, integrated CV inputs, external CV outputs (via Control Voltage Converter), and robust implementation of MPE and MPE+ Midi.
A single EaganMatrix Preset can give completely different sonic results, depending on how it is patched into a particular Eurorack ecosystem. Hundreds of System Presets are included with the EaganMatrix Module. In addition, an external cross-platform (Mac and PC) Haken Editor may be connected to modify and customize the supplied EaganMatrix System Presets, or create completely new presets from scratch.
Haken Audio’s EaganMatrix Module offers:
Polyphony: Nominal 1, Maximum 8
Direct CV note control is limited to 1 voice at a time, but higher polyphony avoids voice stealing when EaganMatrix presets have long decays, and higher polyphony is often useful for Midi input.
4 Per-note CV Inputs: W, X, Y, Z
Gate (W) — Triggers at 1V, with max range -10V to +10V
Pitch (X) — 1V per octave, with programmable offset for Middle C; useful input voltages are a subpart of -10V to +10V (depends on the programmable offset selected)
Timbre (Y) — Function depends on EaganMatrix preset; voltage range is normally 0V to 5V, but -5V to +5V can be useful when combined with a programmable offset
Loudness (Z) — normally 0V to 5V, but -5V to +5V can be useful when combined with a programmable offset
4 Global CV Inputs: i, ii, iii, iv
Functionality depends on EaganMatrix preset; these CV affect all voices (notes from WXYZ and Midi); each global CV is normally 0V to 5V, but -5V to +5V can be useful when combined with a programmable offset
2 Analog Audio Inputs: Left and Right, or Mono
2 Analog Audio Outputs: Left and Right, or Mono Sum
-12dB switch selects between Eurorack Level and Line Level
Midi over USB
Allows bidirectional MPE and MPE+ connection to other devices; allows connection to the Haken Editor for editing and archiving EaganMatrix presets (USB-A cable included with purchase)
Universal 3.5mm Midi In (Type A, Type B, and TS)
Allows connection to other Midi devices without need of computer or USB (adapter to 5-pin DIN Midi In included with purchase)
Type B 3.5mm Midi Out
Allows connection to other Midi devices without need of computer or USB (adapter to 5-pin DIN Midi Out included with purchase)
i2c Port for Communication to the Control Voltage Converter
(a switch selects between 3.5mm Midi Out and i2c functionality)
12 Switches, 1 Rotary, and LED Matrix
A menu system allows stand-alone operation without need of computer, and provides monitoring for notes being played and CV input levels
Current pricing is $799 on preorder basis for next batch (check store on Haken Audio website for more on availability).
POWER AND SIZE:
The EaganMatrix Module requires +12V, +5V, ground, and -12V from your Eurorack enclosure.
A 16-pin standard Eurorack power cable is included with purchase.
Current requirements: 25mA at +12V and -12V. 500 mA max (190 mA avg) at +5V.
The processing power of the EaganMatrix Module is 2x, same as the ContinuuMini.
The EaganMatrix Module dimensions are 22 HP and 3cm depth.< LEARN MORE:
Learn more about the module at: https://www.hakenaudio.com/eaganmatrix-module
Learn more about the EagenMatrix engine here: https://www.hakenaudio.com/sound-engine
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