Pulsar Modular Synth II

The new version of the Modular Synth was made available to download from the Creamware shop on 15th May 2000. This will be available for free to purchasers of the Pulsar II card who register their purchase within a certain time.

Although the fundamentals are the same, there has been a significant facelift to the synth, and there are also a number of interesting new modules, along with new (and much needed) tutorial files a vastly improved reference manual and some new patches.

You can download a 10 hour demo from the Creamware shop.

Creamware have a page devoted to the Modular II. Follow the links from here to 'What's new', and then to 'Pulsar II'

Pictures - here

The interface has had the following changes made to it:

The top of the Modular Window now incorporates a 'control bar' which features:

the patch name (hurray!)

a VOICES fader allowing you to change the polyphony of the patch,

a new set of Routing display options allowing you to display cables selectively according to their function, or to show only those cables attached to the currently selected module, and also to change the color-coding of different types of cable

a Tension control allowing you to 'tighten' the cables

the new module selection menu structure, which allows you to select modules according to their type from within the Modular window, without having to use the file browser

The module surfaces are smaller

You can now move cables out of the way if they are blocking controls

Patch presets now incorporate the new Preset management functionality, allowing you to assign voices to a preset, and use Program change messages to change presets, and also to set up a patch which uses 0 voices (& therefore 0 DSP).

Some modules (eg, the  Free Filter bank & the sequencer & drum modules) now incorporate their own preset lists

It is now also possible to specify whether a specific module is monophonic or polyphonic, which allows you to save DSP. For example, it might not be necessary for an LFO to exist for each individual voice in a patch, when one 'global' one is all that is needed. When switched from Mono to Poly, the module colour changes as an indication

Module colors have changed and are easier on the eye.

New Modules

MIDI

MVC A/B - Replacing the old MVC module, there are now options with or without Portamento, and the Midi monitor has been moved to a separate module

MIDI Split

MIDI to Trigger

MIDI Channel Filter

MIDI Monitor (now seperate from the MVC)

OSCILLATORS

The Oscillators no longer have Frequency modulation. Instead, this must be done through a frequency modifier module. This means there are no longer many different variations of a single oscillator, which makes things less confusing.

(Some oscillators now have Sync Master/Sync Slave variants) for allowing you to Sync Oscillators together)

Morphing Pulse

Morphing Saw

Spectral OSC

Tube Resonator

BPF Noise (replaces old Super Noise?)

MIX & GAIN

Linear & Exponential VCA

Micro Mixer

Mix 2/4/8

Static Crossfade

Static Pan

Amp Modulator

On/Off Switch

VU Meter

FILTER

Many filters now have an 'R' (for Retro) version, which can self oscillate

There are also many newly named filters, but most of these look like renamed versions of version I modules

CombFilter A/B

LFO

Pulse LFO

Saw Down LFO

Saw Up LFO

Square LFO

Random Signal Generator

MODIFIERS

Pitch Mod B

Pitch Mod C

Constant Value

Constant Value Bipolar

Constant Freq

Curve Table

Frequency Divider

Xmod

Feedback Connector

DRUM

Drum Synth

Drum Oscillator

Percussion Oscillator

Drum Voice Control

Mute Adder2

HiHat Source

Sample Drum Oscillator

EFFECTS

            Flanger

 

SEQUENCER

Gate SEQ 1/ SEQ 2

Ctrl SEQ 1/ SEQ 2

Ctrl SEQ B1/ SEQ B2

Pitch SEQ

Pattern SEQ

MDS 8

PS32

Gate OR

Thanks to Paul van der Valk for help in compiling this list.

Pictures:

4 big modular patches using Modular 2. Note Sequencers & drum Synth modules. 1 2 3 4