KOMA Elektronik Demo (FT201 & BD101)





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Published on Apr 23, 2012

Koma Elektronik makes modular stomp boxes which can be patched several different ways. I made this demo video using the FT201 Analog State Variable Filter / 10 Step Sequencer pedal, and the BD101 Analog Gate / Amplitude Modulation and Delay pedal. Both pedals have a light sensitive sensor which can be patched to control a number of parameters on either pedal, via Control Voltage (CV) input jacks. The sequencer also sends CV out.

The settings on these pedals can lead to compositional ideas. You can get self-generating sounds, play the sensors with your hands (or feet), and make electric Sitar sounds from Planet Zandar if you wish. Sometimes its great to just use the CV out of the sequencer to control the delay time of the delay pedal, without having audio processed by the filter/sequencer pedal at all. 4 minutes into the video I do just that, while using the delay's sensor to control the filter's cutoff frequency. Actually, the audio signal in the first patch I show is only being processed by the delay pedal (despite the note on the video), although all I would need to have done was click the filter pedal on, which I was doing right before I recorded - I just happen to like that sound better for that riff, without the filter on (using just it's sequencer CV out).
The second patch demos the FT201's sequencer CV out (to the BD101 gate speed input), while the sequencer is actually simultaneously filtering the audio as well (one step at a time).

These pedals take great ideas from the long history of modular synthesizers, and put it into analog stomp boxes - its the best of both worlds!


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