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Berlin modular, and a monster is born

About four years ago I started to work on a new synthesizer. The idea was to build a virtual modular system much like the first modular system I ever used in 1986—an old and hilariously out of tune Roland System 100M. I totally loved that thing. It stood in a room in my grammar school, and I spent hours and hours patching it up.

Over the last couple of years I built a little modular synth based on Doepfer’s Eurorack modules. It has become a nice and inspiring hobby, but it’s also quite expensive and for me (as a software user) really difficult to work with. I’m used to being able to save patches, I’m used to having multiple instances of my synth, and I’m used to play chords. All these things are simply non-existant in an analogue modular system. On the other hand you have that tactile thing with the hands-on experience. Plugging cables, turning real knobs and all that is very rewarding compared to just pushing a mouse.

Nevertheless, I have always kept the idea of a software modular system in the back of my mind. Recently some other ideas somehow nicely aligned with that concept, and the Berlin Modular project experienced a massive boost in pace!

Of course the name Berlin Modular is meant to be reminiscent of the Berlin School of electronic music, and expecially of the bands and artists I listened to when I was a teenager. Those guys e.g. Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre inspired me to make electronic music my hobby, and in the end they also inspired me to develop synthesizers. So what could be more obvious than dedicating a synth to their style?

The idea is easily explained: Imagine you have a modular system in a rackmount enclosure with a couple of oscillators, a couple of filters and envelopes. Now imagine you have three or four of these systems with different types of modules. That’s the basic concept: Similar systems based on different modules. They are already nicely put together and ready to make some noise!

A while ago I demonstrated a prototype of the first system within Berlin Modular. I call it Bazille, which is German for bacterium. It has become quite a crazy fellow! Bazille combines 4-oscillator FM-Synthesis and Phase Distortion with the depth and flexibility of modular patching…

So here’s a demonstration of the first prototype of the first member of Berlin Modular:


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Cinematic Demo
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Big soundtrack style demo by Kevin Schroeder Link.

Modern Dance
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Modern dance examples by Eternitysounds. Link

Petri Dish Romance
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A piece by Ned Bouhalassa Link showcasing some of the factory presets. Additional drumloops.

Bazilleum
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Excerpt from a track by Faber Link.

examples of patches - Chords, Keys, Leads, Pads
examples of patches - FX, Hits, Perc Loops, Tuned Loops
examples of patches - Bass, Wobblers

Video

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Presets

Bazille comes with a factory library packed with over XXXX presets created by professional sound designers: Howard Scarr, XXX XXX XXX X XX more. Sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor.

FX

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See all XXXXX FX

Basses

  • foo
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See all XXXXX Basses

Leads

  • foo
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See all XXXXX Leads

Keys

  • foo
  • bar

See all XXXXX Keys

Pads

  • foo
  • bar

See all XXXXX Pads

Wobblers

  • foo
  • bar

See all XXXXX Wobblers

Chords

  • foo
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See all XXXXX Chords

Hits

  • foo
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See all XXXXX Hits

Perc Loops

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See all XXXXX Perc Loops

Tune Loops

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See all XXXXX Tune Loops

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$129

+ applicable taxes

Download the demo and enter your serial number to unlock the full version. The demo version emits crackling sound at irregular intervals.

Diva 1.1 (revision 3898)
Released October 7, 2015
Release notes

Requirements

Apple logo Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
or
Windows logo Windows XP/Vista or newer
or
Linux logo Linux

  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

Formats

Diva is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Diva is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

Avaliable as VST2, Audio Units (AU), NKS and AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later) plug-in with 32-bit and 64-bit versions.


NKS supportDiva supports Native Instruments’ NKS format and is compatible with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol hardware.

User Guides

Bazille user guide

Downloads for Bazille

Try the latest builds of Bazille, which include improvements and bug fixes. Note: these are stable, but still beta versions.

Older Bazille installers are in our release archive (for legacy systems).