TONE AND TRADITION
are the foundation and purpose of Boomstar Modular
: big tone, pure tone, historically accurate, classic, warm and fat 5U modular tone under a 3U hood. Three compete synthesizer expressions realize those claims: Modstar Seito Rising
- 106hp of modules, 106hp of free space, Modstar Sensei Analog
- 240hp, and Modstar Sensei Hybrid
- 252hp, wrapped up either in Monorocket cases (while supplies last), or groundbreaking Kahnco
shells with 2x 4MS row power
. Generate noises or
notes; leave the earth sonically, or stay in town and put your good foot down on some bass and lead bounce necessities. Late 2015/2016 collaborations with Marc Sirguy Eowave
: Charcot Circles
and Space Hardware: Grainy Clampit
make the exploration all the more attractive.
THE BOOMSTAR MODULAR SYSTEM realizes the seemingly inevitable eurorack sprawl of our semi-modular BOOMSTAR desktop synth, consisting of 22 modules that dramatically open up (and expand in ways not imagined) the root level programming and sound sculpting of that lush, potent, and already flexible, semi-modular Boomstar sound.
What makes its core tick: Let’s tick a few off them off: Class A 5089, 3003 and AMP*, rugged through-hole construction, discrete circuitry, hand-matched transistors in the filters and amplifier, multi-filtered, hand-crafted, Premium Quality Analog sound. We’d like to think we’ve learned a few things bringing the MIDIMINI, SE1-X, ATC-X, polyphonic CODE Omega synths, ModMax pedals, C2s, Pre2, and Slate Pro Audio Dragon & Fox to market, and the air waves worldwide.
Our Boomstar Modular System’s 5089 circuit is a hybrid design, "utilizing an exponential current source similar the the ones from ARP and Oberheim, followed by wave shaping circuits adapted from the 2nd generation MiniMoog oscillator board, and incorporating waveform mixing circuits pioneered by S.E." It is not a style of analog; it’s not a type—not reminiscent of, not vintage inspired—it is the analog sound standard manufactured anew, perfected by our time and success-tested refinements, and how we love it so. Apply similar thinking to our 4075, 3003, and SE80 filters vis-à-vis their originals, and you’ve caught our drift. OSCILLATION and AMP modules also resonate with the Mini’s timeless designs, functionality, and gorgeous, gleaming sound—modernized and re imagined by the maestros Tim Caswell and Richard Nicol.
We hope you are as thrilled with your purchase of the complete system/individual modules, as we are with our partnership with Eowave, Space Hardware, the exceedingly savvy folks at Pittsburgh Modular, and the final highly collaborative through-hole designs which flowed from the first Nicol/St. Regis Beer Summit at Winter NAMM ’13, culminating in total design integration with Studio Electronics Tim Caswell and Greg St. Regis. All Boomstar Modular modules excepting Pittsburgh's brilliant—and SE optimized—MIDI3, LFO2, and Outs are manufactured to SE’s highest standards of legendary build quality right here in the U. S. A. Take away Pittsburgh's invaluable, real world "euroland" insights, experience, and deep resources—this project would have long since have faded to gray. A tip of the SE chapeau to Richard Nicol, Perry, and the full-strength, generally less-weathered outfit at PGH. And to our direct sales and Guru-in-Chief, Geoff Farr, who relentlessly hounded us St. Regis bros—“When are the euro modules going to be ready to ship?” “Can I get a single Modstar filter pic?” You definitely put on your red shoes...
* Our Class A circuits draw more current from the +12 rail than from the -12 volt rail. If the system power supply is under-sized, hum or buzz may be heard. In that case, larger filter capacitors and/or a larger power transformer will be needed. The 4075 draws equally from both rails, and is more immune to hum.