Announcement: ** Jones O'Tool Plus **

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Announcement: ** Jones O'Tool Plus **

Post by daverj » Wed May 11, 2016 1:10 pm

I know you guys have been waiting for a long time for this, and you'll have to wait just a little bit longer..... About two more weeks.

Shipping around the end of May 2016, the new O'Tool Plus oscilloscope and audio tools module. It looks a lot like the old one, but it's a whole lot more.

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A greatly improved version of the original O'Tool module, with temperature stable readings, extreme accuracy, added modes, upgradability, new faster navigation, and more.

- Single channel oscilloscope
- Dual channel oscilloscope
- 3D oscilloscope
- X/Y display
- Level meter
- VU meter
- Peak meter
- Voltmeter (with p-p and average DC)
- Frequency meter
- Tuner (guitar tuner style)
- Linear spectrum analyzer
- Log spectrum analyzer
- Spectrogram
- BPM meter
- Metromome

It includes user configurable settings and can remember settings at power up for three users. That means you can have different settings for home, studio, and performances, or any three different sets of settings.

It is temperature stable and extremely accurate. It can monitor two signals, with inputs looped through to other modules. The scope modes include an external trigger option.

It is firmware upgradable. It has a jumper for internal or external 5 volt source. It has an expansion connector for possible future add-on modules.

Power requirements:

80ma +12v
22ma -12v

-or-

12ma +12v
70ma +5v
22ma -12v

Width: 8HP
Depth: 40mm

Suggested US retail price: $325

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Post by daverj » Wed May 11, 2016 1:11 pm

The following dealers will be carrying the O'Tool Plus. There are a couple of more that I am waiting to hear back from. Not all dealers will have the same quantities, and the total quantities are limited in the initial run. So many smaller dealers might sell out very quickly. (and one dealer asked not to be mentioned for fear that their regular customers might not get a chance to buy one)

Analogue Haven - USA
Control - USA
Control Voltage - USA
Meme Antenna - USA
Foxtone Music - USA
Boutique Pedals/Tokio - USA
Big City Music - USA
Perfect Circuit Audio - USA
Detroit Modular - USA
Post Modular - UK
Schneidersladen - Germany
Escape from Noise - Sweden
Equinoxoz - Australia
World Grid Modular - Australia
Modular Synthesizer NL - Netherlands
Clockface Modular - Japan
Analogue Zone - Hungary
Hitspace / Absolute! - Austria/Hungary

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Post by exper » Wed May 11, 2016 1:23 pm

Looking forward to the new version. The new modes look and and the added accuracy will make it a must. :yay:
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Post by daverj » Wed May 11, 2016 1:24 pm

Some differences from the original O'Tool:

- temperature stable tuner and frequency meter
- extremely accurate (the frequency meter tracks my professional freq meter from 1/10Hz to 100KHz)
- voltage scales are now +/-6v and +/-12v instead of +/-5v and +/-10v, so signals have some headroom in the displays
- reduced current
- firmware can be upgraded using memory card slot
- expansion connector on the back for possible future add-on modules (I have a couple in mind, but nothing has been prototyped yet, so I won't go into details)
- new faster navigation (but the "classic" navigation is still an option)
- multiple user configurations allow you to set up different stored parameters for use at home, in a studio, or at a performance, or any other three situations
- several new modes
- improvements to old modes

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Post by bobbcorr » Wed May 11, 2016 1:24 pm

Congratulations!

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Post by bemerritt » Wed May 11, 2016 1:26 pm

Just want to say how nice it is to have a module announced and available very short there after. So thanks for keeping the secret to yourself. Although those who purchased old revs for a higher price might disagree with that haha.

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Post by waveglider » Wed May 11, 2016 1:27 pm

Excellent list of upgrades and improvements!
What is the price difference with the Plus version?

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Post by milkyjoe » Wed May 11, 2016 1:27 pm

Are these going to be available regularly, or is it going to be a constant small-run/pre-order thing ?

Also, what will the US price be ?

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Post by BugBrand » Wed May 11, 2016 1:27 pm

Well done Dave! Looks spiffy!
I'm sure many people will be very happy with the news.

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Post by exper » Wed May 11, 2016 1:30 pm

Re: price. It says $325 on modulargrid.

Expanders could be awesome. (Video out cough cough.)

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Post by bemerritt » Wed May 11, 2016 1:33 pm

Video out would be very cool for performances

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Post by mutate » Wed May 11, 2016 1:35 pm

WOOHOOO!
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Post by daverj » Wed May 11, 2016 1:36 pm

Some more changes:

The voltmeter mode now displays:
- top peak
- bottom peak
- peak-to-peak
- average DC voltage
- sampled over a time period of between 1 and 20 seconds

This allows you to feed in a changing waveform and see the voltage of the top and bottom peaks of the waveform, the difference between the peaks, and the average DC voltage of the waveform (an average of 10's of thousands of samples, accurate down to a couple of millivolts).

The input voltage range goes beyond the power rails, so can look at signals going up to a bit more than +/-13v.

The scope modes now display voltages in ranges of +/-12v, +/-6v, 0-12v, and 0-6v. This mean that signals that are around +/-5v no longer get clipped off at +/-5v but instead have some headroom if they go slightly above and below +/-5v. And at the higher scale it can see signals going as large as the power rails instead of clipping them at +/-10v like the old version did.

The Log spectrum analyzer no longer displays simply full octaves, but now displays in either 1/2 or 1/3 octaves, giving much more detailed displays.

The little arrows in the graphical cents display of the tuner are now larger and change to indicate if the two channels match each other in cents, and change again if they are at exactly zero cents.

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Post by daverj » Wed May 11, 2016 1:39 pm

Just updated the original post. The suggested US retail price is $325. Of course overseas prices will be higher because of international shipping and import duties and taxes.

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Post by cheliosheart » Wed May 11, 2016 1:42 pm

:woah:

Looks great!

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Post by ZLAL » Wed May 11, 2016 1:51 pm

Been waiting on this for a while. Looks great!
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Post by Juanv101 » Wed May 11, 2016 1:55 pm

Wonderful news.

I've already ordered one!! :yay: :yay:

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Post by ggozad » Wed May 11, 2016 2:15 pm

It looks amazing :yay:
Pre-ordered, never managed to get my hands on the original so this is wonderful news :banana: :nana: :banana:

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Post by daverj » Wed May 11, 2016 2:17 pm

Some of the new modes:

3D scope
This is similar to the classic Fairlight type of display, showing a scope type waveform repeating off into the distance over time. It follows the same rules as the regular scope modes, so needs to be triggered to continue to display waveforms.

The display can be shown in black and white, like the animated GIF in the original post, or displayed in one of three color modes. The colors are changed across the X, the Y, or the Z axis (width, depth, or height). The small preview image in the first post shows one of the colored versions.

Spectrogram
A spectrogram shows the frequency spectrum vs signal strength at those frequencies over time. This is a scrolling display. There are choices of two directions and four speeds per direction. The classic direction for a spectrogram is side to side. But the LCD has built in hardware that allows me to scroll faster vertically. So the spectrogram can scroll from top to bottom quickly or from right to left slowly. The fastest top to bottom speed takes about 5 seconds to get from top to bottom, while the slowest takes about 16 seconds. The fastest right to left speed takes about 12 seconds and the slowest takes about 30 seconds.

I used colors representing signal strength that are similar to the classic colors used by Adobe software in there spectrum displays. There are settings for top frequency (20KHz, 10KHz, 5KHz, and 2.5KHz) as well as a gain adjustment for the intensity of between 1x and 64x. (the same settings I use in the spectrum analyzer modes)

BPM meter
This works like a frequency meter, but measures BPM. It expects a signal crossing the zero volt threshold to trigger it. It also displays a beat count that advances each time a beat is received. You can set the top of the beat count to a number between 2 and 16. So each time the beat pulse arrives the beat count number moves up one and then starts over again at 1 after reaching the top number that you set. There is also a "bump" control that allows to to force the count to jump up or down by one so that the count matches whatever count is in your head with the type of music you are making. So that, for example, a count of 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, ... will have the "1" fall where you expect it on the beat you expect.

The BPM meter will measure BPM in the range of 20 to 1000 BPM

Metronome
This is a visual only type of metronome. The O'Tool doesn't have an output to put out a beat. You can set the metronome to a speed between 20 and 400 BPM. You also set a beat count between 2 and 16 and while displaying the moving metronome image it will advance the beat count number each time the metronome crosses the center of the display. This is the same place where a mechanical metronome would click as it rocks back and forth. But since the O'Tool can't click, instead it flashes the bar white and advances the beat count.

User configuration
The O'Tool Plus can remember a given mode to open at power-up. It can also remember all the settings for all the modes. So that once you change settings to the way you like them and save them, then after that they will come up that way each power up.

It also has three separate "users" that each have their own settings for each mode and a separate mode that is remembered as the power up mode. You can easily switch between the users, either temporarily within a session or have it remember the change for the next power up. You can then use these different user settings for different ways that you use your synth. Such as home, studio and performance. Or for perhaps three different types of music or three different types of composing, or three different ways of working with your synth.

You can quickly save all of the settings for all modes, and remember the current mode for the next power up by simply holding down the left two buttons for 5 seconds. Or you can remember all the settings for only the current mode, without changing settings for other modes and not changing the power up mode, bu holding down the right two buttons for 5 seconds.

You can also go into the configuration menus and manually change all of the settings for any user, the current user or any other, including changing the navigation mode, power on mode, power on user, and all sorts of other things.

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Post by geremyf » Wed May 11, 2016 2:18 pm

Where are you guys ordering from? I have checked the sites for pre-orders but haven't seen any (in the US at least)...

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Post by ggozad » Wed May 11, 2016 2:22 pm

geremyf wrote:Where are you guys ordering from? I have checked the sites for pre-orders but haven't seen any (in the US at least)...
Second message from the top, you'll find a list of which shops receive the first batch.

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Post by exper » Wed May 11, 2016 2:25 pm

But only some are preordering so far. Big city and Foxtone was as far as I got. Control and AH don't have it up yet.
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Post by ggozad » Wed May 11, 2016 2:28 pm

exper wrote:But only some are preordering so far. Big city and Foxtone was as far as I got. Control and AH don't have it up yet.
Dunno, don't they have a "contact" page? I doubt there will be any left by the time suppliers update their websites. I just send an email to escapefromnoise which is where I buy stuff from, and Ulf as always replied immediately.

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Post by BlueWolfSe7en » Wed May 11, 2016 2:48 pm

Awesome, 1/3 oct on the SA :yay: Pre-ordered!
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Post by Asym9 » Wed May 11, 2016 2:49 pm

Looks like Control has updated their site for pre-order. I would imagine there are quite a few orders coming in to every site that has offered the option. :)

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