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New Module: Rabid Elephant NATURAL GATE

Post by PM33AUD » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:04 am

Hello! We have some exciting news about a new module we have finished called Natural Gate. It is a dual LPG done in our special way…

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Natural Gate has been designed to generate a signature response evocative of the acoustics of the natural world. Think of how the plucking of a string or the beating of a drum head produces organic sounds we are all intimately familiar with, sounds that resonate with us, they feel right.

To obtain these qualities, we started with a blank slate and developed an instrument with its own unique character unhampered by the conventions of traditional circuits and devices.

Natural Gate's fully adjustable (and voltage-controllable) decay alters the level of damping of the object you hit - from very short highly damped events to vibrations that ring out for several seconds. The module's innovative circuitry ensures the perfect decay shape at any decay setting.  
What you hit matters just as importantly; the MATERIAL switch provides a selection of three material characteristics further increasing the flexibility of the instrument.  

The HIT input's circuitry was carefully designed to ensure that any signal you send in will correctly drive Natural Gate's envelopes.  The CTRL input allows you to open the gate in any way you see fit and when combined with HIT, natural dynamics are realised.

Overview and Memory of Natural Gate:
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Here’s a tune using NG for all sounds
[video][/video]
 

Features

. Two independent LPG channels

. Zero bleed... Natural Gate fully closes

. Meticulously tuned attack and decay shapes provide extremely natural sounding responses across the full range of decay lengths

. HIT input applies the perfect trigger amplitude, shape, and duration to the internal gate circuitry... regardless of the source's amplitude, shape, or length

. Adjustable and voltage controllable DECAY times up to several seconds

. 3 selectable MATERIAL profiles

. Adjustable and voltage controllable openness

. CTRL and DECAY inputs feature attenuverting trimmers for scaling any incoming signal source properly

. Indicators display gate openness and CTRL zero

. 30mm sliders with 100k cycle life and smooth action

. 100% analogue for utmost fidelity and nuance
. Low loss active reverse voltage protection, OCP, and quality Samtec power cable (compatible with any euro power scheme)


All Rabid Elephant instruments are professionally hand-crafted products built and designed to exceptionally high standards of performance and quality.

For more detail, please see the User’s Manual here:
Natural Gate User's Manual

Natural Gate is available and ready to ship. US, CAN, Central & South America customers can purchase it here: https://rabidelephant.com/products/natural-gate

Outside the US, Natural Gate will be in stock at SchneidersLaden and Signal Sounds very soon!

Price: MSRP is 325USD

Specifications

. HIT trigger threshold: +0.25 V
. Envelope output amplitude: +10 Vpp, unipolar (0 to +10 V)
. All IO DC-coupled
. Input Impedance: 25 kΩ to 50 kΩ
. Headroom (max passable signal before clipping): >= +/-11.9 V for +/-12.0 V power, 50 kΩ load
. Protection (IO):
. . ESD (all IO)
. All outputs current limited to 35 mA
. Protection (Power):
. . Active high-speed reverse voltage
. . Overcurrent (fused)
. . Keyed, shrouded, latching connector at Rabid Elephant module end
. Power Requirements: +/-12 V (+/-5%) @ 80 mA (average)
. Size: 12HP W x 128.5 mm H x 25 mm D*, 38mm D**
. W, width is nominal HP. Actual width is 12HP = 5.08 * 12 = 60.96 mm minus standard fitment tolerances.
. *D, depth measured from back of front panel to back or rear panel)
. **D, depth measured from back of front panel to back with minimum power cable bend radius clearance
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Post by lohacker » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:13 am

Wonderful, sounds so.. NATURAL! :party:

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Post by starthief » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:14 am

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Post by southphillysynths » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:20 am

Sounds incredible! Very dynamic and tuneable
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Post by exper » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:58 am

Finally! This thing sounds amazing. Highly recommended. (And i can finally add it on modulargrid!)
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Post by damase » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:14 pm

edit - nevermind, there is a nicely written manual

awesome sounding demos, great module it seems

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Post by starthief » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:35 pm

I might have been a bit excited for this. :hihi:

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Post by waves_of_awesome » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:11 pm

Sounds incredible, and great use for sliders here I think.

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Post by Footkerchief » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:14 pm

OPEN = cutoff offset
CTRL = cutoff CV
HIT = strike

Did I read correctly?

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Post by PM33AUD » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:34 pm

Let me clarify the difference in CTRL vs OPEN. It was a decision made on purpose, I promise!

CTRL is pre-EG circuitry and summed with the HIT pulse. This sum is clamped. This signal goes into the EG driver which drives the EGs. The resulting EG signal gain is trimmed as part of calibration, then added with two offsets 1) one internal calibration trimmer so 'ZERO' is where we want closure to rest and 2) the OPEN fader.

So in short the CTRL offset is pre-EG and OPEN offset is post EG.

And another little note - the CTRL jack is normalled to DC so with nothing plugged in this is indeed a manual offset as described above. However, when you plug anything into the CTRL CV jack, it becomes an attenuverter for the signal.

Some folks prefer to bias the gate a bit open with the CTRL trimmer, and others by just raising OPEN a little bit. If you reduce CTRL offset, you can actually clip off some of the ringing out of the long decay portion of NG envelopes after the knee or 'dip.' This make's it more abrupt then just reducing decay. Lots of subtle things in there.

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Post by Funky40 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:10 pm

OMG




OMG




OMG




F.ck !



PM33AUD wrote: And another little note - the CTRL jack is normalled to DC so with nothing plugged in this is indeed a manual offset as described above. However, when you plug anything into the CTRL CV jack, it becomes an attenuverter for the signal.
................kills it half ways for me. Great in that sense as i didn´t wanted to spend any money on modular............
edit: took some negativity out


but the sound is awesome !!!
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Post by brandonlogic » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:26 pm

do i need another LPG? no
do i have money for this right now? no
i am trying to figure out how to fit this it in my rack? yes
:help: :help: :help:
i am addicted and obsessed with LPGs. :deadbanana:

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Post by PM33AUD » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:29 pm

Funky40 wrote:
PM33AUD wrote: And another little note - the CTRL jack is normalled to DC so with nothing plugged in this is indeed a manual offset as described above. However, when you plug anything into the CTRL CV jack, it becomes an attenuverter for the signal.
................kills it half ways for me. Great in that sense as i didn´t wanted to spend any money on modular............
such setup is stupid on most modules. On a "VCA" even MUCH more. my arrogant opinion
But I think it shouldn't be killed at all for you... there is still direct openness offset control (for this manual pivot you are speaking of) via the OPEN fader. So best of both worlds. The normalisation to DC with nothing plugged into CTRL is a 2nd offset - it is just pre EG and the difference is only that it has the ability to 'horizontally slice' the EG on the lower side. This makes the decay less natural but it is still nice to be able to do sometimes - we pulled the focus of this control to a trimmer to emphasise the natural characteristics of the instrument which can be had with the OPEN fader and ability to zero out this pre-offset (or at least identify a starting point). So it was the 'extra bit' and something a normal LPG will not do, to my knowledge. The post offset (OPEN) will also clamp but this cannot go 'negative', so clamping here would only occur on the upper end of volume/filter cutoff openness (which is already calibrated to fully open with HIT and MATERIAL set to hard). For this control to be playable it has to be unipolar and the resting point has to be such that it is optimal EG signature.

So you get two ways to offset with nothing plugged into CTRL and with something plugged in, you get attenuversion with offset. So I think everybody can be happy? :miley:

If I can please you fully, Funky40, then I've reached some sort of otherworldly existence :D BTW, I will be living in Switzerland next year so I can have these sorts of detailed discussions with you in person! We seem like two quite picky individuals!

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Post by windspirit » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:38 pm

Not gonna lie, the controls also confuse me but it sounds great and Im guessing if I got one in front of me it would become more clear. They arent "traditional" envslopes so Im guessing a lot of it is just feeling things out.

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Post by Jaypee » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:18 pm

This ain't your Daddy's LPG!

AWESOME!
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Post by kay_k » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:54 pm

This is a fantastic module .. I wrote that in the other threat already. Congrats on the panel design and layout too.
That dynamics thing and the adjustable decay are just crazy awesome.
I find LPGs always quite musically sounding yours seems to top that even judged from the video.
I see myself getting one some day.

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Post by Multi Grooves » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:58 pm

Stunning, visually and aurally. I've never looked at lpgs before now. The video really sells it.

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Post by Auto Da Fe » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:26 pm

:deadbanana:

Is this a buy-it-now situation, or will production continue, subsequent runs, etc. Beautiful module, but there is no way it fits in my rack right now...

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Post by casinoaddict » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:10 am

Congratulations on giving me GAS for the first time in some months.

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Post by Funky40 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:43 am

PM33AUD wrote:
Funky40 wrote:
................kills it half ways for me. Great in that sense as i didn´t wanted to spend any money on modular............
But I think it shouldn't be killed at all for you... there is still direct openness offset control (for this manual pivot you are speaking of) via the OPEN fader. So best of both worlds. The normalisation to DC with nothing plugged into CTRL is a 2nd offset -
I see !
all i can say is: i´m an Idiot. ( shit, you quoted me bevore my edit :oops: :zombie: )
much sorry that i overlooked the open fader( respectivly have i automatically thought it would be kind of a attack control :oops: )
....thats all no good news for me, no good. ;)

i´m short on money, but i anyway decided that this one is a must have !
the musicality is OMG, judging from the video...... :yay:
For sale:........it won´t sell, so i stopp bother you ;)

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Post by PM33AUD » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:12 am

Auto Da Fe wrote::deadbanana:

Is this a buy-it-now situation, or will production continue, subsequent runs, etc. Beautiful module, but there is no way it fits in my rack right now...
We'll be making more of these guys so you'll have time to find a nice home for it in your rack!

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Post by PM33AUD » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:15 am

windspirit wrote:Not gonna lie, the controls also confuse me but it sounds great and Im guessing if I got one in front of me it would become more clear. They arent "traditional" envslopes so Im guessing a lot of it is just feeling things out.
I agree it is unusual to have two controls that do similar things but they only similar at a glance, not in use. Normally I'd only have one offset control but there are some benefits I mention earlier that warrant it being normalled as such.

But thanks for the feedback (and others!) on this one. It just means I need to make a nice video helping people get a grasp of it and why we've added it! Thanks!

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Post by jcn7 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:27 am

Is this only available through you directly, or will this be distributed say through retailers like Perfect Circuit Audio?

Very impressive and I'm thinking what I can sell off to buy one of these! :)

Thanks for any info on my question. :)
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Post by PM33AUD » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:51 am

jcn7 wrote:Is this only available through you directly, or will this be distributed say through retailers like Perfect Circuit Audio?

Very impressive and I'm thinking what I can sell off to buy one of these! :)

Thanks for any info on my question. :)
This is currently not at any US retailer. My priorities for retail are foreign but have sent modules to PC before! So right now, only through me for US, CAN, S. & Central America sales. For UK/EU a batch is being shipped today to Signal Sounds and SchneidersLaden. Anywhere else just contact me via. the website contact form and I can make up an invoice for you with appropriate shipping.
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Post by PM33AUD » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:53 am

Also! For those that will be getting their Natural Gates soon, you will discover a different power scheme. Don't worry, it's still compatible with what you have but you have to plug it in correctly. I made a video specifically for this (skip ahead to 1:36 or so to go over the important bits):

[video][/video]

The upside is that one day, you will never have to deal with ribbon cables or misconnected power ever again. I have a distribution board with solid copper bars coming that uses the keyed connector (the Rabid Elephant side) on both ends. And for normal euro the same cable will still fit. Win win for those that want to up their power/distribution game.

Remember! The side of the connector with BLUE wires goes to the -12V (negative 12V) or 'stripe' side of the distribution. Make sure it's not offset/shifted.

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