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TINRS RectangularThing

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While playing with the re-issued Curtis chips we hit upon such an audio-aesthetically pleasing prototype that we could not resist manufacturing a limited run of 20 fully analog synthesizers.

This Is Not Rocket Science RectangularThing is a classic synthesizer with two oscillators, two envelopes, two VCAs, a mixer, a highpass and a lowpass filter and allows you to adjust the hardware on the back to do your own Thing.

Our RectangularThing has a unique way of making rich analog waveforms based on sub-oscillation with our Rambler. Rambler is a combination between two oscillators – it uses a sub-oscillator to switch very quickly between oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 on every sub-oscillator transition. We have also created a ‘sawpulse’ which is an oscillator that alternates between saw and pulse cycles creating a new waveform.

!?!?! knobs on RectangularThing are there for you to decide. These knobs control the output of the sub-oscillators and you can change that Thing. By rearranging the jumpers on the back you can select if the top oscillator has either a sub-oscillator or a Rambler oscillator (jumper at SubOsc 1) and for the bottom oscillator you can decide on having a Rambler, sub-oscillator or a sawpulse (jumper at SubOsc 2).

You can also select the order of highpass and lowpass filtering by adjusting the Filters jumper.

The SYNC switch toggles between soft / off / hard synchronisation of both oscillators in your RectangularThing. The top oscillator is the basis for the bottom oscillator to sync to. When the switch is in the hard sync position, the starting point of a new cycle of the top oscillator forces the bottom oscillator to also start a new cycle. When the switch is in the soft sync position, the starting points of a new cycle are gradually aligned and when the switch is in the off sync position, your oscillators are ignoring each other.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Up, Square, Sub Oscillator, Triangle, White Noise
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Input, Oscillator, Sync Hard, Sync Soft
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 2
Types: High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Input, Oscillator
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Case: Module
Controls: Knobs, Switches, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pedal - Filter
Display Type: LED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 36 hp x 25mm
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 2
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out
Power: +/-12V 60mA
Year Released: 2019
Units Made: 20

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www2.thisisnotrocketscience.nl
Retail Street Price: 700 Euros - convert

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