Cevin Key is releasing some new synth modules
Old 12th September 2011
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Cevin Key is releasing some new synth modules

Old 12th September 2011
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the old M15 and M37 but then in SMT (parts)
unknown if Plan B was sold or this is a licencing of the designs?

the oscillator in particular is very good (I got a v2 and v2.5), though there are more options out there now that have a triangle core than 3 years ago. Bubblesound for instance, and Intellijel.
it would be interesting to hear the old (good) M15 next to the new one. (SMT does sound a little different?)
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Peter Grenader from plan B did license these two designs. he has nothing to do with them otherwise. apparently there is a deal in place for the fees for licensing to go to pay off debts of Plan B. there are a handful of people who are owed not small sums of money by Peter so the fact that this is going to pay off some of those debts is a very good thing. anything to square the ugly chapter of Plan B's history is a good thing.

plus, the M15 is a really nice sound oscillator. i have the last plan B rev of the M15 and dig it a lot. can't say i care for the new panel design. glad i have the older one.
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Saw these the other day. Still the same modules with another skin with Subconscious (studios) on them. It would be cool to see Cevin Key be a part of designing some modules though.
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Saw these the other day. Still the same modules with another skin with Subconscious (studios) on them. It would be cool to see Cevin Key be a part of designing some modules though.
these are SMT technology. different building process which is arguably a good thing in this case since there were various build/design issues with some revisions of Plan B products.

is cevin key an engineer or anything? just curious. i know he's got a reasonably large modular system but wasn't aware he was into designing circuits.
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As big of a fan as i am of cEvin key i really doubt he had much to do with the circuit design. Also to me $380 for a VCO is rather steep. But hey what do i know.
Old 13th September 2011
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yeah it's steep, but it's got some tricks
M15 $380
To put the price into perspective here's some others (not all):
Macbeth x-series $699 (vintage tone)
Herz Donut $450 (dual - one is modulating source)
Morphing Terrarium $379 (digital wavetable)
Cwejman VCO-6 $525 (extended outputs)
Doepfer a-111 $349 (CEM 3340)
Livewire AFG $399 (extensive controls)
Trogotronic M666 $325 (dual with filters and weirdness)
MFB OSC2 $299 (dual)
Kilpatrick K3020 $899 (dual)

and some less complicated, cheaper oscillators:
Malekko Wiard Unkle Oscillator $250
Doepfer a-110 $199
tiptop audio Z3000 $245
Pittsburg oscillator $219
Bubblesound VCOB $225

so, you see? it's sort of in the middle segment.
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^ thanks for the low-down. I guess its relatively reasonable then. To be fair i've really only shopped entry level modular stuff. doepfer A-100 and Dot-Com stuff. Thats more likely with my budget.
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cheaper doesn't make it bad (at all), just less functions in one module and sometimes a different sound.
there's some very good modular stuff in the lower pricerange, often overlooked. the cool thing about a modular is that you can build unique complex sounds with a chain of simple modules.

another route is DIY. both in 5u and eurorack. you can save a LOT of $$

the M15 is nice though, it's got balls. the new colorsceme is something you love or hate. lol
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