Eclectic selections of lo-fi electronica produced in bedrooms around the globe between 1980-89.

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DSM01 Curtis Filter – a version of his classic Sequential-style filter in a Eurorack module.

Dave Smith’s first-ever offering for modular synthesizer users is the DSM01 Curtis Filter – what they call ‘the very heart and soul of the Dave Smith sound’.

The DSM01 is a compact, 8 HP Eurorack-format module. The filter is a resonant low-pass design that can be switched between -12 dB and -24 dB operation and driven into self-oscillation in -24 dB mode. A Boost switch lets you overdrive the input stage for more aggressive coloration.

In addition to its Curtis filter, the DSM01 provides its own responsive, low-noise VCA with LED CV indicator. There are two separate outputs—one pre-amplifier and the other post-amplifier. This not only gives you added signal routing flexibility, but also frees your system’s existing VCAs for other tasks.


  • In/Out
    • 1 CV In – Frequency (3.5 mm jack) Range: 0 to 10V
    • 1 CV In – Resonance (3.5 mm jack) Range: 0 to 10V
    • 1 CV In – VCA (3.5 mm jack) Range: 0 to 10 V
    • 1 Audio In (3.5 mm jack) +/-5V or 10V p-p
    • 1 VCF Out – pre-VCA (3.5 mm jack)
    • 1 VCA Out – post-VCA (3.5 mm jack)
    • Self oscillation in -24 dB/octave mode, tracks at 1V/octave
  • Power
    • Internal power connector (ribbon cable included)
    • Current draw: +12V @ 36mA, -12V @ 25mA
  • Physical Specs
    • 1.59″ W x 5.06″ H (40.3 mm x 128.5 mm)
    • Depth (measured from back of panel with power cable installed): 1.06″ (27 mm)
    • Mounting screws included

The Dave Smith Instruments DSM01 Curtis Filter module is expected to be available in August for US $179. See the DSI site for more info.

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A bigger beast than the original Launch Control, this is billed as “the ultimate mixer and device controller for Ableton Live”. The layout of the 24 knobs – in three rows of eight – mirrors that of Live’s mixer, and you also get 16 multicoloured buttons and eight faders. All controls are automatically set up, but also re-assignable.

As well as being compatible with PC and Mac (a copy of Ableton Live Lite comes in the box), the Launch Control XL also works with the iPad via a Camera Connection Kit.

You can find out more on the Novation website. Pricing details are still to be confirmed.

Novation Launch Control XL highlights

  • Get immediate hands-on control over Ableton Live
  • Tweak your sound using 24 knobs with multi-coloured indicators
  • Get precise control over your levels with eight rugged faders
  • Take it anywhere: it’s tough enough to handle any live situation
  • Create your own control layouts by freely assigning any control to any function in Ableton
  • Plug straight into Mac, PC or iPad and start performing
  • 16 multi-colour buttons for immediate track focus and key mixer controls
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite software and Loopmasters sample collection
  • Control MIDI-compatible iOS software via Camera Connection Kit

Via MusicRadar