Inspired in part by Leif Elggren‘s Virulent Images/Virulent Sound (if images can be virulent, can sound be virulent too?), blackdeath is the first open hardware/free software noise synthesiser with the plague inside.

Embedding epidemic and plague simulations amongst other data generation algorithms for granular re-synthesis of incoming audio signals or self-generated feedback, blackdeath represents a virulent yet highly controllable noise/audio engine with built-in, switchable distortion.

Alternatively you can abandon the plague carrier and code your own sampling software to make use of resident 512 Kb RAM (64 seconds of audio sampled at 8000 samples per second), 8 bit DAC (Digital Analogue Convertor), and digital switched distortion(s). A prototype area is provided to design, test and run your own distortion designs.

blackdeath is delivered fully assembled, and features high quality ALPS potentiometers, BOSS style 9v power socket (+V on the outside), and full size (6.5mm) JACK input and output sockets. The sheer, black design follows John Dee’s Sigillum DEI, according to the instructions of the Angels given in Mysteriorum Liber Secundus. For those preferring a plain cast aluminium case this option is available for an extra 12 euros (specify when ordering and we can invoice the extra).

Launch price: 110 euros with free shipping worldwide

Recording (line out from device to laptop) using the blackdeath noise module in simple no input mode, with distortion enabled:

blackdeath_noinput_distortion by martin_howse

More info at Martin Howse website

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