Folktek Mescaline – Experimental Modular, Eurorack-Compatible 3 Tier Synthesis System

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Just found on Indiegogo a new experimental modular Synthesizer from Folktek. Mescaline is a new experimental modular Synth with Eurorack compatibility and is a 3 tier synthesis system. The design of the system is quite different compared to other Synthesizers and that factor make it so interesting. Before releasing this article, I checked the video demos and I can say that this modular system really sounds awesome. It’s already funded and will be for sure produced. Really looking forward to see modular acts with this new system.

Mescaline is a synth design by Folktek which merges art, design and synthesis into a tool which encourages exploration and experimentation in sound. A Synthesizer system with a different approach which works standalone or within the Eurorack modular system. This work is created by Arius Blaze and has been continuously developed and revised for two years. Mescaline is a 3 part synthesis and sequencing system designed for experimentation. Our offer of this price is lower than the dealer price for the complete system or individual parts. By helping us to pay for the completion of this system, you’re becoming a part of the production. The price of the complete system will normally be $699usd beyond this campaign!!! If you missed this campaign, preorder will be on the folktek site at the regular price.

Stretch goal: If we sell 250 complete systems, we’re going to add an effect control on Channel for the DSP and add a selector to allow you to change from the reverb to another custom designed effect that will allow for further shaping. If we sell 500, we’ll add the effect control as well as 4 total custom DSP effects to Channel. 

Composed of the individual boards: Channel, Motion and Mental which are all designed to work together by patching within the system

Let’s start by saying that Mescaline is one of the finest times you’ll have. It might seem intimidating at first but ultimately one you dive in, you realize there was nothing to fear and it’s only here to help. It’s extremely capable of creating entire compositions and the possibilities are vast.

Each of these boards are Eurorack compatible and can be installed in a Eurorack system individually or all together. Each has its own eurorack power plug on the back. Each module is 44HP.

Each of these boards is capable of being powered on a standard 12v adapter. Each has a 2.1mm jack on the back. 

When used together, all power can be jumped to power all three boards off the same 12v power source or Eurorack power source.

A 10 note polyphonic Synthesizer with a sweet sound and a huge custom designed reverb which can also be used to process external sound. If we meet our stretch goals, we’ll also be adding more control and effects. If we do reach our stretch goal, Channel will become a powerful effects processor with some awesome DSP designs we’ve been working on for the past year.

  • A touch based synth which provides a sweet sounding 10 key oscillation
  • Each key is tuned individually and can be tuned to specific notes on the back via tuning trim pots so you can create intervals or pitch arrangements as you like 
  • Master pitch control / control voltage lets you change the tuning of all notes simultaneously.
  • 10 note polyphony
  • Synthesis passes through a custom designed DSP reverb which is huge and near infinite. Reverb controls are mix, feedback and filter (which adds a damping to the signal).
  • 3.5mm jack represent audio in, audio out, cv in.
  • Jumpable headers for all functions as well as power.


Motion is made up of two sequencers with simple but fully-capable function and some added function that other things don’t/can’t perform that help Mental to really shine. Both have clock division to break the rhythm but perhaps most important is how the trigger sequencer works – using opto-couplers to trigger parts within Mental to create sounds, textures and rhythms that voltage sources simply can’t. It does this by directly connecting multiple parts within Mental. The CV does a great job of synching Channel.

  • 8 part CV Sequencer
  • 8 part trigger sequencer with multi-add functionality
  • 5 part clock division for each sequencer
  • vactrol-based sine modulation
  • 3.5mm jacks represent clock in, cv sequencer clock out, cv sequencer cv out, modulation out, trigger sequencer clock out.
  • Jumpable headers for all functions as well as power.
  • note that as a eurorack addition, there are many other sequencers in the world that do more without taking up so much HP. This is not recommended as a standalone purchase for use within a eurorack system.

Capable of so many things. It’s an incredibly unique drum synth that will create odd and beautiful beats for days. It’s a Drone synth that’s generates some incredibly rich drone with multi-oscillation and in-circuit filtering. It’s an audio processor that can take any incoming audio and chop it into place, filter it, distort it and screw it in ways that nothing else does.

  • Based on the root synthesis of other Folktek instruments Materia, Mentalis and Matter.
  • 17 input points to control synthesis and filtering via the sequencer trigger or cv points as well as the clock division points.
  • removable breadboard to allow for development and experimentation.
  • 4 patchable pots to attenuate signals and gain more control *and/or* create direct patches to create drone scapes or use Mental as an audio processor.
  • volume control
  • 3.5mm jacks represent audio out and two vacant with representative headers to input voltage or audio signals from external modules or audio sources.
  • send Mental to the input of Channel to add reverb to the signal.
  • Jumpable headers for all functions as well as power.

Complete System: $399 USD  (Special Indiegogo Price) 
Mental Module Alone: $199 USD
Motion Module Alone: $199 USD
Channel Module Alone: $249 USD
Mescaline Complete System: $449 USD (after the special Indiegogo Price) 
Retailer Price: $699 USD

More Informations here: Folktek Mescaline Synthesizer

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