Erica Synths Dada Noise System II, A Deep Dive Into Quadraphonic Noise- & Soundscapes

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Erica Synths has teamed up with Liquid Sky art collective once again for a new Dada Noise System II, an experimental modular synth lab that takes musicians on a quadraphonic sound journey

When musicians team up with developers there is often something magical about it, as they often have different ideas for instruments or effects. For its new release, Erica Synths has once again teamed up with the experimental music art collective Liquid Sky, more precisely with Ingmar Koch. The first big commercial sound project of both strongly music-driven minds was the Dada Noise System, an experimental modular Synthesizer system.

This very welcome collaboration continues in 2021 with the Dada Noise System II, a new version with a new set of features. This step was logical because Erica Synths has upgraded its beloved Fusion module lineup in 2020. The 2021 version is again inspired by Dadaism, an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century.

Erica Synths Dada Noise System II

Erica Synths Dada Noise System II

At first glance, the Dada Noise System II looks like a classic Eurorack system with a fancy name. However, the system has a concept that also takes the module selection into account. Both parties of this sonic relationship describe it as a modular synth-lab that invites you to create all kind of abstract organic analog and industrial noise, ambient soundscapes, sonic glitches, experimental unheard drones, and more. A Synthesizer for pop music was not to be expected from both developers, but more a modular instrument that can do everything wired but not boring.

In a high-quality case, you can find 12 versatile modules. It has three Fusion modules (VCO2, VCF3, Modulator), each of which has tubes with which you can achieve very fat, saturated sounds. Perfect for monster drones, noisescapes, etc. The other part consists of 9 modules from the Black series (Stereo Delay, Joystick2, VC Clock, Modulator, Dual VCF, Quad VCA, Spring Reverb, Output). One of the big highlights, in my opinion, is the Black Joystick2 with which you can automate your sounds.

Plus it opens the way into the quadrophonic sonic world. Did I say quadrophonic? If you want to unleash the ultimate Dada monster in your studio, there is the Quadraphonic Surround Panner which is matched to the Dada Noise System.

Erica Synths Dada Noise System II

Erica Synths Quadraphonic Surround Panner

The QSP is an add-on for the Dada Noise System II with which you can throw it into even deeper worlds of sound. It’s a system that is designed to mangle your sounds into quadraphonic surround worlds. The system consists of 8 different Black modules. Two additional Joystick2, two Mixer/Splitter, two 2 VCAs, and two stereo delays.

Especially exciting for Hollywood productions where surround is a big topic. Suzanne Ciani who is also on the road with her massive Buchla system in surround would be a perfect musician for this modular beauty. Here is a video about the collaboration of Erica Synths and Liquid Sky.

To integrate both systems in one, ES also offers as an additional purchase angled side panels that host both systems. There is no sound demo of the new system, but here is one of the first versions. This gives you a first overview of what was already possible with the first Dada Noise System.

Erica Synths Dada Noise System II is available now for 3310€ + VAT (21%) + shipping. The Quadraphonic Surround Panner is also ready to ship and cost 1820€ + VAT (21%) + shipping.

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  1. Hmmm.. not so much a purpose built Quadraphonic Surround Panner as a 2 x Quad VCA and 2 x CV joystick combo that can be patched to make use of a Quad speaker array. Nothing stopping you from doing this with any other Quad VCA and joystick.

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