Noise Engineering expands its fascinating alternative firmware concept with Legio, new 6HP modules with brand-new interchangeable algorithms.
You buy certain modules because you like the features. This can be the sound of the oscillator or filter, or the quality of a reverb. But there are also modules where you basically buy the hardware platform and can choose which functionality the module should have.
The Versio series from Noise Engineering is a particularly exciting example, where you get very special alternative firmwares as a free download. With just a few clicks you can turn a Versio module into a completely new one. TE has today expanded its concept with a new 6HP Legio series. Different algorithms but the same unique swaping concept.
Noise Engineering Legio
Legio follows the open Versio concept and packs it into a slimmer 6HP format. Like in the Versio modules, you can turn any Legio module into something completely new in seconds thanks to alternative firmwares. So you can transform it into a stereo multi-algorithm oscillator, unique dynamic processor, and more.
And as with the fascinating Versio programs, the new Legio firmwares are completely free for all hardware users. For the start, there will be two new Legio-enabled modules: Virt Iter and Librae.
Noise Engineering Virt Iter Legio
Virt Iter Legio is a 6HP stereo oscillator powered by three oscillator algorithms that initially premiered in the Arturia MicroFreak update. Later, they also turned them into a free Synthesizer plugin Virt Vereor. It features the algorithms Bass, SawX, and Harm and offers additive harmonic coloring, wavefolding, phase modulation, and more. Perfect for dirty, gritty sounds.
The module offers independent left and right phase-modulation inputs expanding the rich oscillator timbres in the stereo field. It also has a sync input for ripping hard-sync tones as well as a vintage-inspired chorus for wide pads or hard-hitting basses.
NE Librae Legio
Librae Legio is a newly developed stereo dynamics processor with a wide range of applications. It is capable to create clean compression, limiting, expansion or even extreme sonic manipulations. You can cleanly limit the full mix of your patch, a bit of color and dynamics and saturation, or completely destroy/crush a sound. Librae is more than just a simple processor.
Use the optional saturation stage to add in some slight harmonic distortion and glue your mix together. At lower gain settings, the saturation adds a little color to your sound and an almost tape-like effect to louder elements of the mix. Crank the gain to drive your mix to a whole new level of saturated happiness.
Librae Legio has a stereo signal path but can process both mono and stereo signals. It also includes an adjustable noise gate that will keep your patch clean as well as a sidechain filter. The latter changes how the dynamics processor reacts to incoming sounds.
So the module/algorithm excels at transparent and musical dynamics processing but also at intensive sound mangling tasks.
I’m already a big fan of the Versio series. I recently got Desmodus and am amazed at how great the algorithms are. I’m curious what Noise Engineering will pack into 6HP Legio modules. The first two releases sound already very tempting.
Noise Engineering Virt Iter Legio and Librae Legio will be available on June 23, 2022, for $279 USD each.
More information here: Noise Engineering