Poly Attenuverters

Type: Module

Category: Utility

Updated: May 01, 2020

Manufacturer: Benard

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$15.00

This module is a very powerful tool for working with poly signals. It provides a poly input, with attenuverters for each of the individual voices. It also has 16 individual inputs, which can be used to merge individual signal into a poly signal, or to replace individual voices of the connected poly signal. When an input is connected to the individual ins, it replaces the poly voice of that number, while the voices with no individual input connected will still come from the poly input. When there is no poly input connected, and no individual in connected for that voice, the attenuvereter will generate constant DC.

The module also provides CV controllable master level and offset knobs that apply to all the voices, regardless of their origin, and a poly CV input that when connected scales the individual voices (this value multiplies the values set by the knobs for each voice, scaling them between 0 and 500 percent, positive or negative).

There are also individual outputs for each separate voice for convenience, as well as a mono output jack, a randomize button to randomly set the values of the individual attenuverters, and an initialize button to return them all to zero.

This module can seem complicated at first, given its array of choices for scaling and modifying poly signals and its CV possibilities. But once you learn your way around it, you will discover it is invaluable for managing and designing audio and control poly signals for your patches.

Included in the Benard Mega Bundle Vol. 2.

Documentation

-Poly In - This is the poly input jack, labeled simply as In. The signals going to the poly out, the individual outs and the mono out will be taken from this input, unless there are other signals connected to the respective individual inputs.

-Individual Ins - When there is a signal connected to one of these mono input jacks, that signal will replace the respective voice in the signal path, affecting the mono out for that voice, as well as the poly and mono outputs.

-Attenuverters - These knobs will scale the level of the respective signal, whether it's taken from the poly in or from the respective mono in. When nothing is connected, the attenuverters will simply produce DC from zero to one, which can be further scaled with the master controls.

-Master Level Knob - This knob will affect the level of all the voices in the poly signal path before they are sent to the different outputs. It can scale signals from 0 to 500%.

-Master Level Input - Use this input to CV control the master level.

-Level CV - This knob is an attenuverter that affects the CV signal in the master level input.

-Levels CV In - This is a poly input that allows you to control the levels of all the voices in the poly signal with a single control CV poly signal. The values received here will multiply the signal, so when there's a signal present it will scale the output of the voices, along with the master level.

-Poly CV Level Knob - This is an attenuverter that affect the CV signal in the poly CV Input. Notice that when no signal is connected in the Levels CV In, this knob will have no effect. However, as soon as a signal is connected, if this knob is set to zero all the outputs will also be zero as well, because it will scale the levels which in turn scale the whole signal, unlike with the Master Level CV knob, as in the case of the latter the CV is only added to the Master Level set by the main knob.

-Master Offset - This attenuverter offsets all the signals, up to 5 V up or down. Notice that this offset is scaled for the mono output, so that the offset does not become accumulative over the combined signal. This allows you to use it to offset the master poly and individual mono signals, but also the mixed mono out.

-Master Offset Input - Use this input to CV control the master level. This signal is added to the value of the master offset knob.

-Level CV - This knob is an attenuverter that affects the CV signal in the master offset input.

-Poly Out - This is the output for the resulting poly signal at the end of the chain.

-Mono Out - This is a mono output that is a mix of all the voices in the poly signal. Its output is affected by the master level and master offset knobs, and it is further scaled by its own level knob.

-Mono Level Knob - This is an attenuator for the mono out signal, which allows you to scale it without affecting the poly signal.

-Randomize (R) - This button sets all the attenuverters for the individual voices to random values between -1 and 1. You can also trigger this with the CV input next to the button.

-Zero (0) - This button resets all the attenuverters for the individual voices to zero. You can also trigger this with the CV input below the button.

-One (1) - This button resets all the attenuverters for the individual voices to 1 or -1, depending on the state of the toggle next to it: -1 one when the toggle is on (red) and 1 when it's off. You can also trigger this with the CV input next to the button.

-Positive One (1) - This button resets all the attenuverters for the individual voices to 1.

-Minus One (-1) - This button resets all the attenuverters for the individual voices to -1.

-Individual Outs - These are mono outputs for the individual voices in the poly signal.

Keep in mind that only the number of voices set in the polyphony setting of your patch will be active. That means that even if there is a signal connected to the mono in for voice 11, for example, and the polyphony setting is 10, this signal will have no effect on the poly voice, but also the output of out 11 will be zero.