Ritual Electronics New Anima Is A West-Coast Inspired Advanced Modulation Module

Ritual Electronics, a young company from France has just introduced Anima, a very flexible west-coast inspired modulation Eurorack module.

Anima is the fourth module of Ritual Electronics after Miasma (distortion) & Crime expansion and Altar (Filter). It is a west-coast oriented dual voltage-controlled segment generator. It can be used as an AD/ASR envelope, LFO, digital oscillator and even more.

According to the developer, you can breathe life into your modular patch with continuously evolving sonic modulations.

Ritual Electronics Anima

Anima draws its roots in the “west coast” analog function generators and updates them in the digital realm. This take allows for extremely precise 1V/Oct tracking (10+ octaves) when in cycling mode, and for the control of the rising and falling segments (aka attack and decay) curves without affecting timing + a few more tricks.

Three Modes Operation:

The modules can operate in three different modes

  • AD, the module takes any signal as an input, turns it into a trigger to launch a rising segment (attack) and a falling segment (decay). The length of these segments is defined by Attack and Decay knobs. They are independent of the input signal.
  • ASR, the module takes any signal as an input and turns it into a gate. The attack phase is initiated at the rising edge of the gate, the voltage is then sustained during the length of the gate before starting the release phase (controlled by Decay knob).

  • Cycle does not rely on an incoming signal. It loops the rising and falling segments according to their lengths. Long lengths will result in slow, low frequency oscillations (max 80s). Short lengths rising and falling lengths will go to audio speed (up to 2kHz). An incoming signal can reset the cycle, to reset the LFO or sync the oscillator.

The 1V/Oct input turns Anima into a very capable digital dual oscillator – when in cycle mode – with two types of frequency modulation and voltage-controlled waveform crossfading. Cross patching is highly recommended for harsh mayhem synthesis! The 1V/Oct is also useful in “envelope mode” to shorten envelopes when an oscillator pitch gets higher thus recreating the behavior of acoustic plucked instruments.

Controls (per channel)

  • Curve (from log to lin to exp with bell and notch in between)
  • Attack (from 0.5ms to 40s)
  • Decay (from 0.5ms to 40s)
  • Dedicated attenuverters for each control
  • AD / ASR / LFO switch
  • Unipolar / Bipolar output switch (0/+8V or -5/+5V)
  • 1V/Oct input (tracks 10+ octaves)
  • EOC output (5ms trig at the end of decay/release phase)
  • Digital high precision core
  • USB port for future firmware updates / variations / hacks

Ritual Electronics Anima will be ready to dispatch in November and will cost 319€ (including tax).

More information here: Ritual Instruments 

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