Future Sound Systems has announced a new series of Eurorack modules (TG2 Generator, TG3 Filter, TG4 Modulator,TG5 Pre-Amplifier) based around The Gristleizer, a coveted effects unit used and adapted by Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle. Originally based around Roy Gwinn's "Guitar Effects Pedal" design, as published in the July 1975 issue of "Practical Electronics" magazine, The Gristleizer was used throughout Throbbing Gristle's recorded and live catalogue, and is seen as a vital component of their pioneering sound.
Four decades on, after several calls from the Eurorack community, FSS met with Chris Carter and Roy Gwinn to discuss the potential of an updated Gristleizer circuit. From one module came four; the oscillator, filter and VCA sections of the original "Guitar Effects Pedal" circuit have become their own distinct modules, whilst a pre-amplifier inspired by Jonny Reckless' discrete FET-based designs has been added to the line-up. FSS says that the Gristleizer series, therefore, not only presents the sound of the original effects units, but also additional features which ensure optimum compatibility with modern Eurorack systems and artistic workflows. They tell us that this has all been made possible through Roy Gwinn's meticulous attention to detail, coupled with Chris Carter's expertise as a pioneering electronic artist.
Pricing and Availability:
FSS is now taking pre-orders for the four individual modules for release and shipping in November 2017.
TG2 Generator: £200.00
TG3 Filter: £150.00
TG4 Modulator: £150.00
TG5 Pre-Amplifier: £250.00
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