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Metasonix Vacuum-Tube Waveshaper and Ring Modulator TM-1

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THE TM-1 creates BERSERK, GRINDING DISTORTION. Do you want BRUTAL, CHUNKY sounds? Do you want sounds that NOBODY else can get? If you are looking for truly bizarre and neck-snapping sound effects; if you want the ultimate industrial grind; or if the polite, well-mannered gadgets from other manufacturers just don't induce fear into your neighbors and your audience, then the TM-1 is just what you needed all along. (And yes, the TM-1's basic circuit is 100% VACUUM TUBE.) The pentode preamp gives pure tube distortion, from soft and creamy to screaming guitar-amp like leads. Just crank the input volume. The "pulser" circuit injects small, badly-formed pulses on top of the signal, giving an effect roughly similar to very erratic (and violently unstable) VCO sync. Forget getting this effect from another synth, analog or digital; they just can't do it. It sounds out of control, yet it is easily tweaked over a broad range with the PULSER STABILITY knob. Subtle, or gross; a vast range of sonic manglings are at your fingertips. Finally, a special beam-deflection vacuum tube gives both wavefolding and ring modulation (carrier is provided by an internal wide-range oscillator, or inject your own carrier signal). There is nothing quite like the crossmodulation produced by the beam tube, its nonlinearities and resulting tonal effects are distinctive. Crude and NASTY, too. TM-1's pulser effect uses a positive feedback loop, so the circuit is not stable under all settings. This allows its use as a self-contained pseudorandom signal generator, by patching its output back to its input. You've read about "strange attractors" and other chaotic sound generation techniques? The TM-1 is the first all-tube chaotic sound generator. The results must be heard to be believed!