Sinclastic Empulatrix

Sinclastic Empulatrix

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Sinclastic Empulatrix is a 4HP envelope generator with a voltage controlled clamp. e envelope generator is an exponential curve with controllable attack and release. The time ranges for both attack and release vary from 50 microseconds to 5 seconds. This is normaled to a voltage-controlled clamp which acts much like a VCA but with subtle distortion added on the release.

The envelope in Sinclastic Empulatrix is a simple asymmetric voltage-controlled slew so the ENVELOPE IN input need not be a gate. If ENVELOPE IN is a square wave, it acts much like a traditional envelope generator. The inspiration of the Sinclastic Empulatrix is the brilliant minimal design of the envelopes in the Roland TR-808 which use both simple capacitor charging for envelope generation and minimum-voltage circuits for VCA-like behavior.

Sinclastic - stolen treasure - from Old English sinc "treasure," from Greek clastic "easily removable"

Empulatrix - from Javanese empu "an honorific title for craftsmen" with suffix -trix from Proto-Indo-European forming a feminine noun with a negative connotation

"stolen treasure from a bad craftswoman"