Music for Peace: Erica Synths donates all income from eight synth modules to Ukraine Humanitarian Charity
Erica Synths, the Latvian creator of Syntrx, Black System III and Bassline, announced it will donate all of the income on sales of several instruments to humanitarian aid organisations helping in Ukraine.
Donations will be made via the biggest charity agency in Latvia: ziedot.lv. In order to maintain full transparency, Erica Synths will inform the public about the donations made. This campaign, called Music for Peace, will involve the following instruments: Black Digital Noise, Black Dual EG/LFO, Sequential Switch II & Snazzy FX - Mini Ark, Wow & Flutter, Tracer City.
Music for Peace will be ongoing until all stock is sold out.
Only a few days in, as 3rd March 2022 already nearly €20,000 has been raised. Not stopping there, Erica Synths also added two more modules to the campaign: Graphic VCO and Plasma Drive.
The other modules included in Music for Peace are:
The Black Digital Noise is a unique noise module that makes wide range of noise effects; almost pure white noise, Atari console-like one bit noise and other crazy, more or less predictable sounds. At the heart of the module is a programmable logic matrix that includes two linear feedback shift registers that generate polynomial noise effects.
Erica Synths Sequential Switch V2 is a module that allows you to sequence up to eight sound sources in advanced ways or route one sound source sequentially to eight different sound modifiers – VCFs, waveshapers, VCAs, etc.
Tracer City offers analogue modulation for audio sources. Tracer City is in many ways very similar to what you might find on an old (or new) analog synthesizer. The main components are filters, an oscillator (which can also be used as an LFO) and a Psuedo-Random LFO with lag. It also has an envelope follower (with up or down response) with lag, which works very well with drums, loops, and anything else which is very percussive. Like a synthesizer, the Tracer City allows its multi-mode Filter to be controlled by two external CV sources. You can also plug audio sources into these inputs (this creates Frequency Modulation of the Filter or FM).
MINI-ARK is a guitar synth & tracking pedal. Think of MINI-ARK as a monophonic tracking device. This means that it works very differently on different types of sounds. For example, a monophonic guitar line is going to achieve far different results than a super compressed drum track.
Inspired by beautiful malfunctions, Wow and Flutter is a versatile delay device, adding unique textures to your audio. Run stems or mixes through it to add an eerie quality. Thicken up synth parts in an instant or use it on vocals to add mystery. Or plug into your guitar to modulate to stimulate ideas.
I can only applaud Erica Synths. They decided to take action, and are trying to make a difference, when many of us feel just helpless watching the misery caused to women, men and children in the Ukraine.
By focusing on humanitarian causes, and by not just raising funds from customers but also forgoing all profits of those six modules, Erica Synths have taken an approach that surely anyone can support, provided they can afford and like the modules on offer.
Trained in classical and jazz piano, Christof has over 30 years of experience in songwriting and music production. In 2021, he founded musicmanta and is now its Editor-in-Chief. Christof has worked in marketing for 25 years in Unilever and Kimberly-Clark. He is now the Head of Performance Marketing UK for Andrex, Kleenex, and Huggies, leading a team of 10 to create award-winning marketing campaigns, writing effective content, reaching millions of people.
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