Neuzeit Instruments Quasar [PRE-ORDER]

Neuzeit Instruments

Regular price CAD$635.00

This item is a pre-order and is not in stock. Pre-order availability and ETA is based on details provided by the manufacturer and are subject to change without notice.

Quasar is a dual audio input 3D audio mixer that uses binaural audio algorithms. You can seamlessly move sounds around your head, changing the angle, height and distance in real time.

  • Width: 16HP
  • Depth: 48mm
  • Power: 220mA @+12V / 20mA @-12V
  • 2 mono inputs
  • Stereo output (two single jack jacks + headphone stereo jack).
  • 2 CV inputs
  • Two large endless knobs with aluminum buttons, RGB LED rings for setting and displaying parameters
  • OLED display for navigation and to show which parameter the encoders are currently controlling
  • CVs can be flexibly routed to all parameters, multiple destinations per CV, individual intensity
  • Volume potentiometers for inputs and outputs
  • Potentiometers for volume control for the three positions QSR1, QSR2 and Center.
    Quasar creates a 3D sound image by binaural audio processing. Two positions QSR1 and QSR2 are available, which you can virtually place and move at any angle, height and distance around your head. A realistic room reverb can be added as a further aid to distance perception. The audio signals at input 1 and input 2 can be flexibly routed to either or both positions via an internal matrix mixer. The coordinates of the positions can be set manually or manipulated by CV. For example, you can have sounds orbiting around you, coming from above or below, front or back, and moving toward or away from you.
    All inputs also have digital high and low pass filters, so you can decide which frequency bands go to which position. However, in addition to QSR1 or 2, you can also route the audio to the center position CNTR. The center position takes the input signal and distributes it equally to the left and right ears without further processing. For example, you can route the low frequencies to the center position and have the higher frequencies distributed to the outer positions QSR1 and 2.
    The module works best with headphones, as the algorithm basically mimics the shape of the head and the pinnae, which are responsible for our directional hearing. But even if you play the sound through speakers, you will hear a significant difference from classic panning.
    With its large aluminum knobs, LED rings, rubber potentiometers and mechanically solid components, Quasar is fun to use and invites creative work.

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