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Nonlinear Circuits Brain Custard

Post by williamcarthief » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:15 pm

I'm quite curious about Brain Custard. I've got Neuron and Squid Axon already, and the new 8hp sloths incoming. NLC is awesome. I'd like to get a multiband distortion but can't afford the hp at the moment. Brain Custard will fit. Can anyone with experience with it tell me more? Do low frequency patterns emerge from the mayhem? Do you use it as a CV source? or for a noise/audio source? or?

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Post by mmelnick » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:39 pm

I just got one and installed it today. I'm trying to wrap my head around it. I got some 3 layer stacked tones and definitely a nice sub bass type tone. It also broke into insane noise and filth at one particular point of knob wiggling. It's not strictly a noise module, more like half harmonic vco and half whatever the fuck it decides to do noise at that moment. Need to play with it more.

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Post by rimbod » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:28 pm

I fucking love my Brain Custard.

You can use it like noise (of many many flavors), you can use it like (as mmelnick said) kindof a harmonic VCO, parts of it are useful as FM input to another module... it's got a funny sort of reasoning about it but it's very useful.

If you dial it just right, you can get non-static tones out of it. It does instability very well, actually.

Although you can potentially use the Z output as CV control for something else, it's not really low frequency enough to be super-useful for that IMO. I mean, I still do it, but not because it comes out pretty. There is an alternate build for the module (which supposedly only entails a pretty simple substitution) that allows it to work at LFO rates, tho.

It's definitely a module that bears extensive exploration, and because of the immense breadth of combinations you can dial it to, I figure that nearly everyone will end up using it in a personal way different from other people who use it.

Oh, I just can't say enough good things about this nasty snarly tangle of a module.

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Post by moofi » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:04 pm

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Post by williamcarthief » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:25 pm

Thanks for the input, all. I didn't know there was an alternate build for the cv version. That's good to know. I had thought it was capable of both with one build.

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Post by ablearcher » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:10 am

it kind of does both cv and audio with either build. I started mine as audio then converted it to cv (pretty easy if), it's not super slow cv but its becomes a neat complex/chaotic lfo thing.

in audio mode you can really get if riffing in weird ways.

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Post by andrewF » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:18 am

Glad this module has a few fans, I really like using it too. A wonderful raw sound source.
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Post by unit113 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:07 pm

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Post by thelizard » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:34 pm

As a heads up, I'm selling a new build (with aluminum Clarke panel) on B/S/T to fund the purchase of more NLC PCBs and Panels.

It's a strange, strange module. It's very much alive and it's fun throwing all sorts of signals at it to see how it reacts. I like the MID and LOW neurons as they are the likeliest to get caught up in weird rhythmic patterns. It reminds me a lot of some of the Ciat-Lonbarde paper circuits that I've built. I plan on buying another PCB and doing a CV-rate build instead of audio.

It pairs particularly well with a Kermit. It seems to react more strongly to unipolar inputs, so having those inputs ready on a Kermit (plus having those signals tangled with each other) leads to more instant results.

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Post by rimbod » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:24 am

Not gonna lie, I sorta wish I could switch it between low and audible frequency.

Not gonna lie, probably gonna buy/build a CV one alongside my audio rate one.

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Post by n0rd » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:34 am

This track, "Non Linear Excursions 005", uses Brain Custard as the main sound source.

It's a mad oscillator/thing... :tu:
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Post by Pighood » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:48 am

Anyone know if this is available?
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Post by williamjturkel » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:25 am

I bought one assembled from Andrew a few months ago. Here is the list of stuff he has in stock, including the Brain Custard

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Post by Pighood » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:30 am

williamjturkel wrote:I bought one assembled from Andrew a few months ago. Here is the list of stuff he has in stock, including the Brain Custard

Nonlinearcircuits in stock
Thanks....just ordered one yesterday. How long did yours take to arrive?
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Post by dan_k » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:16 pm

Anyone have any videos of the CV version?

Would love to see it in action if anyone is willing to share.

The few online all seem to be the audio one.

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Post by SynapseCollapse » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:02 pm

I didn't know there was an 8 HP triple sloth, and that it had CV inputs! :yay:


I've got a torpor right now, and will have to look into upgrading when I've got more space in my case.

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Post by Pighood » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:44 pm

Would this be somewhat similar in spirit to the elusive and shy Resonator Neuronium?
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Post by williamjturkel » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:19 pm

Pighood wrote:
williamjturkel wrote:I bought one assembled from Andrew a few months ago. Here is the list of stuff he has in stock, including the Brain Custard

Nonlinearcircuits in stock
Thanks....just ordered one yesterday. How long did yours take to arrive?
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Post by Outsider Sound Design » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:43 pm

Brain Custard sounds with Quad Jerk Chaos and 1050 Seq/Mix.

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Post by Pighood » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:08 pm

I’m just not bonding with mine. :-(
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Post by 111X » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:27 pm

Outsider Sound Design wrote:Brain Custard sounds with Quad Jerk Chaos and 1050 Seq/Mix.

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Oh this comparison doesn't maybe make too much sense, but which one you find to be a better random noise source Brain Custard or X1l3's Shard? (saw that you have that on your rack as well and I'm trying to make a choice between those two atm...)

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Post by Pighood » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:07 pm

Just got a Shard, which blows away the BC. But both are blown away by the Noise Swash.
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Post by Outsider Sound Design » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:18 pm

111X wrote:
Outsider Sound Design wrote:Brain Custard sounds with Quad Jerk Chaos and 1050 Seq/Mix.

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Oh this comparison doesn't maybe make too much sense, but which one you find to be a better random noise source Brain Custard or X1l3's Shard? (saw that you have that on your rack as well and I'm trying to make a choice between those two atm...)
I think Brain Custard is more organic sounding for lack of a better term. It is also good for drones. The Shard has a super harsh sound. [ in a good way ]. Also worth checking into are the Trogotronic 666 or 669. The Hexinverter Jupitor Storm has wide variety of noise. Also, as Pighood mentioned, the 4ms Noise Swash is also interesting.

I will have a video up showcasing some Shard sounds in a day or two.
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Post by Pighood » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:53 pm

Noise Swash just oozes oinky loops and hisses. Absolutely delightful and never sounds exactly the same way twice.

I would love to appreciate Brain Custard more, but It reminds me of the Trogtronics 666 I owned and sold years ago.
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Post by ookrsia » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:28 am

dan_k wrote:Anyone have any videos of the CV version?

Would love to see it in action if anyone is willing to share.

The few online all seem to be the audio one.
Anyone found videos or demos of the CV version?

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