KERMIT MARK III is a 4-channel oscillating supermodulator. This module is designed to bring maximum modulation and signal generation power in a small space at a low cost per channel. Each channel contains a 1-axis morphing wavetable oscillator, capable of many different behaviors using your own custom waveforms. Colorful LEDs show the state of each output while the OLED display provides useful information. Each of the channels may operate as:
- wavetable LFO
- Tap Tempo LFO (selectable multiplication or division of master clock)
- Audio oscillator (1v/octave response, best at bass frequencies, “Mark II” sound quality)
- 1-shot envelope (gate or tempo trigger)
- Smooth random generator
- Stepped random generator (free running or tempo trigger)
- Sample and hold (gate or tempo trigger)
- Track and hold
- Code scan (noisy chopped audio output)
- Digital noise
Other modes may be implemented in the future, accessible by a free firmware update.
The module has a detailed OLED display similar to the other Mark III modules, which displays the modes and frequencies of all channels by default (with global BPM meter), as well as waveforms and other data when appropriate.
The tap tempo facility features an input jack and a manual button. It sets the master tempo for the entire module, where the other channels will oscillate synchronized to divisions or multiplications of this master tempo. The tempo is shown on the OLED display in BPM. By holding the encoder button and pressing the tap button, a resync command will be sent to all oscillators set to Tap Tempo mode, resetting them to their initial phase setting upon receipt of the next tap tempo event. Per-channel reset is done by using the channel’s 1v/oct input.
Channels 1 and 2 have a full set of controls: knobs for frequency, amplitude, and waveform selection. Holding the channel’s button while turning a knob accesses the alternate parameters of fine tune, waveform bank selection, and initial phase. Holding the encoder button while turning the controls will assign the channel’s CV input to that control, using the control as an “attenuverter”. You can assign the CV to multiple destinations. Holding a different channel’s button while turning a control will cause that other channel to cross-modulate that parameter, similar to the original Kermit. While these controls are being manipulated, assignments and parameter modifications are clearly shown on the OLED display, as well as the selected and morphed waveform. Modulation assignments are easily cleared with a menu command.
Channels 3 and 4 have a minimal control set: two large knobs and one shared CV input. Detailed parameter settings and CV assignments are made through the menu, or by using assorted hotkey combinations while turning the large knobs. If channel 3 or 4 are set to audio rate oscillator mode, they act as unison slaves for channel 1 or 2.
Kermit contains a 16-bit DAC for best performance at extremely low frequencies. You can upload your own custom waveform data through the front panel Micro SD slot, edited in the free and easy to use WaveEdit program. You can load 64 waveforms into Kermit at once, divided into 8 banks of 8 waveforms that may be morphed.
The Mark III morphing preset manager is in full effect on Kermit. The discrete preset mode quickly and reliably recalls all parameters in response to triggers or CV, accessing the true power of the module as detailed, carefully programmed settings are effortlessly loaded and changed. Imagine switching from a quad stepped random generator, to two tap tempo LFOs operating at different divisions plus an envelope and audio oscillator, or any other combination of modes that you can imagine. In a small system, the preset manager does the heavy lifting and instantly configures the Kermit to one of many possible roles. Continuous parameters of each preset are fully morphable as in other Mark III series modules.