NAMM 2015: The New DSM02 Module for Shaping and Twisting Sound


If you’re a synth geek, Dave Smith is a name that needs no introduction. Smith has been on a roll these past few years, with strong releases, such as the Pro 2 and Prophet 12 keyboards, and now it looks as if he’s diving head-first into the growing world of modular synthesis, debuting his second-ever Eurorack modular device this week at Winter NAMM 2015. Following last summer’s release of the DSM01 Curtis Filter Module, DSI now unveils the sequentially titled DSM02 Character Module, providing an eclectic assortment of five digital effects straight from the Pro 2 and Prophet 12.

Ranging from subtle to aggressive, the DSM02 offers powerful tools for shaping, twisting, and mangling sound, specifically including the Girth, Air, Decimate, Hack, and Drive effects. Girth and Air provide low- and high-frequency harmonic enhancement, respectively, great for polishing and refining all types of sounds, from thunderous bass to screaming leads. Decimate performs sample-rate reduction for adding lo-fi grunge, while “Hack” is a bit-crusher for even more trash. Last, but certainly not least, Drive adds overdrive and saturation, with smooth, musical warmth at one end of the spectrum, and intense harmonic overload at the other.

The module is a 14HP wide, standard Eurorack-format unit, with interconnections made using 3.5mm phone jacks. A carefully designed set of inputs allows for individual voltage control of effect levels, and the module provides two independent audio inputs and two independent audio outputs with shared control, allowing for mono or stereo operation. This feature set, along with a digital signal path that provides 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution, makes the DSM02 look like it’s sure to be a welcome addition to any modular rig.

You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.