This interactive case turns your modular synth setup into a light show

Strange Electronic, based in Los Angeles, launched a Kickstarter for a new type of Eurorack synthesizer module that does not emit or control any sound. Instead, it integrates full-spectrum LED lighting in a modular configuration, and is designed to enhance live presentations by adding a visual component.

Called Lightstorm, the product actually consists of two parts: the current Eurorack module, which has multiple parameters for controlling light, and a frosted acrylic case with an integrated power supply and LED. The module can be purchased separately if you want to connect it to your own lighting equipment, but the "plug and play" nature of a case that can be illuminated is incredibly attractive.

The module has LED output ports on both the front and rear, and five lighting parameters to play with: pattern, speed, color, saturation and brightness. There is also a separate activation input towards the bottom of the module, which has different effects, depending on the selected pattern. Each of these parameters has a modulation input, which means that the same signals used to make music can be used with Lightstorm to produce a colorful light show. Any control voltage can be patched and used as a signal for different parts of the light experience, so an LFO could control the brightness, or a sequencer could cause color changes.

this interactive case turns your modular synth setup into a light show

Lightstorm Eurorack module
Image: Strange Electronic [19659006] It comes with several pattern banks, which can be alternated by a button at the top, and if you are well versed in Arduino sketches, you can reprogram it to your liking. But that's an advanced option: Lightstorm was created to give modular musicians an easy way to integrate lighting into their configuration without having to learn additional technology.

There is a slight curve. If you use an LED strip of your choice, there is a possibility that you may have to modify the software if the light count is different from the strip that comes with the module. But Strange Electronic says it plans to make video tutorials to train people through this and other ways to customize Lightstorm.

The case itself is beautiful when seen in action. Designed for live shows, it has a downward slope so that the audience can see your hands and what is happening during a performance. Inside, it comes with a power supply, ribbon cable and built-in LEDs. And, of course, because it's made of a milky white acrylic, the case becomes a real light show when used in conjunction with the Lightstorm module. It's an interesting solution that gives artists an easy way to add a visual experience to their modular configuration.

Strange Electronic has manufactured several products in the past, including flight kits for professional reproduction equipment and systems, so this is not the first. Go to design and manufacture something. But, it is a small company, so both the Lightstorm module and the housing will be made by hand (for now). That means they come with price tags to match. The module can be preordered for $ 250 and comes with an LED strip, LED power supply and LED extension cable. If you want the module and the case, that package can be pre-ordered for $ 1,100 and comes with built-in power and lighting.

The company promises that Lightstorm will be ready for shipment in June of this year, but like all Kickstarters, keep in mind that production problems could delay delivery time and use your best judgment before disbursing cash .

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