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The BoardWeevil returns after a year away - streamlined and with powerful additions. Welcome back this classic BugBrand device - a truly portable synth/sonic-world! These will be in regular production through 2012.

The BWeevil is built around a sonic-heart of three simple Square-Wave Oscillators which are combined via two quasi Ring-Modulators. This is followed up by a powerful Resonant Filter - a State-Variable version with manual blending between Low-pass & High-pass responses and variable modulation via the first Oscillator. This filter can produce some lovely pinging sounds when run at full resonance with low-frequency oscillation settings.

Two key circuit-bend techniques are applied to this core to bring the machine to vivid life. Firstly there is the Power Starve control for the Osc/RingMod generators, which sends them into crazy-mode. Then there are a total of 18 touch-points which allow you to directly interface with the circuitry, creating new routes of electronic flow (these all now feature current limiting resistors for added circuitry protection).

There are two independent outputs onboard - each has its own level control and they give distinctly different sonic results. The MiniAmp/Speaker (which I very nearly omitted from the design.. foolish me!) allows Weeviling on-the-move, while the transformer-isolated 1/4" Jack Output allows for more regular studio usage.

One new step from the previous BWeevil is that the circuit is now built around Surface Mount components (SMD) - these are all mounted to the underside of the circuit board, allowing for a clean & compact layout up top. From the beginning of 2012, all units are 'part-produced' - the SMD parts are auto-inserted & soldered by machine and we then hand-finish the building here in Bristol with all the extra hardware (switches, pots, etc). The first 40 units, the Yellow version BWeevil2011, were entirely hand-built.

Power is, as always, battery only - use a standard PP3 9V cell (a basic one is supplied with the machine). For further details about the BoardWeevil, read the instruction sheet images linked above.

BWeevils come in a hand-stamped cardboard box with foam inserts, printed instruction sheet, PP3 battery and 1 year parts guarantee. The machine measures approx. 4 x 6 inches.

Demo Sounds:

BoardWeevil2012 Audio Montage by BugBrand
WhereAreTheBANANAS? by BugBrand  - a quick run through I did after building the first unit to show a range of sounds - recorded live with no edits or processing.

Added on Wednesday 30 November, 2011.