Wonder Wheel (Wave Warp & PT versions)
This listing describes the two styles of our Wonder Wheel: the Wonder Wheel Wave Warp and the Wonder Wheel PT (purchasing options are listed below). Both Wonder Wheels are designed for use in a modular synthesis ecosystem. The Wonder Wheel PT functions as a pass-through device, whereas the Wave Warp acts more as a manual trigger. Each Wheel consists of a 2.5 inch (6 cm) rubber wheel affixed to a low-voltage motor. The PT is terminated to a pair of 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) jacks, and the Wave Warp is terminated to a single 3.5mm jack.
By manually turning the wheel on either the Wave Warp or the PT, the user can effectively warp, warble, and downright mangle a CV patch. Signals are altered based on speed, direction, and consistency of a “turn”.
The Wonder Wheel PT & Wave Warp can be interfaced with nearly anything featuring control voltage: desktop modulars, sequencers, noise synths, Eurorack, and Koma Field Kits. Both wheels will generate very low voltage when turned (approximately 1-4 volts) - as such, we have found that a little twist goes a long way. Experimentation is all part of the process; which is to say, different modules & patching methods will yield different results. Putting both Wheels to the test, we have discovered that they are capable of triggering hiccups, adding bipolar sweeps & swells, and can even transcend into the realms of manual tape-loopy turntablism.
Here's Test Dept Lad, giving the Wonder Wheels those proverbial whirls with Bastl Kastle synths:
In the following video, the Wonder Wheel (as well as our Temporal Knob Twirler and a homemade vocal preamp) are used to process the VCF & VCOs on a Neutron semi-modular synthesizer.
The Wonder Wheels should only be used in a control voltage / Eurorack environment. It is assumed that the user knows their voltages; we are not responsible for improper use. Any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Lastly, here's a combination of Wonder Wheels used in a sample mangling scenario with our Eurorack.