Satellite

 

Universal CV Generator

Satellite is a compact 12HP module that can be loaded with all (or a subset) of the presets and preset sequences from a Rossum Electro-Music Control Forge or other Satellite and then function as a completely stand-alone CV generator. Once the presets and preset sequences are transferred from the other module (via a patch cord connection), Satellite no longer requires any connection to the module.

With one or more Satellites, you can take advantage of all of your Control Forge presets and sequences in multiple cabinets or even different systems.

Multiple Satellites can be programmed from the same Control Forge and synced together via their Gate inputs to create complex polyphonic sequences and modulation contours.

In addition to direct connection with a Control Forge or other Satellite, presets and preset sequences can also be loaded via audio file archives that have been saved from a Control Forge or Satellite. And since those files can be posted online and downloaded, it’s a great way to share and exchange presets.

satellite_patSatellite will be available shortly from Rossum Electro-Music dealers worldwide.

Satellite Specifications

PRESETS

500

PRESET SEQUENCES

200

SEQUENCE STEPS

20,000 Dynamically Allocated

INPUTS

Gate/Trig  

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
1.6V threshold

Logic 

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
1.6V threshold

CV 1 

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
-5V to +5V

CV 2 

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
-5V to +5V

CV 3 

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
-5V to +5V

CV 4 

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
-5V to +5V

Time Scale CV 

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
-5V to +5V

Preset Sequencer Dec

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
1.6V threshold

Preset Sequencer Inc

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
1.6V threshold

Preset Sequencer Reset

1x 3.5mm mono socket
100kΩ Input Impedance
1.6V threshold

OUTPUTS

+ Output

1x 3.5mm mono socket
<1Ω Output Impedance
-5V to +5V

– (Inverted) Output

1x 3.5mm mono socket
<1Ω Output Impedance
-5V to +5V

Trigger 1  

1x 3.5mm mono socket
1kΩ Output Impedance
10V
Selectable Width

Trigger 2

1x 3.5mm mono socket
1kΩ Output Impedance
10V
Selectable Width

POWER REQUIREMENTS

+/-12V via 16-pin, Doepfer-style connector

CURRENT DRAW

125mA +12V, 25mA -12V (maximum)

DIMENSIONS

12HP (W); Panel to power connector (with connector plugged in) 25mm (D)

SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES

1x 16-pin, Doepfer-style cable
4x M3 screws
4x M2.5 screws
4x Nylon washers
1x Quickstart Guide

View or download Satellite documentation.

Satellite QuickStart Guide (PDF)

Satellite Manual (PDF)

Download the latest Satellite firmware.

The latest version of Satellite firmware is v1.00s_170524.

To check the version that’s in your Satellite, press and hold the Load Preset button and then press the Load Seq. button to bring up the Utilities screen.

Scroll down to About this Satellite and click the encoder to display the firmware version

To update your firmware, you will need to play the .wav file linked below into the CV 1 Input of your Satellite.

We’ve had good luck playing the file directly from a computer (but see the warnings below) and from mobile devices. In theory, any device that will play a .wav file without distorting the data should work. However, here are some caveats:

  • If you are steaming the file directly from the web, be sure that your data rate is sufficient to keep up. If necessary, wait until the file has been completely buffered before starting playback.
  • If you are playing through an audio interface, it should output line level.
  • If you are playing the file from a computer or phone, quit Facebook, your email client, and any other software that produces audio. Any other audio injected into the stream will cause the update to fail. If you’re using a smartphone, temporarily placing it in Airplane Mode will prevent any incoming call or message notifications from interfering with playback.
  • We have found that Safari on the Mac plays the file in a way that sometimes keeps it from being successfully recognized and decoded. If you are using Safari, we recommend downloading the zip archive below and playing the file from the local copy using Quicktime Player.
  • In fact, if you are having any problem streaming the file, downloading the zip archive is a good alternative.

To update the firmware in your Satellite:

  • Connect a patch cable from the output of whatever you are using to play the .wav file to the CV 1 Input on your Satellite (we’ve found that a regular Eurorack patch cord works fine)
  • Go to the Utilities Menu by pressing and holding the Load Preset Button and then simultaneously pressing the Load Seq. Button.
  • Select Load Software from the menu.
  • Press the Encoder switch twice as instructed.

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  • Start playback of the .wav file. You should see a progress message in the display.
  • When the file transfer is complete, press the Encoder again to reboot into your new firmware.

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This is the latest Boot Software, should you ever need to reload it (unlikely). If you haven’t been instructed to come here as the result of a customer support issue, it’d be best just to ignore it.

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