Getting Started With OWL Modular

What's in the box

  • 1x OWL Modular
  • 1x +5v MiniPwr Adaptor
  • 1x 16-way IDC Power Cable
  • 1x USB Cable
  • 4x M3 mounting screws plus washers

Connecting it

  • The MiniPwr adaptor should be plugged in to the power connector at the back of your OWL Modular. Make sure that the side marked -12v is facing down.
  • Connect the power lead to the adaptor, with the red stripe of the cable facing down.
  • Connect the other end to your modular power supply, with the red stripe facing the -12v marking on your PSU. Note that the OWL Modular with MiniPwr adaptor does not require +5v from your PSU.
  • Fix your OWL Modular into your rack with the supplied mounting screws. If your rack does not have M3 threads you will need to provide your own screws, or email us to have some sent out.

When you power the rack on, the LED in the middle of your OWL Modular will flash red then turn green. You do not need to connect the USB cable to use the OWL Modular.

Using it

When the OWL Modular is powered on, it starts the first patch from the factory patches: `Jot Reverb`. Turn the top four knobs to adjust the A, B, C and D parameters of the patch. Connect a CV input into `A`, `B`, `C` or `D` and turn up the modulation with the second row of knobs. Connect a CV input into the `EXP` input to control the `E` parameter.

To change patch, press and hold down the LED pushbutton for about 3 seconds until the LED flashes. Turn the `A` knob to select from 5 banks of patches. Turn the `B` knob to select from 8 patches in each bank. As you turn either knob, each step toggles the LED between green and red. Ensure that no CV input is connected to parameters A or B while you are changing patches, or things will get very confusing.

Controlling it

Connect the OWL Modular to a computer with the USB cable. Make sure your rack is turned on. The OWL Modular is a USB MIDI device and should show up in your DAW as `OWL-MIDI`. You can change patch by sending Program Change messages in the range 1 to 40. For full control of the OWL Modular, download and install OwlControl.

Programming it

The OWL Modular can be programmed using either the Online Compiler or a local build environment with OwlProgram. Compiled patches can be uploaded to the device with OwlControl.