I haven’t seen more than a couple of references on Lines to this powerful and versatile module. With that in mind, and having recieved one in the post a couple of days ago, I thought it was worth giving it a thread and sharing a few thoughts.
RLL is designed and built by Sandrine Sims aka Fresh Nelly. Check the official product page for her own full summary of what it is, is not, and what it can and cannot do: http://www.freshnelly.com/reflex/reflexhtml.htm
I bought it in my search for a replacement for Phonogene. I mean I was looking for a sampler-mangler with more intuitive controls; obviously Phonogene is cool, but I never really got much out of it that I felt justified the HP. I couldn’t afford a Morphagene, and everyone else has one anyway. For reference, this is $180 cheaper than a new Morpha. It’s also stereo, which was what persuaded me to try it over a Ginko Synthese Sampleslicer.
The way it can record incoming audio into sliced samples seems quite similar to a Sampleslicer. It can also function as a looper, an echo and a granular scrubber/mangler. It has a hidden ‘phonogene mode’ but I haven’t tried it yet. At the highest sample rate, it can record over two minutes of audio; the buffer gets very long with reduced sample rates. Impressively, it has its own three-band EQ with somewhat user-definable Hz ranges. An incoming clock will also open up a lot of possibilities. It’s basically nuts.
Here’s a scrappy demo I just made containing a few excerpts of hasty jams. NB: I’ve been drinking IPA and I still don’t really know so much what I’m doing with this module. All audio comes from samples played into the module, apart from the final excerpt. In that one, it’s a sample first dealt with by g0 and then fed into RLL.
I am a little disappointed by how crackly/poppy the grains/slices are. This will put some people off and is definitely an acquired taste these days - the effect is a bit like a damaged CD. I gather Sandrine is continually improving the firmware; perhaps there’ll be envelopes on the grains later or something. In any case, now that I have the module and must get to grips with it, I’m learning to like this jerky sound (very Mille Plateaux!) and the best ways to integrate it with the other modules & textures in the rack.