Sherman Filterbank Version2

Sherman Filterbank Version2

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A powerful analog filtering and distortion unit with a huge frequency range and a killing TUBE overdrive behavior. Independent low pass, band pass and high pass filters with resonance, frequency and ADSR (positive - negative) controls * These are switchable between parallel or serial * The second filter has a 6 octave switch, and is synchronizable with the first filter * 1 ADSR generator for these filters with an external output for use with more filterbanks or modular systems, triggered by the incoming signal, by a second sounds source, or by a gate * 1 FM input for the filters, internal or external audio, LFO or CV * 1 VCA overdrive with AR generator also * 1 ring modulator input, internal or external audio, LFO or CV

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $750.00

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User Reviews of the Sherman Filterbank Version2

  • Submitted by ob1117 from United Kingdom (34 points) on Nov 19, 2011
  • You can do a lot with this. Seriously extreme filters, gain/distortion, envelope, LFO etc. Impersonates a synth easily. I like the various blend knobs. Will squeeze a narrow resonant icicle out of a drum beat. Sounds like R2D2 if you feed it back. I haven't yet MIDIed it up to other things, who knows where that would lead.

    Sturdy construction on this guy. The knobs don't wobble. Well thought out interface - though that doesn't mean you won't get confused at some point.
  • Good Points: Immense range of sounds and possibilities

    Well built

    Entertaining manual

    Long power cable
  • Bad Points: Very complicated to learn fully and tricky to use live

    Can overpower lesser devices

    Costs money

  • Price Paid: US$500.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by fzv from London (40 points) on Nov 8, 2009
  • yup. it's the business. i've had mine for a couple of years and have yet to exhaust the possibilities. chuck anything through it and you'll come up with something unexpected. really painful noises can be made with this beast. doesn't even need an input as both filters self-oscillate. LFO goes well up into audio spectrum, so it's a ring mod as well. can be partially rewired with patch cords at the back to change AM/FM/ADSR/AR triggering path - or, say you can stick a few stompboxes in the chain for pure chaos.
  • Good Points: there's no end to this beast - i'm still no way near figuring out all the sounds it can make. get one. NB. watch your speakers - should they move in and out very, very slowly your drivers will be in danger!
  • Bad Points: pricey at current exchange rates (mine was 500 two years ago). pitch-tracking of filter not that responsive in track mode - kinda like an octaver type warble (except can go way, way lower) - NB this isn't necessarily a bad thing! only 2-pin euro adapter so needs to be gaffa-taped to a 4-way for live.
  • Price Paid: US$800.00
  • Purchased At: funky junk
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  • Submitted by Ben from United States (234 points) on Jul 14, 2002
  • I've spent about 10 - 15 hours with the Sherman, mainly just going through the manual, spending time learning what each knob does and how different routing methods make it work differently. The total range and ability to generate a wide array of sounds is really baffling. It's also completely noise free. To test it's tonal characteristics, I also plugged in a guitar and used it as a pre-amp. The input gain sounds like a tube amp -- much better than most stomp boxes. The LFO has a lot of range, both in frequency and speed, and the different LFO modes are helpful in creating an enormous variety of sounds. With such a short time spent with this beast, I could still go on for quite awhile. After spending months with it, I could likely write a book. I couldn't imagine a better use of this kind of money on a single piece of equipment. To those interested in this, I recommend downloading the video off the Sherman website -- it walks you through a lot of the settings and provides a great demo of the unit.
  • Good Points: The ability to use both filters in parallel or serial is really nice -- and I'm glad they used a blend knob to get from one to the other and anywhere in between instead of just a switch. The low-, band-, high- pass blend knob is another way the set up is geared towards total flexibility. The front panel set-up is also very user-friendly. It's somewhat graphical, and follows the flow of the standard routing. With six inputs (signal, FM, trigger ADSR, link in, AM in, and trigger AR) and four outputs (main out, out 1, link out and adsr out), you have a ton of routing options. The AM input brings lots of ring modulation posibilities to the table.
  • Bad Points: none
  • Price Paid: US$500.00
  • Purchased At: individual seller
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