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VersionRelease dateCommentsFirmware downloadUser manualHelp
4.13 5/9/2019
  • Added the Stereo Filter algorithm.
  • Added the Stereo Tape Delay algorithm.
  • Overhauled the Stereo Chorus and Mono Chorus algorithms, adding parameters for delay time, chorus stages, and feedback saturation.
  • Added the Sum Mode parameter to the Precision Adder (fractional offsets) algorithm.
  • Added a further mode to the Half-wave Rectifier algorithm offering dual independent rectifiers.
  • Added parameters to the Sample and Hold and Dual Sample and Hold algorithms to add noise into the inputs.
  • Added the '-retriggerOnSampleChange' playlist option for MIDI playback.
  • Fixed a problem where the Audio Playback with Scrub algorithm would stop playback if the playback position went off the end of the sample.
  • Fixed a problem where specifying an empty folder in an audio playlist and then selecting that folder would then cause the folder parameter to revert to zero.
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4.12.1 11/7/2019
  • Fixed an issue with the formatting of WAV files written by the Audio Recorder algorithms.
  • Fixed an issue where a disting running firmware 4.12 would hang when attempting to play WAV files recorded by the disting itself.
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4.12 10/7/2019
  • Added the Half-wave Rectifier algorithm.
  • Added the Multisample 2 Audio Playback algorithm.
  • Added support for loop markers in WAV files.
  • In all Audio Playback algorithms, added a small delay between choosing the folder and the disting loading it, to make it easier to scroll through many folders.
  • In the Audio Playback with Crossfade algorithm, added display of the file chosen to fade in at the next crossfade.
  • Fixed a problem when using 'Envelope time' in the dual audio playback algorithms and both voices were playing the same sample.
  • Greatly increased performance when using 'Envelope time' in dual audio playback algorithms.
  • In the Dual Euclidean Patterns algorithm, added independent Rotation control of the two patterns, and added a Repeat parameter, allowing the repeat count to be different from the number of steps in the pattern.
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4.11 6/6/2019
  • Added the Clockable SD Ping Pong algorithm.
  • Added the Clockable Wavetable Envelope algorithm.
  • The Wavetable VCO algorithm now has an option for output B to be a phase shifted version of output A.
  • All algorithms that use wavetables now look in a specific folder for them, keeping them separate from normal audio files. The 'playlist-wavetable.txt' file is now optional.
  • The Reverb algorithms now have a 'freeze' control, and a gain control for the reverb signal. The Size and Feedback parameters of these algorithms now use a range of 1-32.
  • The VCO with waveshaping algorithm now has parameters for transpose and fine tune, and the option to use Z as an 'oscillator sync' input.
  • The Voltage Controlled Delay Line algorithm now has an attenuator for the Y input and an option to insert a saturation stage into the delay feedback loop.
  • The MIDI/CV algorithm now supports CC control of the outputs with a 0-10V range.
  • Added support for fingered portamento to the MIDI/CV algorithm.
  • Improved the quality of the Vocoder algorithm. Also added attenuator parameters for the Vocoder algorithm's outputs.
  • Added a parameter to the MIDI File Playback (Clocked) algorithm to select the MIDI file directly, not using the Z knob/CV.
  • Added the option of gate inverters to the Linear/Exponential Converter.
  • Added support for sending MIDI clock into the disting over the Select Bus.
  • All audio playback algorithms are now consistent about non-looping WAV files not playing until they're triggered.
  • Added support for MIDI pitch bend to the Audio Playback with V/Oct and Multisample Audio Playback algorithms.
  • The Clocked Audio Playback algorithm now has an option to use Z to control sample start position.
  • Added the 'startQuantize' audio playlist option.
  • Saving a preset now also saves which parameter is currently assigned to the S knob.
  • Fixed a problem where the SD Delay algorithms would not work correctly if they were the first algorithm used at power up.
  • Fixed a problem where using the knob recorder on the Dual Waveshaper algorithm would corrupt the output.
  • Fixed a problem where non-looped WAV files might play with a click at the end of the sample.
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4.10.3 23/4/2019
  • Improved the audio quality of the Dual Vowel Filter algorithm.
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4.10.2 3/4/2019
  • Fixed a problem with the Dual Audio Playback algorithm where samples would fail to switch as expected when changing Z.
  • Fixed a problem which could lead to excessive noise in the Voltage Controlled Delay Line algorithm.
  • Fixed a problem with the Clockable Ping Pong (Z input pan) algorithm where changing Z could introduce unexpected noise.
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4.10.1 19/3/2019
  • Fixed a problem with unwanted noise in the VCO with linear FM algorithm's output.
  • Changed the behaviour of the Audio Playback with Reverse algorithm when crossing between forward and reversed playback (and vice versa) to not fade to zero, which makes it more useful when used as an LFO.
  • Fixed a crash in the Wavetable VCO algorithm at very high frequencies.
  • Fixed a problem with the Clockable SD Delay algorithms where a very short delay time would actually produce a very long delay.
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4.10 14/2/2019
  • Added the Clockable SD Delay, Stereo Clockable SD Delay, and Stereo Clockable SD Delay (Z clock) algorithms.
  • Added the Clockable Wavetable LFO algorithm.
  • Added the Wavetable Waveshaper algorithm.
  • Added the DJ Filter algorithm.
  • Added the Dual Vowel Filter algorithm.
  • Added the Mixer algorithm.
  • Added individual output attenuverters and a Y Offset parameter to the Clockable LFO algorithm.
  • Added a Y Offset parameter to the State Variable Filter, LP/HP Filter, LP/HP Filter, BP/HP Filter, and BP/Notch Filter algorithms.
  • The Shift Register Random CVs algorithm now has an Offset parameter, and the Shift Register Random Quantized CVs algorithm now has a Transpose parameter. For both algorithms, the output attenuator is now an attenuverter.
  • Increased the length of the filename displayed by the Audio Playback algorithms.
  • Fixed a problem which would cause some unusually formatted WAV files not to work.
  • Fixed a problem with receiving MIDI from certain devices (notably those by Elektron) which could result in stuck notes or notes being ignored.
  • Fixed unnecessary output glitches which could occur when exiting the menu system or switching parameters.
  • Fixed a problem which could cause the Z push to no longer switch parameters if the module were left untouched for about 7 hours.
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4.9 22/11/2018
  • Added the Logic algorithm.
  • Added the Stereo Compressor, Side-chain Compressor and Mono Compressor algorithms.
  • Added selectable output waveforms (including a sub-octave square wave) to the VCO with linear FM & VCO with waveshaping algorithms.
  • Added the option for output B of the Wavetable VCO algorithm to be an octave or detuned version of the main output.
  • Added control over the envelope shapes for the AR Envelope & Clockable AD Envelope algorithms.
  • Added the ability to attenuate the Y CV input of the Quantizer 2 algorithm.
  • Added an additional Sum Mode to the Precision Adder algorithm.
  • Increased the output level of the Waveform Animator algorithm by 6dB.
  • Added the 'WAV sample rate' setting, offering the option to run the Audio Playback algorithms at a lower sample rate, reducing pressure on the SD card's speed.
  • In the Dual Audio Playback algorithms, non-looping samples no longer play once when first selected; they only play when triggered.
  • Added support for the new form of the Select Bus save state message implemented by the Make Noise René 2.
  • The Sample and Hold algorithm now has a parameter for the colour of its internal noise generator.
  • Added new options to the Crossfade/Pan algorithm facilitating its use as an external effect loop processor.
  • The MIDI File Playback algorithms now support using both outputs as triggers.
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4.8.1 20/9/2018
  • Fixed the Dual Reverb algorithm which was broken by the 4.8 release.
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4.8 19/9/2018
  • In this release there have been extensive and low level changes to all parts of the code accessing the SD card. Please be vigilant for related issues.
  • All Audio Playback algorithms now use folders to organise their sample files. Playlists are no longer required (but may optionally be used to set file options). Algorithm-specific playlists are no longer used.
  • The Wavetable VCO algorithm no longer uses playlists inside wavetable folders.
  • The Audio Recorder algorithm now stores its recordings inside a folder.
  • All Audio Playback algorithms (with the exception of Audio Playback with Scrub and Audio Playback with Crossfade) now have an 'Env time' parameter, allowing the sample playback to be gated by the trigger input, with optional decay envelope.
  • All Audio Playback algorithms with trigger inputs can now be triggered by MIDI notes. Additionally, the Audio Playback with V/Oct and Multisample Audio Playback algorithms use the pitch of the MIDI note for the sample pitch, so you can simply play the disting like a sampler from a MIDI keyboard.
  • The Audio Playback with V/Oct and Multisample Audio Playback algorithms support polyphonic operation (one disting mk4 per voice) when triggered by MIDI.
  • The disting mk4's Select Bus will now respond to all MIDI not specifically part of the Select Bus protocol as if the MIDI had arrived on its MIDI port, meaning the Select Bus can be used as an additional MIDI input, potentially shared by a number of disting mk4s on the same bus.
  • Added the Audio Playback with Crossfade algorithm.
  • Added the Mono Audio Recorder algorithm.
  • Added the Quantizer 2 algorithm.
  • Added 'Sum Mode' parameter to the Precision Adder algorithm.
  • Removed the 'with push' variants of the AR Envelope, AR Envelope & VCA, and Dual AR Envelope algorithms and incorporated the Z knob push functionality into the remaining variants (since parameter selection can now be down by push-turning the S knob).
  • Added 'Offset A' and 'Offset B' parameters to the AR Envelope, AR Envelope & VCA, and Dual AR Envelope algorithms.
  • Added the '-playToCompletion' and '-useStartOnSampleChange' WAV file playlist flags.
  • Added an 'Offset' parameter to the Sample and Hold, and Dual Sample and Hold algorithms, to correct for timing variation between the sample trigger and the CV being sampled.
  • Added independent control of up and down slew times to the Slew Rate Limiter algorithm.
  • Added control of clip/saturation mode and an optional LFO output to the Crossfade/Pan algorithm.
  • Added a setting to continuously scroll WAV and MIDI file filenames, rather than displaying them once and then reverting to the algorithm name display.
  • Added a setting to control the speed at which text scrolls across the display.
  • Improved the performance of the Dual Audio Playback algorithms when triggering both samples together.
  • Fixed the Dual Audio Playback with Z Speed algorithm so both samples may now be chosen as the same file without audio corruption.
  • Fixed a problem with slew in the Programmable Quantizer algorithm where the pitch CV would never reach its intended final value.
  • Fixed a problem with the Mono-to-Stereo Reverb algorithm which could cause excessive noise in the reverb output when nothing was driving the feedback CV (Y) input.
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4.7 4/7/2018
  • Added the Multisample Audio Playback algorithm.
  • Added MIDI Gate parameter to the Shift Register Random Quantized CVs, Quantizer, and Dual Quantizer algorithms.
  • Fixed the quantization of natural and harmonic minor scales so that incoming notes already in the scale don't get shifted to neighbouring notes.
  • Fixed an issue in the Dual Euclidean Patterns algorithm that could cause it to start incorrectly depending on the position of the Z pot.
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4.6 24/4/2018
  • Added the Delayed LFO algorithm.
  • Added the Scaled LFO algorithm.
  • Added the Gate algorithm.
  • Turning the S encoder while holding it in now selects the current parameter; it no longer changes algorithm.
  • Added Multiplier & Pan parameters to the Clockable Ping Pong (Z feedback) algorithm and Multiplier & Out Mode parameters to the Clockable Ping Pong (Z input pan) algorithm.
  • Added Multiplier & individual output attenuverter parameters to the Clockable AD Envelope algorithms.
  • All envelope attenuverter parameters now use the range ±32.
  • Added an output mode parameter to the Clockable Delay/Echo and Tape Delay algorithms.
  • Added coarse and fine control over tape length (effectively delay time), calibrated in milliseconds, to the Tape Delay algorithm.
  • Increased the range of the Offset parameter in the CV/MIDI Algorithm.
  • Added DC-blocking filters to the input(s) of the Reverb algorithms.
  • The MIDI Clock algorithm now stops generating clocks if it receives a MIDI Clock Stop message but MIDI Clock messages continue to arrive.
  • Added a MIDI CC to restore control of Z to the knob/CV, if it had been previously taken over by MIDI.
  • Improved performance of the Dual Audio Playback algorithms.
  • Preset 0 now saves the selected favourite (O1-P8) algorithm if used, rather than the actual algorithm that the favourite refers to.
  • Fixed a crash in the Linear/ Exponential Converter algorithm when Z was at the negative end of its range.
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4.5 19/2/2018
  • Added Audio Playback with Reverse, Audio Playback with Scrub, Dual Audio Playback, and Dual Audio Playback with Z Speed algorithms.
  • Audio playback algorithms now support up to 100 files per algorithm.
  • The Wavetable VCO algorithm now supports up to 100 wavetables.
  • Improved UI responsiveness when in audio playback modes.
  • Algorithm selection can now loop from P-8 to A-1 and vice versa.
  • Fixed a problem where the disting might stop receiving MIDI if MIDI was being sent into the module while it was powering up.
  • Fixed a problem where the B-8 VCO mode might change pitch unexpectedly while adjusting parameters.
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4.4.1 1/12/2017 Fixed a crash when turning S if the algorithm has no parameters. Download User manual Help files
4.4 30/11/2017
  • Added preset save & recall.
  • Added Programmable Quantizer algorithm (using Scala).
  • Added Scala support to the MIDI/CV algorithm.
  • Added direct control of output voltage from MIDI CCs to the MIDI/CV algorithm.
  • Added an 'Offset' parameter to the Quantizer algorithm.
  • Added settings for MIDI in & out channel.
  • Added option for (soft) MIDI thru.
  • Added support for changing algorithm via MIDI CC or program change, and for changing preset via MIDI program change.
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4.3 21/7/2017
  • Added Stereo Reverb, Mono-to-Stereo Reverb, and Dual Reverb algorithms.
  • Added Stereo Chorus and Mono Chorus algorithms.
  • Added Waveform Animator algorithm.
  • Added Noise algorithm.
  • Fixed a bug where the Wavetable VCO algorithm would not preserve its wavetable parameter over a power cycle.
  • Fixed crash in the Wavetable VCO algorithm if there are no WAV files in a wavetable folder, or if the folder playlist is invalid.
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4.2.2 5/7/2017 Introduced a pause in the Wavetable VCO algorithm when switching wavetables, to make it easier to step through large numbers of tables. Download Reference Guide Help files
4.2.1 3/7/2017 Fixed crash in the Wavetable VCO algorithm if there are no wavetables on the SD card. Download Reference Guide Help files
4.2 29/6/2017
  • Added Wavetable VCO algorithm.
  • Added MIDI Clock algorithm.
  • Added Dual Quantizer algorithm.
  • Added Dual Euclidean Patterns algorithm.
  • Added Dual Delayed Pulse Generator algorithm.
  • Added Dual Sample and Hold algorithm.
  • Added a Track and Hold mode to the Sample and Hold algorithm.
  • Added MIDI control over the Z function.
  • Added MIDI note control over the Quantizer algorithm's Key.
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4.1 10/5/2017
  • Removed the grouping of algorithms into banks.
  • Added Audio Recorder algorithm.
  • Added MIDI/CV and CV/MIDI algorithms.
  • Added MIDI output to Quantizer, Random Quantized CVs and MIDI Playback algorithms.
  • Added MIDI CC control over algorithm parameters.
  • Added multiplier parameter to the Clockable Delay algorithm.
  • Added speed parameter to the Tape Delay algorithm.
  • Random Quantized CVs algorithm now displays the selected scale's name.
  • Fixed the behaviour of the Phaser algorithm at extreme feedback settings.
  • Algorithm names are now shown correctly when selected via the Favourites.
  • Fixed a bug in SD playback modes which use parameters that could cause crashes or memory corruption.
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4.0 9/2/2017 First release. Download Reference Guide Help files