Sherman Electronics FilterBank 2

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The FilterBank is an excellent musical processing device for creating filter sweeps and effects or damaging your sound for even cooler effects! It's a 12 or 24dB/octave 4-pole dual filter module with one signal input and two audio outputs. The filters can be dual mono or linked, with crossfading from hi-pass to low-pass filtering with LFO and ADSR modulation. The filter is genuine analog circuitry with serious overdrive for the grungiest of sounds! What's new in the Filterbank 2 are five three-way toggle switches which have been added to the front panel as well as an optional foot controller jack in the back for controlling filter cutoff or bypass switching. The new toggles offer hi-frequency boost/cut for the input, the Sensitrig envelope follower, variable sine or sawtooth LFO shape, and pitch-tracking.

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Running a few dance loops through the FilterBank for your next dance hit or live in a DJ set will most certainly get your heart pumping and the creative juices flowing! It's very hands-on like most analog equipment, yet it does not feature memory storage for your favorite settings. The Sherman FilterBank 2 shines when it comes to producing the famous sound of filtered loops and has been used by William Ørbit, Fluke, Fatboy Slim, Stereolab, The Grid, Leftfield, U2, Apollo 440, and The Chemical Brothers.

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8 Visitor comments
May 26, 2013 @ 4:32 am
I've had my Filter 2 for 10 years and it's been my favorite most reliable piece of gear. It breathes warm, overdriven analog life into any hum-drum signal. The two guys that build these are artists who wanted to put a massive amount of headroom into a filter, as a result, you get something that takes on it's own life and puts a distinct personality on whatever signal you feed it. I use it live and in the studio equally and it's been the mystery sound everyone want's to know. I love how it gets a Rhodes to sound like a powerful polysynth (though chords tend not to play cleanly through it).
February 4, 2013 @ 5:31 am
Also used by hardhitting techno duo Karenn.
December 29, 2012 @ 2:54 pm
The freeware VSTi Philteroid by Phuturone, is clearly inspired by the filterbank:
July 24, 2012 @ 5:10 am
Anybody know what the difference is between the modules on the Quad version and the regular Sherman 2? the switches look different. Just for historical clarification of course.
June 28, 2012 @ 9:51 pm
I have the Filterbank 1 + 2 and you'll have to pry them from my cold, dead hands. Run some drum sounds through these and tweak away for hours. It can be very tame and very aggressive. It tends to more naturally lean towards the aggressive side, and can be a bit confusing at first, but once you fully come to grips with these units you know exactly how to tame them and apply just *enough* filtering to get awesome stuff out of them. They are simply badass!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - n/a
  • Multitimbral - Dual 12dB/oct filters, Single 24dB/oct filter
  • LFO - Modulates filter or envelope, triangle or sawtooth waveforms
  • Filter - Dual 12 dB/oct analog multimode (lowpass, bandpass, highpass, notch); combines both for 24dB/oct cutoff slope. ADSR envelope, cutoff, resonance. Filter 2 sync to Filter 1.
  • VCA - ADSR and AR controls
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU(x3), LFO restart can be triggered by MIDI notes
  • Date Produced - 2001
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