The Wiard 300 format was created by Grant Richter, first went on the market in 1999, and is now being manufactured by Wessex Analogue (since 2012), with an available option for Bantam Jacks. Over the years, the 300 Series has earned a loyal following of both professionals and hobbyists for its unusual approach, rich sound, beautiful panel graphics, and superlative build quality.
The modules are 6U high, and are designed to fit in a 19" rack mounting frame (6 across). These modules form an integrated analogue modular synthesizer system. There is no problem interfacing them to existing equipment, but they are designed to provide a synergistic set of functions when used together. Many features have been taken from dance music technology and married with features from the avant-garde. In addition, quite a few new features have been developed that are not available in any other system.
The 300 Series is NOT disposable technology. It was designed to have a long life as a cherished musical instrument. The modules are very sturdy and easily repairable in cases of component failure or moving parts wearing out, and DO NOT use any surface mount technology. As such, they are more than likely to out-live their owners. Enclosures and faceplates are aluminium. Most screws and hardware are stainless steel. Knobs are phenolic (like Bakelite). Each module is carefully hand-crafted to order, and individually tested and calibrated.
Find out about the individual modules below:
Dual JAG Controller Model 311C
New for 2013! Two JAGs, two polarity-switchable joysticks, two CV-controllable sine/cosine LFOs, and two five-mode digital gates on a 2U panel. An updated version of the 311B "New Controller" with many added features, and a robust all-through-hole build. More info →
Sequantizer Model 321
8-step sequencer/quantizer module with voltage-controlled stage-select.
Some selected accessories and DIY parts are available for instant purchase. Other parts and accessories such as replacement pots, jack boards, Bantam upgrade kits, etc. are available on request. More info →
Discontinued and Limited Edition Products and Information:
Controller Model 311
Two joysticks, voltmeter, multi-format mults. 2U panel. Out of production.
"New Controller" Model 311B
Two 1200 Series JAG PCBs, two joysticks, and two gate buttons on an engraved 2U aluminium panel. Very few were made. Out of production.