Abstract Data manufactures a range of electronic
musical instruments, synthesizers and effects in
Eurorack Modular and Desktop formats.
Based in London, UK - it is independently owned
and operated by Justin Owen.
On this site, you can buy current builds, check out
product demos, download manuals, find out about
past projects and get the latest news on future designs.
Feel free to get in contact directly or by any of the
Abstract Data social media channels.
Abstract Data at Synthfest '17 in Sheffield
25 September 2017
Abstract Data returns to Sheffield for Synthfest '17. This will be your first chance to demo the new modules and preview prototypes as part of the 2017/18 product lineup. This year's event looks to be even bigger than last year - please come along, say hello and check out what we've been building!
Abstract Data is hiring
3 July 2017
Abstract Data is looking to hire an amazing Business Operations Manager to work at its HQ in London N15. The role is full-time, paid at going rates, involves some UK and overseas travel and covers most of the day-to-day business functions of manufacturing, accounting, sales and promotion, however - as this is a new position - the final role, terms and package are all negotiable for the right person. If you’re smart, reliable, hard-working and have excellent communication skills, have previous experience in project management, marketing and customer service, have a passion for music, design and technology and are looking for a varied, challenging role with a music electronics manufacturer - then, in the first instance, please contact Justin Owen via email at Abstract Data with a brief covering letter to discuss the role.
Major ADE-32 Octocontroller re-stock
31 May 2017
ADE-32 Octocontroller is now back in stock worldwide at the following retailers & distributors:
* UK: Absolute Music / Cymru Beats / Funky Junk / Juno / KMR Audio / London Modular / Matttech Modular / Signal Sounds
* EU: Dupertuis Electronique (SWI) / Loops & Bits (SWI) / MIDI Amsterdam (NET) / Modular Square (FRA) / Schneiders Laden (GER)
* US: Analogue Haven (CA) / Control Voltage (OR) / Ctrl Mod (NY) / Detroit Modular (MI) / Perfect Circuit (CA)
Check our Dealers list for links and contact info.
New Abstract Data workspace
30 January 2017
Very pleased to announce that Abstract Data has now moved into dedicated work/office space in Tottenham, North London. This will help the business continue to grow over the next few years. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far - we have loads planned.
'Month of Modular' interview
1 December 2016
This month's 'Month of Modular' magazine has an interview with Abstract Data founder and chief noise-maker Justin Owen where he chats about all things Eurorack with Ben Wilson aka @DivKid. Check out the full issue online here.
MusicTech Mag 10/10 Excellence Award
21 November 2016
Abstract Data's flagship modulation and control module the ADE-32 Octocontroller has received a 10/10 Excellence Award following its review in MusicTech mag. Reviewer David Gale said "There's so much functionality, you'll love all it has to offer" Check out the full review here.
Abstract Data T-Shirts at Synthpatcher
1 November 2016
Abstract Data has teamed up with online T-Shirt printing company Synthpatcher to offer an exclusive rework of the Abstract Data skull icon in an 'Ace Of Spades' style. These are printed on high-quality Fair Wear shirts and are available in a great range of colours. Check the range out here.
...and don't forget the joker!
Abstract Data at Modular Meets Leeds '16
16 August 2016
The Abstract Data demo rig heads North again for this year's 'Modular Meets' event in Leeds. This is a great event in a great venue and all hosted by Ben DivKid Wilson. As always, there'll be some new Abstract Data prototypes on display - please do come check them out. More info here.
ADE-32 Octocontroller in Music Radar
9 August 2016
A thorough test-drive of the ADE-32 Octocontroller by Ben Wilson aka DivKid from Future Music Magazine is now live on the Music Radar website. This review gives a step-by-step walk-through of the module's main functionality and is accompanied by a fantastic tutorial video on YouTube.
Abstract Data at CV Freqs London
26 July 2016
Abstract Data will be demoing at the latest instalment of CV Freqs - this time in the New River Studios in N4. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here - come and say hello.
Brighton Modular Meet '16
27 June 2016
The Abstract Data demo rig will be heading South for this year's Brighton Modular Meet at the University of Sussex on Saturday 03/07 between 10:00 and 17:00. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here - please do come and say hello.
ADE-32 Octocontroller v1.1 Firmware
19 May 2016
The first Firmware upgrade for the award-winning ADE-32 Octocontroller is now available. The upgrade offers a number of enhancements and new features and further extends the functionality of the module. This is a simple, user-upgradeable option - full instructions can be found in the updated v1.1 manual and on the product page Firmware tab.
Abstract Data in-store at KMR Audio
9 May 2016
Abstract Data will be in-store and demoing at KMR Audio in North London (N20) on Friday 13/05 from 2:00 to 8:00 pm. There will be demos from a great selection of UK Eurorack and Synth manufacturers and the complete Abstract Data product range will be on display - including the new ADE-32 Firmware and prototypes from the 2016 product range. Check the KMR site or the Facebook event page for info.
Abstract Data at Superbooth '16
21 March 2016
Abstract Data will be demoing at the debut Superbooth event at the iconic Funkhaus in Berlin, Germany. The event runs across three days from 31/03 to 02/04 and features a fantastic selection of music hardware and software companies, live performances and demos. The complete Abstract Data product range will be available to demo - including the new ADE-32 Firmware upgrade and some new prototypes from the 2016 product range.
ADE-32 wins FM 'Best Value' Award
8 February 2016
Future Music magazine have awarded the ADE-32 Octocontroller a 'Best Value' award in its 300th issue 'Gear of the Year' roundup. This follows on from last years review where the Octocontroller received a solid 9/10. They said "We all want maximum functionality for our cash, and it'd be fair to say that Abstract Data's Octocontroller offered that with bells on. It's a Swiss-army knife of modulation..."
NAMM '16 roundup
1 February 2016
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the WMD shared booth at NAMM '16 to check out Abstract Data - great to meet so many of you. There's video interviews, with previews of the 2016 product line and the forthcoming Octocontroller Firmware upgrade, from Sonic Sate, Synthtopia, Analogue Zone and Ken 'Flux' Pierce.
Abstract Data at NAMM '16
4 January 2016
Abstract Data returns to NAMM this year as part of the WMD Shared Booth (#5000 Hall C, January 21-24 - Anaheim, CA, USA) which will be hosting some of the best Eurorack manufacturers from around the world. The entire Abstract Data product range will be on demo along with some new prototypes from the 2016 Eurorack product line - and there will also be some news for Octocontroller fans.
Sonic Sate interview - Scanner live rig
14 December 2015
The crew at Sonic State interviewed the highly-respected UK electronic musician Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) after one of his recent live performances. His Eurorack rig makes great use of the ADE-32 Octocontroller for most of the main clocking, rhythm and modulation duties. Check the video here.
Abstract Data at 'Modular 101'
10 December 2015
The entire Abstract Data product range will be on demonstration at this great event in conjunction with the crew from London Modular. Demos by Busy Circuits, Moog, Roland and more and presentations by Ansome, Scanner and more. Info here.
Sonic State 'Best Of 2015'
7 December 2015
Octocontroller in FM 'Best Of 2015'
2 December 2015
London Modular Meet - Kingston CIC
1 December 2015
The Abstract Data demo rig will be heading SOTR for this London meet-up at Kingston College on Saturday 05/12 between 10:00 and 16:00. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here - please do come and say hello.
Future Music Octocontroller tutorial
27 October 2015
The October (#298) issue of Future Music includes a full-page tutorial from Ben 'Hex' Wilson aka DivKid on setting up and using the ADE-32 Octocontroller. The feature also includes some great video content showing a variety of ways to integrate the Octocontroller into your rig.
Abstract Data at Amsterdam Dance Event
6 October 2015
Abstract Data has been invited to take part in the debut Sound Lab programme at this year's legendary Amsterdam Dance Event which runs from the 15-17 October. The entire Abstract Data Eurorack range will be available to demo in the beautiful Compagnie Theater. You can check more information on the event page here.
Abstract Data at Budapest Music Expo
28 September 2015
Abstract Data will be making its debut at the Budapest Music Expo this year as part of the Analogue Zone shared booth. The entire Abstract Data Eurorack range will be available to demo - please do come and say hello. You can check more information on the Facebook event page here and you can read their interview with Abstract Data head-honcho Justin Owen here.
Octocontroller in London Modular Top 5
24 September 2015
London Modular Alliance and Blawan spoke to Fabric prior to their show at this legendary London club about some of their favourite modules for getting the most out of live modular performance. The Octocontroller made the Top 5 and they had this to say about it "The interface is really easy to navigate. It will change small, simple systems into small, complex systems without any fuss". Read the full article here.
Abstract Data in-store at Red Dog London
21 September 2015
Abstract Data will be doing a joint in-store at the Red Dog London pop-up in London's historic Denmark Street along with Expert Sleepers and ALM/Busy Circuits. The event starts at 3pm - more details can be found on the Facebook event page.
Octocontroller scores 9/10 in Future Music
7 September 2015
This month's issue of Future Music Magazine contains a thorough review of the ADE-32 Octocontroller and awards it a fantastic 9/10 rating. They said "When you consider how much dosh eight of the cheapest LFOs would cost you, and that this does far, far, far more than that, in less space - synchronised too, or not - it's a remarkable module"
Abstract Data in-store at London Modular
5 September 2015
Abstract Data head-honcho - Justin Owen - will be demoing the ADE-32 Octocontroller in store at London Modular on Saturday 05/09 from 12:00 to 18:00. Be great to see some of you there - more information on the Facebook event page.
Octocontroller now on sale
27 August 2015
Octocontroller now in production
10 August 2015
The first run of the forthcoming ADE-32 Octocontroller Eurorack module is now in production and due for delivery to Abstract Data a couple of weeks before its launch towards the end of August 2015. Stay tuned for more news.
Abstract Data at Studio Stekker
20 July 2015
The legendary Studio Stekker returns this year as a jam and recording session for some of the artists involved in the Stekker Festival. Very excited to be part of this great event - in conjunction with Kytopia, Sonar Traffic and the team from Sonic State - Abstract Data will have a bunch of new modules in the ‘Monster Modular Pit’.
Cymru – Welsh modular meet
27 June 2015
Brighton Modular Meet
30 May 2015
Abstract Data will be heading down to Brighton again this year for the annual Brighton Modular Meet. This long-running meet is a fantastic event and well worth a visit. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet with a great selection of Eurorack rigs to check out.