Ruina Versio#

Stereo distortion with wavefolding, octavizing, phase shifting, multiband saturation, notch filtering, and DOOM


Ruina Versio answers the age-old question: how many different types of distortion can we fit on a single module? The answer is a lot, as it turns out. Need a wavefolder? We got a wavefolder. Want some multiband distortion? Of course you do! And that's not even including the DOOM parameter!

We also decided that Smoosh was a parameter we needed in our lives: press it and add 128 dB of drive. Yes, you read that right: 128 dB. Why have SOME drive when you can have ALL the drive?

Not only is Ruina Versio a unique distortion, it's a stereo DSP platform. A simple USB connection allows you to update Ruina Versio to a variety of firmwares. Open-source support is available, too, which allows you to write your own firmware! All info can be found on the World of Versio page here.

  • Type: Stereo distortion
  • Size: 10 HP
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Power: 2x5 Eurorack
  • +12 V: 125 mA
  • -12 V: 10 mA


Ruina -- from Latin: "destruction"

Versio -- from Latin: "Versatile"

"Versatile Destruction"

Color code#

On boot, the Versio's LEDs will shine with this color pattern to indicate that it is running the current Ruina Versio firmware.

A illustration of four lights. From left to right, the lights are colored blue, blue, purple, and white.


Power connector

To power your Noise Engineering module, turn off your case. Plug one end of your ribbon cable into your power board so that the red stripe on the ribbon cable is aligned to the side that says -12 V and each pin on the power header is plugged into the connector on the ribbon. Make sure no pins are overhanging the connector! If they are, unplug it and realign.

Line up the red stripe on the ribbon cable so that it matches the white stripe and/or -12 V indication on the board and plug in the connector.

Screw your module into your case before powering on the module. You risk bumping the module's PCB against something metallic and damaging it if it's not properly secured when powered on.

You should be good to go if you followed these instructions. Now go make some noise!

A final note. Some modules have other headers -- they may have a different number of pins or may say "not power". In general, unless a manual tells you otherwise, do not connect those to power.

Input & output voltages#

All CV inputs expect 0 V to 5 V. All pots act as offsets and sum with the input CV. The FSU gate input responds to signals above 2 V. The audio inputs clip around 16 V peak to peak.


Ruina Versio's interface

Dry/wet balance control. When turned fully left, the unmodified input signal is passed through. Fully right, only the processed signal is heard. Points in the middle give you a mix of both.
Wavefolder, based on the Noise Engineering Infinifolder that appears on many modules like the Basimilus Iteritas Alter.
Width and position of the multiband saturator center band.

Doom is a suboctave chorus. Imagine it like a suboctave generator, but evil: as you turn it up, the louder the suboctave is, and the more out-of-tune it becomes. In the top quarter of the knob, overtone buzz is added to the suboctave chorus.

If you've ever wanted to emulate a swarm of bees descending on your waveforms, this is the knob for you.

Phase shifts the left and right signals to create stereo width and/or phasing effects.
Multiband saturator, inspired by our Seca Ruina module. Emphasizes the four different bands, isolating the lowest when turned fully counterclockwise and the highest turned fully clockwise. Blends through low, low-mid, high-mid, and high bands at other settings.
A full-wave rectification distortion, inspired by our Pura Ruina module.
Sets the signal flow:
  • UND: FoldDOOMRectifySaturate
  • X: FoldSaturateRectifyDOOM
  • OVR: FoldDOOMRectifySaturateFold (again)
Notch filter:
  • OFF: Off.
  • N: Fixed-frequency notch at 1 kHz.
  • TRK: Tracks the frequency of the Center knob.
Press or trigger with a gate for 128 dB of gain.
In L/In R
Audio input. If R is not patched, the signal from L is normaled to both inputs.
Out L/Out R
Stereo output pair.

Patch tutorial#

First patch

Start by patching a saw wave into the L input, and patching the Out L and R jacks to your mixer. Set Center, Drive, Phase, and 8vize to 12:00. Set Doom and Fold fully counterclockwise, and Blend fully clockwise. Set both switches to the leftmost position. This is the least distorted that Ruina Versio will get... it's all destruction from here.

Start by playing with Fold, Doom, Drive, and 8vize: these are the main controls for the four types of distortion on Ruina Versio.

Try different Phase settings to change the phasing of your signal and add stereo width.

Center and the OFF/ON/TRK switch change the frequencies emphasized and cut in your signal.

Try different UND/X/OVR settings for different signal chains and distortion flavors.

Lastly, hit Smoosh and really annihilate your signal.

Drum crusher
Use Ruina Versio to spice up your drum loops: start with Blend at 12:00 and Fold and Doom fully counterclockwise. Start by using Drive, Center, and 8vize to spice things up... and hit Smoosh to add some squish. Past that, try out all the other knobs and settings and really destroy your percussion completely.
Smoosh sequencing
Smoosh sounds awesome when triggered with gate and trigger patterns: try it on simple waveforms to create an enveloping effect. Or, try distorting some drums and mult one of your drum triggers to Smoosh. Or, use random triggers to spice up any distorted patch.

Updating firmware#

Any Versio module can accept any Versio firmware. All Versio module firmwares can be updated by the user via our Customer Portal. Go to the Customer Portal to check out alternate firmwares including Desmodus, Imitor, Ampla, and many more coming soon. Transform your module into a reverb, delay, and so much more with the click of a button. Change it back whenever you like.

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To update the firmware on your Versio:

  1. Turn off the power to your case and unscrew Versio.
  2. Remove the power connector on the back of Versio.
  3. Plug a micro USB connector into the port on the pack of the module, and the other end into your computer.
  4. Follow the instructions in the flash app.


We will repair or replace (at our discretion) any product that we manufactured as long as we are in business and are able to get the parts to do so. We aim to support modules that have been discontinued for as long as possible. This warranty does not apply to normal wear and tear, including art/panel wear, or any products that have been modified, abused, or misused. Our warranty is limited to manufacturing defects.

Warranty repairs/replacements are free. Repairs due to user modification or other damage are charged at an affordable rate. Customers are responsible for the cost of shipping to Noise Engineering for repair.

All returns must be coordinated through Noise Engineering; returns without a Return Authorization will be refused and returned to sender.

Please contact us if you think one of your modules needs a repair.