A Waveplane Oscillator for Euro rack and MU modular systems
The Waveplane oscillator is a new dimension in wavetable synthesis. It allows 6 dimensions of movement for the output wave being generated giving unprecedented amount of motion in a wavetable oscillator. It's designed to fit in your modular synthesiser, either in Eurorack format or MU format.
How Does it Work?
The oscillator generates four simultaneous waveforms and, at its simplest, it lets you seamlessly morph between four different waveforms using the X and Y controls. Along with the X and Y controls having CV inputs, each of the four waveforms has its own wavetable, providing you with 6 dimensions of movement for the output wave being generated, giving unprecedented amount of motion in a wavetable oscillator.
Each 'corner' wave has 32 waveforms which are arranged in wavetables. There are, of course, the usual suspects - sawtooth, sine wave, triangle wave and square wave. The remaining 28 waveforms are all newly created to mimic certain types of sounds, like vocal formants, distorted waves, metallic sounds and many more.
You can select the waveform for each corner; each corner has independent control voltages enabling you to create incredibly rich sonic textures.
You can also invert the waveforms on the right of the or at the bottom of the waveplane, this lets you create more rhythmical wavetable style sounds.
CV Control of Waveforms
We've added the ability to change all four waveforms independently using control voltages. Used in conjunction with a sequencer or multiple LFOs, this gives you an incredibly powerful sound source full of previously unheard of sonic power.
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For the Eurorack version the waveplane oscillator module requires 16HP of space and needs 50mA from the +12V rail, 50mA from the -12V rail and 100mA from the 5V rail. The module must be supplied with a regulated 5V supply rail in addition to the +12 and -12 rails. The MU 'dotcom' version requires the same supply current as the Eurorack version, but with +15V, -15V and +5V and will be a 3U wide module.
Things left to do
There are a few minor things left to do, these are simple things that we've simply run out of time to do.
- Adjust the input sensitivity for the waveform and X/Y CVs
- Complete the layout MU format PCB (already in progress and uses the same circuitry as the Eurorack version with different spaced knobs and connectors).
Risks and challenges
The production prototypes for the Eurorack are completed and fully working, these have been sent to beta testers who are using them and providing feedback, so there is almost no risk to the software and hardware side of things.
The MU PCB has yet to be designed, but is expected to take only a few days' work
I have successfully delivered projects before, including the WTF Oscillator Kickstarter, prior to that the Modulus Monowave, Vacoloco GorF sequencer, Vacoloco Zira Synth and, of course, the Modal 001 and 002. So I believe I've covered all the risks as far as I am able.
The only real risk to the project is production times; Currently, there is a massive shortage of parts in the electronics industry, even common parts like 100nF capacitors which exist on pretty much every single digital board in the world. Some of the lead times have gone to incredibly long times (40+weeks).
We've worked with our assembly partner and have managed to get the lead time for obtaining the parts, building and packaging the modules. We have a quote based on 7 to 9 weeks, but we've scheduled the delivery date to 12 weeks just in case. There is, however, a risk that this could all change and times could be extended.
We are in constant communication with our assembly partner and suppliers and will remain so during the entire production process to ensure we keep everyone updated about timelines.
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