Wonderful Oscilators

Maybe do a version intended for 80s metal sounds using syncing? Call it “Bitchin’ Sync”?

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You better be careful! My Squniky (Bruce, I think?) seems like the type who just might do that.

Hope you like 80’s hair music!

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It’s not a favorite genre, but I think I have the first Poison record!

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Squinky Labs EV-3 is three even VCOs in on module that together use less CPU than one Even, and you can sync the second and third to the first.

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Totally great VCO. It’s pretty clean, doesn’t use too much CPU, got pretty many cool features, doesn’t take up too much panel space. A+

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Ah good to know. I am working on a wavetable VCO partially inspired by the XFX, I will try to add in a sync.


How are you going to avoid aliasing?

I don’t know yet. Right now I am totally swamped with work, so my VCV development is at a crawl. I probably won’t have time to finish my new module until May or so.

One thing I have been thinking about is to have some options to control an internal slew of parameters - for unrelated reasons, but it might provide some interesting ways to help with the aliasing. Also, I am using some oddball wavetables of my own design that I think might lessen the impact as well.

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I have to say that I’ve been using Palatte and have never been disappointed. Lot’s of features and options. A little heavy on the CPU but nothing is free.

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Excellent! :slight_smile:

Forgive my ignorance about these things but… full sync (as when one oscillator syncs to another) is great. However if that proves tricky due to the aliasing issues mentioned, then having a phase reset (if that is in fact any different) is a good fall back option.

Most of the time I’m sending 1/4 note triggers (for kicks) and 16th note triggers (for bass) to the sync input to reset the phase so all the kicks/bass notes sound the same.

While I’m on the subject of phase, a phase knob is also a great addition to any VCO.

That’s one of my favorite plaits clones. I like the way physicality is rejected and the interface updates when the mode changes. A lot of modules could benefit from that.

Phase reset is pretty much the same, and for sure will alias if steps aren’t taken to suppress it. But now that I ponder it, the standard techniques should work fine on a wavetable, just like they do on a sawtooth. Should be quite easy to use MinBLEP to keep the alias out, and there are plenty of examples in VCV to get inspiration from (starting with Fundamental VCO-1, which has low alias sync).

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I agree that technique is really effective, and easier to understand than menu diving or obscure key combinations. As you mention “rejecting physicality” is pretty controversial here, but luckily for everyone there are plenty of alternatives here, so it’s not important that “we” agree on everything :wink:


As you mention “rejecting physicality” is pretty controversial…

Hey, I didn’t use the “S” word once!



Thanks for this recommendation. There’s so many modules it’s nice to have a prompt. I keep thinking that a wavetable oscillator ought to be ‘the one’ as it should be able to do everything. But I can’t seem to get the best out of them, and so it was with the Blamsoft XFX Wave oscillator which is jam packed with features, but I couldn’t quite get it to sound fab. I’m sure it’s my lack of skill with it.

I keep coming back to the staples of using standard oscillators linked in various ways. I don’t want to come across as the fanboy for Squinky Labs yet again, but they seem to do the trick, particularly ones like EV3 with several units in one module and lots of inputs for animating them.

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Maybe not “all-time favorites”, but some oscillators I’ve enjoyed recently have been the WAVULIKE (as an LFO as well), the various ZetaCarinae oscs, and, while the Frequency Domain stuff is all amazing, their modules too fall into the “does not respond well to naive messing around, RTFM” category mentioned previously, so I haven’t really finished my homework on those yet :wink: