Sorry for the bad a/v quality - in crunch mode here with the pre-production prototypes getting ready for Synthplex and Superbooth - but wanted to shoot a short clip on the lab bench to share.
Release date TBA as soon as production is scheduled (ETA: around/after Superbooth19!)
More news and details forthcoming
EDIT: copying this bottom bit over from another thread, since someone asked after seeing the video!....
Yes! Will be updating all the info soon and doing a new video overview! Here's a quick summary:hawkfuzz wrote:Range switch is new. What else is different?
As you noticed, range switch on the modulator! This replaced the simple "either or" LFO/audio switch for the range. It is a precision octave switch, which spans quite a few octaves to quickly step through modulator:carrier ratios and to go between audio and LFO mode. It has a momentary action in either direction. So one bump up, or one bump down per octave. Up to +8 octaves in audio mode, then once stepped below octave 0 it switches into LFO mode, going all the way down to -10 octaves at the lowest setting. Although it's not shown in the video, the display changes state to let you know whether it's LFO/audio, and approximately where you are in terms of octave stepping.
The cores are no longer CEM3340. This was a hard call to make, and it was only after much time trying different approaches (owing a lot to the delay over the past year), did I decide to go another route. I spent a great deal of time attempting to wrangle a good, solid wide octave range out of them which remained stable over temperature. Not going to happen, as it turns out - or not without a bazillion trim pots (silly for a retail eurorack module - but ok for DIY projects, no doubt!). They were really designed for use in microcontroller applications, or where more than 300-500ppm/C stability over time of drift isn't too annoying. Absolutely stellar for 1980-something, or in a polysynth or module with a microcontroller feeding it autotune-like offsets, or in a VCO that's not got dual oscillators and needs a whole tonne of trims anyway and can afford the expense of adding ~6+ more of them just to keep the VCOs solid, but not up to par with modern, stable eurorack VCOs. Went with a discrete core instead, which worked out better for the phase modulation "accumulator" in the wavefolder anyway - as the ramp/saw wave has a nicer rise/fall time and less glitching than the 3340. It has even more range than a CEM3340 could.
No more "soft-ish" sync. Just hard sync. REALLY hard sync
In lieu of that, there are some new things added. Any or all of the ramp/saw outputs can have their phase inverted at the output jack. For the Modulation oscillator, this means you get to switch between "ramp up or ramp down" depending how you look at it - good for LFO modulation - and good for audio-rate basslines when you want to hard sync a note each step of a sequence. There's a button that you simply click to cycle through each VCO's saw being inverted or not. All possible combinations are cycled through, and indicated via illumination when inverted, just like the inverting CV indicators.
Lots of tiny little tweaks inside the module that overall make it more enjoyable and responsive - still some things to nail down before production but it's reaaaally close!
Will have updated panel/feature-set + videos + audios to come soon!