Joranalogue GENERATE 3 - Through-Zero Multiphonic Signal Generator

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Joranalogue GENERATE 3 - Through-Zero Multiphonic Signal Generator

Post by joranalogue » Wed May 08, 2019 6:57 am

A VCO for a new generation

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Any signal can be expressed in terms of a few parameters: frequency, phase, amplitude and timbre. It is through modulation of these aspects that synthesists create electronic sound. With Generate 3, it is now possible to create a signal and control all its parameters by through-zero modulation within a single 12 HP wide module.

Everything starts with the exceptionally precise triangle-core voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) at the module’s heart. Through-zero linear frequency modulation (FM) enables rich yet pitch-stable FM sounds, by allowing the oscillator to run backwards into ‘negative frequencies’.

The resultant triangle wave is then processed by the through-zero phase modulator, providing a total phase shift range of 900°. Phase modulation offers an interesting alternative for FM, as it enables deep FM-type tones without actually changing the oscillation frequency.

The timbre of a signal is determined by its harmonic content. This full set of harmonics can be grouped into three main parts: the fundamental, even and odd harmonics. Generate 3’s harmonics generator separates out these three timbral ‘channels’. By adjusting their relative amplitudes, a vast array of different waveforms can be created, including but not limited to the classic sine, saw and square waves.

While the amplitudes can be adjusted manually, each timbral channel supports through-zero amplitude modulation, also known as balanced or ring modulation. When audio-frequency modulation signals are applied, the harmonics become ‘split’, enriching the spectrum.

In addition to all the usual analogue synthesis techniques, the extensive set of modulation options makes Generate 3 especially suited for exploring multiphonic synthesis: a monophonic source creating a complex timbre, much like throat singing, yet by electronic means.
























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http://soundcloud.com/joranalogue/gener ... -arpeggios
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Pricing: €350 / $350 (MSRP)
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Post by Buttons ARE toys » Wed May 08, 2019 7:07 am

:woah: This looks VERY cool. You have some of the best ideas in synthesis and I'm consistently blown away by your designs.

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Post by Virusinstaller » Wed May 08, 2019 7:24 am

Buttons ARE toys wrote::woah: This looks VERY cool. You have some of the best ideas in synthesis and I'm consistently blown away by your designs.
I second this. A superb idea. Raising the bar of analog design. Nice work.
Looking forward to hearing & learning more.

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Post by CaneMan » Wed May 08, 2019 7:54 am

That module looks like it's just begging for some feedback patching.

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Post by Utopian » Wed May 08, 2019 8:04 am

This!
Virusinstaller wrote: Raising the bar of analog design.
Absolutely. Not just that, I also think Joranalogue raises the bar when it comes to patching possibilities in Eurorack.

Super exited about this, hope to hear more of it in the coming days. Also, this one will look great paired with the fabulous Filter 8.

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Post by mdoudoroff » Wed May 08, 2019 8:14 am

This entire product line is becoming so impressive. And compact. And generally economical. Joranalogue is still maybe one VCA module short of a “complete system”.

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Post by cackland » Wed May 08, 2019 10:45 am

mdoudoroff wrote:This entire product line is becoming so impressive. And compact. And generally economical. Joranalogue is still maybe one VCA module short of a “complete system”.
Took the words right out from my fingers.

I can see a whole new rack of Joranalogue in my studio. Nice work.
Look forward to the demos

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Post by starthief » Wed May 08, 2019 12:09 pm

Okay, this one has my full attention :eek:

I bet it makes a fantastic waveshaper when you drop the base frequency as low as possible, and then run audio through TZFM or TZPM inputs.

I'm also looking forward to more demos.
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Post by boramx » Wed May 08, 2019 12:09 pm

super cool, love the LFO potential here. only thing missing is an output that sits at 0 degrees phase...

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Post by joranalogue » Wed May 08, 2019 12:17 pm

boramx wrote:super cool, love the LFO potential here. only thing missing is an output that sits at 0 degrees phase...
Not missing, the core output has you covered! (Although it's an octave below the fundamental, but this means you can treat it as a sub-oscillator out too.)
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Post by Keltie » Wed May 08, 2019 12:25 pm

This looks fabulous. Always impressed by joranalogues designs... always an interesting take on modules. Don’t have any yet, but I think that’s gonna change....

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Post by cg_funk » Wed May 08, 2019 12:28 pm

This is the most exciting module of the year so far for me! :goo:

It looks like you have found a new way to modulate between sine, square, and triangle and other waves in analogue that I've never even considered was possible! This is gonna allow all kids of amazing morphing waveforms. And 5 simultaneous outs too. Totally blown away. Excited to see more this week!

Also love that LFO switch, it's a feature that's quite useful on the Filter8 and I'm glad you are keeping it standard. :yay:
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Post by lisa » Wed May 08, 2019 12:57 pm

Just.. awesome. It’s a wonder to me that there’s still so much fresh refinement to be found in the realm of analogue modules but Joranalogue goes beyond my expectations again and again.
Remorseless modular beat; a bit discordant but melodic too. 🦊🦂


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Post by cackland » Wed May 08, 2019 2:02 pm

lisa wrote:Just.. awesome. It’s a wonder to me that there’s still so much fresh refinement to be found in the realm of analogue modules but Joranalogue goes beyond my expectations again and again.
:tu:

Joranalogue is quickly becoming my favorite eurorack designer.

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Post by MARK27 » Wed May 08, 2019 2:16 pm

Buttons ARE toys wrote::woah: This looks VERY cool. You have some of the best ideas in synthesis and I'm consistently blown away by your designs.
I absolutely agree.

Only thing missing for me is that I wish you offered black panel options.

I actually can't think of a single thru-zero fm-able VCO with a black panel option.

The wait continues...

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Post by starthief » Wed May 08, 2019 2:27 pm

MARK27 wrote:I actually can't think of a single thru-zero fm-able VCO with a black panel option.
E352
E370
Omega-Phi
Furthrrrr Generator Black Edition with Strong Zero core installed
Mindphaser
Bateleur mk2
DIY Warps (okay, technically TZPM)
ER-301 with a third-party black panel

Why Doepfer's TZFM VCO SE comes in blue instead of black, I'll never know.

(I'm still extremely interested in Generate 3, though. :mrgreen:)
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Post by CaneMan » Wed May 08, 2019 2:34 pm

cackland wrote:
mdoudoroff wrote:This entire product line is becoming so impressive. And compact. And generally economical. Joranalogue is still maybe one VCA module short of a “complete system”.
Took the words right out from my fingers.

I can see a whole new rack of Joranalogue in my studio. Nice work.
Look forward to the demos
I was in the market for a more straightforward VCO, but I think this one just took its place.

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Post by joranalogue » Wed May 08, 2019 2:42 pm

Thank you everyone for the kind words! It'll be exciting to see how people use it once the first units appear in the wild.

If you're attending Superbooth, feel free to swing by the booth and test drive the two Generate 3 prototypes + the rest of the Eurorack series. We're next to the main entrance, can't miss it!

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Post by Zymos » Wed May 08, 2019 3:51 pm

Moar demos please!!!

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Post by Buyakasoundman » Wed May 08, 2019 5:17 pm

I hope you post some vids of your entire rack in action, I’m dying to hear the Generate 3/Filter 8 combo.

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Re: Joranalogue GENERATE 3 - Through-Zero Multiphonic Signal

Post by synonymist » Wed May 08, 2019 7:21 pm

Arrgh. I have no available rack space... no fair!

Joran, congratulations on another useful, innovative, and sane module design. You are killin' it. :tu:

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Post by Funky40 » Wed May 08, 2019 7:47 pm

looks VERY interesting.

i´d be interested to see oscilloscope videos, simple ones, just working with manually tweaking and also (separately) modulating the amplitudes to get a idea what the different waveshapes look like, without FM. At first ;)


also: reset is a common sync i guess ?
is there anything special to say about the reset and how it works ?
( burnt child by a past VCO who was only inverting the sine wave, to give an example)

maximum frequenzy is how much ?
(yes, thats important for some things.......speaking to those who would want to colour such question a stupid one)
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Post by SavageMessiah » Wed May 08, 2019 8:14 pm

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Post by joranalogue » Thu May 09, 2019 2:31 am

Funky40 wrote:looks VERY interesting.

i´d be interested to see oscilloscope videos, simple ones, just working with manually tweaking and also (separately) modulating the amplitudes to get a idea what the different waveshapes look like, without FM. At first ;)


also: reset is a common sync i guess ?
is there anything special to say about the reset and how it works ?
( burnt child by a past VCO who was only inverting the sine wave, to give an example)

maximum frequenzy is how much ?
(yes, thats important for some things.......speaking to those who would want to colour such question a stupid one)
Reset is indeed 'hard' sync: the VCO core is reset to 0 V on a rising edge of the sync signal, after which the triangle continues in the direction it was going before the reset. Flip is what you might could call 'soft' sync: the triangle changes direction without any instantaneous voltage jump.

The maximum frequency is 27 kHz by default. You can actually push it beyond using the TZFM input; the triangle core has no problem keeping up but the harmonics waveforms will start to degrade.
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Post by cloudleft » Fri May 10, 2019 10:02 pm

This is brilliant! I can't wait to hear what this sounds like. AC coupling on the TZFM is such a nice touch – solves the problem of your modulator introducing unwanted offsets.

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