Free Harmonic Oscillator Module For VCV Rack

Italian synthesizer fair Soundmit has introduced a free module for VCV Rack, T [W] LV.

T [W] LV was developed for Soundmit by Autodafe. The module is a VCO with 12 selectable harmonics. You can control the level of each harmonic, from x1 to x12, multiples of the fundamental frequency.

The WAVE selector allows you to change the basic waveform (Sine, Square, Sawtooth, Triangle and various pulses with 10 to 90% width). The level of each harmonic can be modulated using its dedicated input and attenuator using LFOs, Sequencer and so on…

Here’s an example of the VCO in action:

T[W]LV is available now as a free download....

Moog Grandmother Tips Tricks

The latest loopop video takes a look at the new Moog Grandmother semi-modular analog synthesizer.

“There’s so much to explore under the hood,” he notes, “like 3 oscillators, instead of 2 (it’s basically like the MiniMoog – with a third LFO/oscillator); 2 or even 3 envelopes instead of one; and the ability to play paraphonically.”

Topics Covered:

1:10 What gives Grandmother her character1:30 The Spring everb2:30 The Mixer3:20 Patch layout4:20 User interface4:50 Hard sync5:25 Modulation7:25 3rd oscillator8:45 Playing chords9:20 Short demo of the different waveforms10:40 The low pass filter12:40 The main envelope13:30 A 2nd envelope14:15 The arpeggiator and sequencer15:45 Glide modes16:20 Patch ideas17:30 The utilities module20:25 Generating feedback20:50 More patching ideas22:30 Playing paraphonically25:00 Pros & cons

Video Summary:

Grandmother is the latest semi-modular analog synth from Moog. There have been increasingly more and more semi modular synths released in recent years and the demand for rewiring synths and interfacing them with other modular gear grows.

In this clip I explore what’s special about Moog’s Grandmother, and it turns out there’s quite a lot there, especially if you look beneath the surface. For example, while the front panel seems to show only two oscillators and one envelope, in reality, Grandmother has three fully functioning volt/octave oscillators (four if you count the self resonating filter), two and even three envelopes, and is capable of being played paraphonically.

All of these and plenty more patching ideas, tips and tricks are explored in this clip

If you’ve used the Moog Grandmother, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!...

Percussa SSP Lets You Host VSTs In Your Eurorack System

Percussa SSP Lets You Host VSTs In Your Eurorack System

Percussa has released a firmware update for their Super Signal Processor Eurorack uber-module, adding support for VSTs, adding a QuadVCA VST plugin and more.

The Super Signal Processor (SSP) is a sound synthesis platform in Eurorack format, based on a powerful quad-core ARM Cortex A17 processor. It offers 16 input channels and 8 output channels, USB host and device ports, and a micro SD card slot.

Here’s what’s new in the latest update:

  • ST2 / VST3 Support + New VST module – The SSP can now host VST2 and VST3 plugins. The software automatically creates a “plugins” directory on your card where you can put VST plugins. Note that the VSTs must be compiled for linux / armhf, not the more common Mac/Windows platforms.
  • QuadVCA VST Plugin – The Quad VCA has 8 input and 8 output channels. It takes channels [1,2], [3,4], [5,6] and [7,8] and multiplies the channels and then outputs the result through channels 1, 3, 5, and 6. Output channels 2, 4, 6, and 8 are the inverted versions of the output signals.
  • BitCrusher module – the bit crusher has an input for the signal to crush, and one output. It has bits and rate parameters / modulation targets.
  • Module Picker – If you navigate in the patcher grid and press encoder 1, you will now go to the module selection screen. You can navigate in the module picker using the encoders or cursor keys and press encoder 1 or 2 to confirm your selection.

Source code for the QuadVCA VST plugin is available via github, and can be used as a reference for building modules to run on the SSP.

Percussa’s Bert Schiettecatte shared this informal demo of the QuadVCA UI via Facebook:

Other recent updates include microtonal quantizing and more.

Details on the Super Signal Processor are available at the Percussa site....

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