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Excellent value from this innovative analogue VCO, based around cascading waveforms and interwoven waveshapers. Morph and blend between harmonics using sliders and CV. Lush.
True analog innovation, now with a black panel! Primary Oscillator b is functionally the same as the silver Primary Oscillator, only the panel color has changed.
The Lifeforms Primary Oscillator was designed to stretch the boundaries of pure sonic sculpting. The Primary Oscillator uses unique cascading waveform processing to create increasingly complex, fully modulatable waveforms. Through the use of multiple interwoven waveshapers, a simple waveform can quickly mutate into something deeply dynamic and harmonically rich.
Custom waveshapers include a harmonic sine wave; a sine processed to add just enough harmonics to give a resonant filter something to dig into. Next, the included blade wave processor is an evolution of Pittsburgh's custom modulation circuit, creating modulatable ramp and pulse waves. The fragments generator is an analog downsampler capable of crushing waveforms to dust without ever sounding thin or cold. Also included, the timbre wave folder enables deep spectral change by repeatedly folding the waveform in on itself until the original waveform is unrecognizable.
The Primary Oscillator is not meant to be a clean oscillator that produces perfect waveforms. Controlled signal interactions and the unique set of cascading waveshapers at the heart of the Primary Oscillator allow for a uniquely musical approach to experimenting with a wide array of interesting sounds. Instead of relying only on the standard set of simple wave shapes, the Primary Oscillator builds on the basics to offer a powerful palate of infinitely variable waveforms. No other analog oscillator offers such a creative and deep set of audio processing tools.
Primary Oscillator Controls
Based around the custom dual VCA oscillator designed for the Microvolt 3900, the Primary Oscillator takes advantage of calibrated temperature stabilization paired with hard sync and both linear and exponential frequency modulation. The result is a stable saw core oscillator fine tuned for deep sonic exploration.
Frequency Knob - Frequency control sweeps from LFO through the full audio range.
Fine Tune Knob - Limited range frequency control.
FM | CV Button - Switch the destination of the FM input jack between linear FM (on) and exponential CV (off) modulation.
Harmonic Sine Button - Switch between sine wave (off) and harmonic sine wave (on). Harmonic sine wave adds a minimal number of harmonics to a sine allowing for a new set of timbres to emerge.
FM | CV Amount Trimmer - FM input attenuator control.
Pitch Input Jack - 1 volt per octave pitch tracking CV input.
FM Input Jack - Linear FM or exponential CV input jack.
Sync Input Jack - Hard sync oscillator reset input jack.
Sine Wave Output Jack - Sine wave or harmonic sine wave output jack.
Saw Wave Output Jack - Saw wave output jack.
BLADE WAVE AND PULSE WAVE CONTROLS
The blade wave is a modulatable ramp wave that produces an evolving waveform capable of stable pitch tracking. The shape of the blade wave can be controlled using the blade | pulse CV input and attenuator creating a sweeping or chorus effect on the wave. The blade | pulse shape slider manually sweeps the blade wave and pulse width.
Blade Core Wave Source Button - Select the waveform used as the core wave for the blade wave. Triangle (on) or sine (off). If sine is selected, the harmonic sine button affects the blade wave shape.
Blade|Pulse Width Shape Slider - Manual Blade wave shape and Pulse width control. This slider acts as an offset when modulation is used.
Blade|Pulse CV Amount Trimmer - Blade wave shape and Pulse width CV input attenuator.
Blade|Pulse CV Input Jack - Blade wave shape and pulse width CV input jack.
Blade Wave Output Jack - Blade wave output jack.
Pulse Wave Output Jack - Pulse wave output jack.
Panel size: 12hp
Power Usage: +12v 112mA, -12v 104mA. Does not require +5v. Reversed power polarity protection.
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