The Kickstarter project to fund production of the Synthesis Technology E370 Quad Morphing VCO, described as ‘the most technically advanced Euro oscillator available”, has raised more than three times its original goal, unlocking some interesting ‘stretch goals’ along the way.
The new module’s four oscillators build on the capabilities of previous SynthTech modules, the E350 Morphing Terrarium, the E340 Cloud Generator and the E330 Multi-Mode VCO. Each oscillator features wavetables, cloud oscillators, FM and LFO capabilities and more.
The four VCOs can be individually controlled, used in a set of two pairs, or ganged in “Unison”.
Unlike the previous modules, though, the E370 will feature a TFT display, which will provide visual feedback on the module’s output, let you configure custom modulation paths, let you load custom wavetables and more.
The Kickstarter project has met two of its ‘stretch’ goals, so the module will be getting these additional features:
- Floating VCO modulation assignments – this new feature will let you customize what MOD A/MOD B control – opening up possibilities like Z-Morphing Clouds and Z-Morphing FM.
- Chord Mode – this mode will let the VCOs be used to generate 4-note chords from a single CV in, where the various MOD CV can select scales, intervals, progressions, etc.
The Kickstarter is also getting close to reaching its final stretch goal:
- Thru-Zero FM – This means that the VCO will be able to reverse phase and start to increase back up in frequency once it “hits” 0Hz (unlike standard VCOs that asymptotically approach 0Hz but ‘never get there’.) This makes it possible to create FM timbres that would be impossible with traditional VCO’s.
This track features sounds from an E370 prototype, multi-tracked in Ableton Live. Reverb and mastering effects added:
Here are previews of the planned module, featuring early prototypes:
Pricing and Availability
The E370 Quad Morphing VCO is available to project backers for US $879, with an expected delivery target of Nov 2017.