SoundForce has introduced its first Eurorack module, the SoundForce DCO.
The SoundForce DCO is an oscillator for Eurorack, based on the architecture of the Juno-60/106 oscillator section. They describe it as “a modern homage to that sound, using technology from the future.”
- 10 slide pots (faders) reminiscent of the vintage Roland synths.
- 5 sound sources are available: SAW, PULSE, SUB1 (1 octave lower), SUB2 (2 octaves lower) and NOISE.
- The built-in mixer allows you to mix them together using the faders and the MIX output jack.
- The PULSE has manual pulse width control, as well as PWM with a CV input and an attenuator.
- An FM input is also available with an attenuator.
- The oscillator can be hard synced to another oscillator using the SYNC input.
Here’s what SoundForce has to say about the technical details:
A DCO is not an all-analog VCO, but also not a digital oscillator. It’s a hybrid design that combines the best of both.
Similarly to some VCO’s, the DCO generates its core waveform, the saw wave, by charging a capacitor in an op-amp integrator configuration. A VCO will restart the waveform cycle when the signal has reached its maximum amplitude. But the DCO starts a new cycle when a micro-controller, a small computer chip, commands it to. The micro-controller also controls the rate at which the capacitor is charging, hence the frequency of the oscillator.
As with a digital oscillator, the DCO acquires the CV input voltages and turns them into numbers that will later set the frequency of the oscillator. This is done inside the micro-controller using 16 bits sigma-delta analog to digital converters.
All signals are true analog signals: the PULSE wave is derived from the SAW wave using a comparator and the SUB oscillators are generated using a flip-flop IC. Furthermore, the use of a very modern micro-controller with built-in 32 bits timers has improved the frequency accuracy a lot compared to the original design.
Price and Availability:
The module is available to pre-order at 229 euros incl. VAT (189 euros outside of Europe) via the SoundForce webshop. It is expected to ship in June.