Soulsby had a prototype Eurorack version of their Atmegatron 8-bit synth at the Sheffield Synthfest back in September. At the time they told me they planned to have it ready for Christmas. They didn’t quite make on time but on the 19th January, just in time for NAMM, they are launching the Oscitron.
The Oscitron is an 8-bit wavetable oscillator for Eurorack. It shares some of the features of the Atmegatron but also has some new stuff built in to make it very much a new and individual product. It’s more of a synth voice than purely an oscillator as it has lots of additional features built into the module. There are 32 waveforms which can either be from the factory set or sampled via the audio input. It has 15 digital filter algorithms, pulse width control, phaser and wavecrusher effects. The audio engine resolution can vary from 16 to 128 samples. There is fine and coarse pitch control built in that can also be confined to 15 selectable scales. You can also add portamento.
Probably the most unique feature on the Oscitron is the wavetable sampling. Plug in a microphone or other sound source and you can capture waveforms at the touch of a knob. You can also set it to capture continuously creating a sort of lo-fi vocoder sound.
As with the Atmegatron the Oscitron is completely open source and hackable by any enterprising DIY-ers.
Shipping with the Oscitron is the 2hp Uni-five module. The Uni-five converts bipolar 5-volt LFO’s and 8-volt envelopes into unipolar 5-volt control voltages suitable for the Oscitron.
The Oscitron is bundled with the Uni-five for £260 inc VAT and will be available on the 19th January. There’s no information yet on the Soulsby website but the video below tells you all you need to know.