We first saw this collaboration between Waverazor developers MOK and digital modular makers 1010music at NAMM in January. Since then it’s distinctive glow and aggressive murmurings have surfaced here and there but finally, the wait is over and you can try to tame one of your very own.
Waverazor Dual Oscillator
The Waverazor software instrument is one of my favourite VSTi’s. It violently cuts a way through the fog of electronic sound and demands attention in any situation. The Waverazor Dual Oscillator module takes the oscillator section of the original synth and reveals a load of CV points so that you can modulate it into oblivion. The resultant sound is deliciously nasty, glitchy, bothersome and blistering. You can imagine that the only reason it’s contained in such a large case is to prevent these oscillating creatures from escaping and eating your children.
So what’s it all about? Well, Waverazor dynamically slices and recombines waveforms. Each of the two independent oscillators can contain up to 8 slices making a mash-up of shapes and contours that oscillate as a complex waveform. This produces all sorts of harmonic content. Each slice can have its pitch, volume, phase and DC offset messed with and you can get into the slice frequency, step size multiplier and duty cycle. There’s a lot going on here!
Beyond the fast-moving, ever-changing dynamics of the sound, the other thing that strikes you is the display. It’s straight from the realms of sci-fi and would look completely fabulous in any rack. The waveforms glow and transform as they fold into themselves, spitting out new sonic discoveries and revelling in the shapes that it creates. The display is also a touch screen giving you direct control over a number of parameters as well as XY finger performance control over morphing possibilities. Around the screen are 4 encoders that allow you to continuously modulate aspects of the oscillators. And then there’s the patch bay of 20 CV inputs for modulating pretty much anything. To top it off there’s a MIDI input, an audio input for slicing external audio and an output for each oscillator plus a mix out.
Waverazor is not an oscillator that’s content to sit still and generate sound. It wants to move, to morph, to phase and detune, modulate in frequency and amplitude and it wants to do it faster, brighter and nastier than anything else.
The Waverazor Dual Oscillator is available now for the same price as the other 1010music modules of $599.95. It’s unclear at this point whether the module will accept the firmware from the modules in the range, or vice versa.